Photography and keeping photographs

Question: A debate arose between some brothers on photography and keeping photographs and the conclusion is still undetermined. So what is the ruling on photography and keeping photographs?

Answer: Taking photographs of living beings, be they humans or animals, and keeping these photos, is unlawful. In fact, it is one of the major sins, for there are authentically reported Hadeeths about the terrible threat and severe torment that will befall photographers and those who keep photographs, also because taking photographs is similar to imitating Allaah in creating living beings and may be a means to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) like honoring the photographs of great figures and righteous people, or a means for temptation like photographs of beautiful women, actors, actresses, and semi-naked women… read more here.

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