Q: We would like to inform you that we encountered certain problems and we were able to solve some of them. These problems are related to admonitions we deliver to new converts to Islam. We used to give them a chance to ask questions. It happened that we gave admonition to those who had recently embraced Islam concerning the prohibition of pictures and sculptures especially in places of worship as is mentioned in the Hadith. (Part No. 6; Page No. 180) At the end of the lecture, one of them asked us a question that we could not answer. However, we promised to answer his question after receiving your answer.The question was about
the ruling of images of lions, cheetahs and other animals
on rugs used for Salah (prayer). He also said that there are pictures of the
on Masjids (mosques). Does it mean that Salah performed in these Masjids is not acceptable?We refer this question to you as it is not within the scope of our knowledge.
Drawing pictures of living things like human beings and animals is prohibited and one of the major sins. This is so whether it is done by sculpturing, painting on cloth or paper, weaving or by any other means. Acquiring or keeping these things is prohibited. Moreover, performing Salah on rugs that bear these images is Makruh (disliked) because doing so is a degradation for them. Images, pictures, or photos are prohibited unless there is a need for them. However, if there is a need for that like photos used in IDs, passports or the like, then they will not be prohibited. Drawing pictures of inanimate objects and natural scenes like mountains, seas, plants, trees, houses and so on without the appearance of living beings in them is permissible. Moreover, performing Salah on rugs that have such objects is reprehensible because they distract the attention of the worshipper; however, his Salah is valid.Performing Salah in Masjids where there are pictures of the Ka'bah is permissible. (Part No. 6; Page No. 181) There is no blame on doing so as this is not prohibited. However, it will be more preferable not to put pictures of the Ka'bah in Masjids.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.