India’s Top Muslim Seminary Bans Photography, Says it’s “Un-Islamic”


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Mufti Abdul Qasim Nomani has a point. Surely there were no cameras in Mohammed’s time. If there had been someone might have snapped a photo breaking the lens and committing blasphemy.

Muslims didn’t invent cameras. Even the sorts of folks who claim that everyone once used to be a Muslim and that Muslim rule ushered in a golden age that allowed Muslims to discover all sorts of amazing things that the Greeks and Romans later stole from them don’t claim this.

Surely then photography is Un-Islamic.

India’s leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom has issued a fatwa, saying “photography is unlawful and a sin”.

Mufti Abdul Qasim Nomani, Mohtamim (vice chancellor) of Darul Uloom Deoband, said on phone, “Photography is un-Islamic. Muslims are not allowed to get their photos clicked unless it is for an identity card or for making a passport.”

I’m confused. Why are photos Un-Islamic, but phones are Islamic? Shouldn’t phones also be Haram?

All India Muslim Law Personal Board member Mufti Abul Irfan Qadri Razzaqi also agreed with Nomani’s fatwa. “Islam forbids photographing of humans and animals. Whoever does that will be answerable to Allah.”

But  somehow I think the Mufti has a bunch of photos of the Twin Towers burning somewhere.

A similar fatwa was issued when a television reporter asked if his “facing the video camera” is against Islam.

“You are right, it is prohibited in Islam to photograph and to let others photograph you. Therefore, you should seek forgiveness from Allah for the same and choose for you a work which is free from such prohibited acts.

If only Al Jazeera were to take this warning to heart.

 

  • Softly Bob

    “Mufti Abdul Qasim Nomani has a point. Surely there were no cameras in Mohammed’s time.”

    There were no AK-47s, hand grenades, jet planes or nuclear weapons in Mohammed’s time either. Perhaps Muslims should stop using them and start fighting our armies with bows, arrows and spears.
    Just saying!

    • Ronald Hunter

      That would surely simplify things. I guess no poison nerve gasses either.
      HEY, listen to this guy, all you radical Islamic terrorists!

      • DogmaelJones1

        I beg to differ. Sure, Mohammed had nerve gas. He bottled it from flatulent camels and horses.

  • nomoretraitors

    “You are right, it is prohibited in Islam to photograph and to let others photograph you”
    Let’s disseminate this to the dumbschumcks at MSNBC. Then maybe we can get their ugly faces off the fiberoptic cables

  • Veracious_one

    “You are right, it is prohibited in Islam to photograph and to let others photograph you.

    The Muslims on Youtube have some ‘splainin’ to do….

  • Veracious_one

    Muslims don’t like cameras because they don’t kill people…

  • Gee

    Computers then are un-Islamic for you will find lots of photos of people and animals in them. Also the Encyclopedia is un-Islamic as well

  • alihusaini

    Yea , because we all know ALL Muslims think and act alike, all 1.6 billion of them!!

    • defcon 4

      All we have to do is look at how they act in all your various islam0fascist hellholes ali son-0f-swine.

      • alihusaini

        Ooooh, your hurting me, ha ha ha!!!!

  • Biff Henderson

    “…Muslims are not allowed to get their photos clicked unless it is for an identity card or for making a passport.”

    Oh no he didn’t. I’m calling bid’ah-$h*t. No exceptions. Nada, nil, zilch. Creeping Sharia of the Western kind polluting the Umma. What, no more jihad porn? The gore that pores is forbidden to you. Motard, seen an angel in your house lately? That’s because the MoBros didn’t change their internet browser settings to block image. The porn industry will take a bath but think of the full ablution baths the Umma can forego. Islam is earth friendly. Think of the water it’ll save. Aren’t you supposed to play wack-a-mole for Allah instead of wack-a…

    Allah known Beast.

  • defcon 4

    I believe this has to do w/the fact muhahahahamad opposed representative imagery. I read Aisha once bought draperies that had figures of animals on them, which he ripped down because of the representative imagery on them. He was always such an open-minded kinda guy.

  • Larry Larkin

    The Deobandis, the Sub-continent’s branch of wahhabism, and the mob that run the thousands of madrassas in Pakistan and teach the vast majority of the Pakistani leadership.
    What more do you need to know about Pakistan.

    • alihusaini

      You right that the Deobandis run thousands of madrassahs in the Indian Subcontinent but the Deobandis are not a branch of wahabism.I can see where there would be confusion especially if one were getting their info from sites like this which just entertainment, you know, to laugh at the idiots who write the articles and to laugh even harder at the morons who believe and take seriously what is written.