Making three-dimensional models of Ayahs

Fatwa no. 21605 All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets. (Part No. 3; Page No. 29) To proceed:The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' has studied the issue sent to His Honor the Grand Mufty from His Excellency the General Director of Awareness and Guidance Department under the General Presidency of the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), no. 9/2801, dated 1/6/1421A.H. The query which has been passed to them by the Secretariat General of the Council of Senior Scholars, no. 3291, dated 18/6/1421. His Honor was asked the following:As for the letter sent by the head of the authority in Jeddah concerning the spread of decorative models in the form of Ayahs (Qur'anic verses) that are placed in some plazas of the city of Jeddah; needless to mention that these models are exposed to many kinds of degradation, let alone using the glorious Ayahs for a purpose other than that for which they were revealed. I would like to acquaint you with a previous Fatwa issued from the Permanent Committee in this regard, no. 2078.Due to its critical importance, we hope that this issue will be referred to His Honor, the Grand Mufty, for a final decision, and all necessary procedures will be taken accordingly.

A: It is not permissible to make three-dimensional models of the Ayahs, whether they are placed in houses, offices or public squares, for many reasons: Firstly, this was never done by the Prophet (peace be upon him) or any of his Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allah be pleased with them). (Part No. 3; Page No. 30) Furthermore, it was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: Anyone who does an action which is not in accordance with this matter of ours (Islam) will have it rejected. Secondly, this act undoubtedly subjects the Ayahs to desecration and results in the Qur’an not being taken seriously. Indeed, this is the act of those who are the greatest losers in respect to their deeds. Thirdly, this is a misuse of the Qur'an and the purpose for which it was revealed, which is reciting it, acting upon its teachings, and guiding people to its path.Therefore, it is obligatory to cease production of such models in order to glorify the Qur'an and avoid what the sanctified Shar` (Law) has forbidden.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.