Taking Pictures of Creatures whose Features are not Complete
Fatwa No: 462550

  • Fatwa Date:7-9-2022 - Safar 11, 1444
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Assalamu 'Alaikum. I am a freelancer .I do architectural sketches. Sometime the requirements are limited to drawing buildings. But sometimes I need to do some sketches for different projects like education or commercials where I need to add people for representation of the place . For educational ground I need the add some students where they are playing, studying etc. Also if we want show a market place or office I need to show a group people doing their groceries or working together in a office, I draw them with dress, hair, hands ,legs but don't add facial features like eyes, nose, fingers . Sometime their size are too small to see but we can understand their activity. Is it permissible to do such sketches for projects?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The opinion that we adopt here in Islamweb is that it is permissible to make pictures of creatures as long as the features of the face, including the eyes, the nose and the mouth are concealed. In other words, it is permissible to take pictures of creatures whose features are not complete or fully shown.

Allah knows best.

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