Are u allowed to take photos in islam?


Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

Please read the following hadiths:

 Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.841         Narrated by Abu Talha

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Angels (of mercy) do not enter a house where there are pictures.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.845         Narrated by Abu Juhaifa

that he had bought a slave whose profession was cupping. The Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade taking the price of blood, and the price of a dog, and the earnings of a prostitute, and cursed the one who took or gave (Riba’) usury, and the lady who tattooed others or got herself tattooed, and the picture-maker.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.450         Narrated by Abu Salim

Once Gabriel promised the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he would visit him, but Gabriel did not come, and later on he said, “We, angels, do not enter a house which contains a picture, or a dog.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.834         Narrated by Muslim

We were with Masruq at the house of Yasar bin Numair. Masruq saw pictures on his terrace and said, “I heard ‘Abdullah saying that he heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) saying, “The people who will receive the severest punishment from Allah will be the picture makers.’ “

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.448         Narrated by Abu Talha

I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) 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).”

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.428         Narrated by 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 (peace be upon him). 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.”

There is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars regarding photography,  but the majority of the scholars of Islam are indeed of the opinion what Dr. Zakir Naik has relayed;   that photography in itself is not forbidden in Islam;  but painting or imaging of an animate object is indeed forbidden.  

The majority of the scholars are also of the opinion that a believer must not decorate or display in his house pictures,  images,  idols,  or photos of animate objects,  as in light of the several narrations of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him),  the Angels of Mercy do not enter a house where there are pictures (of animate objects).

 Almost all the scholars of Islam are unanimous in their opinion that there is no harm if one takes a portrait photograph for necessary and legal reasons,  and to comply with the modern methods of identification like identity cards,  driver’s license,  passports, etc.  

I hope it will be helpful. May Allah guide us all to the straight path.