Making jewerly from rice grains
Fatwa No: 290404

  • Fatwa Date:15-4-2015 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 26, 1436
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Question

Al Salaamu AlaykumI want to sell homemade jewelry,I want to write the names of my customers on a grain of rice, and then put the grain of rice inside a vial as part of a necklace. But someone told me it might be haraam because writing on a grain of rice is "playing with food".However in my opinion, a grain of uncooked rice is like a plant and using plants for decorations is not haram. Can you please assure me whether it is haram/halal to make this kind of jewelry? Here is a photo/example of how it will look like:http://www.shpangle.co.uk/images/name_on_rice_necklace_mum.JPGJazak Allaah khair for your advice.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His Slave and Messenger.

Apparently – and Allaah knows best – there is no harm in using rice to make jewelry as described and this does not consist in degrading for food or playing with it. The scholars permitted using food for purposes other than eating in case of need and benefit.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him was asked about using henna mixed with egg yolk to condition the hair. He replied, “There is nothing wrong with that if it is of benefit. Using henna mixed with egg yolk or other permissible substances is harmless if that is good for the hair by helping it grow long or making it smooth or something else, or by helping to keep the hair and prevent it from falling out.

Ash-Shawkaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him highlighted a general rule in this regard stating, “The basic principle concerning everything is that the owner is entitled to do whatever he wishes with his owned property since Allaah The Exalted says (what means): {It is He who created for you all of that which is on the earth…} [Quran 2:29] If the property is among the substances that exist on earth for the benefit of mankind, then it is permissible for them to own it and to do whatever they wish with it unless sound evidence removes the principle rule; in this case, it should be referred to and practiced.

However, if you can find an alternative substance to food grains to make jewelry, that would be better.

Allaah Knows best.

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