The Ruling on Emoticons – Umm Abdillah al-Waadi’iyyah

Umm Abdillah al-Wadi’yyah (may Allah have preserve her) wrote:

“On the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

أَمَا يَخْشَى أَحَدُكُمْ ـ أَوْ لاَ يَخْشَى أَحَدُكُمْ ـ إِذَا رَفَعَ رَأْسَهُ قَبْلَ الإِمَامِ أَنْ يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ رَأْسَهُ رَأْسَ حِمَارٍ أَوْ يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ صُورَتَهُ صُورَةَ حِمَارٍ

Isn’t he who raises his head before the Imam afraid that Allah may transform his head into that of a donkey or his figure (face) into that of a donkey?

And the version of Muslim:

أَنْ يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ وَجْهَهُ وَجْهَ حِمَارٍ

That Allah make his face the face of a donkey

Shaikh at-Tuwayjiri (may Allah have mercy upon him), in his book ‘Ilaam an-Nakeer ‘ala al-Maftooneen bil-Tasweer, derived from this Hadith: “That the face enters into the generality of the picture because the Prophet (ﷺ) called the face an image in this Hadith. So this enters into the evidences for the prohibition of pictures due to [the face] being referred to as a picture, both linguistically and legislatively“.

I say (Umm Abdillah): “Allahul Mustaaan. Pictures have spread [of recent] in form of shapes and colors [i.e. Emoticons]. Some of them are pictures of faces only. And there are some people who send faces to express [their feeling] on a subject, that he is sad or sick or happy or the likes of that. We seek refuge in Allah from Fitan. Verily they are fitan which have prevailed and intensified. And there is no might nor power except with Allah


Translated by

Faisal bin Abdul Qaadir bin Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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