Ruling on caricatures

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:
What is the ruling on caricatures and those which are seen in some newspapers and magazines, which includes drawings of people?.
(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:

Praise be to Allaah.

The drawings mentioned are not permissible. They are among the widespread evils which must be given up because of the general meaning of the saheeh ahaadeeth which indicate that it is haraam to make images of any animate being, whether by machine, by hand or by any other means. 

For example, al-Bukhaari narrated in his Saheeh that Abu Juhayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade the price of a dog and the price of blood, and he forbade (the actions of) the woman who does tattoos and woman who has that done, and the one who consumes riba and the one who pays it, and he cursed the image-maker.  

It is also narrated in al-Saheehayn that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The people who will be most severely punished on the Day of Resurrection will be the image-makers.” And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The makers of these images will be punished on the Day of Resurrection and it will be said to them: ‘Give life to that which you have created’.”  

And there are many other sound ahaadeeth on this topic. No exception is made to that except cases where pictures are necessary, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “while He has explained to you in detail what is forbidden to you, except under compulsion of necessity” [al-An’aam 6:119].  

I ask Allaah to enable the Muslims to adhere to the laws of their Lord and to adhere to the Sunnah of their Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and to avoid that which is contrary to that, for He is the best One to be asked. 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: