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Euro 2012:The Ruling on wearing Sports clothing with Images and Names of non-Muslim Players‏


Question: What is the ruling on wearing sports clothes which have symbols that are exclusive to the Kuffaar, such as a shield which has symbols that are exclusive to Italy or Germany or America etc. or on clothing which have the names of sports players who are non-Muslim?

Answer: Wearing clothes which are worn by the Kuffaar can fall into one of three categories;

1)    Either the symbols on the clothing have signs or symbols which are exclusive to the religions of the Kuffaar, such as crosses and the likes; then this is not permissible for us to wear, import, buy or sell.

2)   If the symbols on the clothing have praise and honour for players that are Kuffaar, such as having their picture on them or if their name is written on an item of clothing and the likes, then this is also Haraam based on the reasons stated.

3)   If the clothing doesn’t have any symbols of praise or magnitude for the Kuffar then there is nothing wrong with wearing these.

And Allaah is the Source of all Strength. May the Peace and Blessings of Allaah be Upon Our Messenger, Muhammad and Upon his Family and Companions.

Permanent Committee of Senior Scholars for Research and Religious Rulings


President: ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin ‘Abdullah bin Baaz

Member: ‘Abdullah bin Ghudayaan

Member: Saaleh al-Fawzaan

Member: ‘Abdul-‘Azeez aal ash-Shaykh

Member: Bakr Aboo Zayd

[24/25 (Fatwa Number 16585)]



Shaykh Muhammad bin Saaleh al-‘Uthaymeen [May Allaah have Mercy on him] was asked:

Question: What is your view on the Muslim youth today who wear sports clothes with symbols that are specific to Kuffaar countries or they contain the name of Kuffaar players or these items of clothing may contain wording which show partisanship based on the club or country they support. What is strange is that these are from the habits of the Kuffaar which we have adopted. Benefit us, may Allaah aid you.

Answer: These aspects may fall under one clearly allying with the Kuffaar; moreover one who does these acts, meaning those who have honour or praise in their hearts for Kuffaar players, could have their Eemaan negated or at the very least, have their Eemaan decreased. What is obligatory for us as Muslims is to leave off wearing these types of clothes and not to buy or sell them. Allaah has made various different types of clothes permissible for us, so we should find solace in these. The reason being is that if we wear these types of clothes mentioned in the question, then this is a form of showing praise and honour to the Kuffaar. Our companions has stated that taking pictures of them, or honouring their names, or wearing their clothes are ways of us showing honour and praise towards them, something they wouldn’t do towards us.

Secondly, these sports teams have these kits as a way of taking our wealth and this is a huge mistake. If you look at the wardrobe of some people you will find their wardrobes full of sports clothes from the teams they support or the players they like, and this what our brothers have informed us occurs at the end of nearly every season. So the clothes we have should be sufficient for us and that which are compliant with our religion and in accordance with the guidance of our Prophet [Peace and Blessings of Allaah be Upon him].

[Liqaa’ Shahriyyah (2/Question 11)]

Shaykh Saaleh bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan [May Allaah Preserve him] was asked:

Question: What is the ruling on those who wear the clothing of the Kuffaar and some of them have the names of Kuffaar players on them, however they do not intend to be like them or resemble them?

Answer: This is honouring and showing respect for the Kuffaar. As long as these clothes have the names of these Kuffaar players or a picture of them, then this is honouring them. Based on this, it is not permissible and at very least it is Haraam.  If honouring them or respecting them increases, then I fear that it could even lead to apostasy.

[Question and Answers after the Explanation of the book ‘Tatheer al-‘Itiqaad an Adraan al-Ilhaad’ (Tape 9)]


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