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Can we take photos or shoot video for entertainment?

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta Deoband Waqf
Assalamualaikum,Can we take photos or shoot  video for entertainment?
Jajakallah khair.


Ref. No. 942/41-85

In the name of Allah the most Gracious the most Merciful

The answer to your question is as follows:

There is a stern warning in this Hadith for those who make pictures of living creatures. Hadith says: “The people who will receive the severest punishment from Allah on the Day of Judgment will be the picture makers.”

Thus, the scholars of Deoband caution people not to be involved in taking photos of human beings, if there is no need. So, making pictures of living being for mere entertainments is a great sin in Shariah.

حَدَّثَنَا الْحُمَيْدِىُّ حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ حَدَّثَنَا الأَعْمَشُ عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ قَالَ كُنَّا مَعَ مَسْرُوقٍ فِى دَارِ يَسَارِ بْنِ نُمَيْرٍ، فَرَأَى فِى صُفَّتِهِ تَمَاثِيلَ فَقَالَ سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ النَّبِىَّ – صلى الله عليه وسلم – يَقُولُ «إِنَّ أَشَدَّ النَّاسِ عَذَابًا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ الْمُصَوِّرُونَ». تحفة 9575

حَدَّثَنَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ الْمُنْذِرِ حَدَّثَنَا أَنَسُ بْنُ عِيَاضٍ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ نَافِعٍ أَنَّ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عُمَرَ – رضى الله عنهما – أَخْبَرَهُ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ – صلى الله عليه وسلم – قَالَ «إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَصْنَعُونَ هَذِهِ الصُّوَرَ يُعَذَّبُونَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يُقَالُ لَهُمْ أَحْيُوا مَا خَلَقْتُمْ». طرفه 7558 – تحفة 7807 (فیض الباری 6/110)

And Allah knows best

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