Date : 12-07-2009

Question :

What is the ruling of Sharia on buying and selling fireworks and using them in weddings and other joyful events?

The Answer :

Praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. May His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

Fireworks shouldn`t be bought or sold for the following reasons:

1-Disturbing the sick, the learners, and the sleeping, be they young or old.

2-Spending money for nothing. According to Sharia, it is prohibited to squander or be prodigal. Allah the Almighty says {What means}: " Lo! the squanderers were ever brothers of the devils, and the devil was ever an ingrate to his Lord." {Al-Isra`, 27}. Allah also says {What means}: " Eat ye of the fruit thereof when it fruiteth, and pay the due thereof upon the harvest day, and be not prodigal. Lo! Allah loveth not the prodigals." {Al-An`am, 141}.

Squandering refers to spending wastefully or extravagantly while being prodigal refers to spending a lot of money carelessly without thinking what will happen when there is none left.

3-The smoke from the fireworks could be harmful to health.

4-Fireworks could cause injuries and start fires, if not used properly. And Allah the Almighty knows best.