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Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Tafseer Raheemi


Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu Shaykh!

Molana, We were always taught that it was haram to take photos, make video films etc. I understand that this is still the case according to some Muftis. What confuses me is how wedding photos and films are not allowed whereas many Ulama are of the opinion that taking photos of, and making video films of bayans, jalsas etc. are allowed. Are there conditions as to when photos are allowed? Hadhrat, I would very much appreciate if you could kindly clear up this matter and explain the ruling on this matter.

Jazakallahu khair. Wassalam.


We have to take photos for passports, driving licences, ID cards, Haj and Umrah visas, etc.  We use notes with photos on them – these are necessary uses.  On the other hand, we don’t take holiday snaps or wedding shots or birthday photos, because there is no necessity there.  They are just taken for fun or for memories of the past, similar is the case with videos.  I don’t like it myself – if you look at my first video of Surah Taha, you will notice that I have kept looking down at the Quran for most of the recording time.  Also, in the beginning our cameraman suggested taking shots of the congregation as well, which he did, but then I said that this is not necessary, just my face will suffice.  We have become so accustomed to viewing that audios are not liked as much as videos.  People learn a lot from the actions and gestures which are made.  Also, I made lots of duaas before starting this and also lots of mashweras with my shuyookh – only after their permission did I start this recording.  I seek forgiveness from Allah if I have erred.  May Allah forgive me and give me the tawfeeq to be sincere in all actions.

This answer was collected from Tafseer-Raheemi.com the official website of Sheikh Abdul Raheem Limbada (Hafizahullah) of UK.

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