A religious Muslim organization has issued fatwa against uploading the photographs of Muslim men and women on social media.
Darul Ulum Deoband, a Muslim organization in Saharanpur, has declared uploading pictures of Muslims on social media haraam. Answering to a young man’s question if uploading pictures of social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp is permitted, the organization replied that such a practice is haraam in Islam. Madrassa Jamia’s mufti Taariq Kasmi has further added that such a fatwa has been correctly issued.
Justifying the fatwa, Shahnawaz Qadri,Darul Uloom Deoband told ANI:
Unnecessary uploading of pictures on social media is wrong. Fatwa of Darul Uloom Deoband is appropriate: Shahnawaz Qadri,Darul Uloom Deoband
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 19, 2017
Earlier Darul Iftaa had issued another fatwa which prohibited Muslim women from plucking, trimming, shaping eyebrows and cutting hair.
There are two helpline numbers for Muslim youth to seek guidance. The heads of these two Lucknow-based help centers have been receiving hundreds of queries for Shia and Sunni Muslims.
Sunni Mufti Abul Irfan Naimul Halim Firagni Mahli of one such helpline had commented in 2013:
“You can’t see someone’s face on Facebook and decide that you want to be friends. Look for ‘pyar aur mohabbat’ (love) in real life. Virtual relationships are not ‘faydaymand’ (profitable).”
He had further explained that if someone created a Facebook account for business purposes than it is justifiable. He strictly mentioned that women must not log into Facebook to make friends and post pictures as this is un-Islamic.
Another Maulana from Shia community shared the similar considered and said that Muslim women are not supposed to show their faces to any other male members than their husband, brothers and father.
According to India Today, this latest fatwa comes after a person asked the Fatwa department at Darul Iftaa whether posting pictures of himself or his wife on social media was un-Islamic or not.