Praise be to Allaah.
One of the evil actions that takes place during parties and
celebrations is taking pictures of women. It is haraam whether the pictures
are taken with a video camera or a regular camera, but taking pictures with
a video camera is worse.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
forbade one woman to describe another to her husband as if he can see her –
as it says in al-Saheehayn – so taking pictures – especially on video
– is undoubtedly worse than simply describing, because the woman can be seen
in a real sense, not just in the imagination.
This, naturally, applies if the pictures are of women only.
But if the gathering is mixed then there is another sin as well as the sin
of making pictures. Usually in women's gatherings on such occasions they
compete in wearing short and revealing clothes. So taking such pictures and
distributing them leads to the spread of immorality and sin and encourages
such things, and makes people start to take the matter lightly. What should
a woman do if she does not want her picture to be taken at all, then her
picture is taken of her in all her finery? What should a woman do whom
Allaah has guided after she went astray, and pictures of her at parties are
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen said:
In addition to the reservations about taking pictures at
wedding parties as mentioned above, there is a very serious reservation
We have heard that some women bring cameras with them to take
pictures of this celebration, and I do not know what justification these
women have for taking pictures at these parties which are then spread among
the people, intentionally or otherwise. Do those who take the pictures think
that anyone approves of their actions? I do not think that anyone approves
of what they do; I do not think that anyone would like his daughter’s or
wife’s picture to be taken and kept by those misguided women to show to
whomever they want, whenever they want? Would any of you agree for his
mahrams’ pictures to be in the hands of other people, to be a source of
mockery if they are ugly and a provocation of desire if they are beautiful?
We have even heard of something that is worse than that: that
some people bring a video camera to these parties to take moving pictures,
and they watch it themselves or show it to others every time they want to
enjoy looking at these scenes.
We have also heard that some those who go to these parties
and videotape them are young men, who mix with women at these parties or
they sit alone with them, and no wise person who has any knowledge of the
sources of sharee’ah will doubt that this is evil and is haraam, and that it
is stooping to the lowest level of imitating the kuffaar.
Friday Khutbah in the Jami’ Mosque of ‘Unayzah, entitled
Munkaraat al-Afraah Mahaadhir Laylat al-Zafaaf.
And the Shaykh also said:
With regard to taking
pictures of events, no wise person will doubt that this is reprehensible,
and no wise person – let alone a believer – would agree to let his mahrams’
pictures be taken – mothers, daughters, sisters, wives – to be a product to
be shown to everyone or be viewed for the enjoyment of any immoral person.
Even worse than that is
videotaping events, because this is like a living picture with sound. This
is something that will be denounced by every person of sound mind and proper
religious commitment, and we cannot imagine that anyone who has a sense of
modesty and faith would allow it.
Fataawa ‘Ulama’ al-Balad al-Haraam,
And Allaah knows best.