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Editing photo’s of one’s face

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Q: Is editing your own photos haram? I mean I have moles on my face and I don’t usually wear makeup to hide it… I edit my photos just to remove the dark circles and spots on my face. Is it haram? I don’t make any change to my facial features. I just remove spots and dark circles.


A: All forms of photography are haraam and forbidden. Severe warnings have been sounded in the hadeeth for those who are involved in picture making. Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “The people to be inflicted with the worst punishment will be the picture makers.” Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has cursed the one who receives interest, the one who gives interest, the tattooist, the tattooed and the picture maker.

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

Answered by:

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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