Prohibition of taking photos of beings with souls and earning a living from them

Q 1: My father (may Allah guide him) makes his living by taking photographs. Is the money earned from this job Haram (prohibited) or Halal (lawful). And what is meant by the Hadith: Allah curses Al-Musawwirin (painters, drawers, sculptors, and subsequently photographers)?


A: Picturing animate beings is Haram as well as earning a living from it. If the money earned from taking photos is Haram, then making use of it is also Haram. However, if it is mixed with other money (Part No. 1; Page No. 711) and it is difficult to separate them, there is no harm in making use of it according to the preponderant opinion of scholars.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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