Sound Creed: Lesson 12

Sat 2 Nov 2019

Read by Abu Muadh Taqweem

Why is Picture making Prohibited in Islam?

  • What is meant by “picture making”?
  • The origin of Shirk (polytheism) was in picture making and people became attached to them
  • It is an attempt to imitate the creation of Allah, indeed it is only Allah, The Mighty and Majestic, who creates, gives form to living things, and gives them souls
  • Allah’s challenge to the picture makers
  • Is one allowed to draw pictures of things that do not have souls in them e.g. trees, mountains etc?
  • Unfortunately these days those who make pictures of humans or animals are praised as “artists” or bring “creative”

Evidence of the severity of the punishment of the picture maker

  • Hadith of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him)
  • Hadith of ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) [Sahih Bukhari & Muslim]
  • Hadith of Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) [Sahih Bukhari & Muslim]
  • Hadith of Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) [Sahih Bukhari & Muslim]

Arguments of the Polytheists throughout time

  • Someone who says “We found our forefathers doing this, therefore we will follow them”
    • Why is this wrong?
    • When is it correct to follow forefather and when is it not correct?
  • Someone who says “I say Laa Ilaaha Illallaah, therefore I will not be punished if I make dua to the deceased”
    • What did the Prophet (ﷺ) say about this?


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