| As-salamu `alaykum, respected scholars. Is it permissible in Islam to draw pictures of animals and people? I know that drawing pictures of the prophets is haram. Jazaka Allahu khayran.|
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.
Dear brother Mustafa, many thanks for your question that discloses a keen desire to acquire knowledge and to abide by the ethics and teachings of your religion.
First, we would like to state that there is nothing wrong in drawing as long as the images do not depict nudity or any other form of indecency. Also, the picture or image should not be revered or glorified. The detested pictures and images are only those which are worshiped and venerated. Within these restrictions drawing humans, animals, nature scenes, and so on is permitted. What is prohibited is making a statue or a sculpture of a living being that has shade (depth or is three dimensional).
In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto,Ontario, Canada, stated:
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Is it haraam to draw in Islam? Part 2