The Darul Uloom Deoband in Uttar Pradesh has issued a fatwa banning Muslim men and women from posting pictures of themselves on social media sites. The ban extended to include pictures of their family members as well. The Darul Uloom Deoband is one of the country’s largest Islamic universities founded around 1866 by Islamic scholars. The fatwa goes on to say that posting one’s pictures on social media sites is not allowed in Islam.
The fatwa department of the Darul Uloom Deoband issued the edict after a man approached it asking if uploading photographs online was allowed in the religion. The man had submitted a written petition in which he asked if posting pictures of him and his wife on Whatsapp and Facebook was un-Islamic or not.
According to reports, Mufti Tariq Qasmi, an Islamic scholar associated with a madrassa said that when clicking pictures unnecessarily is not allowed in Islam so there is no reason in allowing someone to post photos online. The act of posting photos on social media is according to the Darul Iftaa, is counted as “un-Islamic.”
According to The Hindu, another cleric Mufti Mukkaram supported the fatwa saying “If a picture is clicked to be used in Aadhaar card, passport and other useful documents it is ok, but for useless things such as to upload it on social media it is not right.”
A report on India Today mentioned that earlier this month, the Darul Uloom Deoband had issued a fatwa on the plucking, trimming, eyebrow shaping and hair cutting of women.
Back in 2012, the Darul Uloom Deoband had also issued a fatwa against recording or photographing "nikah," saying that it will not be accepted as evidence of marriage. additionally it said that a minimum of two witnesses must be present for the ceremony. Earlier it had stated that recording the "nikah" is illegal under Sharia law.
The Darul Uloom Deoband played an important role during the Indian independence movement. Presently it serves as a university for Islamic students and offers post graduate courses.