Praise be to Allaah.
Making images or pictures of animate beings, including
humans, birds and animals, is not permissible because of the evidence which
indicates that making images is forbidden and that the one who does that is
cursed. See the answer to questions no.
No exception is made from that apart from cases of necessity
or urgent need, such as identification pictures and the like.
This prohibition applies to:
Fixed images, whether they are on paper, fabric, walls and so
on. As for images that are not fixed and cannot be shown except by means of
equipment, such as digital pictures that are taken with the camera on a
mobile phone or computer, which appear on the screen and then disappear,
they are not included in this prohibition, as was stated by several
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: Images made by modern means are
of two types:
Those that cannot be seen
independently, ss I have been told is the case with images made on
videotapes. There is no ruling on these at all and they do not come under
the prohibition at all. Hence they were permitted by the scholars who forbid
making images with cameras that are printed on paper, and they said: There
is nothing wrong with this
Those that are printed on
End quote from ash-Sharh al-Munti‘, 2/197
Shaykh Dr. Khaalid al-Mushayqih (may Allah preserve him) was
asked: I take pictures of my little children with the camera on my mobile
phone for memories, but I read that pictures for memories are haraam
according to sharee‘ah. Does this come under this shar‘i prohibition on
image making, or is it okay to take pictures with the camera on the mobile
phone? What is the evidence for this? I also read that pictures on computers
and mobile phones are not regarded as “images”, because they are stored in
memory and are not printed on paper, hence they do not prevent the angels
from entering. If I open the picture on the mobile phone or computer, will
that make the angels leave or not? I hope that you can reply in detail
because this matter is very confusing. May Allah reward you with good.
He replied: Pictures that are on mobile phones or in
computers, or that are videoed, do not come under the ruling on photographs
because they are not fixed and do not last, unless they are extracted and
printed. Based on that, there is nothing wrong with keeping them on the
mobile phone so long as they do not include anything haraam. And Allah knows
End quote from the Shaykh’s website.
See also the answer to question no.
Based on that, if you took the pictures with a mobile phone
or digital camera, then you went on the computer and put them in the chat
room without printing them in any fixed form, that does not come under the
prohibition on image making. But it is not allowed to put pictures of women
in chat rooms because that may result in temptation and provocation of
And Allah knows best.