Watching cartoons which show magic and trickery

Reference: Sharh ‘Umdatil-Fiqh – Tape No.7, Question No.38

Question: Is it permissible to watch cartoons which show magic, trickery and magic games?

Response: It is not permissible to watch magic and trickery. [That is] not permissible, whether it is a cartoon or other than that. It is prohibited, because [doing so] is a display of acceptance for that which is detested, and this is not allowed. It is imperative that [watching magic] be detested and prevented [to the best of one’s ability].

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.