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Zainab’s Ramadan Basket – Illustrations For IIPH

on August 11, 2013

Here are some sample illustrations I did for ‘Zainab’s Ramadan Basket’; an upcoming children’s book from International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH):

Zainab’s Neighborhood on One Ramadan Morning

Zainab's Ramadan Basket - A Ramadan Morning

This is Zainab’s neighborhood on a beautiful Ramadan morning. The bright sun is shining down on all the houses

Zainab Making Ramadan Baskets with her Mother

Zainab and her Mother Making Ramadan Baskets

Here is Zainab making some wonderful Ramadan baskets with her mother for her neighbors

Mrs. Anderson – Zainab’s Neighbor

Mrs. Anderson - Zainab's neighbor

Here is Mrs. Anderson; she’s Zainab’s neighbor and LOVES to cook!

Zainab, Mrs. Anderson and a Ramadan Basket!

Zainab, Mrs Anderson and a Ramadan Basket

Zainab is giving one of the lovely Ramadan baskets to her neighbor Mrs. Anderson.

Zainab, Oliver the Cat & a Ramadan Basket

Zainab, Oliver the Cat and the Ramadan Basket

Zainab sits down to pat Oliver the Cat. He sneezes when he sniffs the Ramadan Basket

Sunset in Zainab’s Neighborhood

Sunset in Zainab's Neighborhood

It’s almost sunset and Zainab must rush home for Iftaar

Zainab’s Family Makes Du’aa (Prayers) before Iftaar

Everyone making du'aa before Iftaar at Zainab's Home

All of Zainab’s family members are making du’aa before Iftaar

Tea after Iftaar and Prayers

Tea after Iftaar and Prayers

After iftaar and Isha prayers all Zainab’s family members settle down for green tea

Hope you liked them!

Would love to get your feedback!


5 responses to “Zainab’s Ramadan Basket – Illustrations For IIPH

  1. Majid Mirza says:

    Beautiful illustrations masha’Allah! I am interested to know the Fiqh behind illustrations of living beings. We know the hadith of Aisha in which she showed Rasool (saw) her wood carved horse and he was amused by it – which signifies that loose or rough representations are permissible but how does an illustrator draw the line between which forms are allowed and disallowed? Some insight to this would be much appreciated.

    • Absar Kazmi says:

      Jazak Allahu Khairun katheerun Majid for liking them and also taking the time out to touch upon such an important matter.

      You are correct that picture making is an area that requires extreme care and – if done incorrectly – can be one of the worst of sins.

      However, based on Qur’an and sunnah, scholars have also provided guidelines for what constitutes a problematic image/picture and what does not. The following fatawa by Sheikh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen and others shed some light upon this:




      I hope this helps.

      Jazak Allahu Khairun again.


      • Majid Mirza says:

        Jazakullah Khairan Absar Bhai. I went through the fatawa and I think the one below sums it up. May Allah give us the tawfeeq to follow the correct path – Ameen.

        Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: What is the ruling on cartoons that appear on TV?

        He replied:

        With regard to the cartoons which you say appear on TV, if they are in the form of humans, then the ruling on watching them depends on whether they come under the same ruling as realistic human images or not? It is most likely that they do not come under that ruling.

        If they are not in the form of humans, then there is nothing wrong with watching them, so long as they are not accompanied by anything haraam such as music and so on, and they do not distract from obligatory duties.

      • Absar Kazmi says:

        Jazak Allahu Khairun Bro…

        Also… the following statement is important:

        Every one who does something that is competing with the creation of Allaah, is included in the hadeeth which is: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed the image-makers… and he said: “The people who will be most severely punished on the Day of Resurrection will be the image-makers.” But as I said, if the image is not clear, i.e., it does not have eyes or a nose or a mouth or fingers, then this is not a complete image, and is not competing with the creation of Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted.

        So, we try and omit certain features e.g. the eyes in some pictures, the nose in others, the mouth in others..

        And Allahu A’lam..

  2. Maryum says:

    JazakumullahuKhayrun. Will be waiting for the complete story. This website is going into my bookmarks to recommend to others inshallah.

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