1. Can I use images from Google for design? 2. Can I use images from pay sites without paying?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Can i use images from Google for design?­ 2) can use pictures from pay sites? but s­imply copy them don’t buy. For example p­rint screen or use software code to down­load them free. Whithout paying money.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1. According to Google’s terms and conditions using images from its images search engine without permission is copyright infringement.1 Therefore it is not permissible to use its images without prior permission.2

2. This is actually stealing and not permissible.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Huzaifah Deedat

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



I found an image on Google Image Search that I want to use. Do I need permission to use it?

Yes you do need permission in order to use it. However Google does not own the images found via Google Search. You must contact the owner of the image (typically whoever first posted the image on the web) and obtain his/her permission in order to use it.

لدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (5/ 98)2

فلو دخل بأمان وأخذ مال حربي بلا رضاه وأخرجه إلينا ملكه وصح بيعه، لكن لا يطيب له ولا للمشتري منه

المدخل إلى نظرية الإلتزام العامة لمصطفى الزرقاء (31)

الحقوق الأدبية كحق المخترع والمؤلف وكل منتج لأثر فني أو صناعي فإن لهؤلاء حقا في الإحتفاظ بنسبة ما اخترعوه أو أنتجوه إليهم وفي إحتكار المنفعة المالية التي يمكن استغالها من نشره وتعميمه

البناية شرح الهداية (7/ 177)

(لأن الغنيمة هي المأخوذة قهراً أو غلبة) ش: في بعض النسخ هو المأخوذ قهراً، أي من حيث القهر والغلبة م: (لا اختلاساً) ش: أي ليست الغنيمة هي المأخوذة من حيث الاختلاس


Contemporary Fatawa by Mufti Taqi Usmani (Page 190)

The law of “copyright” prevents a person from wide commercial use of an object on the ground that the person who has invented it by his mental labour is more entitled to its commercial benefits, and any other person should not be allowed to reap the monetary fruits of the former’s labour without his permission.

This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Ebrahim Desai from South Africa.

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