Owning magazines within which are pictures

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., – Volume 1, Page 691, Question 2 of Fatwa No.3079

Question: What do you say regarding acquiring/owning magazines within which are pictures; Are these pictures from those which are forbidden?

Response: Acquiring/owning magazines within which are pictures is permissible if the purpose of buying them was for that which it (the magazine) contains of beneficial knowledge. And it is befitting for whoever acquired/owned them to efface all the pictures with ink or that which is similar. However, if the purpose of acquiring/owning it (the magazine) was for the pictures, then this is not permissible.

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet ﷺ and his family and his companions.

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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