Having picture taken out of necessity

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., – Volume 1, Page 718, Fatwa No.1377

Question: A questioner mentions that he has not applied for citizenship because of his disliking having his picture taken, since he has heard pictures are haraam. Now he is in dire need of applying for citizenship and [therefore] asks if it is permissible for him to have his picture taken so as to apply for citizenship as he is in dire need of it?

Response: The basic rule regarding taking pictures, carrying them and preserving them is that it is haraam. This is because the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) cursed the one who made pictures. However if a person is forced to apply for citizenship [as a result of his] daily activities so that he can travel from one area to another, or he has been offered a job and now it rests upon him having his picture taken, it is permissible for him to have his picture taken out of necessity only.

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

– from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 2004.