Silhouettes and emoticons

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1. Are silhouettes of people (pictures of peopled in black, without the face having nose, eyes, etc.) considered tasaweer and haraam?

2. Similarly, are emoticons that are made up of symbols like =, (), :, etc. as compared to emoticons that are obviously tasaweer also considered haraam?



1. On account of the resemblance with the tasweer this should also be stopped.

2. If they have facial features then they are impermissible.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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