Freedom of Muslim women in the country was curtailed further by the Darul Uloom Deoband when it imposed a ban on Muslim women uploading their photos, including selfies, on social media platforms.
Darul Iftaa, the fatwa factory of Darul Uloom Deoband, issued a fatwa in this regard saying that Muslim women uploading and posting their pictures on Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter was ‘unislamic’.
The fatwa was issued when a Muslim man sought to know if his wife can post and upload her pictures on social media. In response to the question, Darul Iftaa opined that Islam does not allow Muslim women to show their faces in public.
“Islam does not allow Muslim women to be photographed. Uploading and posting their picture on Facebook, Whatsapp etc is against the tenets of Islam and Sharia. They are not allowed to show their faces to other males,” said Mufti Tarikh Qashmi.
Unnecessary uploading of pictures on social media is wrong. Fatwa of Darul Uloom Deoband is appropriate: Shahnawaz Qadri,Darul Uloom Deoband
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 19, 2017
Mufti Qashmi further said that the trend among Muslim girls and women to put up their photos on social media is increasing in the country and should be stopped immediately as it violates Islamic laws.
He asked community members to ensure that girls strictly wear a hijaab and women wear a burqa and they should not be allowed to put up their pictures on social media.
Here is how Muslims are slamming Deoband:
So now there’s a #fatwa asking Muslims NOT to post pics online?
Puck ur phatwa😝
Go issue 1-more phat-wa against me. Ignorant fools. Posted pic.twitter.com/1ak24esKnI
— Danish Manzoor (@TellDM) October 19, 2017
WhatsApp haraam hai
Emoticons haraam hai
Voice note haraam hai
Selfie par fatwa hai
Nudes par seedha sar kalam 😂
— Hussain Haidry (@hussainhaidry) July 28, 2017
Who is Darul-Uloom to decide what women do? Who made them 'thekedars' of our religion?: Mariyam Alam,Activist pic.twitter.com/XcpMcfXMWP
— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2017
Please convey this to this idiot pic.twitter.com/odKSgtenJT
— Yusuf Unjhawala 🇮🇳 (@YusufDFI) October 7, 2017
— Shahab Jafri (@ShahabJafri55) October 7, 2017