Newspapers and magazines containing Qur’aanic Aayaat

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.

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Ruling on printing the trade name, “The family of `Abdul-Rahmaan” on plastic bags

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.

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.

Is it permissible to make copybooks and write Aayat-ul-Kursee on them?

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.

Quoting an aayah from the Noble Qur’aan when advertising the opening of a new supermarket

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.