Are calls by way of programs the likes of the one called “imo“, where you can see the person you’re calling, considered to be the impermissible picture taking?
May Allah reward you with good.
Yes, it’s impermissible because it’s picture taking, it falls under the evidences of the impermissibility of picture taking of animate beings.
The ‘Allāmah Al-Wādi’ī, may Allah have mercy upon him, said:
“Live broadcasting are included in the prohibition; it’s considered a picture, and the people call it a picture, so it’s impermissible.”
[End of speech from what’s intended from “The ruling of taking picture of animate beings.“]
Shaykh Abu Hatim Yusuf Al-‘Inaabi Al-Jazaa’iree – may Allah preserve him.
2nd, Saffar, 1438H.
Abu ‘Abdirrahman ‘Abdullaah bin Ahmed Ash-Shingaani