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.