Praise be to Allaah.
You have to hasten to remove
these pictures at once, because it was reported that the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) strongly forbade hanging
pictures, and he commanded his great Companion ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib,
“Do not leave any picture without blotting it out and do not leave any
built-up grave without levelling it.” (Narrated by Muslim, 1/66).
Hanging up pictures of animate beings deprives the people of that house of
a great blessing, which is the entrance of angels into that house. It was
reported from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The
angels do not enter a house in which there are statues or pictures.” (Narrated
by Imaam Ahmad; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1961).
You can replace them, if you
wish, with pictures of inanimate objects, such as trees, mountains, oceans
and other natural scenes, or other
drawings of inanimate objects, without being extravagant or wasteful.
As for the pictures
which are hanging, you have to remove them and blot them out or burn them;
do not keep them. It is worth noting that hanging up pictures of the dead
is one of the things that renews grief and serves no useful purpose; it
may even lead to some kind of veneration which goes against Tawheed. Let
us not forget that the shirk committed by the people of Nooh (peace
be upon him) started because they set up pictures and images of some
righteous people who had lived among them. So be very careful. May Allaah
help us and you to do all that pleases Him and earns His forgiveness. And
Allaah knows best. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid