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Is Using a Webcam Permissible in Islam?

Q: I would like to know if the use of webcam is permissible like in video chat? Does it fall under the hukum of images? What if you just use the webcam not for video chatting but as a mirror, like quickly check your hair or your face (similar to a mirror) would that be permissible or not?


A: All pictures of animate objects are haraam and severely condemned in Islam. Hence, using a webcam is impermissible. For further details refer to our book http://ihyaauddeen.co.za/?p=3394

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

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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