Fatwa Say Wha? Taking Photos Is an Insult to Islam, Muftis Declare

In a terrible blow to Instagram and Flickr, India’s top Islamic seminary issued a fatwa the other day saying that taking pictures is sinful. Anyone who clicks a shutter, the muftis warn, is answerable to Allah.

Mufti Abdul Qasim Nomani, Mohtamim (vice chancellor) of Darul Uloom Deoband, said on the phone, “Photography is un-Islamic. Muslims are not allowed to get their photos clicked unless it is for an identity card or for making a passport.”

He said Islam does not permit video-taping of marriages or clicking of pictures to save as mementos for future generations. … “Photography is unlawful and sin. Hadith (recorded Islamic tradition) warns sternly against it,” … reads the fatwa posted on the school’s website.

This is spectacular news. You see, the Hadith is not just any recorded Islamic tradition; rather, it is

a report of the deeds and sayings of Muhammad. Hadiths may originate from other important characters of the earliest years of Islam such as the companions of Muhammad or Shia Imams as well.

Therefore, the no-photos fatwa is proof that Islam is truly a superior faith; its founders foresaw the invention of the camera some 12 centuries before it happened, and, with Allah’s unfailing guidance, pre-condemned it.

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder of Moral Compass, a now dormant site that poked fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards. He joined Friendly Atheist in 2013.


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