Can I buy a top with the image “Christ the Redeemer”?

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Can I buy this top or does that image make it not permissible to buy?


NOTE: Question published as asked.




In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,


The image in discussion is an image famously known as “Christ the Redeemer ” which is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity.Initially, the designs considered for the “Statue of the Christ” included a representation of the Christian cross, a statue of Jesus with a globe in his hands and a pedestal symbolizing the world. The statue of Christ the Redeemer with open arms, a symbol of peace, was chosen.[1]


Although on the top/T-shirt there are no visible facial features of the image because only the back part of the image is visible and therefore as per principle to wear such a top would be permitted.[2]


However, one only has to hear or read the name of the image to understand what the image is depicting. The name of the image is “Christ the Redeemer “, which means Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) the savior/protector/one who buys back. And as is the belief of a lot of Christians that Jesus is their redeemer in the way that he buys back sinners from their slavery to their own sinful nature. He purchased them back with his own sinless life and substitutionary death on the cross. Furthermore, this statute depicts the image of Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) with his arms open to all. This gesture is to show that his redemption is open to all who would come to him.[3]


All this is against the pristine teachings of Islam because the doctrine of crucifixion and divinity of Jesus are abominations in Islam. Islam is strictly based on the Oneness of Allah and this is what all the prophets, including Jesus (peace and blessing be upon him) preached, taught and lived for. Moreover, to resemble the disbelievers in belief is tantamount to disbelief.  Likewise to wear a sign/symbol of another religion also results in disbelief.[4]


Consequently, it will not be permissible to wear such a top/T-shirt.


And Allah, the Almighty knows best


Mufti Sufyan Ibn Yakub Khapi






[2]In principle, clothing with such images that have no visible facial features (such as no eyes, nose, mouth etc.) will be permissible to wear. However, clothing with such images that have visible facial features will not be permissible to wear due to the numerous and authentic narrations of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and companions (Allah be pleased with them) against having and making such images. (see:




[4]عون المعبود شرح سنن أبي داود- (11 / 51، دار الكتب العلمية – بيروت):

( عن أبي منيب الجرشي ) بضم الجيم وفتح الراء بعدها معجمة الدمشقي ثقة من الرابعة ( من تشبه بقوم ) قال المناوي والعلقمي أي تزي في ظاهره بزيهم وسار بسيرتهم وهديهم في ملبسهم وبعض أفعالهم انتهى وقال القارىء أي من شبه نفسه بالكفار مثلا من اللباس وغيره أو بالفساق أو الفجار أو بأهل التصوف والصلحاء الأبرار ( فهو منهم ) أي في الإثم والخير قاله القارىء


مرقاة المفاتيح شرح مشكاة المصابيح – (13 / 96،موقع المشكاة الإسلامية):

عن ابن عمر رضي الله تعالى عنهما قال قال رسول الله من تشبه بقوم أي من شبه نفسه بالكفار مثلا في اللباس وغيره أو بالفساق أو الفجار أو بأهل التصوف والصلحاء الأبرار فهو منهم أي في الإثم والخير قال الطيبي هذا عام في الخلق والخلق والشعار ولما كان الشعار أظهر في الشبه


تحفة العلماء،2122,121,120/،دار الإشاعت


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