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    It is permissible to look at the picture of a deceased person?

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    I’m asking this because, I heard from others saying that it is not permissible because the person from the grave will be tormented. I want to know what is the main reasons for why the deceased person will be tormented if a person looks at his picture? I can’t find any reason for it. Is there a verse or a Hadith that says it is not permissible for one to look at the picture of a deceased person?

    Out of curiosity

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    Re: It is permissible to look at the picture of a deceased person?

    Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The deceased is tormented in his grave because of the lamentations (wailing) over him.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

    According to this hadith only wailing/lamentation is prohibited...

    I have not read any hadith which prohibits seeing the picture of deceased.
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    Re: It is permissible to look at the picture of a deceased person?

    I may be wrong but I doubt there is a specific hadith or verse about it since the idea of pictures of "actual people" did not exist or was thought of by anyone in the middle east at that time.


    Picture making (drawing pictures of animals, humans) was made haram, but that's based upon the time...when people actually would worship or venerate the picture.


    Today we see this; Kermit the frog for example...became bigger than "just a cartoon for kids".

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    Re: It is permissible to look at the picture of a deceased person?

    Quote Originally Posted by crimsontide06 View Post
    I may be wrong but I doubt there is a specific hadith or verse about it since the idea of pictures of "actual people" did not exist or was thought of by anyone in the middle east at that time.


    Picture making (drawing pictures of animals, humans) was made haram, but that's based upon the time...when people actually would worship or venerate the picture.


    Today we see this; Kermit the frog for example...became bigger than "just a cartoon for kids".
    Well, it wasn’t about venerating the images, it’s about copying God, that’s why God prohibited and declared a majors sin to make any kind of animated images
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    Re: It is permissible to look at the picture of a deceased person?

    Quote Originally Posted by crimsontide06 View Post

    Picture making (drawing pictures of animals, humans) was made haram, but that's based upon the time...when people actually would worship or venerate the picture.
    Asalamu Alaikum

    No, drawing pictures always has been and always will be haram, unless they are made by children or are needed for a crucial purpose, e.g police draw sketches of criminals based on the victims description.

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    Re: It is permissible to look at the picture of a deceased person?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro Zeus View Post
    Well, it wasn’t about venerating the images, it’s about copying God, that’s why God prohibited and declared a majors sin to make any kind of animated images
    I see what you mean; would pictures taken with a camera of actual people/animals be considered "copying"? You aren't "making" a new image(like a character that doesn't exist) you are capturing a image of a person or animal as it was when the picture was snapped.

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