Answered by: Maulana Tahsin Alam
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
Is it permissible to buy toys with faces on e.g. stuffed animals etc. for children, with the intention of covering the facial features after purchase?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
According to the majority of the scholars, it will be permissible for children to play with such toys, as they have been excluded from the general warnings regarding picture making.
This is due to the hadith related by ʿĀ’ishah RA, “I used to play with dolls in the presence of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and my girlfriends would play with me. When the Prophet entered, they would hide but he would call them to join me and play with me.”
Only Allāh Ta’ālā knows best
Written by Maulana Tahsin Alam
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Dārul Iftā Birmingham
Khalīl Ahmad, Badhl al-MajhūdfīḤalliAbīDāwūd, volume 19 pg. 169.
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