The ruling on opening a Photography Shop


Question :
My nationality is Indian and I am Muslim - all praise is due to Allah. I work here in the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) and I intend, after returning to my country, to open a shop for photography and photocopying documents in order to earn a living for my family and myself. Is this work lawful or forbidden?

Answer :
Making pictures of creatures with souls is not permissible. This is due to the statement of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him:
The most severely tormented people on the Day of Resurrection will be the picture maker.
"The most severely tormented people on the Day of Resurrection will be the picture maker."
Al-Bukhari no. 5950 and Muslim no. 2109.
The authenticity of this Hadith is agreed upon. This is also because the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him cursed the person who devours (i.e., takes) Riba and the person who gives it, and the pictures maker. This was recorded by Al-Bukhari in his Sahih.
Thus, we advise you not to open the photography shop and to seek lawful earnings. Allah says:
And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out (of his trouble) and He will provide from him where he does not expect.
"And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out (of his trouble) and He will provide from him where he does not expect."
At-Talaq 65:2-3.
And He says:
And whoever fears Allah, He will give him ease in his affairs.
"And whoever fears Allah, He will give him ease in his affairs."
At-Talaq 65:4.
May Allah give you success in every good.
Ash-Shaykh Ibn Baz



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