Is It Permissible to Do Face Painting?
Fatwa No: 461308

Question

As salaam alaikum. At a lot of Islamic charity events, they have face painting stalls to raise money for charity. I want to know if face painting is allowed?

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.

If this act does not involve painting a living being, and it is not feared that this material used in drawing will harm the faces of these children, then there is nothing wrong with that –Allah willing.

However, if it includes any of these Islamic prohibitions, then it is not permissible.

Drawing living being is forbidden whether the pictures are represented in real form [of the object] or drawn on something.

Ibn Abbas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: "I heard the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) saying: “Image-makers will be in Hellfire, for every image they made, Allah will create a soul that will keep on punishing them in Hellfire." Ibn ‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, added “If you must do so, then paint images of trees and inanimate objects.” [Muslim]

Anything that causes harm is Islamically prohibited. Ibn Abbas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him also narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “There should be no harm nor reciprocal harm.

Allah knows best.

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