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.

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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.