Movies about Islam - Is it Permissible to Watch These?
  • Question:

    Is it permissible to watch films based on Islam where actors play the role of Companions of Prophet? The contents I believe are authentic.

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    This is a matter of controversy where there is valid difference of opinion due to interpretation of source texts. Our position is that you may watch such documentaries provided the following conditions are met:

    • The objects filmed or seen are not obscene or lewd.
    • The objects filmed or watched should not be with the intent of veneration or worship.
    • While filming or viewing such documentary films, the intention should never be to liken or resemble Allah’s matchless ability ‘to create’.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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