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Can a woman’s picture appear in the newspaper accompanying an interview of her?

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Can a woman’s picture be printed in a newspaper next to an interview the reporter did on her? Would that not be making a display of oneself, albeit, unintentionally? PLease answer soon. Jazakullahu khair.

Answer

Picture frames and photographs of animate objects are not permissible to
display. Frames having pictures of inanimate objects e.g. trees, mountains,
etc. are permissible.
– Hadhrat Abu Talha (Radhiyallaahu Ánhu) narrates that Nabi (Sallallaahu
Álayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Angels do not enter a house wherein there is a dog
or picture.’ (Mishkãt vol. 2 p. 385)
? Ábdullah ibn Masóod (Radhiyallaahu Ánhu) narrates that Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, ‘The people with the most severe
punishment by Allah will be the picture makers.’ (Ibid).
? Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (RA) narrates, ‘I heard the messenger of Allah saying,
“Every picture-maker will be in the fire. A life will be created for every
picture the picture-maker made, and he will be tortured in Hell.”
If you have to make pictures (says Ibn Abbaas) then make a picture of a tree
or such things which are inanimate.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)

Photography is an integral part of the media, therefore, one should avoid
associating him/herself with the media.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
FATWA DEPT.

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