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Download PDF posterNabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was sent as a mercy for the world. This is clearly stated in the Qur'an: “And We have not sent You but as a mercy for the world” (Surah Ambiyaa). Therefore, the sunnah, the way of life and teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) are guaranteed to be a mercy and a means happiness, peace, joy and contentment, although at times we may not be able to comprehend all the benefits and wisdom therein.

 

Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), out of his deep love, care, concern and compassion for us, has explained which of our actions are good for us and which are a source of ruin and deprivation. Among the things which Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) sounded stern warnings against it, yet there is widespread involvement in it, is photography. Photography and picture making draw the wrath of Allah Ta'ala and are a means of deprivation from the rahmat of Allah Ta'ala and the company of angels.

Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has mentioned, “The severest punishment in the hereafter will be meted out on those who made or took (animate) pictures”. (Bukhaari)

Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) refused to enter the home of his most beloved wife, Aisha (Radiyallahu Anha) because of some pillows upon which there were pictures. (Bukhaari)

In one narration, Hadhrat Aisha (Radiyallahu Anha)  added that the noble countenance of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) changed out of displeasure. (Targheeb)

Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) would send Sahaabah (Radiyallahu Anhum) to destroy pictures. (Abu Dawood)

We should carefully contemplate before snapping our next picture with our cameras, cellphones, etc., as to whether we have earned the pleasure of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) or his displeasure?

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