All praise be to Allah, Alone. Peace and blessings be upon our final Prophet.The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' looked into the letter submitted to his Excellency the Grand Mufty by his Eminence the Manager of the Center of Da`wah and Guidance in
No. (319 / 9 /20/ c), dated 14 / 4 / 1420 A.H., and referred to the Committee from the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars under no. (2382), dated 19 / 4 / 1420 A.H. His Eminence's question reads as follows:The member of the Center of Da`wah and Guidance in Jeddah, shaykh
Muhammad ibn `Atyya Al-Jabry
submitted his letter to us, stating that
he noticed some people carrying key rings stamped with (Part No. 24; Page No. 91) the design of a heart, the symbol of love, where a drawing of the heart is in the center of the key ring with the letter "I" above and the word "The Messenger" below,
meaning: "I Love The Messenger." On the back of the key ring, "The Messenger of Allah is my Beloved One", is written. The other key ring is round and carries the same phrase. We would like to tell your Eminence that some women wear clothes that bear the same phrase on the left side of the garment on the top of the chest. Some people brought the key ring and came to ask for the legal decision in this concern.Please, advise. We want to know the ruling in order to answer the questioners and communicate it to Muslims.
After the Committee studied the case, it concluded that creating the shape of the heart and writing the above phrase on clothes, key rings, or the like do not belong to the guidance of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) of the Ummah, who are the best generation that respected and loved the Messenger (peace be upon him) more than those who succeeded them. This action also involves imitation of Fasiqs (people flagrantly violating Islamic law) who use such symbols to display their prohibited love and adoration of others, totally ignoring the ruling of the purified Shari`ah (Islamic law) on this point. Moreover, using this symbol may signify that the love of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is like the love of other people. This is a big mistake because the love of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is an obligation under the Shari`ah and one's faith does not become complete except with that love. Love of people, however, may be permissible or prohibited. Therefore, writing this phrase in this way, (Part No. 24; Page No. 92) and selling or buying it, is not permissible.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.