Earning a living from photography and putting photos of beings with souls in homes

Question: When I read the Hadeeth cited in the book entitled “Al-Tawheed”, in the Chapter on the torment of image-makers, I found that their torment is very severe as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The people who will receive the severest punishment on the Day of Resurrection will be those who emulate Allaah’s creation. Does this Hadeeth apply to today’s photographers who have studios? What is the ruling on people who keep photographs of themselves, their friends or relatives as mementos not for bringing blessings, and people who keep some useful magazines like “Al-`Arabee” to benefit from their sciences and knowledge, not for the photographs?

Answer: The committee believes that taking photographs of living beings is not permissible according to the authentic evidence reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) like the Hadeeth mentioned by the questioner… read more here.

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