Profile pictures of animate objects on Whatsapp

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Q: On whatsapp, which is an instant messaging service for smartphones, people can post a profile for themselves. Many people post a photograph of themselves, other people or other animate objects. Is this permissible? Please explain.


A: No. Photography is counted as one of the most serious major sins for which the hadeeth sounds the curse of Allah Ta`ala and warns about the most severest punishment of the day of Qiyaamat.

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


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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