Woman Asked Him To Take A Picture Of Her And He Did That
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uncovered woman asked a young man to take a picture of
her with a camera, and she was not Muslim, and he
agreed to do that. Is what he did permissible or did
he do something that was very wrong, and what advice
do you give to people like him?
Praise be to Allaah.
has to respect the rulings of Islam and be proud of
its teachings, and he should be a caller to the
guidance of Islam by his attitude more than his words,
especially when he is among non-Muslim people.
Righteousness is a honour by means of which the Muslim
rises in status, a light that shines among mankind. It
is not a burden or something shameful that he should
be embarrassed to show openly, let alone go against
It is well known in Islam that it is forbidden to look
at the faces of non-mahram women unnecessarily, and it
is even more haraam to look at their hair and whatever
of their adornments are visible.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from
looking at forbidden things), and protect their
private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is
purer for them. Verily, Allaah is All-Aware of what
It was narrated from Ibn Buraydah from his father that
the Messenger of Allaah (Peace And Blessings Of Allaah
Be Upon Him) said to 'Ali: "O 'Ali, do not follow one
glance with another; the first is allowed but the
second is not."
Narrated by Abu Dawood (2149) and classed as hasan by
al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
It is obvious that taking a woman's picture with a
camera involves looking closely at her face and form,
along with the talking, chatting and haraam smiles
that are also involved. So how about if the woman is
uncovered, wearing makeup and showing her adornments?
The basic principle is that the Muslim should denounce
evil and forbid everything that goes against the
commands of Allaah, and he should not keep quiet about
it – let alone help with it and take the matter
The Prophet (Peace And Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon
Him) said: "Whoever among you sees an evil action,
then let him change it with his hand [by taking
action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by
speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart –
and that is the weakest of faith." Narrated by Muslim
It would have been better for this young man to take
the opportunity to call this woman to Islam and tell
her of the virtues and purity to be found in hijab,
and tell her that righteous believing women from
Maryam (peace be upon her) to the Mothers of the
Believers and the believing women were women of virtue
who observed hijab, and that Islam protects women and
regards them as precious jewels which are not
permissible for everyone to see. Perhaps Allaah might
have guided this woman at his hands and her becoming
Muslim would have weighed in the balance of his good
deeds on the Day of Resurrection.
This young man has to repent from what he has done,
and not do such a thing again. You have to advise him
and remind him that he should keep away from such
actions, and that it is better to openly follow the
rulings of Islam in front of non-Muslims who he hopes
will be impressed when they see the greatness of this
religion and its teachings.
I ask Allaah to guide us and you to that which is
good, and to teach us and you guidance, truth and
See also question no. 1774.
And Allaah knows best.