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Is drawing Anime (Japanese Style Cartoon) is Haram?


Asalam Alikum

I’m 17 Year’s Old. I want to ask If drawing Anime (Japanese Style Cartoon) is Haram? because I have only drawing skill that I can draw Anime Or Other Cartoons Nicely. I don’t draw humans and animals As I know It’s Haram. If It Is Haram To Draw Anime, kindly guide with reasons behind it.


Wa Alaykumussalam

Thank you for your query.

There is no problem in drawing cartoons but it is problematic to build a sculpture.

One must be aware that he should not draw anime/cartoons etc. which portray against Islam or which would increase the lust of the viewers. Any sort of cartoon etc. which would result in Haram will be considered Haram i.e: if you make cartoons so the people can indulge in Haram by watching it, it will be problematic, but if your intention is pure and you are not creating something which is against Islam and wouldn’t result in Haram, will be considered ok.

According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

Question: Students are asked to draw a human being or an animal; the requirement is such that it is difficult for the student to refuse the assignment. Are they allowed to do the drawing?

Answer: Drawing a non-sculptured figure is allowed. It is allowed to draw a human being or an animal on a piece of paper or something.

Question: What is the ruling if one is asked to do a sculpture work?

Answer: Based on obligatory precaution, it is necessary to refrain from drawing a sculptured (embossed) picture of a living being.

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider