What is the ruling on writing the Exalted Name (Allaah) over the back of cars?

Question 68: Some calligraphers write the Exalted Name of Allaah on the back of the cars which are bound to get covered with dirt. Please give us a Fatwa on that so that we may know the truth.

Answer: It is not permissible for calligraphers, painters or others to write the Exalted Name of Allaah or one of His Magnificent Names and Attributes on the back of the car or whatsoever. Similarly, the owner of the car is not permitted to do this under any pretext, such as decoration, seeking blessing, using it as a means of reminding and admonition, or for any other purposes the common or ignorant people may think of. This is an act of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) that has no origin in the Qur’aan or Sunnah, and Allaah did not prescribe it as an act of worship. Moreover, writing Qur’aan in this way involves insulting the Names and Attributes of Allaah and not keeping them away from inappropriate things. Perhaps, this leads the person to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) when he uses it as an amulet that brings about good and wards off evil merely by writing it... read more here.

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