What is the ruling on a woman putting her picture on her Facebook page

What is the ruling on a woman putting

her picture on her Facebook page,

especially since some of our sisters

who wear hijab believes that putting

pictures of themselves in hijab is

something that is not forbidden in

sharee‘ah? Could you explain so that I

can advise them?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is haraam for a girl to put a picture

of herself on Facebook or in chat

rooms or on other websites, for a

number of reasons:

1.

This is contrary to covering and

concealment that is enjoined upon

women in the Qur’aan and Sunnah.

Allah, may He be glorified and

exalted, says concerning the noblest

of women and the furthest of them

from suspicion, namely the wives of

the Prophet (blessings and peace of

Allah be upon him):

“And when you ask (his wives) for

anything you want, ask them from

behind a screen, that is purer for your

hearts and for their hearts”

[al-Ahzaab 33:53]

“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your

daughters and the women of the

believers to draw their cloaks (veils)

all over their bodies (i.e., screen

themselves completely except the

eyes or one eye to see the way). That

will be better, that they should be

known (as free respectable women)

so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is

Ever OftForgiving, Most Merciful”

[al-Ahzaab 33:59]

And He forbade women to speak

softly, as He says (interpretation of

the meaning):

“O wives of the Prophet! You are not

like any other women. If you keep

your duty (to Allah), then be not soft

in speech, lest he in whose heart is a

disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire

for adultery, etc.) should be moved

with desire, but speak in an

honourable manner”

[al-Ahzaab 33:32].

So Allah, may He be glorified and

exalted, enjoined the wives of the

Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah

be upon him), and the believing

women in general, to observe hijab,

so as to purify the hearts of the

believing women and to protect them

from anything that may give rise to

temptation or suspicion, and so as to

preserve their chastity and that of His

believing slaves. Once this is

understood, it will become clear that

for a woman to put her picture where

it will be seen by righteous and

evildoers alike on such websites is

something that is contrary to Allah’s

teachings.

2.

That opens the door to fitnah

(temptation) and evil for the woman

and for those who see her. How often

have we heard and read painful

stories caused by such things. How

many pure and chaste women have

fallen into the traps of those who do

not fear Allah, evildoers who have

tempted them with sweet words and

promises until, when they had had

their way with them, they turned their

back on them and abandoned them

with nothing but regret and loss, and

perhaps shame in this world and in

the Hereafter – Allah forbid.

How many evildoers have tampered

with those images and reproduced

them by modern means, putting the

head of a decent woman on the body

of an immoral woman, then there will

be great regret for what she brought

upon herself and her family when

regret is to no avail.

3.

With regard to what you have

mentioned about some women who

wear hijab believing that putting their

picture in hijab is not forbidden

according to Islam, if what you mean

by hijab is proper shar‘i hijab that

covers the face and does not show

the face of the woman, then this kind

of thing is not forbidden in Islam,

especially when there is a need for it.

But this is not what they meant,

because there is no benefit in doing

this. What is the point of putting a

picture of a black shape in which

nothing appears?!

But if what is meant is putting a

picture of a woman with her face

uncovered, even if she has covered

the rest of her body, then we have

explained that this is what leads to

evil consequences that are sufficient

to deem it forbidden, even if we do

not say that it is obligatory for the

woman to cover her face; so how

about if that is obligatory? The sin in

this case is multiplied and the danger

is greater. By doing that she has

transgressed and what the believing

women have been accustomed to

doing for centuries.

Al-Ghazaali (may Allah have mercy on

him) said in Ihya’ ‘Uloom ad-Deen (2/

53): Men throughout the ages have

always had their faces uncovered and

women have always gone out with

their faces covered. End quote. It says

something similar in Fath al-Baari, 9/

337.

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah have

mercy on him) said in Fath al-Baari

(9/424): The custom of women in the

past and more recently has been to

cover their faces in front of non-

mahram men. End quote.

Moreover, if everyone who has any

common sense realises that the focal

point of beauty and fitnah in women

is the face, and this is what men want

to see, and it is from this that it is

judged whether a woman is beautiful

or not, then publishing pictures in the

manner mentioned opens the door to

women for be tempted to be a source

of temptation, and for them and their

pictures to be treated disrespectfully,

as they will be visible to anyone who

wants to see them.

And Allah knows best.

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