I need to know about pictures and drawing.

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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


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Al Salamu Alaykum Wa Jazakum Allah Khiran for your guidance. I need to know about pictures and drawing. I understant that it is Haram. But how about if it is requried for schooling. My sons 12yrs, his teacher asked the whole calls to draw their faces and write adjective about themselves. My son came to know about the hadieth describing moslems who draw that they will end about in fire. It took me a while to calm my son and told him that if th drawing is required for teaching, then it is o.k. Please let me know if my answer to my son was right, and if you can explane the hadieth for me. I know that our religion is beautifil and logical. Please if you can answer my question soon,because my son is very shake and I promissed to that I will check and let him know


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Draw pictures

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.841         Narrated by Abu Talha

The Messenger of Allah (saws)  said, "Angels (of Mercy) do not enter a house where there are (animate) pictures."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.845         Narrated by Abu Juhaifa

that he had bought a slave whose profession was cupping.  The Prophet forbade taking the price of blood, and the price of a dog, and the earnings of a prostitute, and cursed the one who took or gave (Riba') usury, and the lady who tattooed others or got herself tattooed, and the (animate) picture-maker.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.450         Narrated by Abu Salim

Once Gabriel promised the Prophet (saws) that he would visit him, but Gabriel did not come, and later on he said, "We, angels, do not enter a house which contains a  (animate) picture,  or a dog."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.834         Narrated by Muslim

We were with Masruq at the house of Yasar bin Numair. Masruq saw pictures on his terrace and said, "I heard 'Abdullah saying that he heard the Prophet (saws)  saying, "The people who will receive the severest punishment from Allah will be the (animate) picture makers.' "


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.448         Narrated by Abu Talha

I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) saying; "Angels (of Mercy) do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or a picture of a living creature (a human being or an animal)."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.428         Narrated by Said bin Abu Al Hasan

While I was with Ibn 'Abbas a man came and said, "O father of 'Abbas! My sustenance is from my manual profession and I make these pictures."  Ibn 'Abbas said, "I will tell you only what I heard from Allah's Messenger (saws).  I heard him (saws) saying, 'Whoever makes a (animate) picture will be punished by Allah till he puts life in it, and he will never be able to put life in it.' "  Hearing this, that man heaved a sigh and his face turned pale.  Ibn '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."


It is absolutely forbidden in Islam for a believer who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day to make portraits or draw pictures of animate creatures.


Your Question: But how about if it is requried for schooling…… and told him that if th drawing is required for teaching, then it is o.k.

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3696        Narrated by An-Nawwas ibn Sam'an

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "A creature is not to be obeyed when it involves disobedience to the Creator."


Regardless of whether it is required for learning or for schooling or for whatever other purpose it may be; it would not be lawful for a believer who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day to draw portraits or pictures of animate creatures.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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