Recording lectures on video tapes

Q: In the school of teaching the Glorious Qur'an in Huraymila', we have a small lecture hall that does not have enough room for all the attendees not to mention the students. We give lectures and hold scientific seminars and parties in this hall. We would like to record these lectures by videotape, so they may be watched elsewhere. Respected shaykh, we hope to get your advice with regard to the following:1. Is it permissible to broadcast these lectures and seminars by videotape? It should be noted that they will be broadcast only and will not be recorded on video tapes.2. Is it permissible to record these lectures and seminars on video tapes, so that they may be replayed for much benefit?

A: First: If the lectures and scientific seminars are not against the rulings of Islam, it will be permissible to broadcast them by videotape to circulate the benefit and spread knowledge.Second: It is permissible to record the lectures and seminars on video tapes to broadcast them again for more benefit when necessary. (Part No. 26; Page No. 279) Indeed, the legal judgment of permissibility and impermissibility has nothing to do with the set itself, for it may be used to serve lawful or unlawful purposes. Hence, if it is used for a lawful purpose, it will be lawful and vice versa.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.