Is Acting Haram?

is acting haram

Is acting haram? Acting is haram if it involves haram acts as defined by Islam such as nudity, dancing, and music. It is permissible if the acting is done to make halal movies to promote Islam.

Voice acting is halal for both men and women as long as they do not copy animals or each sex does not imitate the other sex and does not discuss or promote haram topics.

Is Acting Haram?

Is Acting Haram?

There is a dispute between scholars. Some say that acting is totally prohibited and haram in Islam but others allow acting.

Furthermore, if the movie promotes Kufr (disbelief), gay rights, or other prohibited topics, then acting in it is haram.

We need to understand that commercial movies and TV acting that involves music, dance, nudity or any other form of the haram act is haram or prohibited by all scholars.

The dispute is when we talk about the biographies and no haram acts involved in it and some biographies can also be Islamic promoting Islam in which case it’s allowed.

The type of performance considered halal is that which is done by two or more people in front of a group of others, using actions and conversation, to teach that group something about Islamic worship or principles.

Muslims should take care of the following things if they are into acting:

  • Avoiding men assuming female roles and vice versa. Avoiding portraying unseen beings such as angels.
  • Avoid playing the role of someone who mocks Allah, His signs, and His Messenger.
  • Avoid playing any part that requires haram words, such as lying or backbiting.
  • Avoid acting any acts of worship such as wudu or prayer in an incorrect manner.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“Praise be to Allaah the Lord of the Worlds. There is no doubt that calling people to Allaah (da’wah) is an act of worship”


Quran says:

“Invite ˹all˺ to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and kind advice, and only debate with them in the best manner. Surely your Lord ˹alone˺ knows best who has strayed from His Way and who is ˹rightly˺ guided.”

[Quran 16:125]

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Why is Acting Considered Haram?

All commercial acting that does not promote the message of Islam and involves haram acts is considered haram. Acting in movies or TV serials that promote any unIslamic thoughts will be prohibited.

Acting is considered haram when it’s promoting disbelief in Allah and Islam or the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Acting will be considered haram when it promotes gays and lesbianism.

Acting is also prohibited when it promotes dancing, nudity, and music all the things Islam considers haram.

Lastly, acting is prohibited cause it opens up the doors to more sins like fornication.

Is Voice Acting Haram?

Voice acting is considered halal as far as nothing haram is getting promoted.

A man, for example, cannot do voice-acting jobs that include promoting illegal or prohibited activities. Furthermore, a man cannot work as a voice actor and impersonate animals or women.

Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) cursed those men who are effeminate, and women who imitate men.

Another narration is: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) cursed men who copy women and cursed women who copy men.

[Riyad as-Salihin 1631]

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Is Acting Halal For Women?

As long as her role is clean and free of all forms of obscenity, nudity, etc., and conforms to Islam’s ethical guidelines for male and female interaction, a Muslim woman may act in a drama.

As a result, let us not hurry to condemn women who use the media to spread constructive and ethical ideas or to promote the virtues and beauty of Islam.

However, the commercial acting which is widespread these days is totally haram for Muslim women as well as men.

Is Entertainment Haram In Islam?

It is not permitted if too much time is given to performances to the point where it interferes with greater Islamic goals and diverts believers’ focus away from God’s devotion.

Entertainment can only be allowed in Islam if Muslims are getting Islamic knowledge and it also promotes health. Any entertainment that involves haram acts is totally prohibited.

Is Cinema Haram In Islam?

Cinema is only designed to provide false pleasures and take you away from reality into a world of dreams. Cinema is haram if it is based on worldly pleasures and involves haram deeds.

However, cinema can only be halal if the act is Islamic and promotes Islam, and individuals may gain religious benefits from it.

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Final Thoughts

Acting that is commercial and widespread these days is totally prohibited and haram. However, if the act is done for Islamic promotion or the act does not involve any haram act and does not involve dance, music, or nudity then it might be considered halal.

It’s highly suggested to avoid any acting as there is a thin line between a halal act and a haram one. It is important for a Muslim to make sure there is no haram activity involved and that it does not degrade Islamic rulings in any way.

And Allah Knows Best.

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