Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],
REMARK: THIS JOURNAL MAY NOT BE VERY IMPORTANT.
This subject became irritating. every now and then some people come to my page asking if drawing is haram (forbidden) or not in Islam. the question itself is not what irritates, but some of the people asking the question. From my experience in dealing with these questioners, I could put them into the four following categories:
1. the Muslims who sincerely want to know the answer.
some of these like drawing and wish to have a positive answer. but when they hear different fatwas (religious rulings) by different scholars, they feel confused. these people are welcome to ask. I can not tell them whether drawing is halal or haram. what I do usually is provide a link of an article by a Muslim scholar for them to read.
2. the Muslims who are literally lazy
-I can't find a better word- to do their work in da'wah (presenting Islam to the world). these people don't do their job but feel uncomfortable when they see a hard working fellow Muslim trying his best. so they just try to make him stop by making haram out of everything he does. If you draw, they will tell you "drawing is haram". if you sing, they tell you "singing is haram". if you use internet, they tell you "using internet is haram". their haram vocabulary is amazingly bigger than the English Dictionary. they are the extremist kind.
These people don't come to ask, mind you. they come only to condemn and judge like "Drawing is haram in Islam, you have to stop!" "drawing is haram in Islam, you are a bad Muslim!". the ironic things is that many of them do the opposite of what they preach. some of these Muslims have galleries/favorites full of drawings, some of them have even indecent drawings, I must add.
Sometimes, I just wonder, if drawing is haram for these people, what made them make accounts in this website full of drawings!...
3. the Non-Muslims who don't want to see a good image of Islam.
there are some non-Muslims who do not like to see Islam positively presented. from their misconceptions, they believe Islam is bad and evil. so when they see a Muslim trying to show a good image of Islam, they try their best to make him stop by something like "Drawing is haram in your religion, you should stop!" "drawing is haram in your religion, you are a bad Muslim!". I got even some telling me "stop drawing cute drawings!"
4. the Non-Muslims who pretend to be Muslims.
believe it or not, there are some non-Muslims out there who pretend to be Muslims and go around spreading a false image of Islam and making aggressive comments here and there. these fake Muslims are easily discovered. first, they have empty profiles. they usually create a new account solely for the purpose of trolling. second, they claim to be Muslims. I mean, they like to repeat it. But talking with them for a little while shows they don't know Islam at all. they just get some information from here ad there and think they can play the role.
I can not tell you whether drawing is haram or not. It is a controversial subject. and I am not an imam or scholar who can issue a fatwa . If you want a decisive answer, go seek the imam of your mosque and ask him your question.
what I can do is to point to the words of some imams in this regards. whether you want to continue drawing or stop is your own decision and you alone are responsible for it. so don't try to make Nayzak issue a fatwa for you so that you put the blame on him later.
I found the most rational and logical explanations about the ruling on drawing in the following articles:
- Drawing Pictures & Producing Animated Cartoons [link]
- Using Cartoon Films for Da`wah and Educational Purposes [link]
I hope they are beneficial to you all
If I am right, it is from the God almighty. If I am wrong, it is from myself.