Praise be to Allaah.
The action mentioned in the
question is one of the most abhorrent of actions. It is haraam in and of
itself and because of what it leads to. As for it being haraam in and of
itself: a woman in principle is entirely ‘awrah and it is not permissible to
take her picture in the first place, even if nothing appears but her face
and hands, so how about if what appears is more than that. What if the
picture shows her most private ‘awrah? Undoubtedly this is more abhorrent
and sinful and leads to greater punishment.
The scholars of the
Standing Committee were asked:
Is a picture of a woman in
her passport or elsewhere ‘awrah or not? Is it acceptable for a woman, if
she refuses to have her picture taken, to delegate someone to perform Hajj
on her behalf, because she cannot get a passport for that reason? And what
is the limit of covering for women according to the Qur’aan and Sunnah?
She does not have the right
to allow her face to be photographed, whether in a passport or otherwise,
because it is ‘awrah, and because having her picture in a passport or
elsewhere is a cause of people being tempted because of her. But if she
cannot travel for Hajj without doing that, then she is granted a concession
allowing her to have her picture taken so that she may perform the
obligatory duty of Hajj, and it is not permissible for her to delegate
someone else to do it on her behalf. The entire woman is ‘awrah according to
the evidence of the Qur'aan and Sunnah, so what she is required to do is to
cover all of her body before non-mahrams, because Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“and not to reveal their
adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s
“And when you ask (his
wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer
for your hearts and for their hearts”
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn
Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Qa’ood.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (1/718, 719).
In the answer to question
no. 13342 we quoted Shaykh
Saalih al-Fawzan as saying:
Taking pictures of women is
not permitted at all, because of the temptation and evil that results from
that, in addition to the fact that taking pictures is forbidden in and of
itself. So it is not permissible to take pictures of women when traveling or
for any other reason. The Council of Senior Scholars has issued a statement
that this is haraam. End quote.
The husband has no excuse
for taking pictures of his wife naked because he is her husband. That does
not make it permissible for him to do this abhorrent act, and his being away
from his wife is not regarded as an excuse for him, because it is haraam to
take pictures of women in the first place – we have quoted fatwas of the
scholars concerning that – and because of the evil consequences to which it
leads. Among the consequences to which keeping pictures of one’s wife when
she is naked or immodestly dressed may lead are the following:
The husband’s belongings may be
stolen or he may lose or forget the picture in a public place, so the
picture may be spread far and wide and it may fall into the hands of fools
who would make use of the picture to cause more evil and corruption.
He and his wife may get
divorced, in which case she would become a stranger (non-mahram) to him, in
which case it would not be permissible for him to look at her after the
divorce which makes her a stranger to him.
The husband may use it against
his wife. There have been many such cases where the husband uses such things
against his wife to make her give up her financial rights or fulfil his
haraam desires or keep quiet about his abhorrent actions, and all of that
happens because he possesses pictures or a video of her when she is naked or
The husband’s looking at a
picture of his naked wife when he is away from her will never extinguish his
desire, rather the opposite is the case. It will inflame his desires and
they cannot be extinguished – in most cases – except by doing haraam actions
such as the secret habit – which is the least of them – or zina or
homosexuality – Allaah forbid.
So his excuse for taking
pictures of his wife and keeping them so he can look at them when he is away
from her is unacceptable, and his action is a cause of him falling into
haraam, because of the picture-taking itself, and because of the evils to
which it leads.
It is not permissible for
the husband to take a picture of his wife when she is naked or semi-naked.
He should have the attitude of protective jealousy for his honour, and do
whatever he can to protect his honour and not neglect it by doing such
actions. Similarly, it is not permissible for the wife to agree to do that
and she should denounce him and not respond to him.
Allaah has made each spouse
a libaas (screen) for the other. Allaah says (interpretation of the
“They are Libaas [i.e.
body-cover, or screen, or Sakan (i.e.
you enjoy the pleasure of living with them) Tafsir] for you and you
are the same for them”
The husband should pay
attention to that: he is a screen for his wife, so how could he seek to
uncover her by means of this action when the basic principle is that he
should be a screen and conceal her?
The husband should not stay
away from his wife and family a great deal, because he needs them and they
need him. His wife needs him so that they can keep one another chaste, and
the children need him to raise them and look after them. If the husband has
to go away and the wife agrees to that, then he must fear Allaah, his Lord,
and keep away from anything that may provoke his desire such as mixing with
women, being alone with a member of the opposite sex or looking. He should
do a lot of acts of worship, especially fasting, and he should choose
righteous companions who will guide him to do good and encourage him to obey
We ask Allaah to help him
to do that which He loves and which pleases Him.
And Allaah knows best.