The ruling on keeping useful magazines that contain pictures

Question:

What is the ruling on bringing home useful magazines and school books that contain pictures of living creatures? Does this come under the ruling introduced in the Hadith that reads: “Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture.1?

Answer:

You should wipe out the head (in the pictured) , and then there would be no objection to it. May Allah grant us success.


  1. Related by Al-Bukhari, Book on the Beginning of Creation, Chapter on angels, no. 3226; and Muslim, Book on dress and adornment, Chapter on the prohibition of drawing a picture of an animal, no. 2106. 

  • Date: Rabi' Al-Awwal 11, 1442 AH
  • Source: This was published in Al-Da'wah magazine, issue no. 1685 on 8/12/1419 A.H
  • Mufti: Shaykh Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz