Ruling On Taking A Woman's Picture In Order To Have A Passport Issued
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What is the ruling on taking a woman's picture
in order to have a passport issued so that she can
travel with her husband for the purpose of da'wah?
Praise be to Allaah.
It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah (1/496): "A
woman should not allow anyone to photograph her face
whether for a passport or for any other purpose,
because it (her face) is ‘awrah, and because the
existence of pictures in passports and elsewhere is
one of the causes of fitnah… unless that is the case
Based on that, it may be said that if the purpose of
the woman's travel is da'wah, to call people to Allaah,
then this is not something necessary that would make
this action permissible. In many foreign countries
women attend the mosques and Islamic centers and
benefit from what the daa'iyahs are doing there . So
there is no need for this woman to expose herself to
fitnah or the risk of doing some haraam actions,
especially since there is such a great need for da'wah
in the country where she is living. So she should
focus her da'wah efforts on the people around her, her
sisters in faith. Perhaps Allaah will cause others to
benefit from her.
But if the reason is that the man is going out for the
purpose of da'wah, and his wife is to accompany him,
then the ruling varies according to the length of time
that he will spend there. If he will be gone for a
long time, then it is acceptable for him to take his
wife with him so that he will be safe from temptation.
But if it is only for a short time, then he should not
take his wife with him, and if he fears that he will
fall into temptation, then he should not go, rather he
should occupy himself with da'wah in the place where
he is living in his own country.
We ask Allaah to help us all to do that which He loves
and which pleases Him.
And Allaah knows best.
Shaykh Khaalid al-Sabt
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid