The Islamic Ruling Concerning Tasweer
Author: Abu Muhammad Abdur-Ra'uf Shakir
Paperback: 261 Pages
"This is one of the most in-depth English translations which thoroughly deals with the subject of at-Tasweer (drawings, paintings, photography, etc.). It contains the translations of some of the most comprehensive discussions of all matters connected to the issue of Tasweer. It includes excerpts from two of the many books written in clarification of some of the mistakes of Yusuf al-Qaradawi in his book "The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam." Both Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan and Shaykh al-Albaanee have clearly outlined and convincingly refuted the mistakes of Qaradawi. The issues dealing with drawings, sketches, photographs, and statues, are clearly presented and discussed. Are passport pictures, ID's and pictures of cars, boats, etc., permissible? Are pictures of living organic creatures (Naam) such as trees, flowers, etc., permissible? Is an image taken with a camera different from a hand drawn image? What about a video taped image? The position of the jumhoor (majority of the scholars) on these issues as well as those who differ are presented. As a bonus, the author has included two appendices: A) Avoiding the doubtful matters and B) television. These two discussions are sure to raise the reader's consciousness concerning these two issues and cause the reader to confront the hidden harms involved in "engaging in doubtful matters" and "watching television."