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Taking a ceramics class

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

What is the ruling on taking a ceramics course at school? I researched into the course syllabus and most of the projects will deal with making pots, houses, flowers, etc… but there might be one or two animate sculptures involved (which I can try to avoid). Under what conditions can I take this course? There is no genuine need per se for the course and I’m merely taking it order to better balance my courses.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

There is nothing reprehensible in ceramics, and it is permitted to make non-human and non-animal forms (such as plants, flowers, trees, and landscapes). However, it is firmly prohibited to make human or animal sculptures, and you would be obliged to excuse yourself from such requirements. If you present your case properly, you’ll find that most people are sensitive and considerate to such religious requirements.

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani

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