Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fatwa on NIKE

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The well-known shoe and sports equipment company Nike, Inc. is named after the Greek female god Nike, who represents victory and strength.
In Greek mythology, Nike (Greek: Νίκη , meaning Victory), was a female god who personified triumph throughout the ages of the ancient Greek culture. She is known as the Winged Goddess of Victory.

Question: Is it permissible to wear clothing bearing the Nike motif, as I learned recently that Nike got their name from the Greek goddess of Victory?

Answer: Wearing a garment with the logo of Kufr is prohibited in Islam since Islam prohibits imitating non-Muslims. The Prophet said: "Whoever imitates some people, he is one of them". In another narration he will be resurrected with them". The above Hadith gives a severe threat to those people who imitate Kuffars in their style or manners of talking, acting, wearing, worshipping, or in their feasts or in any other matters which are not legislated for us and are not approved by us.