FLAGS, T-SHIRTS AND PICTURES

FLAGS, T-SHIRTS AND PICTURES
QUESTION

Please comment on the following Fatwa:
After issuing their relevant fatwa they quote a few Ibaarats (texts) which state that the Asl is ibaahah.

QUESTIONS

Selling T-Shirts with country flags; Advertising products with videos of people
Question

1. I want to sell T shirts with different country flags on them for the upcoming Soccer World Cup. Some of these countries are not majority Muslim countries (e.g. Portugal, Spain, France etc.). Will it be permissible to sell these t shirts?
2. What is the ruling on advertising products with videos of people using them? Sometimes products need a video demonstration, or a photo to show how to properly use them. What is a permissible way to do this?
The answers to your queries are as follows:
1. It is permissible to sell t-shirts with flags of the various countries imprinted on them, irrespective of the religious predominance in the respective country. However, one should avoid t-shirts with flags that have animate objects, religious depictions- like the Saudi flags, etc.

2. There are academic differences of opinions amongst contemporary ‘Ulamaa and Muftis regarding digital photography. The Darul Iftaa advises to adopt taqwaa and avoid all forms of digital pictures and videos. You may revert to us with details of the product(s) you wish to advertise and we will try to assist you with suitable alternatives.

Is this fatwa correct according to the Shariah?

ANSWER
The fatwa is seriously flawed with incongruities. It is not valid in terms of the Shariah.

The Mufti did not apply his mind. It is clear that the Muftis of this age are egregiously ignorant of the fact that the objective of Ifta is to bring people closer to Allah Ta’ala. On the contrary, these muftis are entrenching the fisq and fujoor of people by resorting to technicalities. The Aakhirat is the furthest from their minds. Hence, whatever technical loophole they can dig out from the kutub, they will utilize to issue such lamentable fatwas which only give further impetus to the fisq and fujoor of people, thus further stunting their Imaan and increasing the chasm between Allah Ta’ala and His servants.

FLAGS AND T-SHIRTS
The flags of kuffaar countries are generally symbols of kufr. It is not permissible for Muslims to sell such flags and T-shirts with such flags even if the flags are without animate objects. Furthermore, such T-shirts are Tashabbuh bil kuffaar. It is haraam for Muslims to wear such garb.

The chap who asked the question clearly mentioned that he desires to sell such T-shirts “for the upcoming Soccer World Cup.” It beggars Imaani credulity that a mufti fails to understand the colossal fisq and fujoor accompanying these haraam kuffaar games. A host of major sins are attached to these shaitaani games. To sell T-shirts associated in any way with these haraam activities is to aid and abet in sin and transgression. It is I’aanat alal ma’siyat. It is haraam by the explicit Nass of the Qur’aan Majeed.

By what stretch of aql did the mufti cite the principle of Al-Asl fil Ashyaa’ Al-Ibaahat (the principle regulating things is permissibility), defies understanding. This principle has absolutely no relevance to the issue of selling flags and T-shirts.

FLAGS, T-SHIRTS AND PICTURES_booklet

TV Images Are Not Reflections

Q. Mufti Taqi argues that a TV image is not a picture. On the contrary it is a reflection. Is television permissible on this basis?

A. Mufti Taqi is in grievous error in his fatwa pertaining to the images appearing on TV, and video. You should not follow him. This Mufti Sahib has become a liberal. He has also legalized the riba-banking institutions. We have written a detailed rebuttal of the baseless ‘reflection’ idea Mufti Taqi is peddling. The ‘reflection’ idea is a ludicrously absurd hallucination. It is devoid of any substance. Even the kuffaar makers and experts of television will mock at the stupid theory of the television picture being a reflection. It is surprising that the Mufti has failed to distinguish between a picture and a reflection.

Even a child understands the glaring difference between the two. Our booklet, Refutation of Mufti Taqi’s Television Fatwa debunks the absurd reflection notion. What is lamentable about the attitude of Mufti Taqi, besides his lack of Shar’i dalaa-il for his absurd reflection view, is his deliberate bypassing of the categorical fatwa and solid Shar’i dalaa-il on the prohibition of television and photography, presented by his illustrious father, Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi (rahmatullah alayh), the then probably most senior Mufti in Pakistan. Hadhrat Mufti Shafi had thoroughly demolished the reflection argument which, sad to say, his son, Mufti Taqi, has resurrected to satisfy the modernist conglomerate of deviates.

Hadhrat Maulana Sayyid Sulaiman Nadvi (rahmatullah alayh) had written an article supporting the permissibility of photos of people and animals. In response, Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi (rahmatullah alayh) published his book, At- Tasweer Li-Ahkaamit Tasweer. In this book, he thoroughly debunked the now worm-out ‘reflection’ notion. Later, Hadhrat Sayyid Nadvi retracted his erroneous view of permissibility.

Even the liberal Maulana Abul Kalam Azad whom modernists believe to be an ‘enlightened’ Aalim, emphatically stated the prohibition of photos of living organisms. Initially, he used to publish photos in his paper, Al-Hilal. When he became convinced of the error of his view, he retracted his permissibility fatwa and said: “The taking of photographs, the keeping of photographs, and the distribution of photographs are all impermissible. It was my great error that I took photographs and printed them in Al-Hilal. I have now repented of this error. My past faults should be concealed and not publicized.” The argument that a photo picture is a ‘reflection’ is indeed moronically weird.

[Answered by Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]