Are NFTs halal?

Esseson Raphael
02 Jan 2022

Nothing is quite as it seems when you consider that a half-full cup is equally half-empty. When looking at NFT's halal status, we need to examine it from a Shariah perspective.

According to Shariah, only Shariah-compliant art, such as calligraphy or depictions of inanimate objects, landscapes, or abstract events, is acceptable. An investment or creation of non-Shariah-compliant art would not be allowed under this policy. Scholars disagree on whether or not animation art is art at all. Some experts believe that animate art that depicts every animate aspect is in violation of Taswir's injunction and should be avoided (picture making). In contrast to other scholars, the Tasweer restriction does not include digital animated visuals and art. Statues and 3D animated things, on the other hand, are exempt from this limitation.

As a result, no NFT artwork should not depict:

  • Anything forbidden to see in Shariah
  • A vice or a prohibited substance or object
  • Anything sacred in Shariah that it is forbidden to depict, such as Allah, the Prophets, etc.
  • Other people's ridicule or disfigurement
  • Parts and regions that Shariah requires to be covered and obscured

As NFTs become more widely used, more information on their various applications will become available. Shariah-compliant non-fungibles, such as those that enhance people's present selves and future selves, will be of particular interest and benefit. This is the pinnacle of NFT performance, and Shariah-compliant investments should be made there. Squandering Allah's blessings by making investments in pointless or objectionable ventures can be considered a form of wasting.

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