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Tasweer related to gaming

Last updated: 21st February 2024
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Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullah The 2 critical questions I have related to gaming are: (1) Would gaming still fall under the category of lahw and laib if someone intends to play games for some fun and refreshment of mind? (2) Since 95% of modern games have animated characters would this still fall under the category of tasweer since game developers have to design the characters and give them expressions and movements aswell which might be deemed even worse then standalone pictures because there is more aspects of imitation? Also, I would like to add that many people who advocate gaming would say that animated characters in games are like videos where the picture is not still, permanent or tangible so it would not come under tasweer. I guess I would love to know what tasweer really is? Last important thing to mention is that Sheikh Yasir Qadhi published a big talk online regarding tasweer and clearly distinguished between creating a picture to owning one as long as it is not venerated. According to him there were many narrations of great sahabas and tabioon that owned things that had animated pictures on them like cushions, curtains, rugs, animated ring stamps and coins. To solidify his stance he stated that the prophet (s.a.w) owned coins with images on them and also stated that Abdul Malik ibn Marwan minted the first caliph gold coin that had a picture of him with a staff. Apparently this coin was in circulation for a long time and was produced at a time when sahabas were still alive. Now if all of this is true then there would be no issue in owning video games with animated characters as long as there is no veneration? Please can you clarify all of this because I am extremely confused right now and really want an accurate answer. Jazakallahu khairun

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامداومصليا

Games are not allowed because it falls under ‘Lahwal Hadith’(idle talks). Please view previous Q&A on the subject: qa.muftisays.com/?1739

With regards to Tasweer this is another issue as there is differences of opinion. Please view this answer on the topic: www.mathabah.org/photography-in-islam/

And Allah knows best

27 Dhul Qa’dah 1445/ 04 June 2024

Answer last updated on:
4th June 2024
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London