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Is keeping action figures at home permissible in Islam?

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On 2/19/2022 at 1:55 AM, AliNaqiKhoso said:


I wanted to buy a action figure as decoration/show-piece. But I was wondering if I was allowed to do that. Will that be counted as shirk? I am not worshipping that thing so/but I just wanted to be sure.



Here's the view of Ayatollah Khamenei according to http://ijtihadnet.com


It is permissible, in all cases, to shape and sculpt animal or human figures and so is buying, selling, and possessing or keeping them in one’s house [6].

[Ayatollah Khameini, Ajwabah al istiftaat, question number 1222 to 1229]

Here's the view of Ayatollah Sistani according to the same website:


To buy or sell a 3D shape of an animal or human and to possess it or keep in one’s house is allowed, although detested (makrūh) [5].

[Minhaaj al Saleheen of Ayatollah Sistani, volume 2, page 12, rule 18]

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has a different opinion, according to the same website:


Sculpting 3D shapes of animals or humans is not permissible based on obligatory precaution and this rule is applicable to buying, selling, and possessing or keeping them in one’s house [7].

[Ayatollah Makarim Shirazi, Tawzih al-Masail, rule number 1763]

So you can see that Ayatollah Khamenei completely allows it, Ayatollah Sistani allows it although it is makruh, and Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi completely forbids it.

It just depends on which Marja you follow.



Having noted the rulings of the three aforementioned scholars in relation to ‘modelling’, the followers of Ayatollah Sistani and Ayatollah Makarim, for whom there is an obligatory precaution to refrain from modelling, can refer to the next most learned scholar and act according to the his rule, so that it does not cause any unnecessary hardship.

From http://ijtihadnet.com/ruling-snowmen-dolls-action-figures-plasticine-modeling/

May Allah bless you and give you Jannat al-Firdaus.


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