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Watching Images and Videos of Living Beings on Computers

Answered by: Alimah Sherbhanu Jadwat


The scholars have different opinions on watching images and videos of living beings on computers, phones, or tv. Some scholars said that is image-making which is haram others said not. I don’t want to take the risk so I avoid watching it. But I like to code and I want to be a developer. There are a lot of software and programming languages that have the logo of an animal: python (image of two snakes), PostgreSQL (elephant face), MySQL (a full dolphin), and many others. I can’t do programming without one of them and when I read courses on it these logos appear on the screen and if it’s a video the face of the instructor appears on the screen also. My intention is just to use these programming languages to code halal programs and to get a halal job. Can I use these programming languages, and read and watch courses on them knowing that in most cases the animal logo will appear on screen?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


There are numerous Ahadith that warn against one actively participating in picture-making of animate beings, so it is best that you continue to take precautions as far as possible to abstain. However, in our current times, it is almost impossible to avoid encountering animate pictures in the form of newspaper articles, magazines, online apps etc. If you are unable to find software or program languages that work competently and do not have any animated logo, then you may use the ones with the logo.

Only Allah (عز و جل) knows best.

Written by Alimah Sherbhanu Jadwat

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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و السنة المطهرة جاءت باانحي على التصوير والمصورين ، والنحي عن اتخاذ الصور والتنفيرمنها ، ولذلك فإن من المقطوع به أن الإسلام حرم التماثيل و التصاوير تحريما قاطعا جازما.

و قد وردت أحاديث نبوية كثيرة تدل على التحريم، حتى كانت تبلغ حد التواتر…

روائع البيان ، تفسير آيات الأحكام من القرآن

محمد علي الصابوني، الجزء الثاني ص ٤٠٦

قال الشيخ محمد علي الصابوني في رسالته ” حكم الإسلام في التصوير ص ١٠ و في تفسير آيات الأحكام: أن التصوير الشمسي لا يخرج عن كونه نوعا من أنواع التصوير . و ما يخرج بالألة يسمى صورة الشخس مصورا، فهو و أن كان لا يشمله النص الصريح لأنه ليس تصويرا باليد و ليس فيه مضاحاة خلاق الله، الا انه لا يخرج عن كونه ضربا من ضروب التصوير، فينبغي أن تقتصر في الاباحة على حد الضرورة”

تكملة فتح الملهم

بشرح صحيح الإمام مسلم بن الحجاج القشيري

محمد تقي العثمان المجلد الرابع ص ١٦٣

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