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Can I still do cosplaying but choose the costume that make sure to be in line of what Islam taught us?


I just want to ask about cos playing. I’m interested in cos playing but haven’t done it before. I’ve read a post about cos playing that you have replied to but you were concern about modesty off the costume right? Can I still do cos playing but choose the costume that make sure to be in line of what Islam taught us?

I’m sorry if this sound arrogant or rude but I’ve heard before that “we can do something we like as long as we don’t take it too far.” for example entertainment can be done but it should be in line of our teaching right? that’s why using that as an excuse I was thinking that as long as I keep being in what our religion taught me it should be fine. But I don’t want to follow my heart or brain in case of religion because I’m afraid if I misinterpreted what I heard. Can you please guide me.


Wa Alaykumussalam

I really appreciate that you want to learn about Islam’s teachings and not to just listen to and act what our heart and brain says.

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُلْ لِأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاءِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰ أَنْ يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَحِيمًا

O Prophet! say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon them their over-garments; this will be more proper, that they may be known, and thus they will not be given trouble; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (Surah Ahzab/59)

Cosplay, a portmanteau of “costume play”, is an activity and performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.

Sister, if it is to promote western and Haram culture, it is not allowed. It is not permissible to put clothes of the opposite sex as your clothes.

And as mentioned in the previous answer that if you are cosplaying in front of non-mahram how would you make sure your make up and body part(s) are not seen by the non-mahram?!.

Yes, you are right you can entertain in different things which are Halal and according to the Islamic teachings but at the same time you have to make sure the entertainment is Halal and in the boundaries of Islam. For example, joking is Halal and entertaining but Islam doesn’t allow joking with a non-mahram.

Therefore, if you have to cosplay just for the female then it would not be problematic as you are not cosplaying in front of non-mahram and not showing your body parts etc. as we know cosplay will have different characters who are without Hijab and immodest, so it is hard to take care of these things especially in front of non-mahram as women are not allowed to show their hair to non-mahram.

Allah(swt) has created you as a female and given you many skills and commanded things so you as a woman can stay safe and high in His eyes. If Allah has commanded women to have Hijab, it is for their own goodness. You will definitely have other skills to start earning. Search for those skills and may be you can go for another work but if you feel you can take care of the things mentioned above i.e cosplay correctly, not in front of non-mahram and not propagating the non-Islamic and wrong culture, then you can go for it.

Why Hijab?

Men, whether they confess it or not, are slaves of lust and desire.

• Hijab protects women from such men; it symbolizes that she has been sanctified to one man only and is off-limit to all others.

• Hijab contributes to the stability and preservation of marriage and family by eliminating the chances of extramarital affairs.

• Finally, it compels men to focus on the real personality of the woman and de-emphasizes her physical beauty. It puts the woman in control of strangers’ reaction to her.

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Why Hijab:

Hijab is to first of all to save yourself. Hijab doesn’t mean limitation, the same way we draw walls between the houses not to stay in limitations rather to live freely and in freedom. So, Hijab also draws the line between you and non-mahram so you can live a happy and prosperous life with other’s lustful intentions.

If still there is any sort of amibuity, you can message again and ask.

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider