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['Aalim Network QR] Painting, Drawing, Sculptures.

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Salaamun alaykum, 

	The following is a clarification of the previous reply given on 
the above topic.  The initial answer by Mulla Asgher was based on the 
Masail of Ayatullah Khui.  In the following reply, Mulla provides the 
differing rulings of Ayat. Khui and Ayat. Seestani in this matter, and 
outlines the responsibility of the Muqalids of Ayat. Khui in this regard.


Mustafa Rawji
Moderator, 'Aalim Network



I follow the taqleed of Ayatulla Seestani.

I want to know what kind of art is allowed, i.e. drawings, paintings, 
sculptures, whatever, and what things would make it haram, like I have 
heard that drawing only half a body is haram or that putting the eyes in 
is haram, so many different things.


Ayatullah Khui did not permit the drawing or painting of anything that is 
normally considered as living - having life. However, photography was 

However, Ayat. Seestani allows the portraits (painting) of humans or animals 
but does not permit the sculpture of such living things. 

Their rulings are as follows:

Al-Khui (RA) - Articles of Islamic Acts:

2077. Making the image of a living being, and even its painting, is
unlawful; but there is no harm in purchasing and selling it, though it is
better to abstain from it.

Al-Seestani (RA) - Islamic Laws:

2077. Making a human sculpture or that of an animal, is haraam, but there is
no harm in purchasing or selling it, though as a precaution, it should be
avoided. However, painting human portraits or animals is permissible.

	The responsibility for a follower of al-Khui (R) is the same as
that for any Mas'ala. If he is in Taqlid of Ayatullah Seestani, he must
follow the new rulings; if he has stayed on the old Taqlid, he may carry
on as before.

Asgherali M M Jaffer.

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