Definition of an animate object and using pictures with Quraanic aayat for one's status

Q: How does one classify an object as animate or inanimate? Is photography of animals permissible?

Secondly, is it permissible for me to use pictures of flowers/scenery, etc. as a background to create pictures with Quraanic Ayats/Islamic poetry to post on my status (with the intention of it being a means of guidance for myself as well as for whoever sees the status)?

A: Animate objects that are prohibited refer to those animate objects that have a head.


And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)