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Drawing Arabic calligraphy

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Q: I’d like to enquire about the permissibility of the following

1. Drawing Arabic calligraphy for hanging on one’s wall as remembrance of Allah Ta’ala

2. Drawing Arabic calligraphy as a means of remembrance of Allah Ta’ala for others, through which one may derive an income from its sale.

The Arabic calligraphy is legible to one who can recite basic Arabic, and does NOT form animate pictures, nor does it have animate objects in it. Examples are, names of Allah Ta’ala, Quraanic ayaat, zikr (SubhanAllah, Alhamdulilah, etc.). If permissible, then please advise if there are any further details that I should be precautious about.


A: It is permissible. It should be kept with utmost respect.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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