Question 487: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions.
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ read the letter sent to His Eminence, the Grand Mufty, from the principal of the preparatory and secondary school of Shbirmah, which was referred to the Secretariat General of the Council of Senior Scholars under no. 2648 dated 26/6/1415 A.H. The enquirer posed in this letter the following question:
The attached flier entitled (Muhammad’s ID Card) has been widely spread lately. It reads:
Name: Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah ibn `Abdul-Muttalib.
Father’s name: `Abdullaah ibn `Abdul-Muttalib.
Grandfather’s name: `Abdul-Muttalib ibn Haashim ibn `Abd Manaf.
Title: The Honest and the Truthful – Abul-Qaasim.
Mother’s name: Ameenah bint Wahb ibn `Abd Manaaf.
Midwife’s name: Al-Shifaa’ – Um `Abdul-Rahmaan ibn `Awf.
Wet nurse’s name: Haleemah Al-Sa`diyyah.
Birth date: 20 April, 571 A.C., 12 Rabi` Awwal.
Birth place: Makkah Al-Mukarramah (Makkah, the Honored).
Religion: The first Muslim.
Occupation: Prophet and Messenger (peace be upon him).
Employment place: Makkah and the entire world.
Residence: District of Banoo Haashim, from Quraysh at Makkah then emigrated to Al-Madeenah
Blood type: A Light from Allaah.
Wives: Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Sawdah bint Zam`ah, `Aa’ishah bint Aboo Bakr
Children: Boys ( Al-Qaasim, `Abdullaah, and Ibraaheem ).
Issuance date: 611 A.C.
Card number: 25 (the Final of the Prophets and Messengers).
We doubt some of the phrases included. Such as: title, religion, and that he is the first Muslim, the number of Prophets, the blood type, nationality, the archivist Jibril, and so on.
Therefore, we hope that Your Eminence will do whatever is appropriate, and inform us of what should be done concerning this flier. We want to inform students whether it is permissible or not, and in case it is not, we hope that you will inform the authorities in charge to take necessary procedures. May Allaah keep you safe, support you and grant you success.
Answer: After considering the Fatwaa’ request and examining the card in question, the Committee gave the following answer: It is not permissible to approve, sell, buy, or circulate the so-called “Muhammad’s ID Card.” This card must be destroyed due to the prohibited statements it contains that do not befit the status of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He), His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), or Jibreel (Gabriel, peace be upon him). Moreover, it leads to exaggerated veneration of the Prophet (peace be upon him) or wearing it as an amulet by children and others seeking its blessings... read more here.