Taking photographs out of necessity

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., – Volume 1, Page 660, Question 3 of Fatwa No.260

Question: What is the ruling regarding photographic pictures [taken] out of necessity or [simply] for display?

Response: Photographing the living [both human and animals] is haraam, unless there arises a [genuine] need, such as [for] citizenship [documents], passports and photographing criminals so as to alert [the people] in order to apprehend them if they carried out a crime and are on the run, and that which is similar to this in that which is necessary.

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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