Is taking a picture of self, friends and family on mobile phone is haram? Nowadays we see lots of Ulama on video and pictures. I am little confused on this matter. Can you please guide me on this?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.org

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 413/378/SN=06/1436)

Hadith sternly warns about ’picture making’. According to a narration recorded in Muslim Sharif the Holy Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “The people who will receive the severest punishment from Allah on the Day of Judgement will be the picture makers.”
إن أشد الناس عذاباً يوم القيامة المصورون (مسلم، رقم 2109)
Owing to it, picture making or clicking pictures on mobile and camera or by some other means shall be haram and unlawful. The action or practice of some Ulama cannot make haram halal. Yes, if you are in dire need of photo that if you do not take photograph then it shall invite some problems then it shall be lawful to take photograph as:
الضرورات تبيح المحظورات
Necessity permits things that are forbidden.
مستفاد از …. وإن تحققت الحاجة إلى استعمال السلاح الذي فيه تمثال فلا بأس باستعماله؛ لأن الضرورة مستثناة من الحرمة كما فى تناول الميتة (شرح السير الكبير 1/1463، باب ما يكره في دارالحرب وما لا يكره، ط: بيروت) وانظر جواهر الفقه”: 7/256، زكريا)

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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