Blanket to cover pictures
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I usually put a blanket on top of the pictures i have in my room before praying. Is that o.k??
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Blanket to cover pictures
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
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 (saws) 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 (saws) 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 Messenger (saws). 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."
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4140 Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib
The Prophet (saws) said: The Angels do not enter a house which contains a picture, a dog, or a man who is impure by sexual defilement.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.843 Narrated by Abu Salim
Once Gabriel promised to visit the Prophet but he delayed and the Prophet got worried about that. At last he came out and found Gabriel and complained to him of his grief (for his delay). Gabriel said to him, "We do not enter a place in which there is a picture, or a dog."
Dear and Beloved Sister in Islam, in light of the above authentic traditions and warnings from the Messenger of Allah (saws), it would not behove a believer who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day, that they should display pictures of animate objects in their houses.
Covering the animate pictures with a blanket during prayers would not help or lighten the condition of what is forbidden; as it is specifically mentioned in the guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) that the Angels of Allah do not enter a house which contains pictures of animate objects. It would be best and behoving of a righteous believer to remove these pictures from their houses, and if one does this only for the sake of Allah Subhanah, it is expected that one will get a huge reward from the Merciful Lord for his/her obedience.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verse 36: It does not behove a believing man and a believing woman that when Allah and His Messenger have given their decision in a matter, they should exercise an option in that matter of theirs. For whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, has indeed strayed into manifest error.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,