Sketches And Family Pictures

Question

Could you please elaborate how it is to have paintings with figures in the house. I have a few figurative pieces which don't have features but just figures with dark faces and no features on face. Is it alright to have such stuff in the house in the light of Islam? We also have a few family pictures.


Answer

We believe that the art of photography and portrait making is not prohibited in the Shari'ah. The hadith narratives usually presented to establish the prohibition of the art are specific and restricted to the portraits which were associated with the practice of polytheism. Since the element is no more found in for example family pictures or other pieces of art these cannot be validly declared prohibited. There is nothing wrong with keeping the family pictures or other portraits and photography in your home or office.

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