Art

Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art.
The three classical branches of art are painting, sculpture and architecture.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Yes, it is permissible to sketch an image depicting certain events of Karbala, through the eyes of an artist. An example for this is the creative art of Mahmoud Farshchian. If done in a right way, it would be a wonderful method in conveying many positive messages, and hence it would be a recommended and encouraged act. 

However, in regards to the Ma'sumeen, or members of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.), one must be very careful in how they are drawn. To draw any of the members of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) in itself is not specifically haram, unless it is drawn in such a way that is insulting or lowering of their status.

We do not have any authentic narrations regarding exactly how they looked, so an artist will not be able to rely on anything that can be used as a basis. 

It all comes down the the imagination of the artist, and how they visualise how someone would look at that time, which cannot in any way be verified. This is why some of our scholars, although do not prohibit it, they do say it is not free of problems and should be avoided. 

Sadly, some images are drawn in an innapropriate way, being similar to images depicted in Churches, or images drawn of Jesus (a.s.), or drawing the Ma'soom like as if they have makeup, or thin eyebrows, or other common criticisms usually directed at these commercial pictures that we can see in the some places. 

An artist is able to convey many artistic and spiritual messages beyond the facial depiction, and we must always remember that it is our duty to look beyond the physical material element of our relationship with how we can connect with them (a.s.). 

With prayers for your success.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 years ago

Yes. No non Mahram man should be allowed to see your photo with out Hijab.

You should do whatever you can to prevent non Mahram men to see your photos with out Hijab.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 years ago

It is allowed to have such pictures on clothes, carpets, curtains, walls etc but it is Makrouh (disliked) to pray (Salah) in front of such pictures.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 years ago

If it is not drawing of full body of human or animal, then it is allowed.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 years ago

Muslim is not allowed to draw picture of beings with soul like human beings and animals.

If you draw part of the body, not the whole, many Ulama say that it will be permitted.

You need to either to change the drawings of the soul beings, or if it is not changeable, then get rid of it.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 years ago

Yes, it is allowed to sleep in bedding with pictures of faces or characters.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 2 years ago

Such drawings are not authentic at all and never reflect the real image of the Infallible Imams (AS). It is wrong to call it picture because picture reflects the real shape like a mirror or near to it. Such drawings are not pictures but just imaginations of the persons who drew it based on his knowledge and culture.

It might be accepted in some cultures to draw such imagination drawings of the Infallible Imams but in ,any other cultures it is not accepted and it might cause some persons feel disrespect for the Infallible.

It is wrong to claim that these drawings are real pictures of the Imam and such claim can amount to lying on the Imam.

Millions of Shia Muslims do not have such drawings as it is linked with a cultural factor existing only in some counties and not all Shia Muslims have the same culture in this regard. All Shia scholars say that it is wrong to claim that such drawings represent the real shape of the Imams.

Even Sunni Muslims have drawings of their leaders like Abu Bakr and Omar as you can see it in some museums in Turkey. It is a matter of culture and not a part of religion.

Wassalam.

Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 2 years ago

as salam alaikum

the evidences that some people brought forth to say that the picture  of Imam 'Ali, peace be upon him, as seen in certain areas, is the actual images of him, like the descripition of general Imam's features in some books or the vision of the Imam in a dream, are insufficient to establish the reliability of such claim. 

Also, considering the subjectivity of such type of art, some people have found such pictures disrespectful to the Imam himself. In any case, it wouldn't be correct to attribute such images to him.

With prayers for your success.

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Sayyed Muhammad Husaini Ragheb, Sayyed Muhammad Husaini Ragheb has a BA in Law from Guilan University, Iran and has also undertaken Hawzah studies in Qom. He is a Cultural Affairs director of Ethics Group of Al-Mustafa Open... Answered 2 years ago

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 years ago

Art is not Haraam in Islam, on the contrary, Islam encourages art which promotes noble values. The Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and his Ahlul Bayt (AS) had encouraged the poets who were promoting noble values and supported them financially. Art is like any human act, judged according to its aim and effect. Good art is good, while bad art which promotes immorality or wrong ideas is wrong. Art can be a great achievement when it stands with the True values. Hassaan Bin Thaabit , Al-Kumayt, Di'bil Al-Khuzaa'i are examples of the noble art in poetry. Every action is noble arts which guides people to he truth and supports the True values can cause a great reward.

We have Hadeeths encouraging noble poetry ( Some of the poetry gives wisdom) .

Same, every noble art is encouraged.

Wassalam.

Wassalam.