Will Angels Not Enter My House If There’s a Photo in It?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Angels do not enter a house that has either a dog or a picture in it.” [Bukhari] We should maintain caution even when some scholars argue that this applies to handmade paintings and doesn’t apply to photos.

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner.