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Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I collected some more ahadith. These are about the picture-makers/artists.

Sahih Al-Bukhari
Volume 3
Hadith Number 440
Narrated Aun bin Abu Juhaifa

I saw my father buying a slave whose profession was cupping, and ordered that his instruments (of cupping) be broken. I asked him
the reason for doing so. He replied, "Allah's Apostle prohibited taking money for blood, the price of a dog, and the earnings of a
slave-girl by prostitution; he cursed her who tattoos and her who gets tattooed, the eater of Riba (usury), and the maker of

Sahih Al-Bukhari
Volume 7
Hadith Number 110
Narrated 'Aisha

(the wife of the Prophet) I bought a cushion having on it pictures (of animals). When Allah's Apostle saw it, he stood at the door
and did not enter. I noticed the sign of disapproval on his face and said, "O Allah's Apostle! I repent to Allah and His Apostle. What
sin have I committed?' Allah's Apostle said. "What is this cushion?" I said, "I have bought it for you so that you may sit on it and
recline on it." Allah's Apostle said, "The makers of these pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection, and it will be said to
them, 'Give life to what you have created (i.e., these pictures).' " The Prophet added, "The Angels of (Mercy) do not enter a house
in which there are pictures (of animals)."

Sahih Al-Bukhari
Volume 7
Hadith Number 834
Narrated Muslim

We were with Masruq at the house of Yasar bin Numair. Masruq saw pictures on his terrace and said, "I heard 'Abdullah saying
that he heard the Prophet saying, "The people who will receive the severest punishment from Allah will be the picture makers.' "

Sahih Al-Bukhari
Volume 7
Hadith Number 835
Narrated Abdullah bin Umar

Allah's Apostle said, "Those who make these pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection, and it will be said to them,
'Make alive what you have created.' "

Now that you have read these you will know why many Muslims do not take photos.

We all should try to avoid taking photos. Use your own memory to store photos without taking them.

Many of us say that we are not taking photos, someone else will be taking our photos. Please do not make others take your photo as they will be punished for it. Care for others.

Update: Due to many fatwas my opinion about taking pictures has changed. Most scholars have allowed it.

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