Saturday , 16 December 2017
Viewing pictures and videos

Viewing pictures and videos

Assalamu alaikum
Respected Mufti Saheb
I understand that you regard taking pictures, videos etc, whether digital or otherwise, as impermissible and hold it to fall within the ambit of tasweer as mentioned in the hadith.
However what is the ruling regarding viewing pictures, videos etc(with no haraam content), whether digital or otherwise, because although picture making was forbidden and keeping pictures in your home a means of preventing angels from entering, Nabi (sallalahualaihiwasallam) never prevented anybody from looking at pictures.
Also it might be said that by viewing pictures and videos it will lead to more production of these types of videos etc, however what about videos and photos that were previously downloaded, dvds etc that were obtained by somebody else and similar scenarios, what is ypur stance on the issue on the whole?
Also there will always be great production of these things as some scholars deem it permissible and then we have the entire non muslim population as well?

Jazakallah

Answer

Wa Alaykum Salaam.
It is not permissible to view these pictures just as it is not permissible to make these pictures.
And Allah Ta'ala knows best.