Clothes that have Cartoons

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Question:

Is it haram to wear clothes that have cartoons on them??

 

Answer:

Mufti Taqi Usmani has mentioned in his Takmilatu Fathil Mulhim, commentary of Sahih Muslim under the hadith;
“Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture.” (Sahih Muslim) fourteen hadiths of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa salam, including the hadith above all of which prove pictures are prohibited in general. Please note that the pictures and images in question are those that are animate such as images of people and animals.
I will mention three of the hadiths below:

It was narrated from Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) [that] he said, “Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and grant him peace) forbade pictures in the house and he forbade making them.”

It was narrated] from ‘Abd Allah ibn Mas‘ud (Allah be pleased with him) [that] he said: Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Verily, of the most grievously tormented people on the Day of Resurrection are picture-makers.” Al-Bukhari and Muslim transmitted it.

It was narrated from ‘A’ishah (Allah be pleased with her) [that] she said: Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and grant him peace) returned from a journey when I had concealed a chamber of mine with a curtain containing images. When Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and grant him peace) saw it, he tore it and said, “The most grievously tormented of people on the Day of Resurrection will be those who imitated the creation of Allah.” She said: so we tore it up and turned it into one or two cushions. Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

As a result of these hadiths and other narrations, the majority of the fuqaha have opined that picture-making and using pictures in homes are prohibited, whether they are images that possess a body and have a shadow or not bulky and do not have a shadow such as pictures that are imprinted on flat surfaces like paper or garments.

However, if such a depiction is small such that its features aren’t clearly discernible, or is missing a vital limb or has its head effaced, then the dislikedness would no longer remain.

Based on the above it is not permissible to wear clothes having pictures of animate objects on them. Salaat with such clothes will be Makrooh (reprehensible).
Allah knows best.

Answered by:
Mohammed Shakeeb.

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