Is it permissible for a person to read the letter, notebook of somebody else without that person’s permission? Does it mean violating the privacy?

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Is it permissible for a person to read the letter, notebook of somebody else without that person’s permission? Does it mean violating the privacy?
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Dear Brother / Sister,

It is not appropriate to read the letter, notebook of somebody else without permission even if that person is your spouse, brother or a member of your family; it may mean violating the privacy.

It is forbidden for a person to look at and to search the private issues of somebody else. For instance, it is forbidden to enter a house or to look through the window of a house without permission.

In the Islamic society, people live in their houses safely and in privacy. It is forbidden to violate the immunity of the people and to do something that will violate their family privacy no matter what the reason is.

It is regarded the same to look at the private issues of a person like messages and e-mails today.

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