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Why are images of prophet and imams allowed


In sunni sect, images of all kind are forbidden to draw according to several ahadith. I have seen images of the masoomeen that shia religion endorses. And I have also read the fatawa by Ayatollah Sistani in this regard. It says the images are allowed but the opinion that such images are a true representation of the masoomeen is a wrong belief.
My question is, do the images not tarnish the sanctity of the holy figures in question. Also, I would like references from ahadith or the quran which went into the formulation of such fatawa.


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