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23 August 2017 CE | 00 Dhul-Hijjah 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Making Pictures


Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Every maker of pictures will go to the Fire, where a being will be set upon him to torment him in Hell for each picture he made.” [Sahih Bukhari]

A man came to Abdullah Ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) and said, “My livelihood comes solely from my hands, and I make these pictures. Can you give me a legal opinion about them? Abdullah Ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) told him, “Come closer,” and the man did. “Closer,” he said, and the man did, until he put his hand on the man’s head and said: “Shall I tell you what I heard from the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)? I heard the Messenger of Allah say, ‘Every maker of pictures will go to the Fire, where a being will be set upon him to torment him in Hell for each picture he made.’ So if you must, draw trees and things without animate life in them.” [Sahih Bukhari]

One should realize that the prohibition of picture making is extremely severe. It is counted among the enormities (Kaba’ir – major sins), and the warnings against indulging in it are very emphatic.

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