Can Two Opposite Genders Remain in the Same Room Where There is a Camera?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I read the question on your website, “Is It Permissible for Me to Stay in a Flat With My Brother’s Wife If a Child Is With Us?” the same situation applies to our house with a nanny when my wife leaves. The answer mentions it’s okay for each to stay in their room, as this is a barrier.
What about being in the living room together where we have a camera? My wife can open this camera and see us live on her phone anytime. Does this remove the seclusion (khalwa) in those rooms the camera can see?
Also, if we are both in separate rooms, but the door is open or slightly open, is this OK as a “barrier”? Jazak Allah.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question. It is good to know you are benefiting from the answer service.

It will not remove the seclusion if a camera is in the room. The point is that there are two opposite genders in the same room; a camera will not stop any of your thoughts from entering your heart and mind. There is that element of it not working; also, a sin can be of a momentary period, and it would not be easy to keep checking the camera. Suspicions can arise as our ego and shaytan are always with us and others.

If you are both in separate rooms, but the door is open or slightly open, it is okay as a barrier, but it is always good to side with caution.

[Ibn ʿAbidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha]

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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.