Ruling on Photography | Shaykh Muhammad bin Hādī Al-Madkhalī

Question:

What is the ruling on photography?

Shaykh Muhammad bin Hādī Al-Madkhalī:

“My position on this is well known, and the speech of the scholars about this is well-known. It is not permissible except where necessity calls for it. So if there is a necessity such as a license, card, a situation, passport or any official documentation where work depends on or matters relating to your life depend on there is no problem in that because necessity makes the forbidden permissible. The origin for this is His – جلا وعلا‏ – statement: “[…] He has explained to you in detail what is forbidden to you, except under compulsion of necessity.” [Al-An’am 6:119]. So if there is a necessity then there is no problem, but apart from that, then no.”

Source: http://ar.miraath.net/fatwah/6317

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