Video Taping A Wedding Party Haraam? Agree To Let Mahrams’
Pictures Be Taken
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Insha Allaah i am getting married soon and i
would like to know if video taping the wedding would
be haraam. I know that taking pictures via a camera is
haraam but i would like to know if video taping falls
under the same category as photography. There are
people who would like us to video tape the wedding but
my intended and i would not like to compromise with
picture taking, so we were wondering if we could video
tape it instead..
Praise be to Allaah.
One of the evil actions that takes place during
parties and celebrations is taking pictures of women.
It is haraam whether the pictures are taken with a
video camera or a regular camera, but taking pictures
with a video camera is worse.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) forbade one woman to describe another to her
husband as if he can see her – as it says in al-Saheehayn
– so taking pictures – especially on video – is
undoubtedly worse than simply describing, because the
woman can be seen in a real sense, not just in the
This, naturally, applies if the pictures are of women
only. But if the gathering is mixed then there is
another sin as well as the sin of making pictures.
Usually in women's gatherings on such occasions they
compete in wearing short and revealing clothes. So
taking such pictures and distributing them leads to
the spread of immorality and sin and encourages such
things, and makes people start to take the matter
lightly. What should a woman do if she does not want
her picture to be taken at all, then her picture is
taken of her in all her finery? What should a woman do
whom Allaah has guided after she went astray, and
pictures of her at parties are in circulation?
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen said:
In addition to the reservations about taking pictures
at wedding parties as mentioned above, there is a very
serious reservation which is:
We have heard that some women bring cameras with them
to take pictures of this celebration, and I do not
know what justification these women have for taking
pictures at these parties which are then spread among
the people, intentionally or otherwise. Do those who
take the pictures think that anyone approves of their
actions? I do not think that anyone approves of what
they do; I do not think that anyone would like his
daughter’s or wife’s picture to be taken and kept by
those misguided women to show to whomever they want,
whenever they want? Would any of you agree for his
mahrams’ pictures to be in the hands of other people,
to be a source of mockery if they are ugly and a
provocation of desire if they are beautiful?
We have even heard of something that is worse than
that: that some people bring a video camera to these
parties to take moving pictures, and they watch it
themselves or show it to others every time they want
to enjoy looking at these scenes.
We have also heard that some those who go to these
parties and videotape them are young men, who mix with
women at these parties or they sit alone with them,
and no wise person who has any knowledge of the
sources of sharee’ah will doubt that this is evil and
is haraam, and that it is stooping to the lowest level
of imitating the kuffaar.
Friday Khutbah in the Jami’ Mosque of ‘Unayzah,
entitled Munkaraat al-Afraah Mahaadhir Laylat al-Zafaaf.
And the Shaykh also said:
With regard to taking pictures of events, no wise
person will doubt that this is reprehensible, and no
wise person – let alone a believer – would agree to
let his mahrams’ pictures be taken – mothers,
daughters, sisters, wives – to be a product to be
shown to everyone or be viewed for the enjoyment of
any immoral person.
Even worse than that is videotaping events, because
this is like a living picture with sound. This is
something that will be denounced by every person of
sound mind and proper religious commitment, and we
cannot imagine that anyone who has a sense of modesty
and faith would allow it.
Fataawa ‘Ulama’ al-Balad al-Haraam, p. 439.
And Allaah knows best.