Fatwa in India bans uploading photos on matrimonial, social sites


An organisation of Sunni Muslim clerics prohibited uploading photos on the internet for matrimonial purposes and on social networking sites. The fatwa issued by Madrassa Manzare Islam of Dargah Aala Hazrat came in response to a question posed by a man from Kanpur who had asked whether it was appropriate according to Islamic laws to post pictures on matrimonial and social networking sites. Mufti Syed Mohammad Kafeel replied that this action would be considered ‘haraam’. However, he said bio-data could be posted on the internet without pictures. Shahi Jama Mosque’s Imam Mufti Khurshid Alam said a fatwa from Mufti Azam Hind was already available in which he had forbidden photos without necessity. He, however, said a photo could be used for passports and other application forms when necessary.