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Decorating a house with pictures

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by TheMufti.com

Q. In a Muslim house, can the walls be decorated with pictures of near and dear ones? Is it a fact that the Firishtaas hesitate to enter the houses that have pictures all around? And is it absolutely prohibited in Islam to hang photos as decorative pieces? Please suggest and explain. Now a days most of the houses are decorated with photos, arts & pictures.


A. It is not permissible to decorate the walls of a house with animate pictures.

However, it is permissible to decorate the walls of a house with inanimate pictures.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.

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