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Standing for Pledge of Allegiance, graduation gown

Fatwaa ID: 1203

Asalamu’alaikum mufti, what’s the ruling on standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem? Is it permissible to wear a cap and gown for a graduation?

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

  1. It is permissible for an American Muslim to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge does not contain any inappropriate or impermissible words or content. However, when doing so, he should not stand specifically for it. He should excuse himself on religious grounds.
  2. It is permissible to wear graduation caps and gowns. Researchers have differed in regards to its origin. Some have claimed Christian roots while others Muslim. However, there is no substantial backing to support either claims. Even if some substantial backing could be confirmed, then too the permissibility would remain as the general understanding of the people today is that it has no religious significance whatsoever.

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

11/03/1444 AH – 05/23/2023 CE | AML3-3405

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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