Exchanging photographs (for the purpose of marriage) via the internet

Question: Is it permissible for a woman to send a photograph of herself via the internet to a man looking to get married, but who lives far away, so he can see her (what she looks like) and decide whether he wishes to marry her or not?

Response: I am not of this opinion.

Firstly: Since it is possible that someone other than the person intended could see the photograph;

Secondly: Because the photograph does not portray the complete truth (reality). So how many photographs has a person seen, and when he sees the one photographed, finds him completely different (in appearance);

Thirdly: It is possible this photograph may remain with this man, even after he excuses himself from proposing to her, however, it remains with him and he may cause mischief with it, and Allaah is the Most Knowledgeable.

[Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen|Fataawa Mu’aasirah – Page 77|al-Mowsoo’ah – 2027]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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2 Responses to Exchanging photographs (for the purpose of marriage) via the internet

  1. salafi4real says:

    jazakallahu khaira,wa barakallah feek

  2. Assalaamu`alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu..

    wa iyyaak ahky…And May Allaah Bless you too.

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