Using Stamps which Have Images of a Cross
Fatwa No: 461566

Question

i understand sometimes you don't answer my questions for some reason but could you make you answer this one..i am currently receiving disability benefits in the country where i live in, they require a document signed and sent to them, am i allowed to use stamps that are called first class or second class stamps which have a cross on them and stick on these letters to send to them? please answer i won't send the letters unless you answer

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.

The basic principle is that it is prohibited to use the cross and it should be erased or obliterated. This is evidenced by the following Hadeeth. ʻAa'ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her said: “The Prophet, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam, never used to leave anything bearing a cross in his house but he, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam, obliterated it.” [Al-Bukhari]

If you need to use these stamps or else you would not be able to send those letters, there is no religious impediment to using them. A prohibited act may be deemed permissible in certain situations acting upon the established Shareeʻah rule, ‘necessities render prohibitions permissible’. Allah, The Exalted, says (what means): {...He has explained in detail to you what He has forbidden you, excepting that to which you are compelled...} [Quran 6:119]

You may obliterate the cross using a pen, for instance, in a way that does not incur any harm on you like obliterating it with your signature using a pen with a different colored ink, if possible.

Allah knows best.

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