Claims That Some Dances, Foods, and Images Have Religious Origins
Fatwa No: 451192

  • Fatwa Date:5-12-2021 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 1, 1443
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Question

Will the Muslim leave the folds of Islam : 1. Indian dances are very popular and Muslims maybe dance the same dances. But their handsigns in dance are a worship. Or salsa dance which was about worshiping what they call gods. 2. Food that Chinese called food of gods (mochi food). Or a dragon roll sushi which they want to make looking like a dragon. They worship dragons. What if a Muslim eats it?What if a Muslim wears anime tshirts or does some handsigns from anime (naruto)because he sees it as fantasy , but these have shinto religion origins

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

All of what you have mentioned does not make a Muslim go out of the fold of Islam by doing them. This is based on the assumption that these dances, foods, and images have religious origins, as you mentioned. Otherwise, such allegations are difficult to prove in the first place.

Rather, it is only those who are afflicted with whispers and overburdening themselves with unnecessary matters who are keen to follow such allegations and believe in them.

Allah knows best.

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