Is it Permissible to Use a Study Resource That Has a Cartoon Depiction of Prophet Musa (Peace be Upon Him)?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Can I use study flashcards that contain a cartoon of the Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) in some subjects but not in others? Would it be sinful if others download the flashcards, including the ones with the picture, assuming they are popular?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

It would be permissible to use a study resource depicting Prophet Musa (peace be upon him). When using such a resource, cover it with something.

The reason your purpose for using the resource is its content and not anything else. The picture is an incidental matter. Scholars say it is permissible to use and read content with an incidental presence of an unlawful matter.

The impermissibility of Depicting Prophets

Muslim scholars hold that it is impermissible to draw or portray any of the Prophets, Angels, as well as any of the noble Companions and wives of the Prophet (peace be upon them all) to whom deference and honor should also always be shown, and any form of disparagement, even if unintentional, should be avoided.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel has received traditional education in various countries. He started his schooling in the UK and completed his hifz of the Quran in India. After that, he joined an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied secular and Aalimiyya sciences. Later, he traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern countries to further his education. Mawlana has served as an Imam in the Republic of Ireland for several years and taught the Quran and other Islamic sciences to both children and adults. He also worked as a teacher and librarian at a local Islamic seminary in the UK for 12 years. Presently, he lives in the UK with his wife and is interested in books and gardening.