A fatwa has been issued by the Darul Uloom Deoband in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur prohibiting Muslim men and women from posting their or their families’ photographs on social media sites.
One of the largest Islamic seminaries in India, Darul Uloom Deoband has termed the act of posting photographs on social networking sites as ‘un-Islamic’.
The edict was issued by the fatwa department of the Darul Uloom Deoband after a man approached it recently asking if posting photos on social media sites were allowed in the religion.
Mufti Tariq Qasmi, an Islamic scholar associated with a madrassa reasoned the validation of the edict by saying that if clicking pictures unnecessarily is not allowed in Islam, how posting photos on social can be allowed.
A fatwa is defined as a ruling on an issue related to Islamic law given by a recognized authority. Needless to say, the concept of the fatwa has been misused by authorities to issue some extremely absurd rules.
One of such fatwa was issued on 8 October by the Darul Uloom Deoband which banned women from plucking, trimming, shaping their eyebrows and cutting hair.
Even the games like Pokemon Go can’t escape the brunt as a fatwa was issued against the game because of “a high possibility that players may enter a religious shrine while prayers are being performed”.
One of the most infamous fatwas issued ever in the Indian history is against tennis sensation Sania Mirza in 2005, wherein, a fatwa was issued against her for wearing short skirts and revealing tops during tennis matches.
-with inputs from the FirstPost