Drawing pictures that resemble humans

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Q: I wanted to ask if all of the following are haraam:

1. Painting an impressionistic drawing of human, meaning a blurr or a silhouette to represent a human but not clearly painting the features.

2. Drawing a human figure with no face with the sole purpose of representing clothes.

3. Drawing cartoons with very unrealistic features for example a triangle for a nose and dots for eyes.

4. Drawing humans without a face.


A: If the picture is drawn without the entire head, it will be permissible.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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