Ruling On Putting Pictures Of Men And Women On Facebook And In Chat Rooms

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I heard a fatwa forbidding pictures of women and men, such as icons in chat rooms, and also pictures of children. This is also includes pictures of animals such as a picture of a cat or rabbit as an icon? Is this fatwa correct? What pictures is it haraam to put?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Making images or pictures of animate beings, including humans, birds and animals, is not permissible because of the evidence which indicates that making images is forbidden and that the one who does that is cursed. See the answer to questions no. 22660 and 8954

No exception is made from that apart from cases of necessity or urgent need, such as identification pictures and the like. 

This prohibition applies to: 

Fixed images, whether they are on paper, fabric, walls and so on. As for images that are not fixed and cannot be shown except by means of equipment, such as digital pictures that are taken with the camera on a mobile phone or computer, which appear on the screen and then disappear, they are not included in this prohibition, as was stated by several scholars. 

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: Images made by modern means are of two types: 

(i)                Those that cannot be seen independently, ss I have been told is the case with images made on videotapes. There is no ruling on these at all and they do not come under the prohibition at all. Hence they were permitted by the scholars who forbid making images with cameras that are printed on paper, and they said: There is nothing wrong with this

(ii)              Those that are printed on paper… 

End quote from ash-Sharh al-Munti‘, 2/197 

Shaykh Dr. Khaalid al-Mushayqih (may Allah preserve him) was asked: I take pictures of my little children with the camera on my mobile phone for memories, but I read that pictures for memories are haraam according to sharee‘ah. Does this come under this shar‘i prohibition on image making, or is it okay to take pictures with the camera on the mobile phone? What is the evidence for this? I also read that pictures on computers and mobile phones are not regarded as "images", because they are stored in memory and are not printed on paper, hence they do not prevent the angels from entering. If I open the picture on the mobile phone or computer, will that make the angels leave or not? I hope that you can reply in detail because this matter is very confusing. May Allah reward you with good. 

He replied: Pictures that are on mobile phones or in computers, or that are videoed, do not come under the ruling on photographs because they are not fixed and do not last, unless they are extracted and printed. Based on that, there is nothing wrong with keeping them on the mobile phone so long as they do not include anything haraam. And Allah knows best.

End quote from the Shaykh's website. 

See also the answer to question no. 7585 and 102262

Based on that, if you took the pictures with a mobile phone or digital camera, then you went on the computer and put them in the chat room without printing them in any fixed form, that does not come under the prohibition on image making. But it is not allowed to put pictures of women in chat rooms because that may result in temptation and provocation of desires. 

And Allah knows best.

Is it haraam to buy pictures of male and female singers?

Is it haraam to buy pictures of male and female singers in which the head, shoulders and hair only appear? Please note that the female singer is uncovering her hair and there are no pictures of her in which her hair is covered, and this is only because of love of the artist, or because she is one's favourite artist.

Praise be to Allaah.

The basic principle with regard to pictures of animate beings is that they are haraam, whether they are three-dimensional (statues) or two-dimensional, such as pictures in frames, on clothing, or otherwise.

This has been discussed in the answer to question number no. 10668. In the answer to question no. 143709, there is a discussion of the ruling on buying clothing on which there are pictures.

This prohibition has to do with the issue of making images, regardless of whether there is anything in the picture itself that is contrary to sharee‘ah in the first place. Pictures of scholars, men, children or animals all come under this ruling; it is the picture itself which is contrary to sharee‘ah.

But if in addition to that the picture includes something that is contrary to sharee‘ah, such as if it is a picture of a naked woman or one who is showing part of her body, even if it is the face and hands, then it is more haraam and a greater sin, because it includes another thing that goes against sharee‘ah in addition to image-making.

So how about if the picture is of those who promote evil and spread immorality, such as actors, singers and the like, whose images are traded in shops that promote evil and vice, to make sick hearts even more attached to them? The one who knows the ruling on image-making will have no doubt that they are haraam. Moreover, it is known what effect these pictures have of filling the heart with infatuation and corrupting it. This is what the questioner is expressing when he says "this is only because of love of the artist". What more do you want after that, O slave of Allah?!

The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: "The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or an image." Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3075) and Muslim (3930).

See also the answer to question no. 13214.

Once it is understood that it is haraam to keep these images, we know that whatever Allah has forbidden, buying and selling it is also haraam, and spending money on it is a waste of money and is a kind of extravagance that is haraam. The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: "May Allah curse the Jews. Animal fat was forbidden to them, so they sold it and consumed its price. When Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, forbids eating something, He also forbids its price." Narrated by Ahmad, 2546.

See also the answer to question no. 49676

And Allah knows best.


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