Can i Keep mannequins in my workshop to drape them and take pictures to display on internet
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I do handembroidery work (zardosi) on cloth for Salwar kameez and saris. Can i Keep mannequins in my workshop to drape them and take pictures to display on internet and show to my clients.
Can muslims keep mannequins in their shops to display clothes. I will be obliged for replying soon as i am considering of buying a mannequin for my workshop.
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Such is the abhorrence of the unforgivable and most grievous crime of ‘shirk’ in Islam that all types of idols, statues, sculptures, portraits or drawings of animate objects, etc. are absolutely forbidden in Shariah Law.
Because a ‘mannequin’ is in reality a figure or sculpture of a human being, the vast majority of the scholars have cautioned the believers to fear Allah and His Wrath, and stay away from making or using it. Some scholars have reluctantly permitted its usage, provided the ‘mannequins’ do not have faces and their display is not indecent. And Allah Alone Knows Best.
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