Category: Beliefs and Practices (Aqeedah)
Fatwa#: 41003
Asked Country: Albania

Answered Date: Sep 15,2018

Title: Queries about drawings of the Prophet SAW


When the scandal about the cartoons of prophet Muhammad happened a muslim leader in Europe said almost crying: They imagine that this is how our beloved prophet looks like pointing to one of the blasphemous pictures. Does this mean that it is allowed to look at blasphemous pictures for legitimate reasons? Is the legitimacy that divides what otherwise would be a kufr act like if you watched them for curiosity?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

If there is a legitimate reason to view such a picture, for example condemnation of the blasphemous picture, as in the case of the Muslim leader in reference, then one may do so.[1] It is not permissible to view such pictures out of curiosity.[2]  

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



صحيح البخاري (2/ 150)

إن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لما قدم أبى أن يدخل البيت وفيه الآلهة، فأمر بها فأخرجت، فأخرجوا صورة إبراهيم، وإسماعيل في أيديهما الأزلام، فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «قاتلهم الله، أما والله لقد علموا أنهما لم يستقسما بها قط». فدخل البيت، فكبر في نواحيه، ولم يصل فيه


صحيح البخاري (4/ 139)

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما، قال: دخل النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم البيت، فوجد فيه صورة إبراهيم، وصورة مريم، فقال «أما لهم، فقد سمعوا أن الملائكة لا تدخل بيتا فيه صورة، هذا إبراهيم مصور، فما له يستقسم»


دلائل النبوة للبيهقي (5/ 73)

عن ابن عباس أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم لما رأى الصور في البيت يعني الكعبة لم يدخله حتى أمر بها فمحيت ورأى إبراهيم وإسماعيل بأيديهما الأزلام فقال قاتلهم الله والله ما استقسما بالأزلام قط



تفسير البيضاوي (2/ 177)

وأعرض عن المشركين ولا تحتفل بأقوالهم ولا تلتفت إلى آرائهم


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