Pilgrims taking photos in the holy places

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
As-Salaamu-Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Some people take photos in the holy places, and sometimes a person may raise his hands in supplication for the sake of the picture only. Is this permissible? Does it detract from Hajj or not?
(There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.)
Check below answers in case you are looking for other related questions:

Answer:

Praise be to Allah

Taking photos of pilgrims in the place of worship is not permissible for two reasons:

Firstly: they are doing that so that they can keep the pictures for memories, and any photo that is intended to be kept for memories is haraam.

Secondly: that is usually not free from showing off, because people take pictures to show to others that they have done Hajj. Hence, as the questioner mentioned, they raise their hands in supplication when they are not actually offering supplication; rather it is only for the purpose of taking the picture.

But if there is a need for that, because this man is doing Hajj on behalf of someone else, so he says: Take a picture so that I can prove that I have done Hajj, then after it reaches the one who delegated him to do Hajj on his behalf he tears up the picture, then there is nothing wrong with that, because there is a need for it, and the purpose behind it is not to keep it for memories. End quote.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah's Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Related Answers:

Recommended answers for you:


Don't miss out to watch Islamhelpline sponsored Islamic Kids Competition

Click here for all videos