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Saying the n word

Fatwaa ID: 2104

Assalamualaykum warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuhu,
Is it permissible for a Muslim to say the N word with the intent of the meaning being friendly?

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

The N word, “nigga”, is a derogatory word and a variant of the slur “nigger”. It is inappropriate to use such words to refer to anyone or address them even if the intent is to mean “being friendly”. As Muslims, we must be mindful of the words we utter as they are recorded and also have consequences. Likewise, Islam has shunned racism. One must be cautious of this.

The usage of this word as a substitute for “bro” is socially acceptable only if used by an African American towards another African American, this too in some places and cultures. Despite the social acceptance, here too it would be inappropriate Islamically. The usage of this word is not acceptable socially if used by a person of any other race. It is important that one does not get affected by the unIslamic cultures around him. As Muslims, we are people of principle and value. Our divine values are far more superior than the values of others.

One should address his Muslim brother with kind, honorable and respectful words. This will strengthen the bond of brotherhood.

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

07/23/1445 AH – 02/04/2024 CE | 799

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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