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Q: Something like photography for ID and passport reasons are permissible out of necessity. Similarly, to sit in an aero plane where free mixing and alcohol is served is also permissible. The same with going to a bank for a valid reason. Please advise if one should make Istighfaar when one’s picture is taken for these reasons, or one is in an aero plane, or in a bank etc. The thought came to mind that since Allah Ta’ala has given us leeway in these matters, it is incorrect to make Istighfaar for such things as it is on account of His Kindness. However, I also thought because of our disobedience to Allah Ta’ala, He has subjected us to these systems of kuffaar and their governments as punishment. Hence, we should make Taubah and Istighfaar for being so sinful that we have to be disgraced at the hands of kuffaar and kuffaar governments (like photography, evil environments, banking etc.) on account of His punishment in the first place.


A: It is better.

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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