In this hadith, Aisha is said to play with dolls:

A'ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, narrated that she used to play with dolls in the presence of the Prophet, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam, and that her friends also used to play with her. When the Prophet, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam, would enter (her dwelling place), they used to hide, but the Prophet, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam, would call them to join and play with her. (Fath Al-Bari, page 143, Vol.13)

According to Al-Khattabi and Ibn Battal, this meant that Aisha didn't hit puberty, since dolls were considered idols:

Ibn Battaal may Allaah have mercy upon him commented on this hadeeth, saying, “The hadeeth indicates that the toys that young girls play with are allowed, meaning dolls, which are essentially statues. We do not find an interpretation for this concession except that it is granted to young children for playing with.” [Sharh Saheeh Al-Bukhari]

Al-Khattabi commented on this hadeeth, saying, ‘It is deduced from this hadeeth that playing with dolls is not like the amusement with other images concerning which the threat of punishment is mentioned. Rather, it was deemed permissible for ʻAa'ishah to play with these dolls because she had not yet reached puberty then.’ (Source)

Is this a general rule (playing with dolls is idol worship before puberty)? If so, please name the scholars. I have been told there are other scholars who claim that there was an exception for Aisha. Who are these scholars in question.

  • Where did you get "dolls were considered idols" from or where did you get any relation to idol-worship from?
    – The Z
    Dec 18, 2022 at 2:21
  • Playing with dolls is obviously not idol worship. Idol worship is to perform acts of worship for an idol e.g. performing prostration or animal sacrifice in front of it or thinking that it is a god or represents a god. Images are haram in Islam even if they are not idols. However there are exceptions where some images are permissible and this includes dolls. Some scholars hold that the exception only exists for minors while others hold that it also applies to young adults who might benefit from them. This is already addressed in your linked fatwa of islamweb.
    – UmH
    May 15 at 8:57


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