Wearing a T-Shirt with a Picture of Cross

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Dalia Stefania
As-salamu `alaykum. Is it allowed for a Muslim to wear a T-shirt on which a flag of a European country in a shape of cross (i.e., Sweden, Switzerland, UK, etc.) is depicted? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Ahmad Kutty

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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Dear sister, thank you for trusting us and for your question that shows your interest in Islam and its teachings.

As for your question, a Muslim may wear a T-shirt with a photo of a flag as long as it doesn't oppose his or her morals or beliefs.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

There is nothing wrong with wearing a shirt with the picture of the flag even though it is in the shape of Cross. Actions, according to Islam, are judged by the intentions; if you don’t intend to promote ideas associated with the Cross, and you happened to wear something with the shape of Cross that is not to be condemned.

If we are to go down this route, then there are lots of things we see around with the shape of Cross. To say as Muslims, we are opposed to them is simply against reason and common sense. Islam clearly does not teach such a doctrine.

Having said this, I should also say that a Muslim cannot wear a T-shirt with a Cross symbol on it; for the Cross represents the doctrine of crucifixion and divinity of Jesus, which are abominations in Islam. Islam is strictly based on Oneness of God that all prophets, including Jesus taught and lived for.

I pray to Allah to help us all live by the doctrine of tawhid (oneness) and die on it and be raised up on it in order for us to be gathered under the banner of the Messenger of Allah, the seal of prophets.

Allah Almighty knows best.