Abu Dawud Book 027, Hadith Number 4141.

Chapter : Pictures.

Narated By N/A : Abu Talhah al Ansari said: I heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) say: The Angels do not enter a house which contains a dog or a picture. Zaid b. Khalid al-Juhani said to Sa'id b. Yasar al-Ansari, the transmitter of this tradition: Go with me to 'Aisha, Mother of the Faithful, so that we ask her about it. So we went to her: Mother of the Faithful, Abu Talhah has transmitted to us a tradition so-and-so. Have you beard the Prophet (may peace be upon him) mentioning that? She replied: No but I tell you what I saw him doing. The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) went on an expedition and I was waiting for his return. I got a carpet which I hung as a screen on a stick over the door. When he came I received him and said: Peace be upon you, Apostle of Allah, His mercy and His blessings. Praise be to Allah Who gave you dominance and respect. Then he looked at the house and saw the carpet; and he did not respond to me at all. I found (signs of) disapproval in his face. He then came to the carpet and tore it down. He then said : Allah has not commanded us to clothe stones and clay out of the sustenance He has given us. She said: I then cut it to pieces and made two pillows out of it and stuffed them with palm fibre, and he did not disapprove of it to me.

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