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Verses and God’s Name on Promotional Material

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org

Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt

Question:

My questions are, how is it to print verses from the Qurʿān on flyers of an Islamic event? Once distributed to people, majority end up on the ground or in the garbage. Similarly, is it okay to print “Allāh Akbar” in Arabic on an advertisement flyer or in a logo?

Answer:

In the Name of Allāh, The Most Compassionate, The Most Merciful

Thank you/ Jazāk Allāh Khayr for your questions.

The main objective of verses of the Qurʿān and the name of Allāh, is for recitation, dhikr, reflection and devotion.

That being said, it is mubāḥ (allowed) to print, write and or include verses of the Qurʿān and the name of Allāh on promotional material with the following conditions:

  • The intent should not only be for decoration, advertisement or beatification, rather for a reminder to exalt the name of Allāh.

  • One should firmly believe that blessings are not attained simply by printing or writing Allāh’s name or verses, rather it is by reciting, articulating and sincerely reflecting.

  • There should be no disrespect or disregard for the name of Allāh and or the printed verses.

After clarifying the above, if the organizers of the Islamic event strongly predict that the flyers or promotional materials with printed verses etc. will end up on the ground or in garbage bins [with disrespect, dishonour and disregard], it is advised the verses not be printed, regardless of whether the verses are printed in Arabic, English or any other language.

The believer who happens to be given a flyer with verses should hounarably discard the material if not needed, by either burying, burning, shredding and recycling the papers.

“Whoever honours the signs of Allāh, indeed, it is from the piety of hearts.” (Qurʿān 22:32)

Disrespect to verses of the Qurʿān and Allāh’s name is damaging to one’s faith and may also lead to an act of kufr (disbelief). (See: Rad Al-Muḥtār)

And Allāh Knows Best

This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.

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