Dolls
Question :

What is the law on dolls for girls?

Answer :

It is permissible to acquire them, but it is prohibited to manufacture them.

Snowman
Question :

Is the making of a snowman allowed?

Answer :

No, it is not permissible.

Monuments
Question :

Is it allowed to build monuments to individuals according to the Sharia?

Answer :

It is not permissible.

Fictional Creatures
Question :

Is it permissible to create images of imaginary and fictional creatures, which do not exist in reality? What about creatures which do exist but when have never seen, such as angels?

Answer :

If they are in the form of humans and animals, then it is prohibited to make them.

Art Classes
Question :

In non-Muslim countries, schools require children to attend art class in which it is necessary to draw living things. What is the duty of parents in such cases?

Answer :

It is not permissible to draw the picture of humans and animals. The parents should advise their children to refrain from committing sins. They should suggest for their children to draw pictures of trees, livers and other natural views.

Photgraphy
Question :

I am a professional photographer. Can I take photographs of women and men in wedding ceremonies where women wear traditional clothes (not proper Hijab) and there is mix gathering, but there is no chance of me falling into a sin and there is no alcohol served there? Would the income from this be lawful? Is photography of women by itself prohibited? Can I employ a woman who does the photography so that I do not have to go the mix gathering?

Answer :

Taking photographs is a permissible profession. You can also take photographs in mixed gathering such as weddings where women are not observing Hijab, but it is prohibited to look at non-Mahram women with lust. Having said that, women must wear the Hijab in the presence of non-Mahram men even in wedding ceremonies. Observing Hijab is obligatory on the woman in any place in the presence of non-Mahram men, even at her own house.
It is better to hire a woman to do the photography in such cases.

Palmist
Question :

Is it true that if a person goes to a palmist (for hand reading) such person’s dua is not answered for 40 days? If yes, what is the kaffara for it. What is the ruling for going there in the first place?

Answer :

It is not permissible to visit such people or believe in their information. Believing them is one of the great sins. It does not have a Kaffara. One should seek the forgiveness of Almighty Allah when he commits such a sin.

Astrology
Question :

Is it forbidden to learn Ilm-ul-Nujoom (Astrology) in Islam?

Answer :

Learning astrology is permissible, but depending on it in informing about metaphysical matters is prohibited.

Drawing Cartoons of People
Question :

Is it permissible to draw people from Islamic history and also the 14 Infallibles, without their faces, as cartoons for the purpose of Islamic books for children?

Answer :

The said is permissible, although hand drawing of figures that have life is prohibited, but it is permissible to do so via the computer.

Numerology
Question :

If after marriage a numerologist says that both the husband and wife are not suitable for each other and there will be lot of problems in their lives, do we believe it or not? Is numerology true?

Answer :

It is not permissible to believe in metaphysical information through depending on such means, nor is it permissible - for the informer - to tell them with certainty.

Ilm-e-Jufar
Question :

Can I rely on "Ilm-e-Jufar" and "Ilm-e-Adad" to make my life decisions?

Answer :

It is not permissible to inform others of information from such sources in a sure way, nor is it permissible to believe in information derived in such a way, and we advise you to avoid such issues.

Spirits of Past Relatives
Question :

Is it permissible to conduct or summon spirits of our past relatives, considering it is done through the Quran?

Answer :

The mentioned act is permissible by itself, but it is not permissible to believe in the information that can be retrieved by such ways. It is probable that the contact made by such ways is not with the intended spirits, but one could be a victim of the mischief of the devils and jinn so we warn from such things.

Ilm Raml
Question :

Is Ilm Raml and Ilm Hisab permissible in the school of the Ahlul-Bayt?

Answer :

Learning and teaching such knowledge is not prohibited, but believing in its result and implementing them is prohibited.

Soothsayers
Question :

What is the position of soothsayers who predict the future?

Answer :

They are not allowed to inform about metaphysical issues with certainty based on their sources; also they should not be believed.

Photography
Question :

Is taking a photograph, having or displaying it forbidden?

Answer :

No, it is permissible.

Painting
Question :

I had a painting of myself done couple of weeks ago by another student. Do you think that it is against the religion to have something like that done for oneself?

Answer :

In general, painting of live things is prohibited but owning the painting is not prohibited.
As for the student who made the painting, his action is not prohibited since he did not know the verdict.

Rulings of Tawseer
Question :

I wish to know the ruling on Tasweer (picture/image making) in two dimensions and three dimensions?

Answer :

It is prohibited to make images of live creatures. Jurists mentioned lots of narrated texts on this particular issue in their derivation books.

Using Razors by females
Question :

Is it permissible for females to use razor blades to shave their body hair?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible.

Grwoing a Breard
Question :

Is it compulsory to grow a beard in Islam? Did any of our 12 Imams emphasize on growing a beard?

Answer :

It is prohibited to shave the beard, and there are narrations from the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) that state this.

The Length of the Beard
Question :

What does Islamic Sharia say about the beard and about its length?

Answer :

It is obligatory to leave a small amount of hair in such a way that the person is regarded as having beard. Other than that it is not mandatory.