Ruling on hanging photos of the deceased at home

Question:

Is it Haram (prohibited) to hang a photo in the home of one that died? Is it Haram to collect and keep photos of those who have passed away?

Answer:

It is impermissible to hang pictures of animate objects at home or elsewhere; whether they are living or dead people, and whether as memories or otherwise, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to `Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), “Spare no portrait from being effaced, and leave not a raised grave unleveled.”” Narrated by Muslim in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith.[1] It is impermissible for any other purpose.

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

[1] Sahih Muslim [Book on funerals] no. 969; Al-Tirmidhy [Book on funerals] no. 1049; Al-Nasa’i [Book on funerals] no. 2031; Abu Dawud [Book on funeral] no. 3218; and Musnad Ahmad p. 1/96.

  • Date: Dhul-Qa'dah 7, 1441 AH
  • Source: Fatwas of the Permanent Committee of KSA no.5088-5