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Friday, June 5, 2009

FATWA Wearing Clothing with NIKE symbol

Question:

Is it permissible to wear clothing bearing the Nike motif, as I learned recently that Nike got their name from the greek goddess of Victory?

Answer:

Wearing a garment with the logo of Kufr is prohibited in Islam since Islam prohibits imitating non-Muslims. The Prophet said: "Whoever imitates some people, he is one of them". In another narration he will be resurrected with them". The above Hadith gives a severe threat to those people who imitate Kuffars in their style or manners of talking, acting, wearing, worshipping, or in their feasts or in any other matters which are not legislated for us and are not approved by us.

Note that the Prophet disavowed any connection with the Muslim who lives among Kuffars and does not distinguish himself from the Kuffars in his manners, deeds and practices, let alone a person who carries a logo of Kufr with him? Imam Abu Dawood narrated in his Sunan that the Prophet said: "I am exempt from any Muslim who lives among polytheists". When they asked the Prophet he said: "Fire of Muslims should not be seen with the fire of Mushrikeen".

The sign of "Nike", on the garments which many Muslims wear, is a sign of a goddess of victory, daughter of the giant Pulas, as the Greeks believed. So, every Muslim is obliged to avoid a sign of Kufr and he should not take with him such a sign even though the sign is no longer used as the logo of Kufr. How can one use a sign and name of a goddess of Greece?

The evidence for this rule is the Prophet's question to the person who has vowed to slaughter a camel at "Buwanah" he said: "Did the place contain any idol worshipped in pre-Islamic times?" [Related from Abudawood].

If there was an idol in pre-Islamic times then slaughtering in that place would be forbidden even though the idol/idols had been removed. Then how could it be permissible to use those things which used to indicate Kufr?


Fatawa Issuing Body : Islam Web
Author/Scholar : Dr. Abdullah Al-faqih
Date Of Issue : 16 Safar 1420

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