Friday, October 20, 2006


"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)."

The above quotation was said by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.448          Narrated by Abu Talha



Drawing 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 no one (no idol, no person,   no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) 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 7.834     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 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 saying, 'Whoever makes a 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."

The Messenger of Allah (saws) specifically declared it forbidden to draw pictures of humans or animate objects, thus the believers must abstain from it regardless of whether it is faceless or with face, with body or without body, etc.   That would be closest to following the commandment of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

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

Your Brother in Islam,