Putting your picture on social media – Haram or halal (read)

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?

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.

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.

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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