Question 380: Praise be to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet. To commence:
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ reviewed the request for Fatwaa’ submitted to His Eminence, the Grand Muftee by Director of Religious Affairs Department in the Armed Forces. The letter was referred to the Committee by the Secretariat-General of the Council of Senior Scholars under no. 4758, on 9/9/1413 A.H. The question reads as follows:
Attached to the request is a clip of the Visitor’s Guide to King Khalid Air Base that carries a picture of a stone in the shape of an eagle formed by erosion. The stone that carries this image was brought to the Base and fixed to the building as it appears in the picture for the purpose of pondering on the Creation of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). Would you please issue a Fatwaa’ in this regard?
Answer: After the Committee studied the question, the answer is that it is obligatory to remove this sculpture because it takes the form of a bird. Fixing images of animate objects, sculptures or other images, is not permissible. This may lead to major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam)... read more here.
Question 379: We live in a one-room apartment where there are pictures of animals. Is it permissible to offer prayers in this room?
Answer: These pictures must be destroyed; it is not permissible to keep them in the house, for the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture. As for praying in this room which contains such pictures, it is valid but disapproved... read more here.
Question 378: Some young men plan to produce CDs that include parables of the Qur’aan, but they intend to use moving pictures as an alternative for Muslim children who are attracted by such media which expose them to the negative effects of television and other means of false amusement. They hope to teach children the rulings of their Deen (Islaam) in a simplified manner. Please advise us regarding the legal ruling of using moving pictures, which are also known as the cartoons, and whether these pictures take the same ruling as that of the pictures shown on TV in terms of their being impermanent; and also if these moving pictures resemble puppets with which children play, as they are used for amusement, education and acting. For example, presenting Al-Buraaq (The Prophet’s camel) as a puppet and such as the cat puppet which `Aa’ishah, the Mother of Believers, used to play with. We hope that you will advise us concerning the ruling of presenting figures mentioned in the parables of the Qur’aan; whether they were righteous people, Prophets, or Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) in animated pictures, as in the case of presenting the People of the Cave or Prophet `Uzayr or others in the same way.
Answer: This type of portrayal is impermissible for two reasons:
First, it includes prohibited moving pictures, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed al-musawireen (photographers, idol-makers, and painters) and informed us that such people will receive the severest punishment from Allah on the day of Resurrection.
Second, these pictures may be understood as presenting Tafseer (exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’aan) of the Qur’aan, and this is a manipulation of the Book of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). Accordingly, the Council of Senior Scholars has issued a decree forbidding this act… read more here.