The Fitnah of Taking Pictureswith a Camera and Cell Phone

The Fitnah of Taking Pictures with a Camera and Cell Phone
By: Shaikh Abdur-Rahmaan bin Naasir bin Barraak bin Ibrahim Al-Barraak
All praises to Allah Ta’ala, Who sent His Rasool with guidance and the Deen (religion) of Haq (truth) to make it triumph over all religions, although those who associate others with Allah dislike it. May Allah shower His Peace and Blessings upon him (the Rasool) and upon his family, companions and followers.
Among the things in which all and sundry have fallen prey to and have become crazy about, is taking pictures with the cell phone, which is in the hand or pocket of men and women, young and old.
Thus, it is possible for them to take pictures of everyone, every scene and situation, whether a public scene or private, beneficial or non-beneficial.
Sometimes a picture is taken of some people’s personal and private things. Sometimes, it is not permissible to take pictures on account of the harm that ensues in the wake of taking the picture, leaving aside the ruling of picture taking (pictography).
There are a host of evils and wrongs which ensue in the wake of pictography with the cell phone. From among them are the following:

  1. Opposing the Nusoos (clear-cut verdicts) of the Hadith which show the prohibition of picture-taking, and which sounds a severe warning (against it) and cursing the picture takers. The justification of the (erroneous) interpreters and the following of vain desires are the origin of every evil which has befallen the Ummah, from ancient to modern times. If the justifier is a Mujtahid in Ilm (knowledge), he is ma’zoor (excused), but the one who follows his vain desires is sinful and
    unexcused. The minimum (ruling) in regard to this pictography which many people have fallen prey to and which has been halaalized on the basis of some vagaries is that it is Mushtabah (doubtful). But, Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam has stated:
    “Whoever abstains from doubtful matters has verily exonerated himself in his Deen and his honour. And those involved in doubtful things will fall into Haraam.”
  2. The taking of a picture of the one who is displeased (of his picture being taken).
    This is violating his Haq (right). The evil increases by spreading (circulating /posting) it (the picture taken of a person who was unhappy of it). Sometimes the picture of a female is taken. Taking and spreading (posting/broadcasting) her picture is not permissible even if she approves of it. Many a time it brings about Talaaq on her in the case of her being married. It causes disinclination to her (in the hearts of respectable people) in the case of her being unmarried. Together with that is the evil of looking at her form/shape for those upon whom this is not lawful among strange men. Among it (the evils of pictography) is taking the pictures of people’s private life without their consent. For example: their meetings, house, furniture, pictures of their children, etc.
  3. Taking pictures of female gatherings, for example: weddings etc. and circulating these pictures. This enables the prying and Faasiqeen to view what is not lawful and to become aware of it.
  4. The pictures of some evil scenes, for example: mixed gatherings and parties compounded by immorality and dancing by mixed crowds of men and women, and then to circulate them and exposing the people of Baatil under the pretext of condemning the wrong act. This enables the heart to become pleased by seeing those evil scenes and enjoying it. If it has to be condemned, and this it is necessary, then it is Waajib to safe keep those pictures as evidence against the accused when
    he rejects the words of the truthful witness. Or when he intends to deceive. As far as a public condemnation is concerned, it should be by word.
  5. Futile pictures. That is, pictures in which there is no benefit in Deen and dunya. The sole motive is hawa (vain desire); love for picture taking and idleness. Also included are taking pictures of men at wedding functions, etc. Taking pictures of the bridegroom and those with him when they enter and exit.Among futile pictures are the pictures of bayaans in the Musaajid and of Hifz classes and hallucinating that this serves as endorsement. The statement of an honest or trustable person is
    more reliable than a picture.
  6. Keeping pictures for remembrance, as they (those involved in this) claim. The worst is the picture taking of husband and wife, and keeping their pictures for this purpose. Verily, keeping pictures prevents the Angels from entering the home.
    Thus, Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wasallam: “The Malaa’ikah do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture.”
    Excluded from this are pictures which cannot be effaced, such as the pictures on money.
    We present to you, O Muslim, some Ahaadith regarding the Tahreem (prohibition) of taking pictures:
    • It is reported from Hazrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu anhu) that Nabi
    (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Allah Ta’ala said: ‘Who can be a greater oppressor than the one goes and creates like Me? Let them create an atom or a grain of wheat or a grain of barely.” (Bukhaari and Muslim)
    • In Saheehain (Bukhaari and Muslim) it is reported from Hadhrat Aisha
    (Radhiyallahu anha) that Nabi (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “The severest punishment on the Day of Qiyaamah will be meted out to those who imitate the Creation of Allah Ta’ala (i.e. making and taking pictures etc.)”
    • Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (Radhiyallahu anhu) reports: “I heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) saying: ‘Every picture-maker (photographer etc.) will be in Jahannam. A body will be created for every picture he made (drew, snapped, captured, posted etc.) which will torment him in Jahannam.” (Bukhaari and Muslim)
    • Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (Radhiyallahu anhu) reports that Nabi (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “The one who draws (snaps, captures, posts, etc.) a picture in this world will be made to give life to it (the picture) on the Day of Qiyaamah, whereas he will not be able to blow life (in it).” (Bukhaari and Muslim)
    Hence, it devolves upon the Muslim to fear Allah Ta’ala, take precaution for the safety of his/her Deen and that he/she warn the people who follow (their) vain desires not to be deceived (of what is right from wrong) on the basis of what the majority of people do. The abundance of baatil (wrong) does not mitigate it. “Say, ‘Evil and good are not even, although the abundance of evil might impress you.’ So fear Allah, O intelligent ones, so that you may be successful.” (Qur’aan)
    We ask Allah Ta’ala for Baseerat (foresight) in Deen and a good intention in the quest for the Haq (truth).
    May Allah Ta’ala shower His Peace and Blessings upon Muhammad, his family and all of his companions.
    27 Shawwaal 1438 / 22 July 2017

Do not let your smartphone outsmart you!

We all know that the three most essential elements needed for human survival are:

  1. Air
  2. Water
  3. Food

Right now another element is rapidly gaining importance in the lives of humans and may soon become the fourth element essential for human survival.

That element is the smartphone.

Yes, the smartphone.

The human survival seems to be getting virtually impossible without a smartphone.

If you feel that the above statements are very harsh or too intense then consider this in a more lighter tone or in a more romanticized tone.

The smartphone has acquired a very special place in your life. It has come very close to you. Closer than even your own spouse!

Yes, this is a stark reality and you cannot deny it.

You are so much attached to your smartphone these days that you are never without it. Not even for a single moment.

According to a study, most smartphone users now admit using their phones even in the shower or while they are in bed with their spouses.  You often caress it more lovingly than you caress your own spouse.

From your washroom to your workplace, from the marketplace to a mall, from a hotel to a hospital, from a family gathering to a funeral (the list is incredibly long!) – Wherever you go you do not fail to carry your smartphone with you. You cannot resist carrying it even in the Masjid, the House of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala!

Marriages have gone on rocks because of the smartphone. Research has confirmed this. Being attached to your phone seems to be sabotaging your attachment with your loved ones. A sweet conversation, a scrumptious meal, or a romantic moment is disrupted because of a WhatsApp message, an email or any other distraction caused by the smartphone.  When you attend to the smartphone in the middle of quality time with your spouse, it feels like rejection — it hurts. Feeling ignored when your spouse is on their phone can feel as bad as being shunned.

This is all about the relation between the two humans. What about your relationship with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala?  A smartphone can easily become an obstacle in your path leading to your Creator if you become too much attached to it or if you use it in a wrong manner.

When you are with your smartphone you waste your time in things that have no spiritual values. Quite often you get tempted to watch undesirable or obscene videos.

You see your child doing some unusual activity and you take his video and post it to your group with a fervent desire that it goes viral. Thus you waste your time and you also become the means of wasting the time of those who watch it and post it to others.

At times you can post articles that have no bases at all with reality. Falsehoods spread like wildfire on social media, and the main culprit is the smartphone, researchers have reported.

When your kids see you getting attached to your smartphone they also get tempted to use it. And you never know what they might be watching when you are not around them.

Even a person waking up very early in the morning to offer Tahajjud or Fajr Salah is sometimes not safe from its peril. The first thing he hears is the music, thanks to the musical alarm tone of his smartphone.

All these factors and many more can take you away from your Rabbnauzubillahi.

Above situations and circumstances sum up to one startling factor: Most of us are suffering from a malady called the ‘Smartphone Addiction Syndrome’!

Yes, how ever much we try to dodge, we cannot deny the fact that the smartphone addiction is something that is there! It is a very real problem affecting, not thousands, but millions across the globe!

You almost go crazy if by any chance you are separated from your smartphone. You know that feeling when you reach into your pocket for your mobile phone – and get that immediate hot shock of panic when… it’s not there!!!

Your heart races! Your stomach lurches! Your brain goes into overdrive! What to do? Confusion overwhelms you!

Do you go through this dilemma when you discover you do not have your phone with you? That means that you are already suffering from this malady!

At this juncture, some of you might say “Alhamdulillah, I am not so much addicted to my smartphone.”

However, you might not be realizing that your assumption is wrong. Stated above is just one sign of the smartphone addiction. There are many more.

Signs of Smartphone Addiction:

  • You have your smartphone in your hand 24/7.


  • You carry it even to the Masjid.


  • Not a day goes by that you are without it.


  • Your smartphone battery does not last even a day.


  • You check it constantly, in most cases without any reason.


  • The first thing you do after getting up in the morning, and the last thing you do before going to sleep at night, is check your smartphone.


  • While cooking and doing other household chores many women’s concentration is captured by the smartphone.


  • Vacation and holiday time is more like an extended smartphone time for you.


  • You start feeling your phone vibrates just to find out later that it was a false alarm.


  • You obsessively check for emails, texts, and missed calls.


  • Getting ready for an important occasion can wait, but your smartphone cannot.


  • You get lost in your smartphone without realizing how much time you have wasted.


  • You attend to your phone even while driving.


  • Persistent desire and/or unsuccessful attempts to quit or reduce smartphone use.

If this is the situation today then just imagine what may happen in next ten years’ time when the technology will be far more advanced.

How to kick the smartphone addiction.

Given underneath are some ways through which you can kick the smartphone addiction.

  • Define goals and set realistic timelines for kicking this addiction.


  •  Use an alarm clock to help you wake up instead of your smartphone.
  • Practise going to the masjid without your smartphone.


  • Restrict the time you spend on your smartphone.


  • Try to increase your smartphone-free hours.


  • Give more attention to your spouse/family members than you give to your smartphone.


  • Never read your Qur’an from a smartphone if the Qur’an in Kitab form (hard copy) is available.


  • Make zikr of Allah and recite Durood Shareef more often.


  • Make meals a phone-free zone.
  • Have a phone-free day once a week.


  • Keep your smartphones far away from you while going to bed. If it remains beside your pillow it will keep you awake for sure.


  • Make it known to your friends and relatives during your casual talks that you sleep by ‘this time’ daily. This will discourage them from calling and texting unnecessarily, unless in an emergency.


  • You too must refrain yourself from calling or texting others at their night times unnecessarily.


  • If possible, keep your smartphone off or on silent mode when you sleep at night. Nothing wrong will befall if you are not reachable for some 7-8 hours at night InshaAllah. And if something is destined to happen, it will happen even with your smartphone on.
  • When you have an urge to be with your smartphone shun that urge and read the Qur’an instead (not from your smartphone but from the Qur’an in its Kitaab form).


  • Last but least, make constant Du’ah Allah relieves you from this addiction.

It is absolutely an undeniable fact that the smartphone has made our lives very easy as far as communicating with our friends and family members isconcerned, however far they may be. It also has tremendous capability of increasing our knowledge.

However, it has to be used diligently and with limitations. Do not let your smartphone dictate terms to you. Remember, between you and your smartphone, you are the master, and not vice versa! Use your smartphone, do not let it use you.

In other words, do not let your smartphone outsmart you! DO not let your cellphone (smartphone) become a HELLPhone.


May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala save the Ummah of His beloved Nabi (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) from all technomotivated fitnahs…Aameen.

…and Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala knows best.

by Haqqseeker