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Is It Permissible to Share Pictures That Portray Women Who Are Uncovered?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


I want to share my work with people on Linkedin to have more exposure, but the pictures of attended events are usually work group pictures with males and females.

Can I share those pictures? The females don’t wear hijab but aren’t seducing.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is permissible to share pictures that portray women who are uncovered as long as the following conditions are met:

  • There is a need to post such a picture, or by not doing so, one will miss out on either worldly or religious good.
  • The main focus/action depicted in the picture is not the uncovered women themselves.
  • The picture is only shared to the extent of the necessity (in this case, only on Linkedin and the like, not on social media).

To The Extent Necessary

That said, such permission is due to necessity, and dispensations are given out only to the extent of the necessity. [Ibn Nujaym, al-Ashbah wa al-Naza’ir]

So, if you can crop out or blur out the women in the best picture.

Hope this helps
Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.