In some islamic literature, sometimes there are only figures of a person pictured on leaflet for example showing a person in the act of dua

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Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011

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Fiqh

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In some islamic literature, sometimes there are only figures of a person pictured on leaflet for example showing a person in the act of dua

Question

1. In some islamic literature, sometimes there are only figures of a person pictured on leaflet for example showing a person in the act of dua. Is this permissible i.e.: only showing the figure or is it same as photographs/animated objects?
2. Is it permissible to draw stick men i.e.: lines indicating arms legs body and a circle for head?
3. Why do people say we are allowed to draw humans as long as we don’t draw the eyes? I feel this is wrong please could you shed light in to this also.
4. Is there jawaaz (permissibility) to use photographs and footage/video recordings for charity organisations i.e. to show the plight of Muslims in the world, to show charity work carried out with whichever charity organisation is concerned?

Answer

Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.

 

1, 2) The illah (underlying reason) for the prohibition of pictures is tashabuh bi khalqi Allah (resembling the creation of Allah). (Radd al muhtaar 1/647, Saeed)

In both scenarios mentioned in the query, if a person draws the picture without a head or with a mere circle as the head, it will be permissible. This is because it is not possible for a person to live without a head or without a mouth, nose and eyes.

حاشية الطحاوي على المراقي – (ج 1/ ص 362 دار الكتب العلمية)

ومحو الوجه كمحو الرأس

3) We agree that merely omitting the eyes whilst drawing the mouth and nose is incorrect. The reason for this is that a person can live without eyes, therefore, the illah will still be found.

4.) The general ruling of photography is that it is not permissible. Sever warnings have been mentioned in the Ahadith. Consider the following narration

حدثنا أدم حدثنا شعبة حدثنا عون بن أبي جحيفة عن أبيه قال : لعن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم الواشمة والمستوشمة وآكل الربا وموكله ونهى عن ثمن الكلب وكسب البغي ولعن المصورين (رواه البخاري)

((….and Nabi (sall Allahu alayhi wasallam) cursed those who take photos))

Although the above is the general ruling, there are instances where Shariah gives some concession for the use of photography. An example of this is when there is oppression etc in certain areas which cannot be adequately emphasised, addressed and communicated to the rest of the world except through photography. In such an instance, photography and video recordings will be permissible only to the extent of need.

غمز عيون البصائر في شرح الأشباه والنظائر  – (ج 2 / ص 88)

الضرورات تبيح المحظورات

And Allah knows best
Darul Iftaa

Madrasah Inaa’miyyah

 

 

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