Fatwa ID: 02879
Answered by: Maulana Imran Mughal
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
If I were to download existing videos from Youtube and then edit parts of it and re-upload it to Youtube, but that video has images of women talking (or even just the voice of the women without the woman's image), then would this re-posting of videos be allowed in the Shariah?
Youtube pays me a certain amount based on how many views I can get to a video which I upload.
So if I take somebody else's video and edit it (all legally), then reupload it, but with elements of women in there, or a woman's voice in there, or football scenes with men's knees uncovered, would these video postings be permissible?
Although the focus of the video is not to display these aspects, yet they happen to be included in the subject of the video.
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the name of ALLAH the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
If the videos include images of females who are not covered according to Islamic principles, or males who do not cover their awrah it will not be permissible to use these videos.
On the other hand, if the videos only contain the voice of a woman it will be allowed provided that she does not raise her voice or speak in a soft and melodious way, which may raise the possibility of fitnah.
Allamah Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar Ala Ad-Durr al-Mukhtar (Riyadh: Dar Alam al-Kutub, 2003), 2:78-79.
Only Allah SWT alone knows best.
Written by Maulana Imran Mughal
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