Masks of animals and lions

Question 377: Praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Final Prophet.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ has read what was submitted to His Eminence the Grand Muftee by the Assistant Director of the Center of Da`wah and Guidance in Jeddah, which was referred to the Committee by the Secretariat General of the Council of Senior Scholars, numbered 2886, dated 18/6/1416 A.H. The question reads as follows:

A Muslim brother asked for a Fatwa concerning what has spread in the markets of Jeddah nowadays, which is importing plastic masks worn on the head, made in the form of ferocious animals’ heads. When a person wears them, they look like a wolf, a monkey, or a lion in the body of a human being. These masks are worn on the occasion of a Christian festival, in which people wear masks and congratulate each other. These masks have spread nowadays, as they are highly popular on this occasion.

Please advise concerning this, as people need to know the ruling on this, whether it is related to the festival or not, so that this Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islaamic law and Muslims of sound intellect) which is sought by some corrupt people can be abolished.

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.