I do not understand the necessity of this. I would love to see the face of our Rasool (saw) but I would not want to do so if doing so would go against his shariat. Similarly, I would not want to have a photograph of such an 'alim and wali as Hazrat Shaykh (rahimahullah) if it goes against the shariat he safeguarded his entire life and especially if it goes against shariate Muhammadi (saw).
Also, the only reason most photographs of humans are taken is for the same reason you want the photograph of Hazrat Shaykh (rahimahullah) yet these photographs are not permissible for the reasons many ulama have already explained.
And I am also wondering how he looked like but I would not want to do something that he himself would probably not approve of nor most ulama approve of.
ياايها الذين امنوا اذكروا الله ذكرا كثيرا
Well said brother. One can not justify this by saying I want to see the noor on their faces, its emotional etc. You can not justify a bad thing and say its for a good cause.
There are legal reasons why those pics even exist, b/c people have to travel and identification is required.. That does not make it permisable to pass these around.
M S Suleman
This description is much more accurate and insightful than any you can get from photographs:
Shaykh Abu ’l-Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi says about his characteristics, “He was of medium height, heavyset, good-looking, with a fair, rosy complexion, as though pomegranate seeds had burst unto both his cheeks. “He was extremely vibrant, never lazy; light-hearted, smiling, cheerful, friendly; and he often jested with his close friends and acquaintances. We saw in him good character and forbearance with people, as well as a rare humility; and above all, his personal qualities were always governed by his deep faith and sense of contentment.”
The Imaamah and garb that Hazrat Shaykh (rahmatullahialayh) was wearing in the passport picture referred to earlier is currently in the possession of Hazrat Moulana Hashim Sahib (damat barakatuhum), who is one of the senior khulafaa of Hazrat Shaykh (rahmatullahialayh) and senior lecturers of Hadith at Dar ul Uloom Bury. If you want to see it Safwaan, I assume you know what to do now. Moulana Sahib (damat barakatuhum) had the Imamah glued and stapled when Hazrat Shaykh (rahmatullahialayh) gave to him and as a result, it has remained in the state that Hazrat Shaykh (rahmatullahialayh) last tied it in the 80s. A few words of warning though, one of the students at Dar ul Uloom Bury was caught with a picture of Hazrat Shaykh (rahmatullahialayh) and he was expelled so I wouldn't be too optimistic about seeing it.
There is a video of one of Shaykh Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi's (rahmatullahialayh) talks but I can't seem to find it at the moment. I'm sure it's out there somewhere.
If you want to see a living version of Hazrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani (rahmatullahialayh), visit Bhopal and sit in the company of Hazrat Mufti Abdur Razzak Khan Sahib (damat barakatuhum) and you'll know what I mean .
"Whoever acts upon what he knows, Almighty Allah bestows upon himthe knowledge of things not known to him"(Fazaa'il-e-A'maal, Virtues of the Holy Qur'an, Part 1, under Hadith 8)