Selling flowers at hospitals

A: Throughout the centuries, Muslims have not been accustomed to giving natural or artificial flowers as a gift to patients in hospitals or in any other place. This habit came from the disbelieving countries, conveyed by the weak believers, who have been affected by them. In fact, flowers do not benefit the patient, and bringing them as a gift is merely an imitation of the Kafirs (disbelievers). Also, this habit includes squandering money in matters that do not deserve it. As it is feared that this habit will lead to the belief that flowers are regarded as one of the reasons for recovery, it is not permissible to use the flowers in the mentioned way, either by selling, purchasing, or giving.The acts that are permissible in visiting patients are: supplicating to Allah (Exalted be He) for their recovery, consoling their souls with hope, and advising them with what they need during their illness, as mentioned in the Sunnah (what is reported from the Prophet). (Part No. 11; Page No. 65) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.