Pictures: An Intellectual Discussion

Faqeehul Ummah, Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Gangohi Rahmatullahi Alaihi states:

“A person sought permission to take a photograph of me. I did not permit him and told him that photography is impermissible. This person responded saying,

Person: The impermissibility is with regards to Idols.

Mufti Saheb: Hadhrat A’isha Radhiyallu Anha had hung a curtain with pictures on it in her apartment. On seeing it, Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam tore it and said that the people to be inflicted with the worst punishment will be those who draw pictures (Bukhaari Shareef, vol 2, Pg 880)

In this incident, there were no Idols, yet Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam tore the curtain with pictures and expressed his displeasure.

Person: This is only a reflection, similar to a person’s image reflected in does not play any role in it.

Mufti Saheb: Man does play a role in it, for the simple reason, that the camera does not capture the picture out of its own accord. The entire process is commenced by man’s action. Then man also completes the developing of the photo as well.

Malfoozaat Of Faqeehul Ummah, Vol 1 , pg 210

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