Q&A: “Are carvings of animal symbols allowed?”

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QUESTION: “What is the ruling in Islam regarding the use of carvings of animal symbols for decoration such as on wooden panels, traditional weapons, and walking canes carried by shaykhs? There are two dragons on the hilt of the sword of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) at the Topkapi Palace. What is the significance of this symbol?”
Live Question & Answer session with Lokman Efendi, the khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs)
Osmanli Dergahi – New York

 

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