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    Question ID: 62420Country: India

    Title: Stone Carving and Stone Angle

    Question: We are manufacturer and trading business of gemstones. We are buying Stone Angel That you can see image at: http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mYyEYKHMiZN7C2aPAmX1qrA.jpg. Can we do business of this stone angle? We are buying from maker and sell to our customer. These angles have no eyes carved. So please update, can we do business of this? (2) We also want to ask can we engrave animal on stones like this see image at: http://ep.yimg.com/ay/mainelyurns/pet-memorial-river-rock-stone-garden-markers-custom-engraved-2.jpg Can we engrave all animal symbols or shape and can remove eye on them so it is possible to engrave on stone?

    Answer ID: 62420

    Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim !

    (Fatwa: 128/D-35/Tatimmah/D=03/1437) (1) It is lawful to sell or buy a gemstone on which no picture of a living being is carved. However, according to the Shariah it shall be unlawful to sell or buy if the stone is carved like any living being and resembles a picture though no eye is carved. (2) It is unlawful to make picture of living being though it is on stones or on some other thing whether eyes are carved or not in both the cases it is unlawful. The picture available on the link which you have provided clearly resembles like the picture of a living being hence it shall be unlawful to make or trade it.

    Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best

    Darul Ifta,

    Darul Uloom Deoband, India