The ruling of whether drawing is haram in Islam, either by artistic or animation has been debated among the Muslim community. In this article, we will bring references from the Quran and Hadith to address the topic regarding drawing in Islam.
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What Quran Say about Drawing in Islam?
Allah mentioned in the Quran how He Has perfected the creation and should not replicated.
ٱلَّذِىٓ أَحْسَنَ كُلَّ شَىْءٍ خَلَقَهُۥۖ وَبَدَأَ خَلْقَ ٱلْإِنسَـٰنِ مِن طِينٍQuran 32:7
Allazee ahsana kulla shai in khalaqa; wa bada a khalqal insaani min teenTransliteration of Quran 32:7
Who made everything He has created good, and He began the creation of man from clay.Translation of Quran 32:7
Hence, creating exact replicas of living beings, especially humans and animals, can be seen as imitating Allah’s creation.
Hadith on Drawing in Islam?
The Prophet (ﷺ) cautions Muslims against drawing and making images which have been reported in numerous hadith. Below are two hadiths that prove drawing to be haram in Islam.
It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar that: The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“The makers of these images will be punished on the Day of Resurrection, and it will be said to them: ‘Breathe life into that which you have created.'”Sunan an-Nasa’i 5361
It was narrated that ‘Ali said:
“I made some food and invited the Prophet [ﷺ] (to come and eat). He came and entered, then he saw a curtain on which there were images, so he went out and said: ‘The Angels do not enter a house in which there are images.'”Sunan an-Nasa’i 5351
FAQ(s) on Drawing Haram in Islam
Can a Muslim engage in drawing landscapes, objects, or abstract art?
Drawing landscapes, objects, and abstract art that do not involve replicating living beings is generally permissible in Islam. It allows for artistic expression without imitating Allah’s creation.
Is it permissible to draw human beings for security in Islam?
The drawing of a human being is permitted if a criminal is wanted and poses a threat to the social well-being of a community. Drawing the picture of such a criminal is necessary.
Is it allowed to draw images or idols for educational or historical purposes?
Drawing images like architectural designs, plant, and animal cells, etc. are permissible because these drawings are done with the intention of acquiring knowledge. On the other hand, drawing images of Idols is totally prohibited in Islam, the act automatically makes someone a khafir (disbeliever).