Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Hizaam was asked:


Is it allowed to use software/apps with voice and picture communication knowing that the picture will go away when the call/connection ends?


“This is a doubtful affair. It is necessary to avoid it and we advise leaving it off. This is because it [the software/app] can store the picture, and then it becomes what is without doubt prohibited. The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

فمن اتقى الشبهات فقد استبرأ لدينه وعرضه

Thus he who avoids doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor

[Agreed upon from the Hadith of Nu’maan ibn Bashir (may Allah be pleased with him)]

And he (ﷺ) said:

دَعْ مَا يُرِيبُك إلَى مَا لَا يُرِيبُك

Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt

[Reported by Tirmidhi and others from Hasan ibn Ali (may Allah be pleased with him)]

So a person should be cautious regarding his religion and avoid doubts”.


Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan