Ahadith on Prohibition of Drawing Portraits

  • Ibn ‘Umar (RSsaid: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Those who draw pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection; and it will be said to them: ‘Breathe soul into what you have created.”‘ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
  • ‘Aishah (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) visited me after returning from a journey, and I had a shelf with a thin cloth curtain hanging over it and on which there were portraits. When he saw it, the colour of his face changed (because of anger) and he said, “O ‘Aishah! the most grievous torment from Allah on the Day of Resurrection will be for those who imitate (Allah) in the act of His creation.” ‘Aishah said: We tore it into pieces and made a cushion or two cushions out of that.
    [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
  • Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “Every painter will go to Hell, and for every portrait he has made, there will be appointed one who will chastise him in the Hell.” Ibn ‘Abbas said: If you have to do it, draw pictures of trees and other inanimate things.
    [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
  • Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “Whosoever makes a picture, will be punished on the Day of Resurrection, and will be asked to infuse soul therein, which he will not be able to do.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
  • Ibn Mas’ud (RA) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “Those who will receive the most severe punishment from Allah on the Day of Resurrection will be painters (of living objects).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
  • Abu Hurairah (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The Almighty Allah said: ‘Who is more an oppressor than him who goes to create like My creation? Let him make an ant or a grain of corn or a grain of barley.”‘ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
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