Fatwa, FaceBook and Films

The Darul Uloom Deoband in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur had issued a fatwa prohibiting Muslim men and women from posting photographs of themselves and their families on social media sites on 18 October 2017. Just for reference, fatwa was issued against tennis player Sania Mirza in 2005 and Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman in 2015.

Posters and cut-outs of “bollywood Khans” are on display in nook and corner of the country. Their statues are attractions at Madam Tussauds.  They are all idolised and worshiped. Same is true for cricketers who are also demi-gods for Indians. As an extension, the audio-visual media, be it TV, films, social media thrives on pictures and images. Fatwa department of the seminary and Islamic scholars associated with “madrasas” may like to remove the confusion and ambiguity.



In Sansad Bhawan, a portrait of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad is on display in the Central Hall while his statue/bust is installed in the courtyard.  Portraits of Late Zakir Hussain, Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, APJ Abdul Kalam used to adorn every government office while they were Presidents of India.

Photo credit: REUTERS/AFP


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