It is permissible to write the Basmalah
(“Bismillaah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem”) on wedding invitations, given that after the
event they will be thrown on the streets or into the garbage?
Praise be to Allaah.
It is permissible to write the Basmalah on invitations and other
letters, because the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to
begin his letters by mentioning the name of Allaah. It is not permissible for anyone who
receives a letter in which Allaah is mentioned or an aayah of the Qur’aan is quoted
to throw it into the garbage or put it in any undesirable place. The same applies to
newspapers and other similar papers: it is not permitted to mishandle them or throw them
in the garbage, or to use them to wrap food or other things, because the name of Allaah is
mentioned in them. The sin is on the person who does this, not on the one who writes it.
And Allaah knows best.