Shafi'i Fiqh

Ruling on Copying Computer Programs for Personal Benefit

I have been working with a computer company for over five years. During that period, I managed to learn the secrets of that trade. At present, I`m planning to exploit this knowledge to start my own company. It is worth pointing that the laws of the company where I work don`t ban an employee from using the knowledge that he acquires while working there. However, they ban contacting competitors or companies working in the same field. Is copying that software during my free time a breach of trust although customers of that company are from Europe and America and I plan to sell tht software to Arabic countries. Moreover, my employer has no clue about this and won`t approve of it anyway. Is it permissible that I thoroughly examine the software I work on in that company to make a copy for my own business?

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Everything Except Allah is a Creature whether Made by Man or not

I am a mother of a student in the second grade. While teaching him, I noticed that the lesson about Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) included a text which says that idols are creatures that neither harm nor profit. Is it correct to describe idols as creatures? Aren't they made of stone and the stone is the created? Aren't they man-made ? How could we call what man made a creature? Could we call the computer, the refrigerator and the house creatures?

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Ruling on Using E-Books and Programs without Permission of their Owners

Around (85%) of computer users worldwide use illegal software. What is the ruling of Sharia on this? Moreover, what is the ruling on my building a website using such software to generate some profit? This is knowing that every computer in Jordan and other countries contains illegal software. The aim behind my project is to provide the best service possible where a person can find any software in my website. Do e-books and programs have material and intellectual property rights because (100%) of the world population exchange them without buying them through the internet? If my website generates profit through ads, not through selling these books and programs, am I considered sinful?

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Ruling on Engaging in Business Transactions with a Person whose Wealth is Mixed with Lawful and Forbidden Earnings

I have been working as computer programmer in the Information Systems Section of a conventional bank for two years and got married three months ago. I work for this bank because I couldn`t find a job somewhere else. I was told that my brother doesn`t want to visit me because my salary is unlawful. What is the ruling of Sharia on this? Is my job lawful or unlawful? In addition, is it permissible for my brother to break ties with me?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Ruling on Creating a Program to Calculate Delivery Date and Possible Days for Fertility to have a Baby Boy

There is a computer program that calculates weeks of pregnancy, expected day of delivery, day of last period and possible days for fertility to have a baby boy. What is the ruling of Sharia on this program? Also, what is the ruling on including the following statement within this program: "The programmer believes that Allah is the only One Who determines the gender of embryo and date of delivery and that He is the One Who created women and they differ in date of ovulation and if He wills the results expected in this program happen."?

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