Noble Qur'an - Al-A'raf 7:148
And the people of Moses made in his absence,
out of their ornaments, the image of a calf (for worship). It
had a sound (as if it was mooing). Did they not see that it
could neither speak to them nor guide them to the way? They
took it for worship and they were Zalimun (wrong-doers).
Noble Qur'an - Al-Anbiyâ 21:51-54
51. And indeed We bestowed aforetime on Ibrâhim
(Abraham) his (portion of) guidance, and We were Well-Acquainted with
him (as to his Belief in the Oneness of Allâh, etc.).
52. When he said to his father and his people:
"What are these images, to which you are devoted?"
53. They said:"We found our fathers worshipping
54. He said: "Indeed you and your fathers have
been in manifest error."
- Bukhari 3:428, Narrated Said bin Abu Al-Hasan
While I was with Ibn 'Abbas a man came and
said, "O father of 'Abbas! My sustenance is from my manual profession
and I make these pictures." Ibn 'Abbas said, "I will tell you only what
I heard from Allah's Apostle . I heard him saying, 'Whoever
makes a picture will be punished by Allah till he puts life in it, and
he will never be able to put life in it.' " Hearing this,
that man heaved a sigh and his face turned pale. Ibn 'Abbas said to
him, "What a pity! If you insist on making pictures I advise you to
make pictures of trees and any other unanimated objects."
-Bukhari 4:47, Narrated 'Aisha
I stuffed for the Prophet a pillow decorated with pictures (of animals)
which looked like a Namruqa (i.e. a small cushion). He came and stood
among the people with excitement apparent on his face. I said, "O
Allah's Apostle! What is wrong?" He said, "What
is this pillow?" I said, "I have prepared this pillow for
you, so that you may recline on it." He said, "Don't
you know that angels do not enter a house wherein there are pictures;
and whoever makes a picture will be punished on the Day of Resurrection
and will be asked to give life to (what he has created)?"
- Bukhari 4:448, Narrated Abu Talha
I heard Allah's Apostle saying; "Angels
(of Mercy) do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or a picture of
a living creature (a human being or an animal)."
-Bukhari 5:338, Narrated Ibn Abbas
Abu Talha, a companion of Allah's Apostle and one of those who fought at Badr together
with Allah's Apostle told me that Allah's Apostle said. "Angels
do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture."
He meant the images of creatures that have souls.
- Muslim, Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib
AbulHayyaj al-Asadi told that Ali ibn AbuTalib
said to him: Should I not send you on the same mission as Allah's
Messenger sent me? Do
not leave an image without obliterating it, or a high grave without
levelling it. This hadith has been reported by Habib with
the same chain of transmitters and he said: (do
not leave) a picture without obliterating it.
- Muslim, narrated Maymunah
One morning Allah's Messenger was silent with grief. Maymunah said: Allah's
Messenger, I find a change in your mood today. Allah's Messenger said: Gabriel
had promised me that he would meet me last night, but he did not meet
me. By Allah, he never broke his promises; and Allah's
Messenger spent the day in this sad (mood). Then it
occurred to him that there had been a puppy under their cot. He gave an
order and it was turned out. He then took some water in his hand and
sprinkled it on the place. When it was evening Gabriel met him and he
said to him: You promised me that
you would meet me the previous night. He said: Yes, but we
do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture. So the very
next morning he commanded the dogs to be killed. He announced that the
dog kept for the orchards should also be killed, but he spared the dog
used for the protection of extensive fields (or big gardens).
- Bukhari 8:151, Narrated 'Aisha
I used to play with the dolls in the presence
of the Prophet , and my girl friends also used to play with
me. When Allah's Apostle used to enter (my dwelling place) they used to
hide themselves, but the Prophet would call them to join and play with me. (The
playing with the dolls and similar images is forbidden, but it was
allowed for 'Aisha at that time, as she was a little girl, not yet
reached the age of puberty.) (Fateh-al-Bari page 143, Vol.13)
- Abu Dawud, Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin
When the Apostle of Allah arrived after the expedition to Tabuk or
Khaybar (the narrator is doubtful), the draught raised an end of a
curtain which was hung in front of her store-room, revealing some dolls
which belonged to her. He asked: What
is this? She replied: My dolls. Among them he saw a horse
with wings made of rags, and asked: What
is this I see among them? She replied: A horse. He asked: What is this that it has on it?
She replied: Two wings. He asked: A
horse with two wings? She replied: Have you not heard that
Solomon had horses with wings? She said: Thereupon the Apostle of Allah
laughed so heartily that I could see his molar
- Sahih Bukhari 2.425, Narrated Aisha, r.a.
When the Prophet became ill, some of his wives
talked about a church which they had seen in Ethiopia and it was called
Mariya. Um Salma and Um Habiba had been to Ethiopia, and both of them
narrated its (the Church's) beauty and the pictures it contained. The
Prophet raised his head and said, "Those are the people who, whenever a pious man
dies amongst them, make a place of worship at his grave and then they
make those pictures in it. Those are the worst creatures in the Sight
"On the Day of Resurrection a neck will stretch
forth from Hell; it will have two eyes to see, two ears to hear, and a
tongue to speak. It will say, "I have been appointed to take care of
three types of people: every arrogant tyrant, every person who called
on some deity other than Allaah (swt) and those who made pictures" [at-Tirmidhi
stated that this hadith was saheeh - at-Takhweef min an-Naar, p.179,
See also Jaami' al-Usool, 10/518, the editor said its isnaad is hasan]
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Items for the uttaqun:
Take down that picture of Martin
Remove all pictures of animals
and people from your walls, destroy any idol statues.
If you have a job where
your boss insists that you decorate, such as is often required for
teachers, decorate with ribbons, colored cotton, and other creative
decorations, but do not succumb to hanging up images.
Take down that calendar with
pictures of 'cute, cuddly' animals on it.
Allow your child to play with
dolls if you so desire. Keep in mind that the dolls during the
Prophet's time were simple "rag" or "sock" dolls without animated human
features or intricate 'life-like' detail.
Do not hang up your child's
pictures of animals, people, or anything worshipable, and don't let the
schools do it with your children, either. Limit drawing to educational
Do not mix images and religion.
Allah, subhana watala, sees all
Remember... Allah, subhana
watala, sees everything we do!