Is Drawing Haram?

Is drawing haram? There is a common misconception that drawing is haram, or forbidden, in Islam. This is not the case! In fact, drawing can be a very beneficial and therapeutic activity. However, there is certain art that is impermissible in Islam. Read till the end to know more!

A Closer Look

What is Haram?

In Islam, there are a number of behaviours that are considered haram, or forbidden. This includes behaviours that are prohibited in the Qur’an, as well as behaviours that are prohibited by the Sunnah, or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Some of the most common haram behaviours include:

  • Eating pork or any meat that has not been slaughtered in the proper Islamic way
  • Gambling
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Fornication
  • Taking interest on loans
  • False speech
  • Eating without washing one’s hands first
  • Smoking-up intoxicating substances like weed is haram

Is Drawing Haram?

There is a difference of opinion amongst Islamic scholars on the permissibility of drawing animate creatures. Some say that it is permissible to draw animate creatures as long as they are not worshipped, while others say that it is not permissible to draw animate creatures under any circumstance.

The majority of scholars say that it is not permissible to draw animate creatures, as it may lead to the worship of these creatures. Additionally, drawing depicting adultery, murder etc., all things that are considered haram, are impermissible.

Drawings of sceneries or those that help spread the word of Islam to the world are allowed and considered halal!


The above information is derived from the Halal Guidance website.

Is Drawing Haram or Halal? – Bottom Line

The bottom line is that drawing is only permissible if it is used to spread the word of Islam or to portray inanimate objects. Any drawings showing idol worship, or Haram acts are considered haram drawings. Thanks for reading!

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Written By Nazim Almasi

Nazim is an Islamic scholar, author and External Consultant at Renewable Energy Maldives. He writes on Islamic finance, food and halal dietary guidelines. He is a respected voice in the Muslim community, known for his clear explanations of complex religious concepts. He has been invited to speak at various conferences and seminars on topics related to Islamic finance, food and Renewable Energy.

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