Should children be shown images of humans and animals since they may learn from them?.
Praise be to Allaah.
The basic principle concerning image-making
is that it is haraam except for that which has become unavoidable because it has become so widespread. So it is not permissible for the Muslim to
make images of human beings or animals or any animate being, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed the
image-makers as narrated in al-Bukhaari, 5374. And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Every image-maker will be
in Hell.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2225; Muslim, 2110. And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to ‘Ali (may Allaah
be pleased with him): “Do not leave any image without erasing it.” (Narrated by Imam Muslim, 969).
If children need to look at images of human
beings or animals, whether these are photographs or images on video tapes, if that is for a purpose – such as children or adults looking at
pictures of our brothers in Palestine, Chechnya or Afghanistan – there is nothing wrong with a child looking at some pictures in order to learn.
But we should also tell the child that making images is haraam and that this is only done by way of necessity, so that the child will grow up
knowing the shar’i ruling.