Just when you think Islamic religious authorities only make rules to keep the religion in the dark-ages, Dubai’s Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) has come up with a religious edict which is very modern indeed.
According to IACAD stealing your neighbour’s wi-fi would be considered improper Islamic conduct. The department is legally authorised to determine the overall policy of the Islamic affairs and charitable works in Dubai.
IACAD responded to an anonymous reader’s question on its website, saying “there is nothing wrong in using the line if your neighbours allow you to do so, but if they’d don’t allow you, you may not use it”.
The ruling is fairly logical and is based on the concept that under Islam, as in any major religion, stealing anything is wrong. But it is nice to see it applied to something modern and know that if your neighbour piggy backs on your broadband they are going to hell.