Supernatural Characters in Games and Movies
Fatwa No: 447490

Question

Salaam,I've read in one of your fatwas that reading about characters with fictional superpowers is permissible as long as those powers aren't divine - is this just restricted to raising the dead, seeing the future and creating out of nothing or is there more to it? Also what if the powers involve creating something from a limited source, not out of nothing (e.g ice from producing liquid nitrogen or using body fats to make something tangible). Also, if something has indecent images but those images can be censored so you don't see them, is that okay?

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.

Supernatural characters in games and movies are prohibited if they include the claim of divinity and the characteristics of Godliness, such as resurrecting the dead and the claim of the absolute knowledge of the unseen, and so on.

What you mentioned by saying: “e.g., ice from producing liquid nitrogen or using body fats to make something tangible”, is apparently not forbidden.

As for inappropriate images: then if it is possible to prevent them so that they do not appear completely in the game, then it does not appear that playing the game is prohibited in this case, because the meaning for which it is forbidden to play is removed, which is looking at the forbidden images. Nonetheless, it is better to avoid playing with such games at all, so that the player will not be drawn into showing forbidden pictures and looking at them.

Allah Knows best.

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