Wearing Clothes In Which The Facial Features Are Not Clear – Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen and Shaykh Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbaad

In regards to clothing with pictures or logos in which the facial features are not clear, then it is allowed to wear inshallah according to some Scholars.

Shaikh Ibn ul-‘Uthaymeen rahimahullah:

“As for the issue of cotton, that which has a picture which is not clear on the fabric, that has limbs, a head, and a neck, however there is no face and nose, then there is no harm. This is because it does not resemble the creation of Allah”.

[Majmoo’ al-Fatawa wa-Rasail (12/338)]

So the Jordan logo and the new Ralph Lauren polo logo both do not have facial features on the symbol. They are only heads, a body, and limbs. So according to the Shaikh’s opinion, it is allowed to wear such clothing.

As well, if the picture is all black like a shadow then it is fine inshallah according to some Scholars.

Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbad hafidhuhallah was asked:

Question:

Some pictures or illustrations are black like a shadow and they don’t have the characteristics of a clear picture. Is this allowed?

Answer:

“There is not in it a clear picture. It is only the shape of a head and other than it. It is like something that is obliterated. Like something that is wiped/obliterated”

[Sharh Sunan Ibn Majah no. 260]

Although it is better the picture in general be removed, if it is like the above inshallah there is no harm.

And Allah knows Best

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

Although it may seem to contradict the hadeeth of the prophet “the head is the picture”. since even though there is no facial features, the head is still present. Yes this what is better but some Scholars have understood changing a picture or removing a head to mean its facial features.

Abul-Hasan as-Sindhi rahimahullah mentioned in the explanation of the following Hadith:

أن لا تدع صورة إلا طمستها، ولا قبرًا مشرفًا إلا سويته

Spare no portrait unwiped out, and leave not a high grave un-levelled.

[Saheeh Muslim]

“Erase it by cutting of its head or changing its faces and the likes” [Hashiyaat as-Sindhi (4/89)]

This Hadith is also in Ibn Majah. So some Scholars come from that angle and Allah Knows Best

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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