Pictures of skulls, stick figures, snowmen and scarecrows

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1. Are pictures of skulls, stick figures, snowmen, and scarecrows permissible.

2. Are very small pictures and very small videos permissible on mobile phone screens.

3. Is it permissible to build snowmen and scarecrows.



1. Pictures of all animate objects are not permissible.

2. Whether the picture is small or big, it is still a picture.

3. As above.

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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