Effacing pictures in books

Reference: Fataawa Mu’aasirah – Page 424
Fataawa al-’Aqeedah – Page 418

Question: Should the pictures [of humans and creatures] in books be effaced? And does marking [the picture with] a line across the neck suffice in alleviating the prohibition?

Response: I am not of the opinion that these pictures should be effaced, because that would entail great hardship [in doing so], not to mention that these books are intended for educational purposes and not merely the display of pictures.

[Additionally], the placing of a line across the neck [of the humans and animals] does not affect the [ruling of the] picture in any way.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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