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Prohibition of drawing animate objects

Question

Where in the Quran or in the sahih Hadith does Allah forbid drawing?

 

Answer

There are many authentic Hadiths on that prohibit the drawing of animate objects. Among them is the following:

A man once said to Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhu): I earn my livelihood by drawing pictures.’

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma) replied: ‘I will quote to you what I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) saying:

‘Allah will continue to punish those who draw picture until they blow life in to their drawings, which they will never do.’

The man then sighed heavily and turned pale. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma) responded by saying: ‘If you must draw, then draw trees and every other object that is inanimate.’

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2225, Chapter on the sale of inanimate pictures, and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 5507)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar