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Ruling on a woman putting her
picture on Facebook
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?.
Published Date: 2012-06-27
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 encourages 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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