Drawing

Drawing is a form of visual art in which a person uses various drawing instruments to mark paper or another two-dimensional medium. Instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, various kinds of paints, inked brushes, colored pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, various kinds of erasers, markers, styluses, and various metals (such as silverpoint). Digital drawing is the act of using a computer to draw.

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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 months ago

It should not be a complete shape of the animal.

'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 7 months ago

Cartoon drawing is permissible as far it does not contain sinful material.

'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 9 months ago

Drawing a sketch of the face only of your wife is permissible but it is should not be displayed in front of non Mahram men who know your wife.

Wassalam.

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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 10 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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Seyed Ali Shobayri, Seyed Ali Shobayri is of mixed Iranian and Scottish descent who found the path of the Ahlul Bayt (a) by his own research. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University through the... Answered 1 year ago

Bismillah, 

Asalamu Alaykom, 

You will find scholars who say it is allowed to draw and paint pictures of humans and animals. Some scholars also say it is makruh so you should check the ruling of the marja you follow. 

With regards to sculptures of living things, some scholars such as Sayed Sistani & Sayed Sadiq Shirazi don’t allow it on obligatory precaution. 

May Allah grant you success 

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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... Answered 1 year ago

as salam alaikum

there is no problem in drawing pictures of non-living creatures like trees. As far as pictures of living creatures like animals and human beings, it is permissible to draw them but they should not be put in front of a Musalli when he is praying in the direction of the qiblah. It is also disliked to have such pictures in a place dedicated to worship, especially a Masjid.

With prayers for your success.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 1 year ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Below is an answer from Ayatullah Sistani's (hA) website that allow you to draw living things. Sculpting is a different matter. If you follow another Marja please check his rulings:

8Question: Students are asked to draw a human being or an animal; the requirement is such that it is difficult for the student to refuse the assignment. Are they allowed to do the drawing?

Answer: Drawing a non-sculptured figure is allowed. It is allowed to draw a human being or an animal on a piece of paper or something.

May you always be successful 

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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 1 year ago

We are allowed to watch cartoons animes.

Drawing living beings fully is to be avoided according many of our leading scholars.

Photography is permissible.

Wassalam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 2 years ago

It is ok.

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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

​​​​Drawing of trees, flowers, sea, rivers, mountains, etc is allowed. Drawing of full body of human beings or animals should be avoided according to most of our scholars. Drawing part of human body or animal is also allowed.

Wassalam.