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Using video calling to communicate with deaf people

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Q: The reason I’m writing this mail is to know a clarification. We have a lot of Muslim deaf brothers all around the world especially a lot of effort is being made in the field of Tabligh among them in our country (Sri Lanka). The only way they can communicate with other deaf brothers is by doing a video call when they are at home or work (because they are unable to speak/hear so we need to use sign language to communicate by video). Since the video is not reproduced (it’s just a live stream) and the objective of the call is to discuss an important matter – would that render video call permissible? (By no means do I consider the television streaming permissible but I would like to understand the point of video call at this point because it’s vital). 


A: Pictures of animate objects are impermissible. However, they could delete the face and show the signs without the head.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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