Mawlānā Yūsuf Ludhyanwī’s fatwā on television

By Mawlānā Yūsuf Ludhyanwī
Translated by Mawlānā Zakariyya Makada

Although the photos captured by video or television equipment are not visible (like a normal printed picture), but they are stored, and displayed on a television set.

These pictures cannot be excluded from the hukm of tasweer. The most that can be said is that instead of the olden method of picture-making, technological advancement has brought about a new means of picture-making.

When Shari‘ah has declared picture-making as haraam, then no matter which methods or means are invented, Tasweer will remain haraam.

The humble of opinion of this servant is that in hand-drawn pictures those evil are not found which are found in video and tv… because of the television and videos every home has been transformed into a cinema…

Does this make sense that on the one hand Shari‘ah declares hand-drawn pictures as haraam, and the picture maker as mal’oon and warns him of “ashad-dun naasi azaaban yowmal qiyaamah”, but on the other hand declares Halaal this ‘storm of immorality and indecency’ known as TV?

As for the claim made by some that there is some benefit therein, so I ask:

“Are there no benefits in intoxicants, pork, interest and gambling?” But the Qur’aan Shareef has put a cross on all these benefits by announcing “wa ithmuhumaa akbaru min naf’ihimaa”.

Some say that through TV and videos we will propagate and spread Islam.

In our country there are Deeni programmes on TV, but, with due respect, may I ask:

How many non-muslims have accepted Islam by viewing these Deeni programmes?
How many bê-namaazi’s began performing Salaat because of these programmes?
How many sinners have made taubah because of these programmes?
This is nothing but deception.

This instrument of immorality and sin, which is ‘najisul ayn’ from head to toe, which is mal’oon, the one who makes it is mal’oon in Dunya and Akhirat, how will it assist in spreading Deen?….

As for those who say that so-and-so says this and so-and-so does that, this is not a daleel of jawaaz (permissibility) for us.

Wallahu a’lam

(Moulana) Muhammad Yusuf
20 Zhul Qa’dah 1406

(Mufti) Ihsaanullah Shaa’iq, Darul Iftaa wal Irshaad, Naazimabad, Karachi 16 jumaadal Ukhraa 1425
Al Jawaab Saheeh (Mufti) Muhammad 16/06/1425
Al Jawaab Saheeh (Mufti) Saeedullah 16/06/1425

Makada, Z (2012). Photography & Modern Challenges. Isipingo Beach: Madrasah Talim al-Din. p. 62 – 63.

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