By my little sister:
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,
My dear brothers and sisters i am sorry i have taken so long to deliver hadeeth of the week to you but i have a been a bit busy..
So i know how disappointed you must be because like WHERES MY HADEETH OF THE WEEK EMAIL ITS THE ONLY THING WORTHWHILE
IN MY LIFE lolz i am only joking not all of you have very sad lifes lol (joking again). Sorry for my terrible jokes
So this topic is a suggestion from my one of my very good friends and as you read along try to guess but eventually i
will tell you.
In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the merciful.
The modern world is a very dangerous place for the Muslim as the rapid and expansive increase in knowledge and
technology which means that new questions arise that need answering. The Ullema of today have to be increasingly
aware of the advances in medical science, finance, farming, biology, chemistry and physics. Is it permissible, for
example, to work in stem cell research? New ‘halal mortgages’ are springing up everywhere and seem so complicated,
are they halal? What happens if a Muslim goes into space, how does he pray? Is it permissible to stun an animal with an
electronic current before slaughter? There are so many new situations that are springing up each year due to advances
There is an issue that is relatively old but has an increasing level of importance due to the rise of digital technology, that
issue is Photography. Many sisters I know immediately shout “haram” whilst others exclaim “halal” so what is average
Muslim to do when he or she attends a wedding (for example) and there are cameras and video cameras everywhere? Or
what if he or she needs to take a picture for a passport or a library card?
This situation affects all of us so I thought about posting the positions of some of our Ullema.
Mufti Ebrahim Desai (may Allah preserve him) states:
Photography, taking of pictures, video, etc. are all totally prohibited in Shari’ah. No matter where photography, video,
etc. of animate objects are done are all Haram. However, photographs at time of severe necessity only, e.g. passport,
will be allowed.
Mufti Ebrahim quotes the hadith in which our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW said,
“Verily the people who are punished the worst by Allah are the Musawwiroon (picture-makers).’ (Bukhari)
Mufti Ebrahim also quotes the following hadiths:
Hadhrat Abu Talha (Radhiyallaahu Ánhu) narrates that Prophet Muhammad SAW said, ‘Angels do not enter a house
where in there is a dog or picture.’ (Mishkãt vol. 2 p. 385)
Abdullah ibn Masóod (Radhiyallaahu Ánhu) narrates that Prophet Muhammad SAW said, ‘The people with the most severe
punishment by Allah will be the picture makers.’ (Ibid).
Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (RA) narrates, ‘I heard the messenger of Allah saying, “Every picture-maker will be in the fire.
A life will be created for every picture the picture-maker made, and he will be tortured in Hell.” If you have to make
pictures (says Ibn Abbas then make a picture of a tree or such things which are inanimate.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)
This is the position of the majority of scholars however I have found that in the issue of photography there is a
difference of opinion. Shaykh Muhammad Bakhit al-Muti’i of Egypt, a 2oth Century scholar known for his knowledge and
piety, wrote a whole treatise titled al-Jawab al-Shafi fi Ibahat Surat al-Photography in support of this view of
His basic understanding is that the reason behind the prohibition of painting pictures (in the words of the Hadith) is
challenging Allah in His Creating of living creatures. In camera photos, however, one does not produce an image
through one’s own imagination; hence one is not challenging the Creating of Allah as such. It is merely a reflection of
a living being already created by Allah Most High.
Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) and many other scholars have declared that live broadcastings of
images do not fall within the ambit of picture-making (taswir). A picture is something that is permanent and static
, whilst the image broadcasted live is not permanent hence cannot be termed a picture. A live broadcast is in reality a
reflection of the actual image, similar to seeing an image in a mirror.
Therefore, if an image of a human or animal is broadcasted live, then this does not fall into the unlawful picture-making.
It will be permitted to broadcast something live or view a live programme, provided the content of the programme is
lawful (halal). (Taqrir Tirmidhi, 2/351)
According to Shaykh Taqi Usmani, that which is recorded in a videotape or DVD is also not considered a picture. In a
videotape, the particles of an image are gathered and then re-opened in the same order to view the image. This is the
reason why it is not possible to see the picture in the rail of the tape without playing it. (ibid)
Therefore, if a permitted and Halal event, such as a lecture of a scholar, is played and viewed on a videotape or DVD, it
will be permitted, Inshallah.
Shaykh Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) sums this up in one of his Fatawa:
“The images appearing on live programs or recorded programs on television are not the pictures in the strict sense
envisaged in the Ahadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW unless they are printed in a durable form on paper or on
other object. But the basic reason why Muslims are advised not to keep TV sets in their homes is that most of the
programs broadcast on the TV channels contain impermissible elements.”
Up to this moment I have not prevented people from taking my picture when the situation arises but I can see the
position of the prohibition quite clearly. There seems to be a difference between video and still pictures too, that is,
video (either live or recorded) being rather more acceptable.
For me the safer position is to avoid pictures but not condemn those who do because there is a genuine difference of
opinion amongst our Ullema and as the ullema say: “Allah would not punish people for following recognized qualified
scholars, even if they turned out to be “wrong.”
Allah knows best
untill next time
peace be with you
Hope you enjoyed it, don't ask me where she gets her lame jokes from.