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Taking Photographs.

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Question:

Is it allowed to take photograph of one year old boy or girl? Could you kindly explain in detail?


Answer:

Pictures and photographs are totally Haraam (unlawful) in Islam. Severe warnings and punishment are mentioned in many authentic and sound Traditions of the Prophet (SA) for those who take out the photos as well as those whose photographs are taken out. As such, it would not be permissible to take the photograph of a one year old boy or girl as asked in your question.

The Fuqaha (Jurists) have all agreed that the allowance would be given to those photographs which are deemed to be necessary for example, for ones Identification Card, Drivers Permit, Passport etc.

All these would be allowed on the basis of need and necessity. That which does not fall under need or necessity will fall under the general prohibition.

And Allah knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan

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