Ruling on wearing clothing that has small or hidden images on it

As you know, most clothes nowadays have images of animate beings, whether the image is on the outside of the garment or is on a piece that is hidden inside. Is it permissible to wear these clothes? 
What if it is children’s clothing? What if these images are very small and can hardly be noticed? 
For example, I have a suit on which there is the image of two men shaking hands on the inside of the coat collar and no one can see it. Is it permissible to wear it?
In most cases these images are part of the company’s logo and are not visible except if a person looks hard, because they are in a light colour. I hope that you will explain the ruling.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible to draw or make images of animate beings, whether they are humans, animals or birds, and whether that is engraved or on paper, fabric or anything else. That is because of the report narrated by al-Bukhaari (2105) and Muslim (2107) from ‘Aa’ishah the Mother of the Believers (may Allah be pleased with her), who said that she bought a cushion on which there were images. When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw it, he stood at the door and did not enter. She said: I recognized displeasure in his face. I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I repent to Allaah and His Messenger, what have I done wrong? The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “What is this pillow?” She said: I bought it for you to sit on and recline on. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The makers of these images will be punished and it will be said to them, ‘Bring to life that which you have created.’” Then he said: “The house in which there are images is not entered by the angels.” Continue reading


Are the navel and the knee included in the ‘awrah?

Is the extent of the ‘awrah from the navel to the knee or from beneath the navel to above the knee? If it is the latter, is it permissible for me to go to the sea wearing shorts without a t-shirt on a mixed beach or not? Please note that my navel will be showing and the shorts end a little above the knee. May Allah reward you with good.

Praise be to Allaah.

The ‘awrah of a man is the area between the navel and the knee; as for the navel and the knee themselves, they are not part of the ‘awrah.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

There are several opinions concerning the matter:

One is that the knee is included in the ‘awrah so it must be covered.

The second opinion is that the navel and the knee are both part of the ‘awrah so they must both be covered.

The third opinion – which is the well-known view among our madhhab – is that the navel and the knee are not included in the ‘awrah, so they do not have to be covered. This is based on the definition of the ‘awrah as being “between the navel and the knee.”

End quote from ash-Sharh al-Mumti‘, 2/160

He also said (may Allah have mercy on him): The ‘awrah for a man is the area between the navel and the knee. Continue reading

Putting up educational pictures for children

What is the ruling on putting up educational pictures for children in their rooms, such as posters for teaching the alphabet, on which there is a picture for each letter?.

Praise be to Allaah.

There is nothing wrong with teaching children the alphabet by writing letters with appropriate pictures, even if they are pictures of animate beings, because of the concession allowing “dolls for girls”, and because concessions may be granted to small children that are not granted to adults. Putting up these pictures will not do any harm, because they are images that are permitted, unless the pictures are put up with the aim of venerating the images themselves; if there is no such intention and the pictures are permitted, there is nothing wrong with having them on the ground or hung on the wall.

See also questions no. 137174 and 20325

And Allah knows best. Continue reading

He is asking about the reason why the fatwa on photography was changed

As earlier you have cleared that taking or capturing photos is not permitted. So why the ulemahs are giving differrent answers to it. Please provide me a definite reference for probhition of photography by the references thru only quran and hadeedth but not on ulemahs decision,as ulemahs decisions are different in nature.

Praise be to Allaah.

In fact what you mentioned about the change in the fatwa on photography may not be quite correct. We need to differentiate between two matters when it comes to the matter of photography or image-making.

The first matter is the ruling on photography or making images of animate beings. This is the crux of the matter. What we are referring to is two-dimensional pictures (as opposed to three-dimensional images).

The saheeh Sunnah indicates that these kinds of images are haraam, whether they are on a poster, paper, garment or wall, because it is imitating the creation of Allah.  Continue reading

Ruling on a woman removing her clothes in a place other than her own house

I have read these two hadeeths:
I came out of the bathhouse and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Where are you coming from, O Umm ad-Darda’?” I said: From the bathhouse. He said: By the One in Whose hand is my soul, there is no woman who removes her clothes in a place other than the house of one of her mothers but she is destroying every screen between her and the Most Merciful, may He be glorified and exalted.”
At-Targheeb wa’t-Tarheeb, 1/119
“There is no woman who removes her clothes in a place other than her husband’s house but she has removed the screen between her and her Lord.”
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in ad-Radd al-Mufhim, p. 73 
My question is: We have a sports club near us that is a respectable place and very well monitored. Inside it there is a room for exercise that is only for women. All the women in charge of this building and those who frequent it are religiously committed and wear hijab, and they do not allow any man to enter it at all. The doctor has advised me and my sister to exercise in order to overcome our general state of weakness and muscular and joint pain. They have also given similar advice to my mother, because she suffers from osteoporosis. My sister and I go to that gym wearing full hijab and covering ourselves properly, but when we enter it we exercise wearing clothing like that which we wear in front of our mahrams; there is no indecency there or extreme uncovering at all; only our heads and forearms are uncovered, and that is in safe rooms that are entirely enclosed inside this building, and all the people around us are women. Is it permissible for us to do that or does it come under the heading of what is forbidden by the two hadeeths quoted above?
I would also like to find out from you any exemptions to the prohibition in the two hadeeths if there is any? Does it also mean that it is not permissible to go to beauty parlours or hairdressers who work with women who wear hijab for the purpose of simple and permissible beautification in which there is nothing that is contrary to the laws of Allah, in places that are safe, where all the workers are women, even if one of my mahrams is going to take me there and back by car? (And does that apply) even if I am a bride and even if it requires me to uncover a little as a woman uncovers in front of her mahrams?
What is the ruling on beauty parlours or cosmetic surgery clinics that are operating on a larger scale than that and in which more extensive procedures are carried out?
I hope that you can respond in detail; may Allah reward you with good.

Praise be to Allaah.

Ahmad (6/173), Abu Dawood (4010) and at-Tirmidhi (2803) narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that some women from Homs asked permission to enter upon her, and she said: Perhaps you are among those who enter bathhouses? I heard the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “There is no woman who removes her clothes anywhere other than her husband’s house, but she has torn the screen that is between her and Allaah.”

Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah.  Continue reading

Can she breastfeed her baby in front of other women?

Allah has blessed me with a baby girl. Often I have my relatives or female friends with me, or I am visiting them, and I breastfeed my baby. Is it haraam to uncover my chest and breastfeed in front of them? Because I am afraid that if I breastfeed away from them they will take it badly. Please note that I only breastfeed her in front of woman or children.

Praise be to Allaah.

We have previously discussed what it is permissible for a woman to show in front of her mahrams and in front of other women. See the answer to question no. 113287, 82994, 34745 and 115351. To sum up, she should not uncover in front of women anything but that which ordinarily appears.

With regard to uncovering the breast in order to feed her child, the scholars granted a concession allowing that because there is a need for it.  Continue reading

Is it permissible to wear clothing on which are written Islamic phrases?

Are we allowed to wear t-shirts having statements on them related to Islam i.e. Islam is the religion of peace, choose Islam, Al QURAN the final message of God etc.

Praise be to Allaah.

It does not seem to us that there is any reason not to allow wearing clothing on which are written phrases that promote virtue and good characteristics, or which praise Islam and its rulings and laws.

But one should pay attention to two things with regard to this writing:

1.     The phrases should not include the name of Allah. We have drawn attention to this matter in the answer to question no. 1047.

2.     It should not be worn by women; rather it should only be for men whose tradition is to wear these types of clothing. The reason why we said that it is not permissible for women to wear these kind of garments is because the aim behind them is to attract attention so that the words may be read, and because they are usually colourful. And it is not appropriate for these to be attributes of women’s clothing, as we have explained in the answer to question no. 6991.

For more information, please see the answer to question no. 13240.

And Allah knows best. Continue reading

Rulings on clothing with regard to colour

What is meant by “dyed with safflower (mu‘asfar)” in the hadeeth?
Is it permissible to wear a green or beige garment? Is there any evidence to suggest that they are makrooh?.

Praise be to Allaah.


The basic principle with regard to clothing is that it is permissible because Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“He it is Who created for you all that is on earth. Then He Istawa (rose over) towards the heaven and made them seven heavens and He is the All-Knower of everything”

[al-Baqarah 2:29].

He has blessed us by giving us the means of clothing ourselves, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc.) and as an adornment, and the raiment of righteousness, that is better. Such are among the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, that they may remember (i.e. leave falsehood and follow truth)”

[al-A‘raaf 7:26].

The one who claims that a certain type or colour of clothing is haraam is required to produce evidence to prove that.  Continue reading

Ruling on piercing the ear more than once

Is it permissible to pierce the ear more than once?.

Praise be to Allaah.


It is permissible to pierce the ears in order to wear jewellery or other adornments.

For more information please see the answer to question no. 78255  Continue reading

Is it permissible for a woman to go to the hammam (public baths or “Turkish baths”)?

Is it permissible for my wife to go to the public baths in Ramadaan? Please note that the bathroom in our house is very small and she is pregnant and is afraid of become ill because it is cold.

Praise be to Allaah.

If she can enter the bathroom in the house and heat the water, then it is not permissible for her to go to the public baths. Al-Tirmidhi (2801) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day, his wife should not enter the public baths.” Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.  Continue reading