Selling Gold Necklaces which have Allah’s Name on and Symbols of other Religions

Fatwa ID: 01617

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

 

Question

A Muslim friend of mine who has a jewellery shop has asked the following: (Please provide an answer; try to state adillah if possible) 

In our shop, among the normal gold rings and necklaces, we also sell those that have 'Allah' written on them, Christian crosses on them, Hindu symbols etc. Basically, we cater for all religions in our cosmopolitan area. Imam, is what we're doing permissible according to Islam?

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

 

 

Answer:

In the Holy Qur’an Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has said:

“O people, eat of what is in the earth permissible and good.” [1]

 

Sahl Ibn Abdullah has said salvation depends on three things: eating halal, fulfilling obligations and following the Sunnah of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). [2]

 

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has ordered us to eat from the things which are halal and good for us, hence the income we earn should be lawful in order for our sustenance to be lawful.

Regarding your question, it will be permissible to sell gold necklaces with Allah’s name on. Gold is something which is unlawful for men to wear but lawful for women. The Islamic principle is that something, which may be used for lawful purposes, is permissible to sell.  As these gold necklaces have a permissible aspect, such as the fact that women may wear it, therefore they are deemed permissible to sell. [3]

 

However, selling necklaces which have crosses on them or Hindu symbols will be unlawful.  

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) in the Holy Qur’an says:

"And assist one another in acts of righteousness and piety and do not assist one another in act of transgression and sin.” (Surah Maaidah v.2)

 

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 


[1] Surah Baqarah v.168

[2] Maariful Qur’an p.419 v.1

[3] Taqrir Tirmizi p.221 v.1 & Takmilah Fathul Mulhim p.551 v.1

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