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Is it permissible to make/view pictures on a computer or the Internet?

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Dear Respected Mufti Saab, Is it permissible to make pictures of people and living things on a computer to display on the screen without printing the picture out? Is it also possible to distribute this picture on the internet? Is manipulation of photos on a computer also allowed as long as the photo is not printed out? Jazaka’Allah


Picture frames and photographs of animate objects are not permissible to
display. Frames having pictures of inanimate objects e.g. trees, mountains,
etc. are permissible.
– Hadhrat Abu Talha (Radhiyallaahu Ánhu) narrates that Nabi (Sallallaahu
Álayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Angels do not enter a house wherein there is a dog
or picture.’ (Mishkãt vol. 2 p. 385)
? Ábdullah ibn Masóod (Radhiyallaahu Ánhu) narrates that Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, ‘The people with the most severe
punishment by Allah will be the picture makers.’ (Ibid).
? Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (RA) narrates, ‘I heard the messenger of Allah saying,
“Every picture-maker will be in the fire. A life will be created for every
picture the picture-maker made, and he will be tortured in Hell.”
If you have to make pictures (says Ibn Abbaas) then make a picture of a tree
or such things which are inanimate.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)

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