the state distributes copies of the Qur'an to pilgrims, but some citizens take them and distribute them to their relatives and friends. What is the ruling on this action?
It is not permissible to take the copies which the authorities have assigned to be distributed to pilgrims. This action is against the intention of making them; that is to provide the pilgrims with the Book of Allah, for they may only obtain them in this way. These copies are assigned for this particular authority (Part No. 16; Page No. 22) and it is not permissible to direct them in other than the purposes for which they were assigned. Moreover, you may obtain these copies from the organization that distributes them to citizens. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.