Prohibition of drawing animate objects

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Where in the Quran or in the sahih Hadith does Allah forbid drawing?



There are many authentic Hadiths on that prohibit the drawing of animate objects. Among them is the following:

A man once said to Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhu): I earn my livelihood by drawing pictures.’

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma) replied: ‘I will quote to you what I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) saying:

‘Allah will continue to punish those who draw picture until they blow life in to their drawings, which they will never do.’

The man then sighed heavily and turned pale. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma) responded by saying: ‘If you must draw, then draw trees and every other object that is inanimate.’

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2225, Chapter on the sale of inanimate pictures, and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 5507)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist.