Emailing Pictures to Mahram Relatives
Posted: 10 Rabi-u-Thani 1422, 2 July 2001
|Q.) I live in the USA and I observe hijab. On regular basis I chat
with my family and they always request me to send my photos to them. We have a digital
camera where we can take photos and delete them right away. I would like to know that, if
I can take a picture of mine and send that picture file to my sister and parents and then
they can delete those pictures right away. Is this allowable in the Shariah?
A.) There are differences of opinion among reliable scholars regarding
the electronic capturing (video, Internet, etc.) of animate images being Tasweer (pictures
and photography, etc.) or not.
Apart from that, it should be realized that anything placed on the Internet is in
public domain. In its passage from source to destination, it is stored on numerous
computers and can be retrieved by others, even though it may be deleted right away by
sender and receiver.
And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best