Question: Is it permissible for girls who wear proper hijab to post their pictures on an online platform?
Answer: Assalamu alaykum sister,
Thank you for your question.
There are a few gray areas when it comes to posting your pictures online that you may want to consider:
Permissibility of photography
See the above links about the ruling on photography. There is a difference of opinion on the matter so one should actively note which position they choose to follow and why.
The benefit of posting pictures
Anything that a Muslim does is tinged with the intention to benefit their hereafter. Anything beyond this is frivolous and futile. You should ask yourself why you are posting your photographs. Is this for social media? Is there an element of showing off? Are there certain young men that will see these photos? Are you trying to say something without actually saying it? Are you facilitating for young men to lower their gaze, or just adding to their temptation?
The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “This world is cursed and what is in it is cursed, except the remembrance of Allah (dhikr) and what is conducive to that, or one who has knowledge or who acquires knowledge” [Ibn Majah].
Perhaps you are posting pictures online for job purposes or matrimonial purposes, this would be a much better reason to do so, in my opinion. Ascertain for yourself what your purpose is and make your own decision, I just ask, that anything you do, do it for Allah.
May Allah reward you with every good and give you a picture-perfect life in this world and the next!
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.