Name of Questioner
Majid - United Kingdom
Running a Photo Studio
As-Salamu `alaykum. Can I start a photo studio in which I develop and print the photos as well as take photos and videos in functions and marriages, or should I confine myself to passport photos only?
Name of Counsellor
Drawing & Photography
Answer Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Brother, we do really hold your question in high esteem, for it reflects your care to earn your living via lawful means. May Allah help you lead a righteous life and support you with abundant halal
Regarding your question, you are not required to confine your work to passport photos. Though you should observe Islamic rules of morality and decency, your work can be extended to other functions as long as there is no violation to the rules of Shari`ah.
Sheikh Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Al-Shinqiti
, Director of the Islamic Center of South Plains, Lubbock, Texas, states:
"You don’t have to minimize your work to taking passport photos. Many families are committed and they do Islamic marriages or functions that do not show haram
(unlawful) scenes. You can do that for sure.
As for taking photos in marriages where women are not dressing properly, it is haram
for you to take pictures or videotape them, but if you can arrange for a female photographer to take, print, and develop pictures, that can be permissible."
You can also read:
Fatwa on Photography
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