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Darul Uloom Deoband Issues Fatwa Against Muslims Sharing Their Pictures on Social Media

New Delhi, Oct 19: The Darul Uloom Deoband in Uttar Pradesh issued a fatwa against Muslims sharing pictures on social media. The fatwa termed the act of sharing pictures online as ‘un-Islamic’ and asked Muslims to refrain from this. The fatwa was issued after a man approached Darul Uloom Deoband, one of the largest Islamic seminaries in India, asking whether it is un-Islamic to upload pictures of himself or his wife on Facebook and Whatsapp.

Issuing the fatwa, Darul Iftaa, which issues edicts for the Darul Uloom Deoband, declared that Muslims, men and women alike, should not post pictures of themselves or their family members on social media. “Unnecessary uploading of pictures on social media is wrong. Fatwa of Darul Uloom Deoband is appropriate,” Shahnawaz Qadri of Darul Uloom Deoband told Zee News.

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The seminary issued the fatwa days after a person submitted a written question to Darul Iftaa, asking it to explain whether posting pictures of himself or his wife on Facebook and Whatsapp was un-Islamic or not. In the wake of this query came the fatwa saying that Islam doesn’t allow the action. Earlier this month, Darul Uloom Deoband reportedly issued a fatwa calling a ban on women plucking, trimming, shaping their eyebrows and cutting hair. The seminary termed all such hair-grooming activities as ‘un-Islamic’.

Darul Uloom Deoband issued many fatwas in the past. In January 2012, it issued a fatwa calling for the author Salman Rushdie to be barred from entering India to attend a literature festival because he had offended Muslim sentiments. In May 2010, Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa stating that men and women cannot work together in public offices unless the women are properly clothed. In September 2013, it issued a fatwa banning photography as un-Islamic.

(With ANI inputs)

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