Respect For The National Anthem Or
Flag: Ruling On Standing When The National Anthem Is
Played, The Flag Saluted?
Islamic Rulings - Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
What is the ruling on
standing when the national anthem is played, or when
the flag is saluted?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Playing or listening to national anthems is haraam.
This has been discussed in the answer to question no.
5000 and 20406. It makes no difference whether what is
played is songs or the national anthem or anything
Standing by way of humility and veneration is not
befitting unless it is done for Allaah.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"And stand before Allaah with obedience"
Allaah has said that because of His greatness and
majesty, the greatest of creation (the angels) will
stand for Him on the Day of Resurrection and no one
will speak until after Allaah has given him
permission. He says (interpretation of the meaning):
"The Day that Ar‑Rooh [Jibreel (Gabriel) or another
angel] and the angels will stand forth in rows, they
will not speak except him whom the Most Gracious (Allaah)
allows, and he will speak what is right"
The one who claims that there is any created being for
whom one should stand out of respect have given that
created being one of the rights of Allaah.
Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) said: "Whoever likes men to stand up for
him, let him take his place in Hell." Narrated by al-Tirmidhi
(2755); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
That is because this is part of the might and pride
that belongs only to Allaah.
See: Tafseer al-Tahreer wa'l-Tanweer by al-Taahir ibn
The caliph al-Mahdi entered the Mosque of the
Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) and the people all stood up for him except
Imam Ibn Abi Dhi'b. It was said to him: Stand up; this
is the Ameer al-Mu'mineen. He said: The people should
only stand up for the Lord of the Worlds.
Al-Mahdi said: Let him be, for all the hairs of my
head have stood on end.
Siyar A'laam al-Nubala' (7/144).
The scholars of the Standing Committee were asked: Is
it permissible to stand to show respect to any
national anthem or flag?
It is not permissible for the Muslim to stand out of
respect for any national anthem or flag, rather this
is a reprehensible innovation which was not known at
the time of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) or at the time of the
Rightly-Guided Caliphs (may Allaah be pleased with
them), and it is contrary to perfect Tawheed and
sincere veneration of Allaah alone. It is also a means
that leads to shirk and is an imitation of the kuffaar
in their reprehensible customs, and following them in
their exaggeration about their presidents and in their
ceremonies. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him) forbade imitating them.
And Allaah is the Source of strength; may Allaah send
blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his
family and companions. End quote.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah (1/235).
And Allaah knows best.