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Is acting, modeling allowed?

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I am still doing my secondary education and i still haven`t thought of an occupation for the future...
I am a male.
Is it permittable for me to get in the entertainment industry, be it acting, 3D effects in movies, director of a movie, producer etc.
Acting, as long as not wearing clothes which are haram or not involving women, like dancing or movie-like things...

Secondly, is it haram to do modelling, for guys as long as they don`t wear revealing clothes...
Lastly, can guys fashion design clothes, for women even if the clothes are revealing?

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Is acting, modeling allowed?


In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Q-1: Is it permittable for me to get in the entertainment industry, be it acting, 3D effects in movies, director of a movie, producer etc.
Acting in movies or theaters, directing, producing, or applying the knowledge of technology in movie making in itself are not forbidden in Islam, provided one uses his skills for spreading good ideas and knowledge and stays within the boundaries laid down by Allah and His Messenger (saws).

 

But if one takes on acting, or directing, or producing the movies which condone fahesha (indecency), or lies, or evil, etc.; it would indeed be a sin in the sight of Allah Subhanah.

 

Q-2: Secondly, is it haram to do modelling, for guys as long as they don`t wear revealing clothes...
Wearing and displaying clothes that would encourage its sale, or modeling, in itself is not forbidden in Islam, provided the person:

  1. does not display his satr (from his navel to his knees inclusive)
  2. does not wear clothes that copy women clothing
  3. does not display arrogance
  4. does not copy a pagan culture or people

 

If one is able to model the clothes and stay within the boundaries of Shariah, there is no harm.

 

But if one takes the modern term modelling to mean trying to sell clothes, and walk down catwalks with half-naked women by his sidethat would be considered absolutely impermissible in Islam.

 

Q-3: Lastly, can guys fashion design clothes, for women even if the clothes are revealing?
There is no harm if men design or sell women clothes, even if they are revealing; for it is absolutely permissible for the women to wear revealing clothes in the presence of her husband. If the woman decides to wear revealing clothes in public, the burden of sin is upon her; not the designer.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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