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.