Cartoons Get a Fatwa From Islamists

Clerics deem all animation against the religion

An Islamic seminary school in India has issued a decree against cartoons, calling them contrary to the religion.

The Darul Uloom in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, which is known for its fatwas, said that as cartoons are pictures, watching them on TV would be against Islam, according to the Deccan Herald newspaper.

“(A) cartoon is a picture. Besides, it is not for the children. It should not be watched,” said senior cleric Arif Qasmi in answer to a question from a Pakistani.

According to some of the strictest interpretations of Islamic law, the religion bans visual representation of all living beings as imitation of God’s creation, and several clerics agreed with the Darul Uloom’s edict.

However a number of others, including the All India Muslim Personal Law board, criticized the fatwa. According to board member Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali: “I don’t think the muftis who issued the fatwa have any knowledge of the subject or have applied their mind to understanding the art of cartoons at all.”

Darul Uloom, which contains a department dedicated to issuing fatwas, has in the past opposed the use of perfumes with alcohol, jeans and tattoos.

No word on what the Darul Uloom thinks of computer-generated imagery.

More TV

  • Netflix

    Nielsen Says It Will Measure Audiences for TV Episodes That Stream Via Netflix

    An Islamic seminary school in India has issued a decree against cartoons, calling them contrary to the religion. The Darul Uloom in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, which is known for its fatwas, said that as cartoons are pictures, watching them on TV would be against Islam, according to the Deccan Herald newspaper. “(A) cartoon is a […]

  • The ruins of Machu Pichu are

    Mipcom in Brief: Tencent is Blue, FilmRise is Singing and AMC is Sinning

    An Islamic seminary school in India has issued a decree against cartoons, calling them contrary to the religion. The Darul Uloom in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, which is known for its fatwas, said that as cartoons are pictures, watching them on TV would be against Islam, according to the Deccan Herald newspaper. “(A) cartoon is a […]

  • Mipcom: RTVE's Clan Eyes U.S. Hispanic

    Mipcom: RTVE's Clan Eyes U.S. Hispanic Market

    An Islamic seminary school in India has issued a decree against cartoons, calling them contrary to the religion. The Darul Uloom in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, which is known for its fatwas, said that as cartoons are pictures, watching them on TV would be against Islam, according to the Deccan Herald newspaper. “(A) cartoon is a […]

  • Mipcom: Beta Film, Neuesuper Team for

    Mipcom: Beta Film, Neuesuper Team for ’Hamburg Hustling’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    An Islamic seminary school in India has issued a decree against cartoons, calling them contrary to the religion. The Darul Uloom in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, which is known for its fatwas, said that as cartoons are pictures, watching them on TV would be against Islam, according to the Deccan Herald newspaper. “(A) cartoon is a […]

  • BBC and ITV's U.S. Streaming Service

    BBC and ITV's U.S. Streaming Service BritBox Buys FremantleMedia Package

    An Islamic seminary school in India has issued a decree against cartoons, calling them contrary to the religion. The Darul Uloom in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, which is known for its fatwas, said that as cartoons are pictures, watching them on TV would be against Islam, according to the Deccan Herald newspaper. “(A) cartoon is a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content