Selling animate objects

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Assalāmu `alaikum Warahmatullāhi Wabarakatuh,

There is a particular item that is trending at the moment and has potential to make a lot of income for the sellers. I wanted to know if selling it was permissible, as it is a small toy although I don’t know if this will fall under imitating Allah’s creation.

Here are a few links to the item:

You can also do a search for animal cable protector to see the item.

It is used as a cable protector, to protect your phone cable from breaking and damage.

Could you please let me know if this is permissible to sell, as I would like to sell this as soon as possible while it is still trending and has potential.

JazakAllah Khair


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

Pictures and sculptures resembling living beings are prohibited in Shari’ah. If any item resemble living beings with prominent features such as eyes, a nose, mouth, ears, body structure, etc. then it will not be permissible to sell such items.

Although the item is used to protect the phone cable, there is no doubt that the design plays an important role, and hence, it is also called ‘animal’ cable protector. Thus, it is not permissible to sell these.

Stay away for the pleasure of Allah, and Allah will bless you with the same income and even more from other avenues.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


Ismail Moosa (Mufti)


عن أبي طلحة رضي الله عنهم عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال لا تدخل الملائكة بيتا فيه كلب ولا صورة (متفق عليه)

ويدخل فيه فرس أو ثور من خزف لاستيناس الصبي لانه لا قيمة له، ولا يضمن متلفه (سكب الأنهر على هامش مجمع الأنهر، ج 3، ص 78)

 (اشترى ثورا أو فرسا من خزف) للاجل (استئناس الصبي لا يصح و) لا قيمة له ف (- لا يضمن متلفه وقيل بخلافه) يصح ويضمن. قنية.

وفي آخر حظر المجتبى عن أبي يوسف: يجوز بيع اللعبة وأن يلعب بها الصبيان (رد المحتار، 5/ 226، سعيد)

إمداد الأحكام، (ج 3 – ص 378)

احسن الفتاوى ، (ج 8 – ص 442)

محمود الفتاوى، (ج 3- ص 19)

فتاوى حقانية، (ج 6، ص 54)

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