What is the ruling on speaking on the internet through video where each person sees the picture of the other? Does this fall into picture making?


“If the picture appears inside the device and produces a result similar to a picture, then yes. In most cases it is. Otherwise, what is it that transmits your picture to him and his picture to you? You rely on a camera which takes your picture to him and his picture to you. And this is not a type of mirror, for example, from here to a country 1000 kilometers away. It is not a mirror. It is relying on a camera taking a picture. Therefore it is picture-making if it uses a camera”


Translator’s Note:

Shaikh Muqbil bin Haadi al-Wadi’ee (may Allah have mercy upon him) wrote: “So like this, know that pictures which spread in the newspapers, magazines, telephones, videos, and other than that from the modern devices (1) are prohibited…

(1): Whether it is a telephone or video or cinema or video phone or devices which provide live feed in arenas or university lecture halls or video surveillance devices ”

[Hukum Tasweer Dhawaat ul-Arwaah (pg. 26)]

Translated by

Faisal bin Abdul Qaadir bin Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan