Using headless female mannequins to display sexy clothes

Question 376: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Prophet after whom there will be no other.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ reviewed the letter submitted to His Eminence the Muftee by the head of the Cooperative Office for Da‘wah and Guidance in Mudhannab, which was referred to the committee by the Secretariat-General of the Council of Senior Scholars, no. 675, dated 10/2/1416 A.H., in which the questioner sent the following question:

There is a frequently asked question now, especially by people in business, about the headless female mannequins that are used by store owners to display women’s clothing. It has been observed that this may arouse Fitnah (temptation) among young men, due to exposure to the female form, such as the breasts and waist. What is your opinion on this? Does the committee have the right to forbid these things? Please advise me and may Allaah reward you!


Answer: After studying the request for a Fatwaa’ (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar), the committee answered that if the situation is as mentioned, then making these female mannequins and using them are Haraam (prohibited), as they are a cause of Fitnah due to being models of the female body and showing its attractions. It is also a means that may lead to using full images. It is, therefore, obligatory to forbid the use of these models in stores... read more here.