First of all we would like to stress that Islam does not go against beautiful art. On the contrary, it always encourages art that agrees with pure human nature. Art is an effective tool that can be placed at the head of the good deeds in our world only if it is perfectly used. That is why Muslims should not ignore this field, leaving it to enemies of religion and humanity.

Movies, plays, entertainment programs and artistic works are permissible as long as they do not present, as we see today, what is contrary to Islamic teachings. Movies that provoke vices and Fitnah (temptation) are prohibited.

Regarding the issue at hand, the prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Muhammad IqbalNadvi, a Former Professor at King Saud University, Riyad, Saudi Arabia, stated:

Movies are not haram due to them being movies, but rather due to the message they give. The message could be good or bad, and according to this, the status of watching or participating in movies will be good or bad. However, most of the movies today contain contaminated messages.

Almighty Allah says, “Indeed those who love (to see) scandal published broadcast among the Believers, will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: Allah knows, and ye know not.”(An-Nur 19).

He also says, “But there are, among men, those who purchase idle tales, without knowledge (or meaning), to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah and throw ridicule (on the Path): for such there will be a humiliating Penalty.” (Luqman 6)

Those verses do not name movies, but when it becomes a source of evil then it comes under what the verses are talking about and the warning covers the people of that act as well.”