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    is it haram to draw sketch art?

    im an artist and i stopped drawing recently cuz i've heard it is haram to make images ....but does that include sketches n facial expressions ....just with a pen without any colors ?.....i really like drawing....



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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Well, there are various opnions. I'll let the Brothers and Sisters explain.
    I thank Allah for blessing me with Islam... there are billions of souls out there who are in the darkness... yet we still do not appreciate it and thank him enough

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    its argued that for educational purposes some unrealistic cartoons are allowed, or for anatomy...

    but otherwise its strictly not allowed to draw animate objects, tho everything else is allowed

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    well someone design this forum

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    huh Hushbaby? Is Ummah.com an animate being to you o.O, a living creature?

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    so drawing sketches of cartoons is haram....?....

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    so is watching caroons haram? How about video games? they are just digital sketches of people?

    Reading a comic book Haram? that is sketches of people? Comics in newspaper? Political cartoons?

    They are all sketches of people.

    Just curious on that. I always wondered.

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Someone asked this the other day and I found this:

    'Praise be to Allah, the best of creators, the lord of the worlds.

    Drawing pictures is prohibited in Islam, because this is like duplicating the great creations of Allah. One of the name of Allah is Musaawir which means The giver of form, Shape, colour.

    A human being who makes a sculpture, picture or a painting of someone is claiming for all practical purposes that he or she too can make the same form or image. Therefore it appears in the Sahih of Al-Bukhari and in other Hadith that on the day of Judgement, those who will make pictures will be told, ‘When you have tried to imitate us, make the imitation perfect too-if you have the power to do so. We did not simply make an image. We have invested it with a spirit too. If you claim to have created it then you better put a spirit inside the thing you have made.
    Another reason for the prohibition of pictures is that the angels of Allah hate pictures and dogs, and surely they hate it only because Allah does. The angels are not like humans, they dont have their free will to think they think according to what Allah orders them. Praise be to Allah, He surely is the best of Creators. Angels do not enter a house with pictures or a dog so therefore the blessings bought down by the angels would decrease.

    Another reason appearing in some Hadith that pictures are unnecessary embellishments of this world. Of course in our time, pictures yield many benefits but thousands of crimes including those that range between immodesty and pornography, also breed and flourish from these very pictures. In short, it is not simply one reason alone that was made the basis for it’s prohibition, rather there is a host of reasons why the Shariah of Islam has declared it prohibited to make and use pictures of the living.

    Surely Allah knows is the most merciful most gracious so do try not to draw pictures. Inshallah'

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Drawing is of two types:

    One is drawing pictures of animate beings. It says in the Sunnah that this is forbidden. It is not permitted to draw anything that depicts animate beings, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, according to the saheeh hadeeth: “Every image maker will be in the Fire.” And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The most severely punished of people on the Day of Resurrection will be the image-makers, those who tried to imitate the creation of Allaah.” And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The makers of these images will be punished on the Day of Resurrection, and they will be told, ‘Give life to that which you have created.’”

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed those who consume riba (interest, usury) and those who pay it, and he cursed the image-makers. This indicates that making images is forbidden. The scholars interpreted that as referring to images of animate beings such as animals, people and birds.

    With regard to drawing inanimate objects – which is the second type of drawing – there is no sin in that, such as drawing mountains, trees, planes, cars and the like. There is nothing wrong with that, according to the scholars.

    With regard to forbidden kinds of pictures, an exception is made in cases of necessity, such as drawing pictures of criminals so that they will be known and caught, or pictures for identity cards which are essential and which cannot be obtained otherwise, and other cases of necessity. If the ruler decides that producing images of criminals is necessary, because of the seriousness of their crimes and to protect the Muslims from their evil when they are known, or for other reasons, there is nothing wrong with that. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “…He has explained to you in detail what is forbidden to you, except under compulsion of necessity …”

    [al-An’aam 6:119]

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    "Most severely punished"? oh...so drawing sketches is a no-no ......

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Yeh, I used to love drawing too but when I heard this I threw all drawings of living things away it's not worth it at all...

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    so if drawing is haram, is watching cartoons, playing video games haram?

    I mean if you are doing these things you are supporting something that is haram. Like selling alcohol to people or listening to music. You watch the cartoon buy or play the video game, you are telling people to make more. You are promoting haram.

    So is it harm to do such things as watching cartoons and playing video games because it is supporting haram deeds of drawings and sketching?

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    y don't you get into Islamic art? you can still draw but not humans and animals....find out what is halal to draw so that you can continue to do so. your sketches are so good mashaAllah, you have talent.......I wonder what you can do with calligraphy!




    Quote Originally Posted by vicious L View Post
    im an artist and i stopped drawing recently cuz i've heard it is haram to make images ....but does that include sketches n facial expressions ....just with a pen without any colors ?.....i really like drawing....



    http://drawn.ca/wordpress/wp-content...tchasketch.jpg

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    you are extremely talented.....I heard that it is haraam to draw faces..but brother you are extremely talented...you should be serious about this and get a real opinion from a scholar..may allah but barakah in it for you..masha'allah..
    “Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.”

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    hahaha thank you for your complement that those arent mine i only posted those picture to show you the kinda stuff i draw......but i can say im just as good as that artist or even more talented

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dantae View Post
    so if drawing is haram, is watching cartoons, playing video games haram?

    I mean if you are doing these things you are supporting something that is haram. Like selling alcohol to people or listening to music. You watch the cartoon buy or play the video game, you are telling people to make more. You are promoting haram.

    So is it harm to do such things as watching cartoons and playing video games because it is supporting haram deeds of drawings and sketching?
    No one knows the answer to these questions? Well if anyone finds out, please post.

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dantae View Post
    so if drawing is haram, is watching cartoons, playing video games haram?

    I mean if you are doing these things you are supporting something that is haram. Like selling alcohol to people or listening to music. You watch the cartoon buy or play the video game, you are telling people to make more. You are promoting haram.

    So is it harm to do such things as watching cartoons and playing video games because it is supporting haram deeds of drawings and sketching?
    good question.. I stopped designing mascots (illustrations) because of the same reason.

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Salam Brothers and sisters.



    I am an artist too and I love drawing trees, but technically they are animated living things that move (very slowly but they still grow), Also I like drawing landscapes. I have never liked drawing animals or people and for some reason i am honestly completely useless at drawing animals and people ive always disliked it. but drawing trees to me means something even though im not quite sure what. I am good at drawing them too. I gave up drawing since i found out lots of drawing was Sinful I stopped drawing completely just as not to offend the most high, I always thought trying to create a living thing without soul was wrong thats why ive always hated porceline dolls i hate the dead eyes its creepy.

    Im still not completely sure about what exactly would be considered a living thing. what about water? or the clouds, they move and are said to contain some form of angelic ennergys and life bearing things. or lightning does that class as animate. Drawing a thunder storm?. Or writing a poem then drawing a little scene to go with it without people or animals is that ok? do plants have souls i get a feeling that trees are kind of like living animals and maybe have memories or something simular or akin to them, it is said that even the trees bow before allah so, if they can worship do they not have soul?.

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    It seems like an old topic but since the last message is 1 month old, I will respond..

    Check out this link about pictures and photos: http://www.questionsonislam.com/inde...ow_qna&id=1091

    It contains detailed explanation about the topic. Hope it helps.

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Quote Originally Posted by vicious L View Post
    im an artist and i stopped drawing recently cuz i've heard it is haram to make images ....but does that include sketches n facial expressions ....just with a pen without any colors ?.....i really like drawing....



    http://drawn.ca/wordpress/wp-content...tchasketch.jpg

    http://www.keusta.net/blog/images/gr...h_hour_def.jpg
    I love drawing as well and I don't know the Islamic fatwaa on that...but I wanted just to comment on how GOOOOD...ur drawings are
    ma sha' Allah...

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Even though I see many hadeeths in this thread what about the Qur'an? I have been looking on the internet. Even if there are a lot of people who are against or encourage something with hadeeths I always look for the source in the Qur'an... If there is nothing and there is hadeeth then I will look at the authenticness... And I found something and I'll share it with you guys. Misconception: Statues/images forbidden
    Background: Some think that statues and images are forbidden completely in Islam no matter what situation or context.

    In The Quran there is one example of Prophet Solomon who had workers make as he pleased, including statues/images:

    They made for Solomon what he desired of enclosures, and statues/images, and pools of deep reservoirs, and heavy pots. "O family of David, work to show thanks." Only a few of My servants are appreciative. [34:13]

    Thus, The Quran does not prohibit such things completely, it only prohibits being devoted to them or their worship:

    When Abraham said to his father and his people: What are these images/statues to which you are devoted?
    They said: We found our fathers worshipping them.
    He said: Certainly you have been, (both) you and your fathers, in manifest error.
    [21:52-54]

    To prevent such misuse, it is likely their use would be limited, but that does not mean forbidden completely.

    Say: “Who has forbidden the nice things that God has brought forth for His servants and the good provisions?” Say: “They are meant for those who believe during this worldly life, and they will be exclusive for them on the Day of Resurrection.” It is such that We explain the revelations for those who know. [7:32]

    For example, it is common knowledge that early Muslim rulers minted coins with images on them, please see www.islamic-awareness.org/History/Islam/Coins/

    It looks like the prophet has let his workers make imagery and statues for him... Then why is it forbidden for us? I looked for three additional English translations of that passage and the one before it:

    034.012
    YUSUFALI: And to Solomon (We made) the Wind (obedient): Its early morning (stride) was a month's (journey), and its evening (stride) was a month's (journey); and We made a Font of molten brass to flow for him; and there were Jinns that worked in front of him, by the leave of his Lord, and if any of them turned aside from our command, We made him taste of the Penalty of the Blazing Fire.
    PICKTHAL: And unto Solomon (We gave) the wind, whereof the morning course was a month's journey and the evening course a month's journey, and We caused the fount of copper to gush forth for him, and (We gave him) certain of the jinn who worked before him by permission of his Lord. And such of them as deviated from Our command, them We caused to taste the punishment of flaming Fire.
    SHAKIR: And (We made) the wind (subservient) to Sulaiman, which made a month's journey in the morning and a month's journey m the evening, and We made a fountain of molten copper to flow out for him, and of the jinn there were those who worked before him by the command of his Lord; and whoever turned aside from Our command from among them, We made him taste of the punishment of burning.

    034.013
    YUSUFALI: They worked for him as he desired, (making) arches, images, basons as large as reservoirs, and (cooking) cauldrons fixed (in their places): "Work ye, sons of David, with thanks! but few of My servants are grateful!"
    PICKTHAL: They made for him what he willed: synagogues and statues, basins like wells and boilers built into the ground. Give thanks, O House of David! Few of My bondmen are thankful.
    SHAKIR: They made for him what he pleased of fortresses and images, and bowls (large) as watering-troughs and cooking-pots that will not move from their place; give thanks, O family of Dawood! and very few of My servants are grateful.

    The translations difer in every translation but it's either arches and images (etc.), or synagogues and statues (etc.), or fortresses and images. In every translation either image or statue is being mentioned! And after seeing so many hadeeths against imagery I was seriously doubting myself, but how can we doubt the Qur'an and follow words of hadeeth that are obviously contradicting the Words of Allah?!

    If I am on the wrong path then I beg for forgiveness and let I not spread any lies about Allah Subhana wa Ta3ala. I myself enjoyed drawing and I stopped doing that also seriously worrying over what I was doing if that was haram or halal. Before that I never even thought about the possibility it could be haram... And if it is haram.. May God forgive me! I have nothing to say or to do and no one can save me from the hellfire except Allah the Great, the Allmighty, the Merciful and the Benevolant, all praise be to Him!

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Quote Originally Posted by Platine View Post
    In The Quran there is one example of Prophet Solomon who had workers make as he pleased, including statues/images:
    hi,

    i just joined this site to reply to you. i know the thread is old but still wanted to clear an issue for others who read this.

    you talk about about prophet solomon and statues in the Quran. Remember that prophet solomon came before prophet muhammad ... so did Jesus (hazrat isa) ... the rules were different at different times. drinking alcohol was also allowed before prophet muhammad right?... so were pictures. the Quran tells you the stoory of what happened at an earlier time than the prophet Muhammad ... Same goes with the father of solomon: David who talked to animals.

    It does not mean that you are allowed to do it after the Quran was revealed. you need to distinguish which part is meant for us and which is part of an earlier story.

    I also think one of the factors of Prophet Muhammad, not liking pictures is because Christians made pictures of Jesus and put Jesus all over their churches etc ... mixing a picture of a prophet with God (shirk) ... if you give an illiterate muslim a picture and say it is a picture of the Prophet Muhammad as described in the hadith etc ... they will accept it and they will cherish the picture and might even start praying with the picture in their mind or on the walls... an example is the people who go to mazaars/darbaars ... they go there to ask the dead "holy person" to put in a good word for them with God.

    Not making pictures helps the majority to stay on the right path.

    lastly, one person above mentioned Allah hates pictures and dogs ... pictures i can agree with but my question is why would Allah make dogs if He hated them so much. I'm sure Allah does not hate any of His creations. There must be some other good reason why dogs should not be kept in the house.

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    Re: is it haram to draw sketch art?

    Salaam to all..
    I've just joined this thread too..and would like to be the part of this discussion...

    I agree that the Sharia was different at different times of Prtophets ...yet the Message of Allah needed to be SAME...on the whole..

    Allah never wanted IMAGES...to be worshipped and this is clear in the following Ayat..

    21:51 And We verily gave Abraham of old his proper course, and We were Aware of him,
    21:52 When he said unto his father and his folk: What are these images unto which ye pay devotion ?
    21:53 They said: We found our fathers worshippers of them.
    21:54 He said: Verily ye and your fathers were in plain error.

    The word for IMAGES...is TAMAASEEL...which can be translated/trasliterated...like this..

    http://dictionary.sensagent.com/%D8%...A%D9%84/ar-en/

    The SAME WORD is used here...

    34:13 They worked for him as he desired, (making) arches, images, basons as large as reservoirs, and (cooking) cauldrons fixed (in their places): "Work ye, sons of David, with thanks! but few of My servants are grateful!"

    Now this make sense...that WORSHIPPING of IMAGES is forbidden ...not the decoration

    I don't think eating Khinzeer/pig...was ever allowed...but...drinking of Vine in different Sharias..is controversial..
    Did Jesus a.s say anything clear about NOT eating SWINE?

    Does the Quran clearly prohibits drawing of pictures?

    I think we must re-think..and should understand the reason why Prophet Muhammad S. was ..if really was..so strict about doing so at that time...
    because if the Hadith reports... don't draw the living things...draw the non-living ones...like TREES etc...then ..they are NOT ..non-living too..

    and let me tell you brothers/sisters...people DO WORSHIP TREES...
    People do worship ...the DEADS....through GRAVES...

    So what's the SENSE..in it?

    Does Allah forbids beautiful things...NO

    see...

    7:31 O children of Adam, you shall be clean and dress nicely when you go to the masjid. And eat and drink moderately; Surely, He does not love the gluttons.
    7:32 Say, "Who prohibited the nice things GOD has created for His creatures, and the good provisions?" Say, "Such provisions are to be enjoyed in this life by those who believe. Moreover, the good provisions will be exclusively theirs on the Day of Resurrection." We thus explain the revelations for people who know.
    7:33 Say, "My Lord prohibits only evil deeds, be they obvious or hidden, and sins, and unjustifiable aggression, and to set up beside GOD powerless idols, and to say about GOD what you do not know."

    For nice things..here the WORD IS ZEENUT..

    http://dictionary.sensagent.com/%D8%...6%D8%A9/ar-en/

    and Allah makes it very clear in the end..

    7:33 Say, "My Lord prohibits only evil deeds, be they obvious or hidden, and sins, and unjustifiable aggression, and to set up beside GOD powerless idols, and to say about GOD what you do not know."

    The Quranic Philosophy is...
    to promote AL MAROOF ...and dis-courage...AL MUNKIR..3:114
    Which has DEEP meanings...

    http://dictionary.sensagent.com/%D9%...8%D9%81/ar-en/

    http://dictionary.sensagent.com/%D9%...3%D8%B1/ar-en/
    Last edited by SWasim; 09-10-12 at 06:51 PM. Reason: forgot a link


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