What is meant by ruqam (marks or stripes on clothes) in the hadeeth “except ruqam on textiles”?
Praise be to Allaah.
The scholars (may Allaah have mercy on them) interpreted
ruqam in two ways:
That it refers to images in carpets and similar items, which
are walked on and are not treated in a respectful manner like pillows.
This is allowed, because the Messenger
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) allowed it. What is meant
is that he allowed their use, but making images is not allowed.
That it refers to decorations on garments, apart from pictures
or images. Decoration on clothing is fine and does not come under the
ruling on images. What is forbidden is images of animate beings, human
or otherwise, because it was reported that the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) entered upon ‘Aa’ishah and
saw a garment on which there was an image. He got angry and tore it
down, and said, “The makers of these images will be punished on the
Day of Resurrection, and they will be told, ‘Give life to that which
you have created.’ ‘Aa’ishah said: So I made it into two pillows on
which the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) could recline. Al-Nasaa’i narrated with
a saheeh isnaad from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that
the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) had an appointment with Jibreel, and he was late,
so he went out to him and found him waiting for him (outside). Jibreel
said to him: “In the house there is a statue, and a curtain with images
on it, and a dog. Go and break the head off the statue so that it will
look like a tree, and go and make two pillows out of the curtain that
will be thrown on the floor and stepped on, and go and throw the dog
out.” The Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) went and did that, then Jibreel (peace be upon
him) came in. Abu Hurayrah said: the dog was a puppy underneath a bed
in the house, which has been brought in by al-Hasan and al-Husayn.
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