Ruling on taking photographs of beings with souls

Question: We started issuing a magazine for Muslim children entitled “Arwaa”, a copy of which is attached to this letter. However, a reliable and trustworthy shaykh objected to the use of images in the magazine in spite of the fact that we avoided making portraits of the Prophets (peace be upon them) and the Sahaabah (Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them all). We send this letter asking for your Fatwaa in this regard and hoping that you send us an instant reply.

Answer: Portraying animate beings is absolutely prohibited even if they are not images of the Prophets (peace be upon them) or the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them all). Taking these images as an element of excitement and illustration does not justify their permissibility… read more here.

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