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Selfies & Blessings ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ท

Asalamun alaykum ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜บ๏ธ

Before I start , I’d like to say that this is a controversial issue as there’s difference of opinions among the scholars .๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ’ญ
But I’m presenting the strongest & safest view ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ฏ .

Please read this with an open mind ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

May Allah make it easy for us all ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’—

Reference : https://islamqa.info/en/365
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Photography (tasweer) means the taking of pictures of living, animate moving beings, like people, animals, birds, etc. The ruling is that it is forbidden on the basis of a number of reports, such as the following:

๐Ÿ”จ’Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Those who will be most severely punished by Allaah on the Day of Resurrection will be the image-makers.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, see al-Fath, 10/382).

๐Ÿ“ Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Every image-maker will be in the Fire, and for every image that he made a soul will be created for him, which will be punished in the Fire.” Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “If you must do that, make pictures of trees and other inanimate objects.” (Reported by Muslim, 3/1871)
๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘These ahaadeeth indicate that pictures of animate beings are haraam, whether they are humans or other creatures, whether they are three-dimensional or two-dimensional, whether they are printed, drawn, etched, engraved, carved, cast in moulds, etc. These ahaadeeth include all of these types of pictures ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

In the book Al-I’laam bi naqd kitaab al-halaal wa’l-haraam, the author says: “Photography is even more of an imitation of the creation of Allaah than pictures which are engraved or drawn, so it is even more deserving of being prohibitedโ€ฆ There is nothing that could exclude photography from the general meaning of the reports.” (p. 42, see also Fataawa Islamiyyah, 4/355) ๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ’ญ
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Okay, so the evidences have been clearly stated ๐Ÿ‘€

There are exceptions though .

Making images and pictures of animate beings is completely forbidden at all times, except when there is an essential reason for doing so, such as a photo for a passport, or for identification documents, or to show pictures of suspects so that they will be recognized, or testing purposes, or when applying for a job, and other ways in which trickery may be prevented or security protected. In this case a concession is granted, only as much as is essential. ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Now, the big question โ“

Why do we take pictures ? ๐Ÿ’ญ

The most important reason why people take pictures is for Tabarruj ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฃ

Gbam๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”จ

C’est fini โ˜‘๏ธ

That’s all ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ‘Œ

So what is Tabarruj ? ๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ’ญ

To put simply, it means “wanton display ”

I mean, we take pictures so that we can post it & people like it & tell you how beautiful you look.

That’s a superficial way to live & sadly we’re all suffering from it ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ
๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ’ฌ Imam Al-Albanee (rahimahullaah) said: โ€œTabarruj is when a woman exposes her adornment, body features and all that she is obligated to cover which invites the desires of menโ€. (Marโ€™at-il-Muslimah, page 54)

Another reason is for memories ๐ŸŽ€

Shaykh Ibn โ€˜Uthaymeen said, when he was asked about pictures: “making pictures for this purpose is haraam and is not permitted. That is because making pictures for memories is haraam …”

This excuse is the most painful ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Instead of experiencing things , we get caught up in taking a picture that we miss the occurrence .

For example , a baby’s first steps . When some mothers notice this, they rush to get their phones so they can take a picture instead of them just experiencing it ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘

Another example is if a building is burning ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

People get caught up in taking pictures than rather helping to stop the fire ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Those are the 2 most important reasons I can think of .

If you have any others ,please leave a comment ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ

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To be very honest, I used to be a selfie freak ๐Ÿ™ˆ Taking a thousand pictures a day & uploading on Instagram โฌœ๏ธ
My biggest problem was not getting enough likes ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•

But when I started practicing Islam, the real deal, I found out that my selfies game had to stop โŒโŒ

But howโ“

It’s really difficult to stop something you’ve been doing for a long while ๐Ÿ˜ญ

I took  it step by step , one day at a time ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜

I deleted my pictures on social media &

I stopped taking new pictures .

 

It wasn’t easy at all but the reminder that I didn’t want to be one of the most severely punished people was what got me going ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ

This worked for me but it might not work for you . You just have to find out what works for you.

 

Stop those selfies &  do what’s right โœ”๏ธโœ”๏ธ

Go halal , make videos ๐Ÿ‘Œ

 

p.s ; videos don’t fall under tasweer because it’s moving & not static & if you really really want to take pictures, do it without your face { Prophet (SAW) said  the eyes is the image } but then , remember tabarruj ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Be mindful of Allah so you’re not deprived of His blessings ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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