Praise be to Allaah.
The Sahaabah have a high status in Islam, because they were
the contemporaries of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him); they fulfilled the duty of supporting him and being
loyal to him, and they strove for the sake of Allaah with their efforts,
their wealth and their selves. Hence the scholars are agreed that they are
the elite and the best of this ummah, and that Allaah gave them the honour
of being the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him). He praised them in His Book when He said
(interpretation of the meaning):
“Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah. And those who are
with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You
see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking Bounty from
Allaah and (His) Good Pleasure. The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on
their faces (foreheads) from the traces of prostration (during
And the Messenger of
Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) praised them when he
said: “The best of my ummah is my generation, then those who come after
them, then those who come after them.” (al-Bukhaari, 3650; Muslim, 2535)
The Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) warned against belittling them, mocking
them or insulting them when he said: “Whoever insults my companions, the
curse of Allaah, the angels and all of mankind will be upon him.” (al-Silsilah
Portraying any one of them on stage or on the screen is
contrary to this praise from Allaah, and is detrimental to the high status
and honour which Allaah has bestowed upon them. That is because representing
any one of them in this fashion exposes them to mockery and ridicule. Actors
are usually people who have no room for righteousness, piety and Islamic
morals in their lives. Moreover those who put on plays are doing that as a
means to earn money, and no matter how much they try to avoid it, it will
involve some lying and backbiting.
Representing the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them)
has an effect on their status in the hearts and minds of the Muslims, and
paves the way for Muslims to doubt their religion. It also necessarily
implies that one of the actors will play the role of Abu Jahl or one of his
ilk among the kuffaar, and he will have to utter words insulting Bilaal, and
insulting the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and
the message of Islam that he brought. Undoubtedly this is a great evil.
What is said about this serving the interest of calling
people to Islam and spreading noble Islamic morals and etiquette is simply
an assumption and wishful thinking. Whoever knows the real nature and aims
of actors will realize that this kind of acting is in sharp contrast to the
real nature of the actors and their audience.
One of the basic principles in Islamic sharee’ah is that if a
matter both serves an interest and does some harm, if the bad outweighs the
good then it is haraam. Representing the Sahaabah may serve some interest
but the harm done by this is far greater than any good that might be
So in order to protect those interests and ward off the harm,
and to preserve the honorable status of the companions of the Messenger of
Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), we must not allow
Based on the above, it is haraam to represent any of the
companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
in movies or plays etc.
And Allaah knows best. May Allaah send blessings and peace
upon our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions.
Al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, in Majallah al-Buhooth al-Islamiyyah, 1/223-248.