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Can I keep a picture of a friend who passed away on my phone as a memory? I miss him and I feel really feel happy when I see pictures of him, i want a photo of him in my phone because then I feel like he's close to me and want to know if the is permissible?
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Photos of dead deceased
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It does not behove of a believer in Allah swt and the Last Day to get attached to a photograph of a deceased person to such an extent that they carry the image on their phone and witness it regularly. This would be tantamount to shirk as only Allah swt is close to the believers at all times. It would be best if the photograph is put in a family album to be seen sometimes.
Almost all the scholars of Islam are unanimous in their opinion that there is no harm if one takes a portrait photograph for necessary and legal reasons, and to comply with the modern methods of identification like identity cards, driver’s license, passports, etc. Some opine that there is no harm if one wishes to take photos of family and loved ones and keeps them secured in albums for memory; but if they abstain from it, it would be better and purer for them.
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