Writing Basmalah and Allah’s Name on antiques
Q: What is the legal decision on the decorations and ornaments where the Glorious Name “Allah” and the name of the 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 “Allah” 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 the excellent crystal and other ornaments? Please, advise. May Allah reward you.
A: It is not permissible to write “In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful” on ornaments and other decorative items, for the phrase “In the name of Allah, Most Gracious,Most Merciful” is an Ayah. To write it on such things exposes it to humiliation.
Also, it is not permissible to write the Glorious Name “Allah” on such things, because this may expose it to humiliation.
Likewise, the name of the Prophet (peace be upon him) should not be imprinted on these things to protect it from degradation and prevent the overestimation prohibited by the Prophet (peace be upon him).
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
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Bakr Abu Zayd Salih Al-Fawzan `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-`Aziz Al Al-Shaykh `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz