Keeping a Picture to Remember Somebody By
Can a person take his own picture and then send it to his family for Eid or for some other occasion?
There are many Hadiths mentioning that Allaahs Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) forbade pictures, cursed the people who make pictures, and warned them various forms of punishment. Therefore, it is not allowed for a Muslim to take his or any other animate creatures pictures unless necessity dictates that he does so. Necessity, in this case, means passport photos, identity photos, and the like. We ask Allaah Almighty to rectify the Muslims affairs and to guide our leaders to adhere to His Shariah while abstaining from what goes against it. He is indeed the best to ask.
Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 8 Page 161