Teaching online

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Q: I plan to teach online using platforms such as Blabelia and Blabmate. I need the Shar’ee instructions for the following:

1) Uploading a photo? Should I or should I not? Though its a requirement, yet I feel hesitant to upload my photo.

2) Teaching online- might involve – males and females as there is not control over it. So what should I do or write on my profile that is not discriminatory as I want to teach males only?

3) If in case, I end up finding females in my online classes, what should I do? Should I teach them? How? Apart from that are there any sharia rules that apply?



1. You should not.

2. Write that the course has been prepared for males only.

3. No.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

Q: I have been interviewed by a company – International Bibo – based in Philippines that wants me to teach Japanese students English online.

1) Firstly the interviewer was a lady and I didn’t know that. So, during the interview- video call, I opened an icon box and put it over the photograph so that I don’t see her face or image.

2) After the interview, I told her I can’t teach females. She said, that I can’t select my students. Students select teachers. For that, I have been told to put my profile photo on their website. So, if a student looks at me – male or female- they can select me and then I would have to teach her else no.

I thought to myself since I am mashaAllah a person with a beard and a topi, girls or ladies don’t like such people anyway. But, I am still taking a fatwa on this stance- that by uploading my photo I am in a way repelling them away, so will it be ok to upload my photo – and also without that my job is cancelled? Kindly, please advise.


A: As far as possible abstain from this.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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