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 [see below], 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]

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