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Buying and Possessing Fashion Magazines
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What is the fashion magazines, like Burda, in order to benefit from them concerning new women's fashions and accessories. What is the keeping them after one has already benefited from them while they are filled with pictures of women?


There is no doubt that buying magazines that just contain pictures is forbidden. This is because possessing pictures is forbidden, based on the statement of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)

"The angels do not enter a house which contains pictures."1

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw a picture on a cushion with Aisha, he stood and did not enter the room. His dislike could be seen on his face. Those fashion magazines must be looked into to see what they contain as not every fashion is permissible. The fashions might be such that they show the woman's body, due to their tightness or for other reasons. The fashions could be the dresses of the disbelievers that are particular to them. Imitating the disbelievers is forbidden, since the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

"Whoever imitates a people is one of them."2

I advise my Muslim brothers in general and my Muslim sisters in particular to avoid those fashions as either they are imitation of non-Muslims or they display what the woman should be concealing. If women follow every new fashion, then it means, in general, that our customs that have come from our religion will be changed for customs that have been taken from non-Muslims.

Shaikh ibn Uthaimin

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Footnote

1. Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim.--JZ

2. Recorded by Abu Dawud. Al-Albani has graded it sahih. Al-Albani, Sahih al-Jami, vol. 2, p. 1058.--JZ