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Can muslims cosplay?

Q:

salam!
please, before i start, do not be so cruel and harsh as many muslims i have seen before have been.
i am a young muslim who does not wear hijab if that helps. i would like to know if cosplaying is haram. of course, i will wear modest clothing and not lewd etc. i have bad OCD, so i keep on re thinking this so, so many times. again, i am quite modern.
jasakala khair

A:

Assalamu Alaykum

Thank you for your Question

Cosplay is defined as a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.

Cosplaying in its own isn’t haram. But I wonder how you’re going to balance between modesty and the immodesty that this will demand of you!? As most, if not all, movie and cartoon characters aren’t modestly dressed. Unless You’re fully planning to be under a costume that wouldn’t show you as you!?!? Or are doing it among women only!?
Also, how are you going to keep away non Mahram from seeing you because beautifying the self in the presence of non Mahram is Haram. ( make up, costumes and fashion accessories!?)

Also, wearing hijab or not does not make the situation any easier or better. Something that is incorrect, is always is! Hence if you are not practicing Hijab, doesn’t mean cos playing will be ok with You exposing part(s) of your body That are forbidden for women to show. This will include everything except your face and hands up-to the wrists only.

I hope this answer helps. Kindly write to us if you have further queries.
Kind regards,
Naajiya Jaffery