Using emojis in SMS, Whatsapp, etc

Q: Would the use of emojis in SMS, Whatsapp, Viber, Telegram etc. constitute picture making (therefore impermissible) within the purview of Shar’iah? Emojis are small digital images consisting usually of smiley faces used to express an emotion.


A: Precaution requires that we should abstain.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)