Necklace that has a design of a cross

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Q: There is a brother who is now reverted toIslam for 5 months. Few years ago when his mother died, he got from his mother a necklace with a Christian cross as heritage. And he promised his mother to that he also will give it away to his children as heritage. Now as he has reverted to Islam, what he has to do with the necklace? Currently he is keeping it in his house in a box. Can he keep this and give it later to his children. The necklace is a heritage piece which is over 200 years in the family.


A: Wearing a necklace that has a design of a cross is haraam in Islam. Through wearing it one will come out of the fold of Islam. Similarly it is impermissible for him to keep it or give it to his children. We suggest that he should melt it at jeweller and make it into another design. 

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

من تقلنس بقلنسوة المجوس أي لبسها وتشبه بهم فيها أو خاط خرقة صفراء على العاتق أي وهو من شعارهم أو شد في الوسط خيطا كفر إذا كان متشابها بخيطهم أو شماه زنارا إلى قوله ولو شبه نفسه باليهود والنصارى اي صورة او سيرة على طريق المزاح والهزل ولو على هذا المنوال كفر إلخ (شرح فقه اكبر 227)

فتاوى محمودية 3/62

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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