Question 99: Is it permissible for a Muslim to sell statues and make it their profession as a way to earn a living?
Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to sell statues or trade in them, according to what is related in the Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth on the absolute prohibition of making images of beings with a soul and making statues. Keeping images is unlawful, as is, without a doubt, trading in them, merchandising them, encouraging the making of them, and setting them up in homes, clubs, and other places.
In the light of this prohibition, it is clear that any gains made from making or selling statues are Haraam. It is therefore not permissible for a Muslim to earn a living from this and if they do, they should dispose of the money they earned and perform Tawbah (repentance) to Allaah (Exalted be He). May Allaah accept their Tawbah, as Allaah (Exalted be He) says: And verily, I am indeed forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them, (till his death).... read more here.
Question 98: Is Tasweer (painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography) of beings with a soul considered an act of major Kufr (disbelief that takes the Muslim out of Islaam) or minor Kufr (Lit. Minor disbelief; any act that Sharee`ah has called Kufr, but does not take the Muslim out of Islaam) or a sin?
Answer: Tasweer of beings with a soul is not an act of major Kufr. It is, however, one of the major sins due to the severe warning and curse pronounced against Musawwirs (those who make pictures and statues, or photographs of beings with a soul). It can also lead to major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam)... read more here.