Message No : 9Sr.No : 307/724
Question By : khalid saif

Respected Mufti Sahab, As-salaam-u-alaikum,
Please let me know that are Printing Photograph of man or women (or any living thing) on visiting card or banner haram for a computer designer......?


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Wa Alaikumossalam
Dear Brother in Islam,

The answer to your question is as follows:

To draw the picture of a living being such as human being and animal, either by hand, pen, machine or any other way, is forbidden in Islam. But drawing the picture of inanimate, trees for example, picture of headless animates and tiny pictures which deserve no respect like the pictures on money are permissible. It is narrated on the authority of Hazrat Sayeed Ibne Abil Hasan that he was with Ibne Abbas (RA) when a person came to him and said, ¡°O Ibne Abbas! My substance is from my manual profession and I make theses pictures¡±. Ibne Abbas said, ¡°I will tell you only what I heard from Allah¡¯s Apostle. I heard him saying, ¡°Whoever makes a picture will be punished by Allah till he puts life in it¡±. Hearing this, the man heaved a sigh and his face turned pale. Ibne Abbas said to him, ¡°What a pity! If you insist on making pictures I advise you to make pictures of trees and any other unanimated objects¡±. (Bukhari Bab Bai-e-Ttasaweer: 1/296)

Therefore, a computer designer may be permitted to take printer out of tiny photographs which deserve no respect or the photographs taken in the case of necessity like taking photographs for ID Card, Passport and similar necessary cases. But the designer won¡¯t be permitted to take print out of the photographs of living beings as he has some sort of involvement in photography by designing, developing and printing it. And involvement in propagating an evil act is forbidden in Islam. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta¡¯ala says, ¡°Verily, there is a painful punishment in this world and the next for those who like that immorality should spread among the believers¡±. (Suratun-Noor: 24/19) The Prophet of Islam (SAWS) is reported as to have said, ¡°One who calls people towards good deed will get the same reward as those who follow him and do good; and nothing will be diminished from the requital of the latter. Similarly one who calls people towards wrong deed will have the same punishment as those who follow him without any diminution in the punishment of the perpetrators¡±. (Muslim: 2/ 341)

And Allah knows the bes

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