Question 70: I often find clips of newspapers and magazines scattered in the streets and alleys in which the Name of Allaah or Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) are typed. Should I stop my car to gather these clips whenever I find them?
Answer: If you see some papers thrown in the street with the Name of Allaah or some Aayaat written on them, you should take them to a pure place or burn them... read more here.
Question 69: I own a series of stores in Khamis Mushait. We have printed our trade name, “The family of `Abdul-Rahmaan [the family of the slave of the Most Merciful]” on the plastic bags. However, a seeker of knowledge told us that this is not permissible as these bags might be thrown in unsuitable places. He also added that this is an act of Kufr (disbelief). All praise is due to Allaah, we did not mean to desecrate Allaah’s Name. On the contrary, we did this with good intentions as this has been our trade name since a long time ago. If this is an act of Kufr, we repent to Allaah from such an act.
We agreed to write to you seeking your opinion in this regard for we trust your knowledge.
Answer: You should change the trade name printed on the plastic bags because it includes one of the Exalted Names of Allaah which is Al-Rahmaan (the Most Merciful). Keeping the Name of Allaah as a trade name subjects it to desecration. It would be better for you to find another name that is free from this... read more here.
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.
Question 67: We want to prepare some school notebooks and write Aayat-ul-Kursee (the Qur’aanic Verse of Allaah’s Throne, Soorah Al-Baqarah, 2:255) or some Adkaar (invocations and remembrances said at certain times on a regular basis) on their covers. These notebooks will be sold to students. Is this permissible?
Answer: It is not permissible to write the Qur’aan in a way that exposes it to insult. Writing an Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) on the cover of school notebooks involves belittling the Qur’aan and exposing it to insult. These notebooks may be thrown away and end up in the trash or similar bad actions. Thus, it is not permissible for you to do so... read more here.
Question 66: I enclosed for Your Honor a clipping from a newspaper called Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah published last week. I noticed that one of the owners of a supermarket in Jeddah advertised the opening of a new branch by quoting an Aayah (Qur’aanic verse). It is the Aayah in Soorah Al-Fatah. I think that this is a misuse of the Qur’aan. I hope you will have a look at it in order to advise and guide legal authorities in particular, and companies and agencies in general,not to use Aayaat in advertisements in the future, if my opinion is correct.
Answer: It is not permissible to use the Glorious Qur’aan in marketing and advertisement materials to promote the sale of goods and so on, because this is considered abuse of the Qur’aan and using it in other than the purpose for which Allaah revealed it. It may also involve misrepresentation of the meanings of the Noble Qur’aan and quoting its Aayaat out of place, as in the case mentioned in the question. This Aayah was revealed regarding Al-Hudaybiyyah Treaty, and not to celebrate opening new shops and supermarkets. We must glorify the Noble Qur’aan by reciting, contemplating, understanding, and acting upon it, and avoiding abusing it and using it for commercial purposes... read more here.
Question 65: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets.To proceed:
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ has studied the issue sent to His Honor the Grand Muftee from His Excellency the General Director of Awareness and Guidance Department under the General Presidency of the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), no. 9/2801, dated 1/6/1421A.H. The query which has been passed to them by the Secretariat General of the Council of Senior Scholars, no. 3291, dated 18/6/1421. His Honor was asked the following:
As for the letter sent by the head of the authority in Jeddah concerning the spread of decorative models in the form of Aayaat (Qur’anic verses) that are placed in some plazas of the city of Jeddah; needless to mention that these models are exposed to many kinds of degradation, let alone using the glorious Aayaat for a purpose other than that for which they were revealed. I would like to acquaint you with a previous Fatwa issued from the Permanent Committee in this regard, no. 2078.
Due to its critical importance, we hope that this issue will be referred to His Honor, the Grand Muftee, for a final decision, and all necessary procedures will be taken accordingly.
Answer: It is not permissible to make three-dimensional models of the Aayaat, whether they are placed in houses, offices or public squares, for many reasons... read more here.
Question 64: Some paintings contain the Name of Allaah and His Messenger and others contain the Two Shahaadahs (Testimonies of Faith) in the shape of a man in the sitting position between the two prostrations with his forefinger in the right hand raised. People hang these paintings on walls. Is it permissible to possess and hang these paintings in houses? What is the ruling on buying, selling and making them?
Answer: It is not permissible to write the Qur’aan in the shape of a human or whatsoever, because this involves trifling with the Book of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He)... read more here.
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.
Question 62: What is the ruling on the decorations and ornaments where the Glorious Name “Allaah” and the name of Prophet “Muhammad” are engraved? I work in business and I have dealings with some Muslim brothers in some countries. They want to know whether the Glorious Name “Allaah” should be written on the right side and the name “Muhammad” on the left side or not?
You will find three forms attached to this letter which I want to ask about. Is it permissible to imprint them on crystal glasses and other ornaments? Please advise. May Allaah reward you.
Answer: It is not permissible to write Basmalah (saying, “Bismillaah Al-Rahmaan, Al-Raheem [In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful]”) on ornaments and other decorative items, for the phrase “Bismillaah Al-Rahmaan, Al-Raheem”is an Aayah. To write it on such things exposes it to profanation.
Also, it is not permissible to write the Glorious Name “Allaah” on such things, because this may expose it to profanation. Likewise, the name of the Prophet (peace be upon him) should not be imprinted on these things to protect it from profanation and prevent the overestimation prohibited by the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.
Question 61: We would like to inform you that we are about to import thermal papers on which Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) and pictures of the Two Sacred Masjids (Mosques) are pictured in order to be posted on pottery produced by our factories, as shown in the attached sample. Kindly examine them and express your opinion on this!
Answer: It is not permissible to post Qur’aanic Aayaat, any of Allaah’s Most Magnificent Names or pictures of the Two Sacred Masjids on pottery or any other decorative products. In fact, it entails many potential dangers, including making Aayaat and Allaah’s Names liable to disrespect through putting them in inappropriate places.
Likewise, people might seek their blessings and help and not seek Allaah’s. In addition, it is an innovated behavior that was never practiced by the Salaf (righteous predecessors) of the Ummah (nation based on one creed). Glorifying religious rituals stems from the heart whose effect appears on organs in the form of exerting efforts to put Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) into practice, establishing acts of worship and feeling angry when forbidden acts are committed, not in the form of inscriptions on walls or vessels... read more here.