The Imam of Jeddah Mosque, Asim al-Hakim, recently stated that earnings from YouTube are considered haram. This declaration came in response to a Twitter user named Abdul Maqtadir, who asked for clarification on whether earning from YouTube is permissible or forbidden (halal or haram) in Islam.Asim al-Hakim’s response was clear and concise, stating that YouTube earnings fall under the category of haram. However, he did not elaborate on the reasons behind this ruling in his initial response.
It is haram https://t.co/S0lGLEZjYj
— Assim Alhakeem (@Assimalhakeem) July 12, 2023
Interestingly, four years ago, Asim al-Hakim made a statement on his own YouTube channel where he highlighted the rising significance of being a YouTuber as an occupation among young people in contemporary society. In that statement, he emphasized that earning from YouTube is not inherently forbidden from an Islamic perspective. Instead, the permissibility depends on the nature of the content uploaded by the YouTuber.
According to Asim al-Hakim’s view, if a YouTuber shares haram content, such as music, inappropriate conversations, indecency, obscenity, or immorality, the income derived from such content would be considered haram.
It’s worth mentioning that Asim al-Hakim is a prominent figure, leading Friday prayers at Jeddah Mosque, and has made appearances as both a host and guest on various TV programs. Furthermore, he has delivered lectures at numerous universities in Asia and Europe. His views hold influence within the Muslim community, and his stance on YouTube earnings has raised awareness among content creators about the importance of considering the Islamic perspective in their online activities.