What is the ruling concerning taking pictures using a mobile phone considering some
people say that it is just capturing a shadow and there is no prohibition in that, so
what is the ruling concerning that?
For HIM there is no prohibition in that, as for the Sunnah and the evidences then
picture taking/making in general is Haraam (prohibited) and the picture maker is
cursed. And he will receive from the most severest of punishments on the Day of
Judgment. So what is it that takes the mobile phone out from this generality? The
Messenger made picture making Haraam without exception by any means;
(whether that be by way of ) a mobile phone, a camera, by hand(sculpting) or by
drawing, he made it absolutely Haraam. So who is he that makes an exception
from what the messenger sallallaahu alaihi wasallam said and attempts to redress
the messenger. Apart from that the Muhaqqiqeen (verifiers) from the Scholars
make an exception in the case of necessity, if a person is in need of taking a picture
for a necessity then it is allowed due to this necessity due to His saying - the Most
(وقَدْ فَصَّلَ لَكُم مَّا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْكُمْ إلاَّ مَا اضْطُرِرْتُمْ إلَيْهِ)
while He has explained to you in detail what is forbidden to you, except under
compulsion of necessity? [Surah al-'An'aam:119]
As for picture taking as a hobby or as a form of art by the use of the camera or by
hand or by any object then it is Haraam and it is not allowed except in case of
necessity only. In accordance to the necessity it is a concession. It is a concession
due to a necessity only.
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan
Taken from the Shaykhs lecture series:(Tafseer of Surah al-Hujuraat to Surah
an-Naas) Monday 15 Shawwal 1427H.
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