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Is it permissible to watch video lectures of Ulama?

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As-Salamu Alaikum. Some of my friends and relatives try to show me video lectures of some scholars like Maulana Tariq Jameel, etc. I tell them that I cannot watch the video as it is a sin. They respond by saying, “are you accusing such a big scholar for sinning”. Can I watch these kind of videos or not?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The permissibility of digital videos is a highly contested issue amongst contemporary ‘Ulamā. Whilst many ‘Ulamā permit this, many others consider it to be the same as making pictures (Taswir), which is impermissible. In such instances, it is advisable to exercise precaution and, rather, listen to audio recordings of the ‘Ulamā.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hanif Yusuf Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
UK

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

www.daruliftaa.net

This answer was collected from AskOurImam.com, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Hanif Yusuf Patel. He graduated from Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda, Blackburn, U.K, with a distinction in Alimiyyah degree. He thereafter travelled to Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah Durban, South Africa, to train as a Mufti under the tutelage of Mufti Ebrahim Desai and Mufti Husain Kadodia.

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