We have always been taught not to wear moorat/clothing with eyes and animate objects on them. We have been told recently that if an object like a cartoon character even if it be a car has eyes drawn/painted on it, is then not considered as moorat. This is because a car is not an animate object. Is this correct?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: We have always been taught not to wear moorat/clothing with eyes and animate objects on them. We have been told recently that if an object like a cartoon character even if it be a car has eyes drawn/painted on it, is then not considered as moorat. This is because a car is not an animate object. Is this correct?

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A: All animate objects are forbidden in Islam. If the car picture is draw in such a way that it resembles an animate object i.e with hands, feet, face and eyes, it will be impermissible. However if it is a picture of a car and eyes have been drawn on the front, it will not be treated as a picture of an animate object.

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

حدثنا الأعمش عن مسلم قال كنا مع مسروق في دار يسار بن نمير فرأى في صفته تماثيل فقال سمعت عبد الله قال سمعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول إن أشد الناس عذابا عند الله يوم القيامة المصورون (صحيح البخاري2/880, صحيح لمسلم 2/201)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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