Uploading Qur’an recitation videos on YouTube

Question:

What do the scholars and experts of shari’ah say regarding YouTube shorts? Can I upload Quranic recitation videos on YouTube shorts and monetize these?

Answer:

The earning from You tube is Halal since it is spreading the Word of Allah. You can upload Quranic recitation videos on YouTube shorts, provided that you adhere to YouTube’s community guidelines:

  1. Respect Copyright: Ensure that you have the necessary rights to upload the recitation. If you’re using a specific recitation from a well-known reciter or a recording owned by a particular organization, make sure you have permission to use it or that it’s in the public domain.
  2. Respectful Presentation: Present the Quranic recitations in a respectful and dignified manner. Avoid adding any distracting elements or annotations that may detract from the sanctity of the recitation.
  3. Community Guidelines: Adhere to YouTube’s community guidelines, which prohibit content that promotes hate speech, violence, or discrimination. Quranic recitations are generally considered sacred and should be presented with reverence and respect.
  4. Monetization: Regarding monetization, YouTube’s policies may vary, and it’s essential to review their current guidelines and terms of service. While some channels featuring religious content may be eligible for monetization, it’s crucial to ensure that your content complies with YouTube’s policies and guidelines.
  5. Consider Viewer Sensitivities: Recognize that Quranic recitations hold significant spiritual and religious importance for Muslims. Be mindful of the sensitivities of viewers and approach the content with the utmost respect and consideration.

Before uploading Quranic recitation, videos or attempting to monetize them, it’s advisable to review YouTube’s policies and guidelines thoroughly. Additionally, consulting with knowledgeable individuals or organizations within the Muslim community may provide further insights and guidance on presenting Quranic content respectfully and in accordance with Islamic principles. Furthermore, it will be beneficial to add the Quran translation so that viewers can understand what they have heard. The Majestic Quran is ideal for this.

This fatwa is written by Dr Hafiz Muhammad Munir al-Azhari

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