UP Deoband Issues Fatwa, Bans Muslims From Posting Their Photos On Social Media

| October 20 , 2017 , 13:32 IST

In modern times, social media has become an important of daily life and a way to stay connected with friends and family that cannot be met every day or at every event. As most people now carry mobile phones with them wherever they go and the phones are generally accompanied with inbuilt cameras, documenting life events with photographs has become easy.

Going against the trend of people sharing their photographs on social media, the Darul Uloom Deoband in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh has issued a fatwa prohibiting Muslims from posting their own or their families' photographs on social media sites.

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One of the largest Islamic seminaries in India, the Darul Uloom Deoband said that sharing photographs of oneself or family on social media platforms such as Facebook, or even WhatsApp is not allowed in Islam.

The fatwa department of the Darul Uloom Deoband issued the edict after a man approached them recently, asking is posting photographs on social media sites was allowed in the religion.

An Islamic scholar associated with a madrassa in Saharanpur, Mufti Tariq Qasmi, said that when unnecessary clicking of photographs is not allowed in Islam, how can sharing photos on social media be allowed.

In general, Islamic scholars have varying views about allowing photography, while more conservative ones view photography as being completely banned, others have a more open view.