The Ruling on Taking Pictures of Things Which have a Soul in it Through Modern Day Devices

The Ruling on Taking Pictures of Things Which have a Soul in it Through Modern Day Devices and The Ruling on Saving Such Images to ones Device ,

Ash-Shaykh Zayd al-Madkhalee,  Rahimahullah,  was asked the following question,

: ما حكم التصوير بالجوال؟ فأنا أقوم بتصوير ابني بدون ضرورة و هل علي مسح صوره من الجوال أو الكمبيوتر؟

The Question :”What is the ruling on taking a picture through a cellphone,  whereas I would take a picture of my son without there be a necessity for it and is it a must upon me to delete his pictures from the cellphone and the laptop? ”

الجواب: “…قضية التصوير ظاهر الأدلة من السنٌة أن جميع التصوير بالوسائل المختلفة سواءً الحادثة في هذا الزمن أو غيره أنه حرام و لا يستثنى منه إلا ما دعت إليه الحاجة أو الضرورة

The Answer : “… As for the matter of picture taking, what is apparent from the texts of the Sunnah that picture-taking in all of its various means whether it be by the modern day means or other than it, it is indeed haraam nothing from it is exempted except what there is a (dire) need and necessity for”

فما كان بدون حاجة و لا تلجأ إليه ضرورة فاالأصل التحريم و هو من الكبائر و على هذا مشى الشيخ عبد العزيز ابن باز ـ رحمه الله ـ يرى بأن التحريم عام بأي وسيلة من الوسائل كان

“Whatever there is no need for and no daroorah for, the origin is that it is impermissible while it is from the major sins and upon this was the stance of Ash-Shaykh Abdul Azeez bin Baaz –  rahimahullah – he would see that the prohibition is general, no matter through what means it was done by ”

التصوير مع أن بعض العلماء المعاصرين فرق بين إشتقاق الصورة و بين نحتها و الأحاديث تبقى على عمومها حتى يأتي ما يخصص من النصوص الصحيحة و لا مخصص .

“Picture taking although some of the modern scholars made a distinction between extracting the picture and carving it out, the hadeeths should be left general up until it comes what will make it specific (restricted) from the authentic proofs while there is nothing to make it specific”

فالخلاصة الذي يصور بأي وسيلة من الوسائل بدون ضرورة تلجأه إلى ذلك فقد وقع في المحظور فعليه أن يرحم نفسه فالوعيد شديد لعن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم المصورينو قال: “من صور صورة كلف أن ينفخ فيها الروح و ليس بنافخ”

“The summary is whosoever takes a picture through whatever means it may be without there being a daroorah for that, then he has indeed fell into what has been prohibited, so it is upon him to show mercy upon himself for verily the threat (pertaining to it) is severe ; The Prophet sallahu alayhi wa salaam, cursed the picture makers while He said : Whoever makes a picture will be held responsible (on the day of resurrection) to breathe a spirit into it and he is not one who can breathe such ‘

 فهي كبيرة من كبائر الذنوب و إن تساهل فيها معظم الناس فما كان لضرورة و حاجة ملٌحة فعند الضرورة يباح المحظور. ” اهـ

“Therefore it is a major sin from the major sins although most of the people are lenient regarding it,  so whenever there is a daroorah and a dire need for it there then due to the daroorah what was prohibited becomes permissible ”

Also The Shaykh, Rahimahullah,  was asked the following question,

The Question :”What is the ruling on taking pictures through a cell phone or what is the ruling on saving the image on this device? ”

The Answer:”Picture taking is not permissible except if for a (dire) need, if there is a need for it which is a daroorah then it becomes permissible to take pictures or else if there is no daroorah for it then it is not permissible to take pictures whether it be through the means of a cellphone or through other means”


Likewise Ash-Shaykh Abdul-Muhsin al-Abaad, Rahimahullah,  was asked the following question,

The Question : “What is the ruling on taking photographs or taking pictures through the device of a camera?”

The Answer : “All of that is considered to be picture-making while picture-making is permissible for a necessity and as for what is used from it for memorials and other than that then it is not allowed”


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