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Drawing pictures depicting people or events from the Quran

July 2, 2015

Taken from http://www.alifta.com 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.

(Part No. 1; Page No. 308)

  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,

(Part No. 1; Page No. 309)

 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

(Part No. 1; Page No. 310)

 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
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Some Advice in Seeking Knowledge – Shaikh Ahmad Bazmool

January 25, 2013

…As for the first matter, and it is that a person thinks that this knowledge is heavy and that he doesn’t understand it

Then this is an error

This is an error

Knowledge is easy

Knowledge is easy

And We have indeed made the Qur’ân easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?”1(Al-Qamar 54:17)

And the Prophet – (we ask that) Allah raise his rank and grant him peace – said:

I was sent with Haneefiyyah ‘samhah’”

And ‘samhah’ means: easy, clear

So there is nothing in the deen which is difficult or hard

Then what is the problem?

The problem could be in your choosing the wrong level of studies

Meaning: you may need to study some of these issues before attending the likes of these big lessons

Because knowledge, as Az-Zuhree said – is “Awdiyah”2

Whoever desires it

Whoever seeks it all at once

It leaves him all at once

And as some of the Salaf said:

Knowledge is like a ladder

You must climb it step by step3

If you want to climb it all the way to the top (without being ready), you’ll fall

So you must go in levels (step by step)

So then there is nothing heavy regarding knowledge, nor difficult

Additionally you must take care to learn the knowledge you need from the Quran and Sunnah

Specifically the matters of aqeedah and the matters of worship

Specifically the matters of beliefs and the matters of worship

These are matters which are easy and clear, with the Permission of Allah, Lofty and Exalted is He

Meaning, a person may want to study in the beginning, for example, some of the higher Islamic sciences

So he considers knowledge to be hard – and without a doubt this is a mistake

Rather, learn the Quran and the Sunnah with their proper understanding. Because they are, with the Permission of Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He – two beneficial matters for you

Additionally from what is important in learning:

Choosing a teacher who is good at teaching

Additionally from what is important is that you – O Seeker of Knowledge – give importance to this knowledge

You prepare before attending (class)

You concentrate in class

You review after class

What happens (nowadays)?

What happens is that the Seeker of Knowledge doesn’t prepare

And maybe he comes (to class) without his book

When he attends, he is turning right and left

When he leaves, he doesn’t review what he learned and heard

Not even at least to review the matn (text)

And the next time, he says, “I don’t understand”

No, the problem is not that you don’t understand

The problem is that you are negligent in seeking knowledge

And in the way you seek knowledge

For indeed the Salaf and the People of Knowledge, from what has been mentioned in their biographies, prepared for the lesson before attending.

On top of that, they memorized the text which they were studying before the lesson

Then when they attended, they concentrated and busied themselves with listening to the lesson

Then when they left, they reviewed and made firm what they had studied and learned

So knowledge, its life-blood is review

And knowledge is built upon memorization and understanding

Whoever Allah combines for him memorization and understanding of the knowledge

Then indeed Allah, Lofty and Exalted is He, has opened for him a door in knowledge

So here it becomes clear to us why some people consider it (knowledge) heavy

And why some of them say, “I don’t understand”

The problem is not in the knowledge

The deficiency is within ourselves

The deficiency is within ourselves….

 

…And that one knows that time is from gold

Rather, by Allah, it is more valuable than gold…

 

…And know – (we ask that) Allah bless you – and this is an important matter – that the intention behind seeking knowledge is to act upon it

And the intention behind seeking knowledge is to get closer to Allah – Exalted and Lofty is He

And to worship Allah upon baseerah (insight)

The intention behind seeking knowledge is not to gather a lot of information

This is an opening for Shaitaan which is very dangerous for the students of knowledge

So you find one of them taking an interest in knowledge: for knowledge

So the goal of seeking knowledge is made to be: knowledge

And knowledge isn’t like that

The praiseworthy knowledge isn’t like that

Rather, knowledge is a light which Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He – puts in the heart of the Seeker of Truth

A light which Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He – puts in the heart of the Seeker of Truth

And this light is built upon knowledge, sincerity (ikhlaas) and following (the sunnah)

And it is not just a light without knowledge or action

But seeking the pleasure of Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He

And seeking to please Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He

And seeking knowledge to act upon it

This is the success for the servant from Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He

As for seeking knowledge only for knowledge

Then this is an opening for Shaytaan

Diverting the Seeker of Knowledge from acting (upon his knowledge)

And this opens upon him an opening

So he doesn’t improve in action

And from the most evil results of this type of thinking

I mean the type of thinking of the one who considers (seeking) knowledge to be only for knowledge

Is that he even seeks knowledge from an innovator

Even from an innovator

Because he looks at the knowledge and doesn’t look at the deen

Who is the one Ahlus Sunnah would exalt?

Ahlus Sunnah would exalt the Follower of the Truth, even if his knowledge was little

And they would have a low opinion of the Opposer to the Truth, even if his knowledge was great

And they didn’t exalt him due to his knowledge

And they didn’t exalt him due to his knowledge

(Here he mentions something of the story of al Karabeesee which can be read about in brief here:

http://www.salafitalk.com/entries/27-Just-One-Statement-of-Imaam-Ahmad-bin-Hanbal-annihilates-al-Karabeesee! )

 

…When you see a man loving the person of innovation

And loving the innovator

And he knows his condition4

Then he is with them

Like what has been reported from some of the Salaf

That a man was asked about

So it was said: “We don’t know him”

Someone said: “Who are his companions?”

They said: “The Qadariyyah”

He said: “Then he is Qadari like them”

So a person is put along with his close companion…

 

…Whoever loves a person of the Sunnah – it is a proof for his (being upon the) Sunnah

Likewise whoever loves the person of innovation while he knows about him (that he is on innovation) – it is a proof for his (being upon) innovation

 

A few sentences translated from Shaikh Ahmad Bazmool’s first lesson in explanation of Usoolus Sunnah of Imaam Ahmad

(I added some bolding, underlining, and coloring – Umm Muhammad Zawjatu Abdul Malik)

From: http://ar.miraath.net/audio/5030/01

Http://ar.miraath.net/audio/download/5030/usool_us_sunnah_01.mp3

Arabic text: some advice in seeking knowledge – Arabic

(Footnotes)

1 Translation of the verse taken from www.thenoblequran.com

2 River valleys, gorges, valleys

3Or rung by rung

4He knows that he is a person of innovation or an innovator