Q&A: Why do some scholars appear in videos

This question was taken from one of the question and answer sessions Mufti Abdur-Rahman holds each month at a sisters event in North London.

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  • If making videos is allowed for male Shaykhs, does it mean that women are totally allowed to look and stare at their faces?

  • jazakAllahu khair for answering this question. many of us have been wondering for a very long time about it.

  • Salaamun ‘alaikum,

    The matter concerning the difference of opinion on digital photography has been settled for more than 50 years back. Hadhrat Sayyed Sulaimaan Nadwi (rahimahullaah) a well renowned scholar from india held the view that digital photos are excluded from the ruling of hand drawn photos for more than 20 years. In refution of his view Hadhrat Mufti Shafi’ Uthmaani (rahimahullaah) clarified the matter in the short articles which were printed in the risaalah of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband for almost a year.

    Finally the great scholar Hadhrat Sayyed Sulaimaan Nadwi (rahimahullaah) following in the footsteps of Pious Predecessors retracted from his view on digital photography.

    For details please refer to the book in urdu “Tasweer Ke Shari’ Ehkaam” by Hadhrat Mufti Shafi’ Uthmaani (rahimahullaah)

    Jazaak-ALLAAHU khairan…

    May ALLAAH Ta’aala keep us united on Haqque in this dunya & re-unite us for the Vision of Haqque in Jannah…aameen

  • It’d be better if scholars don’t appear in videos, msg can still be conveyed without even appearing in videos.

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