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Darul Uloom Deoband issues fatwa against posting pictures on social media as they are 'un-Islamic'
There is one source that never stops amusing us, the Draul Iftaa – the fatwa department of Darul Uloom Deoband.

While it has been in news for issuing the most absurd fatwas, including the recent one describing plucking eyebrows as 'un-Islamic', now it has issued a 'fatwa' claiming that posting one's pictures or that of his/her family on social media sites is 'un-Islamic' as well.  

This includes all social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & WhatsApp. 

The news was reported by ANI and said that a man had approached the department for a suggestion that if he would post his & his wife's photo on social media, whether that was allowed in Islam or not. 

'Not allowed in Islam,' was the reply that he received from the Darul Uloom'. Also, the fatwa said that the suggestion is equally applicable for men as well as women.  

As per reports, the Mufti who issued the fatwa has said that since clicking pictures is Islam is not allowed, so based on the same logic, posting them 'unnecessarily' on social media sites is not allowed, hence the 'un-Islamic' tag. But for important purposes, say for a passport or an Aadhaar card, it is okay to click a picture. 

What is the criteria for making this distinction between what is 'necessary' and what is 'unnecessary', the clerics are silent.  

It must be noted that all fatwas, irrespective of the topic or who issues them, are not binding on any Muslim or even the person who had asked for it. A fatwa is a suggestion made by a man who is well informed about the religion but Muslims are free to accept or reject the same.

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