Sharing pictures of animate objects on whatsapp


1. Can a person view and share videos of animate objects on whatsapp?

2. Can a person use smileys and emoticons?

3. Can a person share and view bayans which are played on videos on whatsapp?

4. Can you provide some Islamic guidelines when using whatsapp.



1,3. Pictures of all animate objects are haraam and forbidden in Islam. Grave warnings have been sounded in the Mubaarak Ahaadith for those who have any involvement in these things. Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

إن أشد الناس عذابا عند الله يوم القيامة المصورون (صحيح البخاري 2/880 ، صحيح لمسلم /201)

Those involved in picture-making will be subjected to the worst forms of punishment on the day of Qiyaamat. (Bukhari 2/880, Muslim 2/201)

2. Precaution requires that we should abstain from this.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)