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Sharing pictures of animate objects

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Q: Is dua an act of Jihad? If we are sharing some graphic pictures of Palestinian, Syrian, or Kashmir Muslims on the internet are we doing jihad (May be some one will pray for them)?


A: No, this is not jihaad. However you should continue making dua for those who are oppressed.

Refrain from sharing these pictures with others.  Pictures of all animate objects are declared forbidden and haraam in Islam. Severe warnings have been sounded in the Ahaadith for the one who has any involvement in this grave sin. Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

عن عبد الله قال سمعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول إن أشد الناس عذابا عند الله يوم القيامة المصورون  (بخاري 2/880)

“Undoubtedly, the people subject to the worst forms of punishment on the day of Qiyaamah are those involved in picture-making.”

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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.

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