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Fatwa forbids selfies, family pics on social media

Islamic seminary in northern India says doing so is un-Islamic
Fatwa forbids selfies, family pics on social media

Pakistani Muslims pose for selfie after attending Eid al-Adha prayers in Lahore on Sept. 13, 2016. In neighboring India, a leading seminary has banned the uploading of selfies and family photos onto social media accounts. (Photo by Arif Ali/AFP)

Published: October 23, 2017 04:02 AM GMT
Updated: October 23, 2017 04:03 AM GMT

An Islamic seminary in India has issued a fatwa (religious edict) that forbids Muslims from posting pictures of themselves or family members on their social media sites.

The seminary — Darul Uloom Deoband — in the city of Saharanpur in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh issued the fatwa Oct. 18 that labels such uses of social media as un-Islamic, reported India Today.

The edict is applicable to both Muslim men and women.

Earlier in October, the same seminary released a fatwa which banned women plucking, trimming, shaping their eyebrows and cutting hair, reported India Today.

Darul Uloom Deoband is one of the largest Islamic seminaries in India.

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