Designing Games with Animated Characters
Fatwa No: 402529

  • Fatwa Date:27-8-2019 - Thul-Hijjah 26, 1440
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Question

Assalamu Alaikum
Iam planning to make a mobile game for childs as well as adults. I want to know that can i go with the development
for this game.Is it halal or haram? Theme for this game is, a boy is traveling to find a tresure.
Actually the tresure in this game is a box which contains some books which will reveal and find at
the end of the game. The game will not contain any type of music but it contains some sounds like footsteps of the boy character,
choping woods, sound of winds, water, animals etc. Before finding the tresure the boy will help others throughout this
game like fishing, solving puzzles,cutting trees, feeding animals etc then they will help the boy to reach to the tresure.
iam very doubtful whether this game haram or not because its contains animated objects of living things like boy, animals and
other human characters etc. And also iam planning to contribute a part to the charity from the revenu generated by this game.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The view that we consider to be the predominant one is that it is permissible to make games and useful cartoon films that are free of Islamic violations, even if they include images of animate beings, especially if these images are not identical to the images of creatures as the scholars permitted this.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said:

These images are also not identical to the images on which Allah has created these depicted creatures, as evidenced by what is in front of me. So, the matter in this regard is easy.” [End of quote]

Therefore, if the problem about the game that you are asking about is the existence of images of living beings, then we hope that there is no sin in this and that the money earned from them is lawful.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 351178, 310936, 95009, and 235513.

Allah knows best.

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