Is It Permissible to Post Uncovered Photos on Internet Apps Where Others Can See Them?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I have a question. We can save pictures on Pinterest, and anyone visiting our account can view them. So, my question is, is it allowed to keep photos of women without the hijab, since anyone can see that, and do we sin this way?

Please answer urgently. I want to answer someone else. May Allah bless you and all your loved ones, amin


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

I pray you are in good faith and health.

It will not be allowed to save pictures this way, especially of uncovered women. If you were to save them, others would view the account; if they are looked at with desire, one will be sinful.

Islam Is Sincerity to Allah and the People

Tamim al-Dari (Allah be pleased with him) reported, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The religion is sincere goodwill.” We said, “To whom?” The Prophet said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims, and their common people.” [Muslim]

Criteria to Enjoin Good and Forbid Evil

You can advise your friend with love and wisdom and also take it as a reminder for yourself that one should avoid saving pictures in this way. Advise in such a way that she listens, and leads to gradual change and acknowledgment of the wrong.


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I pray this helps with your question.
[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.