In a recent declaration, Jamia Uloom-ul-Islamia Banoori Town issued a religious edict, or fatwa, declaring the use of the widely-used social media app TikTok as “haram” or forbidden under Sharia law.
The fatwa, numbered 144211200409, explicitly states that TikTok is not permissible due to various ethical and religious concerns. It highlights TikTok as a potential “dangerous temptation” in the world of social media, pointing out activities on the app that are considered illegitimate and sinful.
The fatwa states that TikTok promotes photo and video taking, which is expressly forbidden by Sharia law. The ruling also criticizes the app for showcasing inappropriate content involving women and actions that lead to sinful behavior.
Moreover, the fatwa disapproves of TikTok’s use of music, singing, and dancing, labeling these elements as conduits for spreading indecency and nudity. It emphasizes the wasting of time associated with the app and condemns behaviors that mock scholars and religious figures, driven by the desire for financial gain.
This ruling reflects the religious perspective on TikTok, cautioning against activities that go against the values of decency and morality.
Similarly, a Saudi Scholar on Twitter (now known as X) declared that making money on YouTube is forbidden. Asim al-Hakim, a scholar, answered a user’s question regarding whether YouTube income is halal or haram by stating that it is.
It is haram https://t.co/S0lGLEZjYj— Assim Alhakeem (@Assimalhakeem) July 12, 2023