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What should I do with my pirated CDs according to Islamic principles?

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Asslamu Alaikum

I useto by a lot of cds thosedays , and all of these are pirated/copied as in my country this is common practice.
Anyway, since recently i have realised that violating copyrights is an immorality and is also against islamic principles.
I now have a whole cupboard full of prated cds which i have abandoned.
What should i do with these?
Should i destroy them by burning or what?
Please advice me on this.

Assalamu Alaikum.

Assalamu Alaikum

In the name of Allah the Majestic

Regarding your question. If it is possible to delete all the contents of the DVDs and make use of the empty CDs for legit purposes then this would be permissible, however if this is not possible then one should break and destroy and DVDs.

In both cases repentance should be sought from Allah for having the pirated DVDs.

May Allah reward your intention and keep you steadfast thereafter, Ameen.

And Allah knows best

Mufti Abubakr Karolia
Batley, U.K
Founder of the “Islamic Foundation for Theology and Research” (I.F.T.A.R)

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This answer was collected from MuftiSays.com, based in London (UK). It is one of the fruits of Darul Uloom London. Many ‘ulama are involved in answering the Q&A on the site, including: Shaikul Hadeeth Mufti Umar Farooq Sahib, Mufti Saifur Rahman Sahib, Mufti Abdullah Patel Sahib, Maulana Qamruz Zaman Sahib, Mufti Abu Bakr Karolia Sahib.

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