Question 63: Some of the typographic workers print the Basmalah (“Bismillaah Al-Rahmaan, Al-Raheem [In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful]”) in the shape of an ostrich or other shapes. What is the ruling on this? Please present your direction and advice regarding this. May Allaah reward you with the best!
Answer: The act described in the question, which is writing the Basmallaah or other invocations in the shape of an ostrich or other birds is Munkar (unacceptable or disapproved of by Islaamic law and Muslims of sound intellect), for it involves disparagement of Allaah (Glorified be He). Therefore, it should not be condoned, nor should one keep silent about it for a number of reasons... read more here.