I would like to know if it is permissable
to send my family a picture of my baby since I live in Canada and they live in Saudia
Arabia, I know that it is forbidden to take pictures but I will not be taking excpet this
one picture for the purpose of sending it to my parents and family. Jazakumullahu Kyran<
Praise be to Allaah.
Whilst we appreciate the emotional attachment and feelings
that your family has, the situation that you describe does not justify your
breaking the prohibition on taking pictures, so long as these pictures are printed,
drawn or engraved, as we have already stated in question # 365.
Some scholars allow impermanent pictures which do not last, such as pictures
stored in a computer’s memory which appear in the screen and then disappear.
If the problem can be solved by storing the picture (in .jpg format, then sending
it via the Internet, so the picture is not permanent), then this is permitted
according to some scholars.
We would also like to point out that true memories reside in
the heart, and that many generations of mankind have come and gone who felt
love for one another and did good to one another, and a grandfather would love
and pray for his grandchild without ever seeing him. May Allaah reward you with
good for your question.