Fatwa: # 30635
Category: Miscellaneous
Country: Canada
Date: 22nd September 2014

Title

Is drawing cartoons impermissible?

Question

 

I used to draw batman comics. When I heard drawing animate objects was haram I stopped and repented.  I don't sell the comics, I keep them at home. Since I draw them as a hobby, I'm 15. Is drawing cartoons haram, or does the ruling only apply to portaits of humans?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

 

Drawing pictures of animate objects is impermissible and falls under the severe warning mentioned in the Hadith of Rasūlullāh (sallAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam):

أشد الناس عذابا عند الله المصورون

Translation: “The most severely punished of people in the presence of Allah are the picture-makers.” (Bukhārī and Muslim, Mishkāt al-Masābīh, 4495)

Therefore, if the cartoons you are drawing consist only of non-animate objects(trees and rivers etc.), then it will be permissible. However, if your drawings contain any animate objects (people and animals etc.), then such cartoon drawings will be impermissible. [1]

Also, you mentioned that you possess cartoons of the batman comics in your house. The angels of mercy do not enter a house that contains images of animate objects. Nabi (Sallāhu Alaihi Wasallam) has mentioned:

 

لا تدخل الملائكة بيتا فيه كلب ولا تصاوير

“The angels [of mercy] do not enter a house in which there is a dog, nor [do they enter a house in which there are] pictures.” (Bukhārī and Muslim, Mishkāt al-Masābīh, 4489)

 

 

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saleem Khan

Student Darul Iftaa
Bradford, UK

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

www.daruliftaa.net



[1] وظاهر كلام النووي في شرح مسلم الإجماع على تحريم تصوير الحيوان وقال: سواء صنعه لما يمتهن أو لغيره فصنعته حرام بكل حال لأن فيه مضاهاة بخلق الله تعالى هذا كله فى اقتناء الصورة وأما فعل التصوير فهو غير جائز مطلقا لأنه مضاهاة لخلق الله

[رد المحتار، ج ١ ص٦٤٨-٥٠ ايج ايم سعيد]

 

والواقع أن التفريق بين الصور المرسومة والصور الشمسية لا ينبغي على أصل قوي، ومن المقرر شرعا أن ما كان حراما أو غير مشروع في أصله لا يتغير حكمه بتغير الآلة...فكذلك الصورة، قد نهى الشارع عن صنعها واقتنائها فلا فرق بينما كانت الصورة قد اتخذت بريشة المصور أو بالآلات الفوتوغرافية

 

[تكملة فتح الملهم، دار إحياء التراث العربي، ج٤ ص ١٤٢]

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