Question: Due to the occasion of Hajj (Pilgrimage), I intend to print the picture of the Honored Ka`bah and the Masjid of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in order to be distributed among pilgrims. This may help remind them of their sacred rites during the performance of every rite as they look at their watches. I need your encouragement for this by giving me a Fatwaa that permits printing the picture of the Ka`bah and Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee onto clocks and watches in order to give this fatwaa to customs when importing them. May Allaah not deprive us of your instructions!
Answer: Taking photographs of what does not have a soul; of mountains, plants, trees, seas and all inanimate objects is permissible. But something might result out of these pictures that makes them impermissible. Printing the picture of the Honored Ka`bah and Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah) on watches and clocks has the same ruling of impermissibility… read more here.