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Baby registry

Fatwaa ID: 334

Asalaamu alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuhu Mufti

Is it permissible to create a baby registry so family, friends and co-workers can purchase gifts online for your baby?

If you don’t want to do it but they keep requesting that you send a list of things you want/need to prevent them from buying things you might not need or want, would that be permissible?

Is it permissible to request store gift cards instead?

Jazakallahu khairan

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

It is a customary practice that people give gifts at the birth of a child. However, at times the gifts may not be beneficial. To prevent that, one may set up a baby registry but this should only be shared with those who ask for such a list. It should not be shared openly lest it becomes somewhat like begging, which is impermissible. As for requests for gift cards, it will be better to avoid it.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

06/16/1444 AH – 01/09/2023 CE | AML1-6823

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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