There is a Turkish drama, ‘Ar Tughrul’ being shown on television. The Muftis of Madrasah Jaamiatur Rasheed of Karachi have issued a fatwa of permissibility. The following is their fatwa.

Translation of the Fatwa
Among the contemporary Ulama-e-Kiraam there is difference of opinion pertaining to digital pictures. According to some, such pictures are permissible while others (other Ulama) say that it is not permissible. According to us, in the light of the dhuroorat (dire need) there is scope for making and viewing digital pictures. Hence, in our opinion there is scope for viewing and selling the Ar Tughrul drama because in this drama is shown the history and culture of Khilaafat-e-Uthmaaniyyah. In viewing it, there is the opportunity for the Muslim youth to become aware of Islamic history and culture which is a very important need of this age.

However, since in this drama the activities of some females are also shown, it is necessary to abstain from looking at these women. If it is difficult for any man to restrain his eyes from the women, then for him it will not be permissible to view this drama because it is a principle of Fiqh: Warding off harm has priority over deriving benefit. Therefore, if there is the fear of evil looking when viewing the drama, then it is incumbent to abstain from sin. In this instance it is not permissible to look at the drama. (End of the fatwa which is signed by three Muftis of the Madrasah).

Please comment in the light of the Shariah on this fatwa.

The drivel (ghutha) which this fatwa contains is indeed surprising. It is surprising and lamentable that three Muftis from a well-known Islamic institution have acquitted themselves with such puerility and incompetency as illustrated in their fatwa. They have displayed lamentable ignorance regarding the application of the principles of Fiqh which they have referred to in their fatwa. Such incompetence is not expected of even students who have not as yet acquired qualification in the sphere of Iftaa’. Minus Taqwa, shaitaan exercises a strong influence of the muftis.

The objective of Fatwa is to bring Muslims closer to Allah Ta’ala, not to widen the chasm which transgressors have created with their fisq and fujoor.

In addition to portrayal of academic incompetence, the Muftis have displayed spiritual (Roohaani) bankruptcy. They appear to be bereft of Khauf-e-Ilaahi (Fear for Allah Ta’ala/Taqwa), hence they have so audaciously and stupidly legalized something (the drama/TV show) which consists of several major (Kabeeerah) sins. To soothe their conscience and to display expertise, the Muftis have cited Fiqhi principles without having correctly understood the import and the incumbent conditions for the applicability of the Fiqhi principle.

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TV Images Are Not Reflections

Q. Mufti Taqi argues that a TV image is not a picture. On the contrary it is a reflection. Is television permissible on this basis?

A. Mufti Taqi is in grievous error in his fatwa pertaining to the images appearing on TV, and video. You should not follow him. This Mufti Sahib has become a liberal. He has also legalized the riba-banking institutions. We have written a detailed rebuttal of the baseless ‘reflection’ idea Mufti Taqi is peddling. The ‘reflection’ idea is a ludicrously absurd hallucination. It is devoid of any substance. Even the kuffaar makers and experts of television will mock at the stupid theory of the television picture being a reflection. It is surprising that the Mufti has failed to distinguish between a picture and a reflection.

Even a child understands the glaring difference between the two. Our booklet, Refutation of Mufti Taqi’s Television Fatwa debunks the absurd reflection notion. What is lamentable about the attitude of Mufti Taqi, besides his lack of Shar’i dalaa-il for his absurd reflection view, is his deliberate bypassing of the categorical fatwa and solid Shar’i dalaa-il on the prohibition of television and photography, presented by his illustrious father, Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi (rahmatullah alayh), the then probably most senior Mufti in Pakistan. Hadhrat Mufti Shafi had thoroughly demolished the reflection argument which, sad to say, his son, Mufti Taqi, has resurrected to satisfy the modernist conglomerate of deviates.

Hadhrat Maulana Sayyid Sulaiman Nadvi (rahmatullah alayh) had written an article supporting the permissibility of photos of people and animals. In response, Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi (rahmatullah alayh) published his book, At- Tasweer Li-Ahkaamit Tasweer. In this book, he thoroughly debunked the now worm-out ‘reflection’ notion. Later, Hadhrat Sayyid Nadvi retracted his erroneous view of permissibility.

Even the liberal Maulana Abul Kalam Azad whom modernists believe to be an ‘enlightened’ Aalim, emphatically stated the prohibition of photos of living organisms. Initially, he used to publish photos in his paper, Al-Hilal. When he became convinced of the error of his view, he retracted his permissibility fatwa and said: “The taking of photographs, the keeping of photographs, and the distribution of photographs are all impermissible. It was my great error that I took photographs and printed them in Al-Hilal. I have now repented of this error. My past faults should be concealed and not publicized.” The argument that a photo picture is a ‘reflection’ is indeed moronically weird.

[Answered by Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]