Naming some places such as 'Al-Hamdulillah' restaurant and 'Bismillah' butcher
Praise be to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' has reviewed the question presented by the secretary representative of the Secretariat of services of
to his Eminence,
referred to the committee under no.139, dated (Part No. 11; Page No. 486) 08/01/1409 A.H. It reads:I would like to tell Your Eminence that the Secretariat noted that some restaurants and butcher shops have taken names for themselves of which we doubt their validity. This happened in some of the parts of the city of
Such names include; Al-Hamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) restaurant, Bismillah (In the name of Allah) butcher shop, and Tawakkul `Ala Allah (putting one’s trust in Allah) butcher shop. We would like to enquire about the permissibility of using such names for shops and restaurants. Kindly give us your Fatwa in this regard.
The Committee's answer is as follows:
It is impermissible to name shops and restaurants using these names. This is because it implies
a kind of disregard of the formulae of Allah's Remembrance and Names. Furthermore, it is improper to use these Lofty Names; taking them as a means to illegal purposes.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.