Depicting Companions in Movies: Allowed?

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As-salamu `alaykum. We heard that a TV channel is going to show a TV series in next Ramadan depicting some Companions like the first Caliph Abu Bakr As-Siddiq and the second one, `Umar ibn Al-Khattab, and others (may Allah be pleased with them all). What is Shari`ah stance on that? Thanks.
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Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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Dear brother, thank you for your question that shows your interest to know the rulings of Islam and your care about the noble Companions (may Allah Almighty be pleased with them all).

First of all, it has to be known by every Muslim that loving and respecting the Companions are major features of Islam. Hence, a good Muslim cannot but show great love and respect for them all.

That was, also, the recommendation of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) who said, “Oh! Fear Allah regarding my Companions. Don’t target them (with evil) after me (my death). Whoever loves them, that’s because of his love to me, and whoever dislikes them, that is because of hating me. Whoever harms them, he would harm me, and whoever harms me, he would harm Allah Almighty, and whoever harms Allah, He would take him (by torture).” (Ahmad from `Abdullah ibn Mughaffal Al-Muzani)

As for depicting the Companions in movies or TV series, it is not permissible, as stated by many Fiqhi Councils and Committees, as this would diminish the respect of those Companions in People’s hearts.

It is known that depicting a character in works such as movies, plays, or TV series is influenced a lot by the actor who plays the role. So, the respect of the Companions will be, somehow, weakened, especially if the audience’s background regarding the actor is not good.

Responding to your question, Dr. Hatem Al-Hajj, Dean of Shari`ah Academy of America, stated,

The depiction of those honorable Companions, particularly the ten who are promised with Paradise, has been prohibited by several fatwa counsels and scores of scholars. That is what I believe to be the stance of Shari`ah.

Allah Almighty knows best.