Buying flowers to present them to hospital patients, etc

Question 21: Recently, selling flowers near hospital entrances has become quite common with prices ranging from 50 to 1000 riyals, and even 2000 riyals. People buy flowers for hospital patients which is an imitation of what non-Muslims do in non-Muslim countries. Moreover, people have begun to boast about it spending lots of money even though flowers wither in no time and are then thrown away as rubbish. Your Honor, we fear that this may lead to people placing flowers on the graves of the dead as practiced in the West and in some Arab countries. We know that flower shops are usually located near churches in non-Muslim countries. We hope that Your Eminence issue a Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) on the issue in an attempt to give an end to such a practice.

Answer: Based on the above mentioned facts, the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ issues the Fatwaa that this practice is impermissible as it entails wasting money on non-useful purposes and imitating Allaah’s adversaries in this custom… read more here.