Q: Recently, the phenomenon of selling stuffed animals and birds has become widespread. Therefore, we request Your Eminence, after reviewing this issue, to provide me with a Fatwa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) on the ruling of owning stuffed animals and birds. What is the ruling on selling such stuffed animals and birds? Is there a difference between the animals that are prohibited to own while alive and those allowed to own while alive with regard to their being stuffed? What should one do with regard to this phenomenon?
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Owning stuffed birds and animals whether they are prohibited or not to own while alive is a waste of money, extravagance and misuse of money in stuffing such animals and birds. Allah prohibited extravagance and the Prophet (peace be upon him) also prohibited the waste of money. Owning such stuffed birds and animals is a means of having pictures of the living creatures. Hanging and setting up such stuffed animals and birds is unlawful, and therefore, it is not lawful to sell them or own them. Furthermore, it is the duty of the Muhtasib (an officer who undertakes the duty of Hisbah i.e. Regulation of economic, commercial, and public matters) to explain to people that it is prohibited to own such stuffed animals and birds and he should stop the phenomenon of trading in them in stores.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.