Posts Tagged ‘children’

Drawing pictures depicting people or events from the Quran

July 2, 2015

Taken from fatwa no. 18828

Praise be to Allah, Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet!

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ reviewed the question submitted to His Eminence the Grand Mufty by the Deputy Director of the Cooperative Office For Da`wah and Guidance in Al-Quway`iyyah, under no. (5/17/KH), dated 15 Muharram, 1417 A.H., and it was referred to the Committee by the Secretariat General of the Council of Senior Scholars under no. 894 on 9 Safar, 1417A.H. The following is the wording of the question:

What is the ruling on drawing pictures to illustrate the Ayahs (Qur’anic verses) such as drawing camels and writing beneath the picture His (Exalted be He) statement: Do they not look at the camels, how they are created? Etc.? We hope that you would issue a Fatwa in this regard.

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  After studying the matter, the Committee replied:

It is Haram (prohibited) to illustrate the Qur’an using pictures that show parables of the prophets and the messengers of Allah (peace be upon them), pious people, Kafirs (disbelievers), devils, and beings such as trees, and the like. It is not permissible to draw, print, publish, or use such pictures regardless of the good intentions of the artist such as; making the Ayahs easy for the children or new Muslims to understand, or any other reasons. The legal violations involved include:

1. Drawing pictures of beings with souls or trees, etc. To illustrate the Qur’an is a Bid`ah (innovation in Islam). It contradicts the Manhaj (methodology) of the scholars in explaining the meanings of the Qur’an in the present and past.

2. This act devalues the Qur’an and belittles its glorious meanings.

3. It is a way to explain its meaning by ways which Allah (Glorified be He) did not legislate.

4. Drawing prophets and messengers make them subject to mockery,

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 contempt, and disdain. Anyone who draws their pictures commits a great sin as mocking any Prophet is Kufr (disbelief) as mentioned in the Qur’an.

5. Drawing imaginary pictures of prophets is an evident reason behind Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship), and marred monotheism. Allah informed us of those who worshiped Wadd, Suwa`, Yaghuth, Ya`uq, and Nasr (names of their idols). Allah states, And they have said: ‘You shall not leave your gods: nor shall you leave Wadd, nor Suwâ‘ …nor Yaghûth, nor Ya‘ûq nor Nasr’ (these are the names of their idols) And indeed they have led many astray. The people of Nuh (Noah, peace be upon him) became disbelievers when they carved the pictures of those righteous people and erected their statues in their gatherings. This lead them to worship those people.

6. Taswir (painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography) of beings with a soul is Haram (prohibited). There are many authentic Hadiths related from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the Sihah (authentic books), Sunan, and Musnads that indicate the prohibition of the Taswir of any being with a soul, whether human or not. There are also many Hadiths that urge defacing pictures, cursing the image makers, and that they will be the most grievously tormented people on the Day of Resurrection. Here are some of the authentic Hadiths that were mentioned in this regard. It is recorded in the Two Sahih (authentic) Books of Hadith (i.e. Al-Bukhari and Muslim), on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that

the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) stated, Allah (Exalted be He) stated, “Who can be more unjust than he

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 who tries to create the like of My creatures? Let them (i.e. I challenge them to) create an atom (or a small ant), a grain of wheat or a grain of barley!” (The wording is cited according to the narration of Muslim)

It was also related in them on the authority of Ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, The people who will receive the severest punishment from Allah will be the picture makers. It is also recorded in the Two Sahihs on the authority of Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, Those who make statues would be punished on the Day of Resurrection and it would be said to them: Breathe soul into what you have created.” (The wording is cited according to the narration of Al-Bukhari)

`Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) related, “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) came to me, and I had screened my alcove with a curtain on which there were pictures. When the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saw it, he tore it and the color of his face changed (due to anger) and he said, ‘O `Aishah! The people who will receive the severest punishment on the Day of Resurrection will be those who imitate Allah’s Creation.’ So we tore it up and we stuffed a cushion or two cushions with it.” (Related by Muslim) This is in addition to many other Hadiths to this effect.

It is not permissible to explain the Qur’an in this manner; it is not permissible to explain the Hadith related by the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this manner for the same reasons mentioned above.

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
Bakr Abu Zayd Salih Al-Fawzan `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-`Aziz Al Al-Shaykh `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

Advice regarding educating Muslim children in the West

June 24, 2013

Brief but excellent advice by Shaikh Ubaid al Jaabiree:


“I Am Muslim” – Book Recommendation

May 10, 2013

This is a recommendation for the newly published children’s book: “I Am Muslim” written by Umm Khuzaimah which can be found here:

(Note: I have not read the other books listed and thus cannot comment on them)

I find this to be an excellent book for the following reasons:

1.It is based on The Three Principles

2.It does not have haraam pictures

3.It has Arabic with the vowel markings (and English) but no transliteration

4.It has beautiful illustrations

5.My husband and children liked it

6.It has a good price (and is on sale now for $5)

I ask that Allah grants Umm Khuzaimah success in writing more beneficial books for the Ummah.

Umm Muhammad Zawjatu Abdul Malik

مكتبة الفوائد: The Necessity of Teaching Children to Despise Terrorism and the Terrorists

April 22, 2013

Excerpted from this article (a must read):

The Children of the Prophet Muhammad

December 16, 2012



Shaikh Humaid – a lesson on bringing up the Muslim children

October 7, 2012

Taken from:

{ The translator mentions the source at the end: Al-Fataawaa Wad-Duroos Fil Masjid Al-Haraam: by Al-Allaamah Abdullaah Bin Muhammad Bin Humayd (rahimahullaah): pages: 938-944]}

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful the Bestower of Mercy.  All praise belongs to Allaah Lord of the worlds, and may His peace and blessings be upon His truthful Prophet, his family, his companions and those who follow them upon righteousness till the establishment of the Day of Recompense.  To proceed:


Indeed, Allaah (Glorified and Exalted Be He) said:

”O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded. [Soorah Tahreem: Ayah: 6]


The meaning of this is that Allaah has stated: ”O you who believe’’; and some of the pious predecessors said that if you hear Allaah saying (in the Qur’aan) ‘’O you who believe’’, then give an attentive ear because it is either something good you are being commanded or something forbidden you are being prohibited from.


So with regards to the statement of Allaah: ‘’Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell);’’ it is that you guard yourself with a shield to protect you from the fire; ‘’and your families’’ (by) protecting your family with a shield that will protect them from the fire.  And (Warding off from yourselves the hell fire) cannot be acquired except by way of fulfilling the commandments of Allaah and keeping away from what He has forbidden.  This is what will protect you from the hell fire and this is what the statement ‘’Ward off from yourselves’’ means–by fulfilling the rights of (the testimony of faith) ‘’None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah’’, worshiping Allaah (alone) without any partner and acquainting yourself with the monotheism for which you were created, and so that the (testimony of faith) ‘’None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah’’ is cleanse and purified from all that either negates it or negates what it necessitates of obligations.


(And also to cleanse and purify the testimony of faith) ‘’None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah’’ from innovations in the religion which are a belittlement of it or the sins that diminishes its worth.  Likewise, (the statement ‘’Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah’’ has rights), and that is by fulfilling what the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) commanded and to keep away from everything he has forbidden, and that your worship of your Creator and The inventor of all things is carried out in accordance with what the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wsallam) legislated.  This is the meaning of ‘’Ward off from yourselves’’ –through shielding yourselves with a protection against the hell fire.


And concerning the statement of Allaah: ‘’ Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell)’’;

It is well known that children are the cream of the family; therefore you must take up a shield of protection against the fire to protect your children and those under your care.  And what is this protection? It is the advice and guidance you give them towards that which is of benefit to them.  It is to teach them beneficial and correct things, through which Imaan is nurtured in the hearts and by way of which they will come to know the rights of their Creator and the rights of their parents.  This is the meaning of ‘’Ward off yourselves and your families a Fire (hell).  And that is to take up a shield of protection for your family by advising, guiding, teaching and distancing them from everything that will hold them back (from goodness, uprightness etc.).


We said that children are the cream of the family, so they must be taught what benefits them and are distanced from evil companions in whom there is no goodness.  And teaching them necessitates that which the Book and the Sunnah guides to in their religious affairs, until they are nurtured upon a sound, beneficial and good nurturing.  And we do not prohibit the studying of the beneficial worldly sciences, because the religion of Islaam does not prohibit it–such as the knowledge of medicine, economics, business and its likes–; but these affairs come after a rectification of the creed and after (acquaintance with) the knowledge for which a person was created.  This is what is specified as an obligation.


And protecting the family (necessitates) that you distance your children from evil companions- those who have no goodness in them-, such as some of the atheists, or the Bedouins who are much distanced from their religion.  Therefore, you must warn your children from mixing with them and you must strive to (make sure that) they do not mix with them; because there are evil practices within them.  If your child mixes with them their evil practices will be transmitted to him.  And even if your child is genuine, safe and sensible, however by him mixing with evil companions he will acquire some of their manners and deeds and it will have an effect on him.  When a healthy she camel intermingles with a camel afflicted with scabies, it will be afflicted with scabies; or when someone intermingles a lot with a camel afflicted with scabies, he will become afflicted with scabies and his scabies will be transferred to the group and they become afflicted, as the saying goes: ‘’When I saw her sister yesterday, she was devastated and the devastation for her was more of an enemy than the test.’’


(Therefore), you teach your children and continue (commanding them) to preserve the five daily prayers, for indeed the prayer is religion and it prevents one from committing obscene and evil deeds.   And in most cases if you see your child always frequenting the mosque every time, then this is a sign of his goodness and uprightness, as the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ‘’If you see a person always frequenting the masjid, then bear witness to his Imaan.’’

(But) when you leave your child to his own devices and he accompanies evil companions, and he turns away and becomes indifferent towards his religion and family, then by Allaah his demise is better for you than his living as long as he is upon this state of affairs.

What benefit is there in the sciences of a people whose state of affairs have deteriorated, whose manners have been corrupted and the practice of evil is of a greater strength upon their souls.  You say: Indeed, my child graduated from such and such university and he has a master’s degree or what they call a PHD, and he studied in America or in London or in such university; and you think that with these (qualifications) he has become a mountain among the mountains of the earth.

(However) as long as he is unaware of the rights of his Lord, your rights and the affairs of his religion, then by Allaah he is a mirage and there is neither goodness in him nor in his knowledge (of the worldly sciences).  The ignorance of this person (in these worldly science) is better for him than these worldly sciences, which have been devices leading him to reject his religion, his country and society, and which made him give preference to the path of the west or that of his disbelieving teacher.

And we have (already) stated that there neither goodness in him nor in his knowledge of (the worldly sciences), and what benefit is there in the sciences of a people whose state of affairs have deteriorated.  The situation of (this person who abandoned his religion) is that of evil and his manners have been corrupted.  He has rejected his people, so his ignorance (in these worldly sciences) is better for you (parents) than his knowledge of (the worldly sciences); rather his demise would be better for you than his living.  Therefore, it is obligatory that you do not become lackadaisical concerning the affair of your children as long as they are young.  Teach them what is of benefit for them and nurture them upon a good upbringing.

It is obligatory upon the teachers to implant the true creed in the hearts of the young generation and that they fear Allaah with regards to their affair.  They should clarify for them the wisdom, beauty and underlying reasons behind the rulings of the Islamic law until their hearts grow in Imaan, and until their hearts are radiated with the light of Imaan.  So with this they will become upright and they will benefit their country, their governments, their Islamic Nation, its people and the Religion.  However, if their (affair) is the opposite of this, then the expectations will be missed and the affair will be the opposite, as we said, ‘’their demise would be better for you than their living.’’

Therefore, the teacher who teachers your child should be an upright example for his pupils.  They take him as an example in fulfilling the commands of Allaah and in his manners, just as Uthaybah Bin Abee Sufyaan said to his children’s teacher: ‘’Indeed, I have come to you to teach my children; firstly: rectify yourself and adhere to your religion, because their eyes are fixed to your eyes.  They will not see you beautifying or doing something, except that they will blindly follow you in (that).’’  Then he (Uthaybah) said to the teacher: ‘’teach them the best of the narrations’’; meaning: The best and most beneficial, and the most beneficial science.  Then he (uthaybah) said: ‘’Keep them away from flirting with women and composing love poems about them; rather teach them the hadeeth and the Qur’aan, and (those) poetry and etiquettes of the Arabs that develops bravery in the souls, heroism, nobility and adherence to good customs.’’  This is what Uthaybah said to the teacher of his children; He said: They (my children) will follow your actions just as they learn from your sciences, so therefore your actions must be good.


So if the teacher strives together with the households and the fathers, then the child will be given a good and upright upbringing.  He will benefit his country and government, and Allaah will benefit Islaam and the Muslims through him.  However, if his teacher is from the teachers of the west–from the disbelievers and the corrupters, the enemies of Allaah, His Messenger, the religion of Islaam and the Muslim lands—then without doubt he (the student) will be nourished with their milk and will drink from their water.  He (the student) will follow their footsteps and traces, because a student treads upon the fundamental principles of his teacher.

Alas, how can we be pleased with sending our young children to a faculty in America or to such and such country, and he (the parent) says: ‘’My child has gone to study’’; (whilst he has gone) to study disbelief, hearsay, deviation and how to turn away from his family, his country and religion!!; because they (disbelievers) will teach him this, just as Zimmer (The Catholic philosopher and theologian) advocated.

This Zimmer was a head of the Christian Missionaries and he was one who sent Christian missionaries to the various regions of the Arab-Islamic Countries.  He gathered them before dispersing them, and he said to them: ‘’Inform me of what you will be doing in the Muslim countries?’’  One of them said: ‘’I will convert five to Christianity.’’  Another said: ‘’I will convert two to Christianity, and I will give them the blessings of Christianity and make them thankful.’’  He (Zimmer) said: ‘’you have not understood our desired objective; it is not possible to convert the Muslims to Christianity; it is not possible for the Muslims to reject their religion, except if you yourselves teach them the western sciences.  The most important thing is that you teach the Muslim children and inculcate doubts in their souls about their religion and inculcate rejection in their souls against their countries.  And eventually when one of them sets up a centre in his country, he will give no importance to anything else except his desires.  And when he gathers wealth, he will do so according to his desires.  So he ends up having no religion and no connection with his Creator.  Therefore, cultivate the lands of Muhammad (i.e. the Muslim lands) upon this.’’


And he (Zimmer) said in another speech of his: Indeed, Islaam is like a tree, so therefore it must be cut off from its branches.  Its branches are the children of the Muslims; therefore teach them so that they can aid you to cut off the tree of Islaam in their countries.  You will not be able to cut it off yourselves, rather teach their children to aid you in uprooting it in their countries.’’

This is their statement (O reader); and if this is their statement, then how can a person excuse himself for sending his young child to Germany, France, America, Italy and London, whilst he has not yet been filled with the correct creed.  This is an error.

He (your Muslim child) will come to you whilst turning away from his religion; turning away from his parents and looking down upon them.  He will consider them to be (people) who neither possesses understanding nor do they know, whilst in reality he is the one without understanding and does not know.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon a person to give serious concern to the children under his care because they are a trust.  And when you neglect them, then indeed you have betrayed the trust.  Allaah (The Most High) said: ‘’ O you who believe! Betray not Allah and His Messenger, nor betray knowingly your Amanat (things entrusted to you and all the duties which Allah has ordained for you). [Soorah Anfaal: Ayah: 27]

Therefore, your children are a trust and when you neglect them, then indeed you have betrayed them.  It is obligatory upon every one of us to fear Allaah with regards to the (affair) of his children and those under his care.   The days go past and the end of a (person’s) life is close, and a person does not know when his life span will suddenly come to (an end).  He (the person) must strive to teach his children beneficial knowledge and that he gives them training upon goodness, and nurtures them upon obedience to (Allaah and His Messenger).

“All of you are shepherds and each of you is responsible for his flock.  A man is the shepherd of his household and he is responsible for them.  A woman is a shepherdess in her husband’s house and she is responsible for her flock.”


And Allaah knows best, and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), His family and companions.



The Messenger’s (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) supplication for Anas bin Malik – radiallahu anhu

March 14, 2012

Some brief biographical details on the Sahaabee Anas ibn Malik along with some benefits extracted by Shaikh Albanee:


In the narration of Ahmad: ‘Then the Messenger supplicated for Umm Sulaym and her family.’ And the narrator mentions: ‘Anas mentioned that his eldest daughter Ameenah informed him that there were more than one hundred and twenty from his offspring buried when Hajjaj appeared.’ al-Albaani said: that this Isnad of three narrators is authentic upon the conditions of Bukhari & Muslim.’

All of the children of Adam are sinners…

December 14, 2010

The Prophet Muhammad – صلى الله عليه و سلم – said


كُلُّ بَنِي آدَمَ خَطَّاءٌ، وَخَيْرُ الخَطَّائِيْنَ التَّوَّابُوْنَ

“All of the children of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent”


حسّنه الألباني في صحيح الجامع

Declared Hasan by Imam Albanee is Saheehul Jaamee


Find a hadeeth and its grading: