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Toys for babies often play a musical melody when chained or pulled.

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by DarulUloomTT.net

Question:

Assalamu alaikum,

Often crib mobiles and other toys for babies often play a musical melody when chained or pulled. Are these permissible to use for babies?


Answer:

Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

All praises are for Allah and peace and blessings be upon the final Prophet (SAS).

The following is the answer for your question:-

Using such toys that have musical melody or music is not allowed for babies. Music and anything associated with it in the form of melodies etc. are not permissible (as stated by the majority of sound and reliable scholars).

Instead of these, other toys which are allowed in Islam should be bought for children.

The same ruling will be applicable to toys which are of an animate nature. Cartoon characters, teddy bears, dolls and stuffed animals should not be bought and given to children. The presence of these drives the angels away from the home and they cause children to have frightful dreams. There are many angels that visit the home, and some of these are deputed to look after and protect the children from evils. However, with the presence of unlawful toys (like that with music or animate in nature) the angels do not enter the home. This therefore, deprives the children of the presence and protection of the angels who also play with the babies.

Instead of such toys, Muslim parents should make their children happy with toys that are permissible. In this way, they will not be deprived of playing with toys.

And Allah knows best,
Mufti Wseem Khan

1/2/2013

This answer was collected from DarulUloomTT.net, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.

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