Ruling on wearing clothing that has small or hidden images on it

As you know, most clothes nowadays have images of animate beings, whether the image is on the outside of the garment or is on a piece that is hidden inside. Is it permissible to wear these clothes? 
What if it is children’s clothing? What if these images are very small and can hardly be noticed? 
For example, I have a suit on which there is the image of two men shaking hands on the inside of the coat collar and no one can see it. Is it permissible to wear it?
In most cases these images are part of the company’s logo and are not visible except if a person looks hard, because they are in a light colour. I hope that you will explain the ruling.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible to draw or make images of animate beings, whether they are humans, animals or birds, and whether that is engraved or on paper, fabric or anything else. That is because of the report narrated by al-Bukhaari (2105) and Muslim (2107) from ‘Aa’ishah the Mother of the Believers (may Allah be pleased with her), who said that she bought a cushion on which there were images. When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw it, he stood at the door and did not enter. She said: I recognized displeasure in his face. I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I repent to Allaah and His Messenger, what have I done wrong? The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “What is this pillow?” She said: I bought it for you to sit on and recline on. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The makers of these images will be punished and it will be said to them, ‘Bring to life that which you have created.’” Then he said: “The house in which there are images is not entered by the angels.” Continue reading


Putting up educational pictures for children

What is the ruling on putting up educational pictures for children in their rooms, such as posters for teaching the alphabet, on which there is a picture for each letter?.

Praise be to Allaah.

There is nothing wrong with teaching children the alphabet by writing letters with appropriate pictures, even if they are pictures of animate beings, because of the concession allowing “dolls for girls”, and because concessions may be granted to small children that are not granted to adults. Putting up these pictures will not do any harm, because they are images that are permitted, unless the pictures are put up with the aim of venerating the images themselves; if there is no such intention and the pictures are permitted, there is nothing wrong with having them on the ground or hung on the wall.

See also questions no. 137174 and 20325

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He is asking about the reason why the fatwa on photography was changed

As earlier you have cleared that taking or capturing photos is not permitted. So why the ulemahs are giving differrent answers to it. Please provide me a definite reference for probhition of photography by the references thru only quran and hadeedth but not on ulemahs decision,as ulemahs decisions are different in nature.

Praise be to Allaah.

In fact what you mentioned about the change in the fatwa on photography may not be quite correct. We need to differentiate between two matters when it comes to the matter of photography or image-making.

The first matter is the ruling on photography or making images of animate beings. This is the crux of the matter. What we are referring to is two-dimensional pictures (as opposed to three-dimensional images).

The saheeh Sunnah indicates that these kinds of images are haraam, whether they are on a poster, paper, garment or wall, because it is imitating the creation of Allah.  Continue reading

Ruling on keeping video tapes with pictures of little girls who have now grown up

In the house we have some videotapes containing all memories of when we were little. On the tapes there are some images of women when they were little, between the ages of five and nine years. Now they have grown up; some of them are married and are in university. Is it permissible for us to watch these tapes now?.

Praise be to Allaah.


We have previously explained that it is haraam to keep photographs for the sake of memories, and we have quoted the prohibition on that from the scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas and Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him).

For more information on these fatwas, please see the answer to questions no. 10668, 99745, 109232, and 138725.

The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas are of the view that video images come under the same rulings as photographic images, so it is not permissible to make these images or keep the video unless there is a need to do so. They were asked:

Does the making of images using a video camera come under the same rulings as making photographic images?

They replied:

Yes, the ruling on making video images is the same as the ruling on making photographic images. It is not allowed and is haraam because of the general meaning of the evidence. End quote.  Continue reading

Ruling on cartoon characters on food containers and cups

I have my daughter who has cartoon characters on her drinking cups, packed lunch box etc… Is this permmited?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The pictures that are found on drinking cups and food containers do not come under the ruling on images that are forbidden, because these are items that are used and abused, but it is better to avoid these vessels and containers so that the child will not become attached to cartoon pictures and symbols. Some children become very fond of a particular image that they want to have on their bags, pencil cases and cups, but this has a negative impact on the child and makes him fond of imaginary characters whose conduct is not free of things that are forbidden in Islam. Continue reading

Ruling on drawing the face of the patient before doing cosmetic surgery on him

My question is with regards to the drawing of inanimate objects. I work as a doctor, and often we see patients with injuries/deficits etc on the face and therefore have to draw the face with features in the medical records to highlight these injuries etc.
I had read that it is forbidden to draw the face/facial features. In the case of medical records, to document injuries and so forth, would this be permissible Islamically? I cannot undo what I have now done, and am worried about the consequences of my actions.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible to draw or photograph animate beings such as humans, birds or animals. This has been discussed previously in the answer to question no. 8954.

An exception is made from that in cases of necessity, such as photographs for passports or ID cards, or photographs of criminals and the like.

That also includes what you have mentioned of drawing or photographing the face and whatever deformities or injuries are in it before doing surgery, and keeping the picture in the medical records. This is a case of necessity, in addition to the fact that the picture is incomplete. But in that case it should be limited to a photograph and should not be drawn, because drawing is more haraam than photography; the majority of fuqaha’ are of the view that it is forbidden to draw animate beings, whereas in the case of photography, there is a well-known difference of opinion among contemporary scholars concerning it.  Continue reading

Is it permissible to publish images of animate beings in cases of necessity?

I know that putting images of animate beings in chat rooms is haraam and I have read the fatwa. But there are some situations which require putting explanatory images, such as first aid, where it is essential to put pictures which explain the position of the first aider and patient when carrying out first aid. Similarly topics about smoking need images to explain how smoking affects the patient, and images are needed to explain the suffering of people in Gaza, and so on. What is the ruling, may Allah bless you?.

Praise be to Allaah.

In our site we have favoured the view that photographic images of animate beings are haraam and it is most likely that they are included in the hadeeths which forbid image making and the hadeeths which criticise the image makers, who will be the most severely punished of people on the Day of Resurrection.

Nevertheless, our fuqaha’ have stated that if there is a need or necessity, there is nothing wrong with making images and there is no sin on the image maker in that case, because cases of necessity make forbidden things permissible.  Continue reading

Is it permissible to draw animate beings and then erase them for fun?

What is the ruling on drawing animate beings for fun and then erasing them straight away?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The texts of sharee’ah indicate that it is haraam to make images and that the image makers are cursed, and they state that they will be the most severely punished of people on the Day of Resurrection.

Al-Bukhaari (5347) narrated that Abu Juhayfah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) cursed the image makers.

Al-Bukhaari (2225) and Muslim (2110) narrated that Sa’eed ibn Abi’l-Hasan said: A man came to Ibn ‘Abbaas and said: I am a man who makes these images; advise me about that. He said to him: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “Every image maker will be in Hell, and for every image that he made, a soul will be created which will punish him in Hell.” Ibn ‘Abbaas said: If you must do that, then make (images of) trees and inanimate things.  Continue reading

Sending pictures of the traveller to reassure people that they are fine is not a case of necessity

My wife is staying with me in Saudi and she wants to send a picture to her parents in Egypt in order to reassure them that she is fine. But I have heard a fatwa stating that making images with cameras is haraam. Is this a case of necessity which makes a haraam thing permissible?.

Praise be to Allaah.

This is not a case of necessity and she should not send her picture to her mother or anyone else. This is not necessary. She can write to them and speak to them on the phone, praise be to Allah. As for sending a picture, it is not permissible. End quote. Continue reading

His father took pictures of him when he was small relieving himself and taking a bath, and his siblings can see them now!

My father took pictures of me when I was small in the bathroom, when I was relieving myself and taking a bath. Now that I am older, my siblings watch the video and laugh at me, and in fact it is offensive. What is the ruling on that?.

Praise be to Allaah.


Contemporary scholars differed concerning the ruling on making photographic and video images. In the answers to questions no 10326 and 12786 we stated that the correct view is that both are haraam, if the images are of animate beings.

In the answer to question no. 10668 we stated that it is haraam to take pictures even if it is for the sake of memories.

If this is the view of scholars concerning pictures even if they are of children who are praying, then it is more likely to be haraam if they are pictures of children relieving themselves or taking a bath naked!  Continue reading