Destroying statues and wiping out pictures

Question: A person made a statue from useful material such as gold, silver, or the like and the statue represents a human being or an animal and is used as a decorative ornament. Then this person makes Tawbah (repentance) to Allaah and wants to convert the statue into something lawful and beneficial by changing it into coins, jewelry or making use of it in building. Is this permissible? What is the interpretation of the word “worshipped” in the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to the person who wanted to sacrifice camels as a vow at Buwanah: Did the place contain any idols worshipped in pre-Islaamic times? ?

Answer: It is obligatory to destroy these statues and obliterate their drawings. It is also obligatory to wipe pictures out and remove their traces… read more here.


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