Hanging up Pictures of Humans, Animals, Birds…anything with a soul Inside the House
It is not permissible to hang up pictures at all, whether of children or adults. That is because of the stern prohibition narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) against keeping pictures and his command to Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him): Do not leave any image without erasing it or any raised grave without levelling it. Narrated by Muslim, 1/66
Hence pictures must be removed, erased or burned and not kept.
Hanging up pictures of animate beings inside houses or elsewhere deprives the people of that place of a great deal of good, which is the angels entering that house.
It was narrated from Abu Saeed al-Khudri (may Allaah have mercy on him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: The angels do not enter a house in which there are statues or images.Narrated by Imam Ahmad; Saheeh al-Jaamiâ, 1961.
It is permissible to hang up pictures of inanimate things such as trees, mountains, seas and natural views, or other inanimate drawings, without being extravagant.
Hanging Pictures of People in the House
You have to hasten to remove these pictures at once, because it was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) strongly forbade hanging pictures, and he commanded his great Companion Ali ibn Abi Taalib, Do not leave any picture without blotting it out and do not leave any built-up grave without levelling it. (Narrated by Muslim, 1/66).
You can replace them, if you wish, with pictures of inanimate objects, such as trees, mountains, oceans and other natural scenes, or other drawings of inanimate objects, without being extravagant or wasteful.
As for the pictures which are hanging, you have to remove them and blot them out or burn them; do not keep them. It is worth noting that hanging up pictures of the dead is one of the things that renews grief and serves no useful purpose; it may even lead to some kind of veneration which goes against Tawheed. Let us not forget that the shirk committed by the people of Nooh (peace be upon him) started because they set up pictures and images of some righteous people who had lived among them. So be very careful.
Ruling on Hanging Verses of the Quraan on Walls
Hanging plaques and cloths containing aayaat of the Quraan in homes, schools, social clubs and places of business, involves a number of reservations and prohibitions according to Islam, such as the following:
1 : In most cases, hanging such things on the wall is done for purposes of decoration and adornment, as the aayaat etc. are written in calligraphy and colourful brocade. This is an inappropriate use of the Quraan, as it was revealed to guide people and to be read regularly. The Quraan was not revealed to decorate walls, but to guide mankind.
2 : Some people hang up such things for a blessing – which is a form of bidah. The blessing as described in Islam comes from reading or reciting the Quraan, not from hanging it up or placing it on shelves or turning it into artwork and three-dimensional images.
3 : This is contrary to the practice of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the Rightly-Guided Khaleefahs (al-Khulafaaâ€™ al-Raashidoon), may Allaah be pleased with them, who never did such a thing. The best way is to follow them, not to introduce bidah.
4 : Hanging up such pictures or plaques could lead to shirk, because some people think that these things are amulets that will protect the house and its people from evil and disease. This is shirk and is haraam, because the One Who really offers protection is Allaah, may He be glorified, and one of the means of gaining His protection is sincere recitation of the Quran and duaaâ€™s taught in the Quraan and Sunnah.
5 : There is the risk that the Quraan may be used, in such cases, as a means of promoting oneâ€™s business or increasing oneâ€™s earnings. The Quraan should be protected from being used for such purposes. It is well-known that the production and sale of these pictures and plaques involves a great deal of extravagance and wasting money.
6 : Many of these plaques are painted with real gold, which makes using them and hanging them up even more haraam.
7 : Many of these plaques involve a kind of carelessness, because the letters are twisted into complex designs that are of no benefit to anyone because they are barely legible. Sometimes words are fashioned into the shape of a bird or a man prostrating, and similarly forbidden pictures of animate beings.
8 : Ayaat and soorahs of the Quraan are exposed to misuse and abuse by this practice. For example, when moving house, they are piled up with the rest of the furniture and belongings, and other objects may be placed on top of them. This also happens when they are taken down so that the wall may be painted or cleaned.
9 : Some Muslims whose observance of Islam is lacking put these plaques and pictures up so that they can feel that they are doing something religious, in order to reduce their feelings of guilt â€“ in spite of the fact that this practice does not help them in any way.
All in all, we must close the doors of evil and follow the leaders of guidance of the early centuries of Islam, whose people the Prophet (peace be upon him) testified were the best of the Muslims in faith and practice.
If someone were to say, â€œWe are not going to abuse it or make it a decoration or exaggerate about it, we only want to remind people (about their religion) in our gatheringsâ€, our response would be: if we look at real life, will we find that this is what actually happens? Do people really remember Allah? Do they even read these aayaat when they raise their heads?
What really happens is the opposite: people go against the words hanging over their heads, they still tell lies, engage in gossip, make fun of others and do and say evil things. Even if we assume that there are some who do benefit from these plaques etc., the fact is that they are very few, and this does not change the hukm (Islamic ruling) on the matter.
The Muslims must turn to the Book of Allaah, read it and recite it, and act in accordance with it.
We ask Allaah to make the Quraan a light of guidance for us, and a means of removing our grief and anxiety.
Ruling on praying in a garment on which there is a picture of an animal or a person
What is the ruling on praying in clothes on which there are images of some animals which may be part of a manufacturing company’s logo such as tigers or crocodiles?.
Praise be to Allaah. Firstly: It is not permissible to wear clothes on which there are images of animals or people, because of the report narrated by al-Bukhaari (3226) and Muslim (2106) from Abu Talhah (may Allaah be pleased with him), according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The angels do not enter any house in which there is an image.” See: Mataalib Ooli al-Nuha (1/353).
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on wearing clothes on which there are images of animals or people. He replied: It is not permissible for a person to wear clothes on which there is an image of an animal or a person, and it is not permissible to wear ghutrahs or other headgear on which there is an image of a person or an animal, because it is proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The angels do not enter any house in which there is an image.” Hence we do not think that anyone should keep pictures for memories, as they say, and whoever has any pictures for memories should destroy them, whether he put them on the wall or in an album etc, because keeping them deprives the people of the house of the angels’ entering upon them. And Allaah knows best. End quote.
He (may Allaah have mercy on him) was also asked about the ruling on children wearing clothes on which there are images of animate beings. He replied: The scholars said that it is haraam to dress a child in what it is haraam for adults to wear. Whatever has an image on it, it is haraam for adults to wear it, so it is also haraam for children to wear it. This is the answer. What the Muslims should do is to boycott these clothes and shoes, so that the evildoers will have no means of reaching us in this matter. If they are boycotted they will never find a way of bringing them into this land, because when they are boycotted there will be no point in bringing them here. End quote from Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (12/333).
Secondly: Prayer offered in a garment that has images of people or animals on it is valid, but there is some sin involved.
The Scholars of the Standing Committee were asked: Is it permissible to pray in a garment on which there is an image of a person or images of animals? Is it permissible to enter the toilet in a garment on which there is the name of Allaah?
They replied: It is not permissible to pray in clothes on which there are images of animate beings, whether people, birds, camels, cattle, sheep, or other animate beings, and it is not permissible for a Muslim to wear them when he is not praying either. The prayer of one who prays wearing clothes on which there are images is valid, but he is sinning if he knows the shar’i ruling. It is not permissible to write the name of Allaah on clothing, and it is makrooh to enter the toilet wearing it, because that is showing disrespect to His name, may He be exalted. End quote. Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (6/179)
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on the prayer of one who prays in a garment on which are embroidered or printed images of animate beings.
He replied: If he is unaware, there is no sin on him, but if he knew (the ruling) then his prayer is valid but there is some sin involved, according to the more correct of the two scholarly rulings. Some scholars said that his prayer is invalid, because he has prayed in a garment that is haraam for him. End quote from Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (12/360)
Based on this, you have to remove the image of the tiger or crocodile from your clothes, or distort the image by removing the head or covering it with some colour or thread that will hide it. If you pray with the image still on your clothes, your prayer is valid but there is some sin.
And Allaah knows best.
The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam ordered that all images be destroyed. Is it sufficient to erase just the eyes, or the face, or the head ?
Praise be to Allaah. The image is the face, which must be erased so that the image disappears, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade striking the “image”. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari).
The meaning is that it is forbidden to strike the face, as was explained in other ahaadeeth. The fact that “image” means the face means that the facial features must be erased. And Allaah knows best.