Current Legal Issues

Painting in Three Dimensions

8. Painting in three dimensions, of living creatures, is haraam:

Painting living creatures, such as human beings and the like, in three dimensions is haraam, as a mater of ihtiyat. As for ordinary painting, evidently it is permissible. There is no harm in photographic imaging that is commonly used nowadays. There is no harm too in acquiring three dimensional portraits and selling [trading in] them, albeit the latter is makrooh. Al-Masaail, article 634.