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Is it halal in Islam to use software with images of animals like Firefox web browser or Thunderbird?

There are also some software components named after other religions' symbols or even gods - Pantheon desktop, Cerbere, Apollo, Pandora, etc. or some evil named software like Bluedevil.

What does our Sharia say about using them?

  • It is forbidden to use any browser that isn't Internet Explorer 5. On a serious note, I doubt this question was ever asked before. – user12537 Jun 24 '15 at 14:05
  • why do you think it is haram ? you know everything is halal by default – Zia Jun 24 '15 at 14:17
  • Fox image - that's what puts me in doubt. – Muzaffar Jun 24 '15 at 14:28
  • What's so bad about a fox image? It's just an image. And how could Sharia possibly talk about it, not like browsers existed back in the day. – user921 Jun 24 '15 at 15:02
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    The currency in your pocket and bank has images of living creatures too. Is using that halal? – Farhan Jun 24 '15 at 18:30
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Think about what would make the Firefox logo completely unacceptable in all societies. Imagine a logo that would make people close the browser and uninstall it right away. Imagine a logo that sends a message to use the browser as a tool for every wrong thing imaginable. Imagine a logo that means violence, corruption and anarchy.

Now ask yourself if the above mentioned logo ideas will prove to be halal or haraam. Are they acceptable in any society and social circle?Maybe yes in some rare occasion, but mostly, no.

You must understand that there are things far worse than a fox logo. Much worse and for many people, unimaginable and horrendously creative. Firefox logo is not that.

Please note that what you do with Firefox is more important to judge compared to the analogy of logo that firefox uses at this time. You can be doing nice things or you can be doing bad things.

The current firefox logo is not that offensive. Think about Android and Linux's Tux.

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For reference, here's the Firefox logo:

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Even stricter scholars don't include "incomplete images" as haram, e.g., Islam Q&A wrote:

It seems that images which do not have complete features, which do not have a nose or eyes, are not included under the heading of haraam images, and the ones who make them are not included in this warning, because they cannot truly be said to be images, and these images do not imply imitating the creation of Allaah.

In fact, IslamWeb was indeed asked about the Firefox logo (among other logos). Relevant here is:

Firstly, if the image of a face is without a body, it is not included under the prohibited images. Ibn Qudaamah may Allaah have mercy upon him wrote, "The same applies to incomplete images, such as the image of a body without a head, or a head without a body, or an animal's head attached to the body of a non-animal; this is not included in the prohibited images because it is not the image of an animal." [Al-Mughni]

Secondly, there is no harm with the images of animals that are defaced in such manner that their features are unclear. This applies to the bird in the Twitter logo. Ibn Nujaym may Allaah have mercy upon him said, "...likewise, if the image is defaced, it is the same as the image without a head." [Al-Bahr Ar-Raa'iq]

These apply to the Firefox logo. As for other logos, the IslamWeb fatwa describes a logo containing a cross.

If a Muslim cannot remove this cross and there is a necessity or need to use the item bearing its image, then we hope that there would be no harm in using it, following the view of the scholars who held that it is disliked (not prohibited). Some scholars held that it is allowed to use the legal concession in the case of need in order to ward off hardship.

In the context of money with images, Islam Q&A write the problem is so widespread and there is a real need to use it. At some point we have to draw the line, in order to have a functional life. Likewise for logos.

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