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Conflicted Artist: Navigating the Ethics of Drawing Anatomy in Art

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Q: There’s something lately bugging me a lot. I’m a developing artist. I am going to pursue my career in arts, and I’ve been told by my many art teachers that drawing anatomy isn’t properly forbidden until I researched myself hadiths related to it. Now I feel quite hesitant towards drawing faces, I’ve always been really good at drawing human features. And might also face consequences in future where I’ll have to face drawing anatomy. What I should do? It’s something not making me happy yet also I love arts. Even if from now on I try to avoid making faces, what about the ones I have made before?


A: You may draw inanimate objects.

Make taubah for it. Make it known that this was wrong and you are regretful so that people understand that you have retracted from your previous stance.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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