Nude arts class

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Q: I was just enrolled in an “arts appreciation” class in college without knowing that they show nude art in it as well. I heard medical students are permitted to look at nudity for educational purposes. I was wondering if the same applies for my business degree. My degree plan does not require me to take this class in particular (it still requires some kind of art such as music, dance, or drama), but it would be a problem for me if I have to drop this class since it’s already paid for. I’m pretty sure I don’t have to draw any animate beings in this class, it’s mostly analysis of art.


A: The loss that you will incur by attending the nude arts class will be far greater than the financial loss that you are afraid of.

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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