Film, also called movie or motion picture, is a visual art-form used to simulate experiences that communicate ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty or atmosphere, by the means of recorded or programmed moving images, along with sound (and more rarely) other sensory stimulations. The word "cinema", short for cinematography, is often used to refer to filmmaking and the film industry, and to the art form that is the result of it.
The moving images of a film are created by photographing actual scenes with a motion-picture camera, by photographing drawings or miniature models using traditional animation techniques, by means of CGI and computer animation, or by a combination of some or all of these techniques, and other visual effects.


Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 6 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Yes, it is permissible to watch movies, or series, or TV in general, for both men and women, as long as it does not entail anything haram. 

Of course, what is meant by entailing haram, or even spiritually bad/immoral, are things like haram lust, haram gaze. Also, being negatively influenced is another important thing to always keep in mind. We can see how damaging this cultural invasion is, systematically making the world desensitised towards certain unethical practises. 

This is why we can see that our esteemed jurists have at times prohibited the watching of programs or series coming from certain countries with bad agendas and subliminal messages. 

It is a matter of not just being religiously responsible, but also alert and aware of not becoming negatively influenced or change our Islamic mindset due to being "brainwashed" by constant viewing of negative propaganda. 

Another point I would like to add is moderation. No need for "binging-viewing". Balance your free time, with various activities, and your priority should always be that you are healthy, physically, spiritually and mentally. 

With prayers for your success. 


Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

If the place is made for sinful acts, Muslim must avoid places made for sinful acts. If the place was made for general amusement, not only sinful, then it will be allowed as far as the gathering itself does not include sinful acts like sinful music or songs or dance, etc.



Seyed Ali Shobayri, Seyed Ali Shobayri is of mixed Iranian and Scottish descent who found the path of the Ahlul Bayt (a) by his own research. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University through the... Answered 1 year ago


Asalamu Alaykom, 

One should be careful as this industry is one full of corruption and things which contradict Islam. Many movies contain roles which wouldn’t be suitable for Muslims . If however there are specific films which wouldn’t contradict Islamic values then this isn’t an issue to participate in them. 

 Choosing such a career could put one into some unwanted situations so one should try to assess the situations accordingly. 

May Allah grant you success