Question: Is making pictures of (all) that which has a soul (from amongst the humans and animals) (considered) major kufr or minor kufr or is it (just) a sin?
Answer: It is not (considered) major kufr, however it is considered from the major sins; for that which it contains of serious warning and the cursing of the one who makes the picture(s). Along with this, he is (considered) an accomplice to major shirk.
And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Verdicts, comprising –
Head: Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Abdullaah Ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head: Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee;
Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah Ibn Ghudayyaan;
Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah Ibn Qu’ood
[Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., – Volume 1, Page 676, Question 3 of Fatwa No.6541]
Published: 13 May 2001