Q: I have a few questions regarding photos and videos. Is taking pictures and videoing allowed in Islam? By pictures and videos I mean normal pictures and videos by phone or camera. Pictures and videos in special events such as wedding, party etc or in a normal day? If it is not allowed, will we be punished for doing it? If I die and I have my videos or pictures in this world, will I be forgiven or punished? Also can I perform namaz in a room or place where there are framed pictures of my family or myself? Will my namaaz be accepted if I pray in such a place? Can I perform namaz in a place where there are pictures behind me not where I am facing?
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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.