Originally Posted by Questfortruth
not that you need to be told this, but just chipping in my two cents.
ANYONE can download most lectures theses days, most Shaykh's just ask that IF you can afford to purchase them that you do. this IS between you[or whoever] and Allah[swt].
as for me, i actually prefer to purchase what i can. i see it as spending money in the way of Allah[swt], which is a good thing; especially with dvds, i'd rather watch something on my TV[as i ONLY use for dvds] then be cramped in front of my old crappy pc!
as for cds. sometimes i download them and if i really enjoy them, the purchase them as cdr don't always play too well in my car.
i agree that Islamic knowledge should be free! but if i really enjoy someone, ie, Bilal Philips, then i enjoy purchasing the dvds! i reckon i get more ajr if i buy something to use for daw'ah or naseehah than i do if i nicked it!
i actually think that MORE time should be spent on making Islam a business! i see MANY MANY dvds and cds for sale in "Halal" stores in which EVERYTHING they sell are PIRATED copies! Muslims ripping off Muslims! [May Allah protect us!]
if they were a PROPER market then MAYBE more Muslims would have a choice between buy kuffaar entertainment or getting to purchase valuable Islamic information.
but this IS a pet peeve of mine!
you may now return to your regular programming...