Question 24: Precious metals shops are banned from exhibiting, selling or possessing with the aim of selling the following: crafts engraved with Aayaahs (Qur’aanic verses) or pictures conflicting with the principles of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law).
I would like that Your Eminence inform me about the ruling on selling, buying or exhibiting:
1- Crafts engraved with Allaah’s Glorified Name or such names as `Abdul-Rahmaan, `Abdullaah or the like.
2- Crafts symbolizing signs of the Zodiac such as Aries, Scorpio, Libra, etc engraved or three-dimensional. What is the ruling on wearing them while offering Salaah (Prayer)?
3- Crafts representing busts only.
4- Gold coins added to some jewelry which contain a profile of a man such as George or others.
5- Star of David, Cross, or any Jewish or Christian symbol.
6- Men’s gold rings which shop owners claim they do not sell to Muslims.
Please, bear in mind that your Fatwaa will help us, Trade Ministry inspectors, remove such unlawful items from gold markets In-shaa’-Allaah (if Allaah wills). We ask Allaah to make you among those who will lead a long life, perform good deeds, and benefit the Ummah with your knowledge!
Answe: First, Metals and stones may not be engraved with Aayaahs and the Glorified Name of Allaah, for by doing so, Aayaahs are used for purposes other than what they are intended for and for fear that Aayaahs as well as Allaah’s Glorified Name may be exposed to desecration.
Second, Signs of the Zodiac can be traced back to Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance) which a Muslim must avoid. A Muslim must avoid anything that may revive such ideas pertaining to Jaahiliyyah; moreover, they are three-dimensional images of animate beings. Accordingly, jewelry may not be crafted to take such forms, which may neither be owned nor Salaah be offered while wearing them… read more here.