Renowned Saudi scholar and revered Imam of Jeddah Mosque, Assim Alhakeem, has recently weighed in on the contentious issue of YouTube earnings, stating that they are considered haram under specific circumstances. Asim al-Hakim’s insightful interpretation has sparked discussions on the permissibility of generating income through the popular video-sharing platform.
It is haram https://t.co/S0lGLEZjYj
— Assim Alhakeem (@Assimalhakeem) July 12, 2023
The Twitter Query and Assim Alhakeem Response
In response to a question posted by a Twitter user named Abdul Maqtadir, Asim Alhakeem clarified his stance regarding the halal or haram status of YouTube earnings. He said that, in certain cases, such earnings are considered haram. However, in his initial Twitter response, the respected scholar did not elaborate on the exact reasons behind this ruling. To better understand his viewpoint, we have looked into his previous statements made on his YouTube channel.
Dissecting Muslim Cleric’s Perspective on YouTube Earnings
Four years ago, Assim Alhakeem addressed the topic of YouTube earnings on his YouTube channel, providing a more detailed explanation. He emphasized that, from an Islamic standpoint, earning from YouTube is not intrinsically forbidden (haram). Rather, the ruling depends on the nature of the content being uploaded by the individual.
According to Asim Alhakeem, if a YouTuber shares content that is deemed haram in Islam, such as music, indecent conversations, obscenity, or immorality, then the income derived from such content would also be considered haram. This view aligns with Islamic principles that stress the importance of promoting modesty, ethical conduct, and abstaining from engaging in sinful activities.