Are anime (cartoons) haram and what is the proof for it?
The Lajnah ad-Da’imah was asked the following question :
What is the ruling on watching and buying Islamic animated-cartoon movies, given that these movies present purposeful and beneficial stories for children which promote good character, dutifulness to parents, honesty, offering Salah (Prayer) regularly and the like. These animated movies are intended as good substitutes for television which has become widespread. However, the problem we face is related to the fact that such movies present hand-drawn pictures of humans and animals. Is it permissible to watch these animated cartoons? Please advise. May Allah reward you with the best!
It is not permissible to buy, sell or use cartoon movies, because they include Haram pictures. Raising children should be done in ways that are Islamically acceptable with regard to teaching, disciplining, encouraging them to offer Salah and taking good care of them.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
AbdulFattaah bin Uthman
The Ruling Of Viewing Cartoons For Children For Educational Purposes
Ash-Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, may Allah preserve him, was asked on the ruling of allowing the children to watch cartoon shows for educational purposes.
The Shaykh, may Allah preserve him, replied by saying:
“It is not permissible. It isn’t permissible to display cartoon shows for the children since it cultivates them upon evil matters and cultivates them to have love for pictures and love to make pictures and a legal verdict has been launched by the research committee of jurisprudence in Makkah some years ago with the prohibition of this affair, naam.” [Listen / Download]
And this is the opinion of Shaikh Saalih As-Suhaymee likewise as seen here.
AbdulFattaah Bin Uthman