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Photography, Videos & YouTube: Position of Ulama of Deoband

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In a nutshell and succinctly put, this issue has only two salient points which need to be discussed:


  1. If a scene or interaction is Haram (impermissible) in real life, it is Haram (impermissible) in any type of still or recorded imagery or motion.
  2. If the stored image (or recording) is on an electronic medium such as a laptop, phone or memory card it is not considered “Tasweer” as mentioned in the narrations of Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam).


All Ulama agree on point 1.



A large number of Ulama (scholars) agree with point 2 while others disagree. If you disagree with and choose to follow the opinion of those Ulama, there are no issues. This article is not intended to force you to abandon your position. This article does make the point that there are plenty of Ulama who don’t consider digital images as “Tasweer” and deem them to be permissible. Taqleed is obligatory upon a layman and there is no chastisement upon the laymen who choose to follow and make Taqleed of any of the Ulama quoted in this article.


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