Dubai authorities release fatwa against stealing WiFi

Dubai's Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department says it's against Islamic law to use neighbor's WiFi without permission.

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Dubai's Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department has published a fatwa (Muslim religious ruling) forbidden Muslims from using open WiFi networks without permission, Associated Press reports.

The official ruling declares that "There is nothing wrong in using the line if your neighbors allow you to do so, but if they don't allow you, you may not use it."

The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department answers questions from the public on religious matters. The common issues include everything from prayers to cosmetic surgery and illegal downloads.

Other Muslim religious leaders have issued similar instructions over the past few years.