Photocopying ID cards and documents that bear photographs

Question: We have a photocopier. Is it permissible to photocopy identification cards and documents that bear photographs and the like?

Answer: The ruling on picture making of living beings that have souls is prohibition. It was reported on the authority of `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

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Prohibition of taking photographs of living beings unless when necessary

Question: Looking through “Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree”, I read the following words from the Messenger (peace be upon him), Every Musawwir (those who make pictures, photographs, and statues) will be in the Fire. I have worked as a photographer for 18 years, taking photos of people, animals, and other living beings. I am now working in the photography department of a munitions factory and take the photographs that are required by the factory for its publications and other reasons. Since I came across this Hadeeth I have been feeling very afraid, so I hope that Your Eminence will give me a Fatwaa on this matter.

Please bear in mind that I have been earning my living from photography for 18 years and that is still my source of income.

Answer: Firstly, taking photographs of beings with a soul, whether they are people or animals is Haraam (prohibited), unless it is an obligatory necessity, such as the photographs used for ID cards or on a passport for someone who has to travel, or photographs of criminals or people involved in incidents that endanger security, so they can be identified and arrested when this is required… read more here.

Do angels enter a house in which there is a picture?

Question: We have been informed by some Muslims that pictures are Haram (prohibited), and that angels do not enter a house where there are pictures. Is this true? Do these prohibited pictures refer to the three-dimensional images of humans and animals or do they include all pictures such as those in the ID card or on paper money? If the prohibition is general, how can we remove all images from the house? Please, enlighten us! May Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: Yes, all images of animate beings whether humans or animals are prohibited, whether they are three-dimensional pictures, drawings, or paintings on paper or cloth, or even photos. Angels do no enter a house where there are pictures, according to the general meaning of authentic Hadeeth.… read more here.

Photography to obtain an ID card

Question: People have to include a personal photograph in Identification Cards, Family Records, Driving Licenses, Social Insurance papers, Exam Forms in schools and universities, Passports and the like. Is it permissible to take photographs for this purpose? If it is not permissible, what should the employee do in his job? Should he leave it?

Answer: The basic principle regarding photography as well as carrying and keeping pictures is that they are Haraam because the Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed image-makers… read more here.

Putting photos on ID cards

Question: People have to include a personal photograph in Identification Cards, Family Records, Driving Licenses, Social Insurance papers, Exam Forms in schools and universities, Passports and the like. Is it permissible to take photographs for this purpose? If it is not permissible, what should the employee do in his job? Should he leave it?

Answer: Photography is Haraam (prohibited) according to the Saheeh Ahaadeeth (Ahaadeeth that have been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish) reported from Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) where he cursed Al-Musawwiroon (painters, drawers, sculptors, and subsequently photographers) and mentioned that they will receive the severest punishment on the day of judgment… read more here.

Possessing embalmed birds sold as gifts and decorative ornaments

Question: There are many embalmed birds such as pigeons and hawks that are sold as gifts and decorative ornaments. These birds are from the creations of Allaah and they have not been changed. We would like to know the ruling on keeping them at home.

Answer: This is not a type of picture making or resembling the creation of Allaah that is prohibited in the Ahaadeeth, but keeping these embalmed birds as antiques at home is a waste of money and lavishness if their meat is … read more here.

Owning embalmed birds and animals

Question: The phenomenon of selling embalmed animals and birds has recently appeared. We hope that Your Eminence will give us the legal opinion regarding the ruling on owning embalmed animals and birds? What is the ruling on selling these figures? Is there a difference between what is prohibited and what is lawful to own alive and after embalmment? What should a Muhtasib (i.e. A public official entrusted with keeping order), do regarding this phenomenon?

Answer: Owning embalmed birds and animals, whether lawful or unlawful to own if alive, is a waste of money and a type of extravagance because of the cost of embalmment. Allaah has forbidden extravagance and wastefulness. Likewise, the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade wasting money… read more here.

The price of selling prohibited photos

Question: Your Eminence, I know that your time is precious, but I have to relate my problem to you in detail, so your Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) will be compatible with my actual situation, because, as far as I know, explaining the problem is as important as the Fatwaa itself. In brief, I am a graduate from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Cairo. I used to work as an artist to earn my living; drawing pictures on papyrus. This type of paper is expensive, even without drawings,and even more expensive with drawings. I used to draw pharaonic pictures of men, women, and birds. I used to live like so many Muslims, not knowing anything about Islam, except its name. I did not perform any of the Islaamic acts of `Ibaadah (worship), such as Salaat (Prayer) or any other type of worship. But Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) favored me with guidance and commitment to the Deen (religion) and enabled me to follow its Sharee`ah (Islaamic law). I hope that I will obtain Allaah’s Pardon from the Fire, enjoy His Mercy, and be among those who will be admitted to Paradise. I started to change my lifestyle, in accordance with the Sharee`ah of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He), but I did not know the ruling of Islaam on Tasweer (painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography). In the wave of detentions that swept Egypt, I was arrested just like any bearded young man was. I was arrested on 4/9/1981 at the Masjid (mosque) in my village during Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer and sent to prison until 20/1/1983 – all praise be to Allaah in all cases. What is important is that while I was in prison, I learned from knowledgeable brothers that Tasweer is Haraam (prohibited), and consequently, the money that I earned from Tasweer was Haraam, and that I would have to change my work when I was released from prison.

All praise be to Allaah, I am now working as a calligrapher, writing signs and other such things. However, I am now asking for a Fatwaa, because I have some papyrus that I bought, which is worth around 800 Egyptian Pounds, that has pictures on it, and I paid for the paint to draw those pictures. I did this before I knew the Islaamic ruling on Tasweer, as I did this before I was arrested. I used to sell the pictures to European tourists, who were non-Muslims, but I still own some of these pictures now, as I was arrested beforeselling them. Following my release from prison, I am in dire need of money to repay the money my family borrowed to support me while I was in prison and also to pay the original cost of the paper. I support a family of four brothers, but I cannot save money from my current work and I have also made the intention to marry from the money I earn through this work. Should I sell these pictures and use the money, as I mentioned to Your Eminence, or would this money be Haraam, because it would be gained from the selling of Haraam pictures? It should be borne in mind that I sell these pictures to foreigners.

Answer: It is obligatory for you to erase the pictures of beings with a soul that you have, as you cannot benefit from them at all. As to the sheets of paper themselves, you may benefit from them by selling them or drawing on them – but not living beings with souls… read more here.

Is it permissible to depict the Sahaabah in movies and plays?

Question: Is it permissible to depict the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him)? We perform plays and we stopped showing one of them in order to know the ruling in this regard.

Answer: Depicting any of the Sahaabah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is prohibited as this makes them liable and an easy target for contempt and insult… read more here.

Prohibition of taking photos of beings with souls and earning a living from them

Question: My father (may Allaah guide him) makes his living by taking photographs. Is the money earned from this job Haraam (prohibited) or Halaal (lawful). And what is meant by the Hadeeth: Allaah curses Al-Musawwireen (painters, drawers, sculptors, and subsequently photographers)?

Answer: Picturing animate beings is Haraam as well as earning a living from it. If the money earned from taking photos is Haraam, then making use of it is also Haraam… read more here.

Selling statues as a profession

Question: 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… read more here.

Keeping pictures even if not hung on walls

Question: Is it permissible to keep the photographs of children, whether they are of half the body or the whole body, in an album and not for the sake of hanging them on walls? Guide us regarding this please!

Answer: It is impermissible to keep pictures even if not hung on walls or kept in other places unless they are necessary for an identification card, passport, money or for other essential reasons… read more here.

Keeping prohibited photos

Question: I found a picture of my wife’s older brother-in-law in a small frame, which she has been keeping in her bag for a few months. Is it permissible for her to keep this picture? I am angry at her but she claims to consider him as her own brother. What is the ruling on this? May Allaah bless you!

Answer: Photographing soul-possessing creatures is Haraam (prohibited) and a major sin. Accordingly, neither your wife nor anyone else has the right to keep such pictures… read more here.

Hanging pictures on the walls of houses

Question: What is the ruling of Islaam on hanging pictures on walls or house walls?

Answer: Taking or making pictures of beings with souls and hanging these pictures on the walls is prohibited. This has been confirmed by the Saheeh Hadeeth (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish)… read more here.

Hanging pictures on walls

Question: What is the ruling on hanging pictures on walls, especially the pictures of prominent people such as kings, scholars and righteous people as souls are inclined to glorify them?

Answer: Photographing or drawing pictures of living beings that have souls and hanging them on walls are prohibited whether they are materialized or not and whether they are of kings, scholars, righteous people or others. This is because of the general meaning of the authentic Hadiths reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard… read more here.

Keeping pictures of beings with souls hung on walls

Question: Is it permissible for a Muslim to offer Salaah (prayer) in a house where the walls are covered with pictures of human beings or animals?

Is it permissible for a Muslim to offer Salah with a garment embellished with pictures of animals?

Answer: Photographing an animate being is Haraam (prohibited), and keeping their pictures hung on the wall and the like is also Haraam. Offering Salaah in a place containing such pictures is not permissible, except in the case of necessity… read more here.

Pictures on paper money

Question: e some issues causing me a great deal of anxiety, one of which is the issue of pictures on paper money that we have been afflicted with and which we bring into the Masaajid (Mosques) in our pockets. Does our bringing them into the Masaajid cause the angels to leave? Would this make it Haraam (prohibited) to bring it in? Is it considered among the humiliated things, as menial images do not prevent the angels from entering houses?

Answer: The pictures on money are not under your control. You have no choice but to own money… read more here.

Photos of Muslims offering congregational Salaah and of children reciting the Qur’aan

Question: Some scholars in Britain permit taking photos of Muslims offering Salaah (Prayer) in congregation and of children reciting the Qur’aan. They think that these pictures may impress non-Muslims and encourage them to know about Islaam and Muslims when they are published in the newspapers and magazines.

Answer: Photographing animate beings is Haraam (prohibited), whether they are humans or animals, and whether the pictures are of those who perform Salaah, recite Qur’aan or any other act… read more here.

Ruling on photographing women

Question: The secret letter of the capital police chief, No. )2598 C2) dated (14 / 12 / 1398 AH) – a copy sent as an attachment- based on the secret letter of the prison director of Makkah No. (1834 MK /23) in (10/12/1398 AH) stating: The director of Makkah prisons has a lot of troubles and problems in women prison, especially when matching the prisoners names with the bench warrants because it is difficult for him to know who is written in the bench warrant as a result of impersonation. He wants to photograph them and send the photographs with the bench warrant to end these problems and troubles. He wants to photograph all of them and put their photographs in the bench warrant to identify them easily.

Answer: Taking photo of animate creatures is prohibited, especially, of women because their bodies are unlawful to appear. Rather, they should be covered, for they are seductive to men. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Keeping photos as mementos

Question: What is the ruling on pictures found in newspapers and Islaamic magazines? Is it permissible to possess and keep the photos taken as mementos without hanging them on the wall?

Answer: It is not permissible to keep the photos taken as mementos, but they should be wiped out, for the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to `Alee (may Allaah be pleased with him)… read more here.

Taking photos of the bride, bridegroom, and their families at weddings

Question: I want to describe to you something that people have adopted as a recent custom. Since around 1390 A.H. Approximately, people have become accustomed to arranging wedding ceremonies, during which they take the bride and the bridegroom home in a procession and then take many photos of them and their families. These photos are then distributed among the relatives and friends as gifts. Weddings are now seen as incomplete without this custom, except by less than one percent of the population, although it is refuted by sound reason. What is the religious opinion on this?

Please advise us – and may Allaah enlighten you – through broadcasts, newspapers, or “Da`wah Magazine”. However, if you answer me through the magazine, please cite irrefutable evidence, whether of its prohibition or permissibility. May Allaah protect you!

Answer: What you mentioned regarding taking photos of the bride, the bridegroom, and their families during wedding ceremonies is Haraam (prohibited) and is one of the bad wedding customs. This is so, because taking pictures of beings with a soul is absolutely Haraam and a major sin… read more here.

Taking family photographs

Question: What is the ruling on taking photographs for the whole family and others for the sake of remembrance and amusement only?

Answer: Photographing living beings is prohibited and one of the major sins whether a photographer considers it to be their job or not and whether it is a drawing, photograph or sculpture. Keeping these photographs, pictures or sculptures for remembrance or any other purpose will not change its ruling as there are many Ahaadeeth reported in this regard… read more here.

Taking photographs of beings with souls and keeping photos

Question: What is the ruling on the photos I take for myself or with my friends?

Answer: Taking photographs of living beings, whether they are human beings or animals, or keeping these photographs is Haraam (prohibited)… read more here.

Attitude of artists towards the Ahaadeeth prohibiting Tasweer

Question: What is the attitude of artists towards the Ahaadeeth that denote the prohibition of picture making?

Answer: They may deny these Ahaaadeeth. But they are authentically reported in the books of Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). They may also figuratively interpret them or allege that they are specific for certain time… read more here.

Sculpture, classical paintings, and abstract art

Question: What is the Islaamic position on sculpture, classical paintings, and abstract art?

Answer: Making images of beings with a soul is Haraam (prohibited), whether it is in the form of a sculpture or a painting on a wall, cloth, or paper, or embroidery. There is also no distinction whether a picture is created with a paintbrush, a pen, or any other drawing instrument… read more here.

Statues and the so-called “Unknown Soldier Monument”

Question: What is the ruling on erecting statues and what is known as “Unknown Soldier Monument”?

Answer: Erecting statues of prominent figures who played a role in developing the country in the scientific, economic, and political fields and what is called “Unknown Soldier Monument” is an act of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance)… read more here.

Islaamic ruling on erecting statues for several purposes

Question: What is the Islaamic ruling on erecting statues for several purposes?

Answer: Erecting statues for whatever purpose is Haraam (prohibited); whether to memorialize kings, leaders, dignitaries, or reformers, or to celebrate symbols of wisdom or bravery such as the Sphinx, or for any other purpose. This prohibition is based on the general authentic Hadeeth on this topic… read more here.

Sculpture and photography of beings with souls

Question: Is art prohibited absolutely or for a specific time?

Answer: Art, such as sculpture and photography of beings with a soul, is absolutely Haraam (prohibited) at any time, except when it is a case of necessity, such as taking a photo for a passport or an ID card, taking photos of suspects to identify them, or for exams, employment, or other similar cases in which photos prevent deception and maintain security. So taking photos is permissible if there is a real need for it… read more here.

Taking photographs and making sculptures of beings with souls

Question: I am a student in the first year of the secondary stage. I have loved drawing since an early age. My love for drawing was unimaginable. Later on, I discovered that drawing incurs the wrath of Allaah, but I could not stop being very attached to it. Drawing is not my only problem. I also love sculpturing and I sculpture faces. I have tried many times to abandon drawing and sculpturing. But Satan would incite me to do so.I would like you to guide me to the way that will help me abandon drawing and sculpturing.

Answer: Taking photographs and making sculptures of living beings that have souls is prohibited. The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed those who draw pictures and said: Verily, they would be the most grievously tormented people on the Day of Resurrection.… read more here.

Keeping pictures inside books

Question: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said, Angels do not enter a house in which there is a picture, a statue or a dog. Does this Hadeeth include the pictures inside books, even if there is no picture on the cover?

Answer: Yes, it is included in the general meaning of the Hadeeth even if the picture is not on the cover. On the other hand, if the face is effaced or removed, then it is not included in the Hadeeth… read more here.

Keeping daily newspapers and magazines which include pictures

Question: What is the ruling on keeping daily newspapers and magazines which include pictures and taking them to the Masjid (mosque) to read them?

Answer: It is permissible to have them if the pictures included are effaced. It would be better for you to recite Qur’an in the Masjid to benefit yourself and act as an exemplar of virtue to others… read more here.

Possessing magazines that contain photographs

Question: What is your opinion on possessing magazines that contain photographs? Are they included in the prohibited kinds of photographs?

Answer: The possession of magazines which contain photographs is permissible, if the possession is for the purpose that they contain useful knowledge. Those who possess them shoulddistort the photographs included with ink or suchlike. If possession is for the photographs themselves, it is not permissible… read more here.

Taking photographs of beings with souls or hanging them in Masaajid and other places

Question: What is the ruling on performing Salaah (Prayer) in Masaajid (mosques) that have photographs of animate creatures? What is the ruling on photographs?

Answer: It is not permissible to take photographs of animate creatures or to hang them in Masaajid and other places such as houses, due to the general proofs on the prohibition of photographs… read more here.

Putting photographs of animals or humans in a Masjid

Question: What is the ruling on putting photographs of animals or humans in a Masjid (Mosque)? Is it permissible to offer Salaah in such a Masjid? Is it permissible to offer Salaah (Prayer) wearing a garment decorated by human or animal photographs? Is it permissible to decorate an office or a bedroom with human or animal photographs?

Answer: It is not permissible to put human or animal photographs in Masaajid (mosques). They should be removed from the Masaajid where they are hung… read more here.

Scale models of the two Sacred Mosques

Question: I would like to know the ruling on making a model for Al-Haramayn Al-Shareefayn (the Two Sacred Mosques i.e. The Sacred Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah) including the Sacred Ka`bah with the aim of selling them to the pilgrims and other Muslims who wish to buy them as souvenirs.

Answer: It is not permissible to make scale models for Al-Haramayn Al-Shareefayn as they may contain pictures of the people in Al-Masjid Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque in Makkah) while making Tawaaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah)… read more here.

Tasweer of beings without souls

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.

Using drawings and shapes of beings with souls

Question: Due to the mistakes committed in Hajj (Pilgrimage) by Muslims in general and by those of India and Pakistan in particular, I felt it was important to write a book on the rituals of Hajj in Urdu. As I need more visual aids in explaining some places in the Honored Ka`bah or explaining how to start from the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad (The Black Stone in the southeast corner of the Ka`bah from which Muslims begin circumambulation) and so on, I need to put lines and shapes. Is it permissible according to the Qur’aan and Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) to use the mentioned lines and shapes for explanation?

Answer: It is not permissible to use drawings and shapes of things which have souls such as Humans and others even if they are used to explain some sites in the Honored Ka`bah because there is no necessity to do so and because of the general proofs of prohibition… read more here.

What is the meaning of this “passion for the physical form”?

Question: Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allaah be merciful to him) mentioned in his book: “Al-Jawaab Al-Kaafee liman Sa’ala `An Al-Dawaa’ Al-Shaafee’ (An Appropriate Response to those Inquiring about Healing Treatments)” the passion for the physical form and the great harm to `Aqeedat-ul-Tawheed (faith in the Oneness of Allaah) in the soul of a believer it leads to.

What is the meaning of this “passion for the physical form”? Does it include pictures and statues of beautiful women that are hung on walls or erected on the street so that people can stand in front of them and love them as they love Allaah or feel passionate about them to the point of infatuation? Or is the meaning of these physical forms the beautiful images that circulate in a person’s mind of those they love and adore? If this is the case, what is the ruling on a man who throws himself onto his bed, closes his eyes, and imagines a naked woman and does with her what a man does to his wife to relieve the natural urges and desires inside him?

Is this the type of passion for the physical form that can lead to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) that will not be forgiven – and we take refuge in Allaah from this? If that is so, can we say that it is not permissible for a husband to imagine his wife being naked, or is this also included as a passion for the physical form, even though the man has the right to see the whole body of his wife in real life and to love every part of her?

This is the problem that I wanted to present to Your Eminence, hoping by Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) that you will send me a quick reply, because I am very confused by this matter, especially as it is related to `Aqeedah (creed). May Allaah reward you the best.

Answer: The meaning of the passion for the physical form here is when someone loves it in a manner that resembles or even exceeds their love of Allaah. This is supported by what Ibn Al-Qayyim said; that maybe the one who is enamored will say that being with their lover is more beloved to them than their belief in the Oneness of their Lord… read more here.

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.

Cursing both photographer and the one whose photo is taken

Question: Does the curse upon photographers include photographed people? Is there any specific evidence that denotes the curse upon photographed people? 

Answer: The basic rule states the prohibition of Tasweer (painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography) of living beings according to the evidences reported on this topic. But, if the objects containing the pictures are given menial value or torn, it is permissible to use such objects like carpets and the like… read more here.

China decorated with pictures and used only when necessary

Question: What is the ruling on using china decorated with pictures? It should be noted that it is used only when necessary.

Answer: The basic rule states the prohibition of Tasweer (painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography) of living beings according to the evidences reported on this topic. But, if the objects containing the pictures are given menial value or torn, it is permissible to use such objects like carpets and the like… read more here.

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.

Tasweer of beings with souls

Question: 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 Musawwiroon (those who make pictures and statues, or photographs of beings with a soul)… read more here.

Drawing beings with souls

Question: Is it permissible to draw living beings on a tablecloth, dishes, carpets, and similar things?

Answer: It is unlawful to make Tasweer (painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography) of living beings on tablecloth, dishes, carpets, etc… read more here.

Televised images and Videotapes

Question: I have read your opinion on the prohibition of image making and I have a question in this regard. What is the ruling on the present televised images of moving objects which we watch on TV and videotapes and which can be kept for quite a long period of time?

Answer: The ruling on photographs is general and includes the kinds you mentioned in the question… read more here.