Looking at photos

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za


1. I wanted to ask whether it is sinful to look at photographs? Or can we can look at photos of our mahrams?

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2. We are not allowed to look at non mahrams. Does it mean that we cannot look at him even at a glance for once? For eg. We need to see for once, so as to know who is our brother in law, or neighbour, uncle i.e. just for recoginition purposes. 



1. Yes, all pictures of animate objects.

2. Precaution requires that you don’t look at them at all.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)