can a muslim pledge alliegence to a flag?
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).
@yaqin, Again, how is that shirk?
Like I've said before, You're not performing shirk until you're literally and figuratively worshiping someone or something other than Allah.
Your simply following the law of your nation, your not worshiping the law, your not believing in what the law says or teaches, your simply respecting your nation.
Please remember, thousands of Americans disagree with the American justice system, yet they still say the pledge of allegiance to show respect for their nation.
You should look over the pledge of allegiance, it's only saying what a great country America is. The lyrics never refer to the secular law system, or anything like that. When you say the pledge of allegiance, your only respecting your country, nothing else.
In fact, the lyrics say that America is one nation under GOD. The term "In God we Trust" is used all over American currency. America is more religious than what you see on media these days.
What would be wrong with that? You're not worshiping the flag, your simply pleading allegiance to your nation. There's nothing wrong with that.
You're not performing shirk until you're literally and figuratively worshiping someone or something other than Allah.
Many so called scholars of Islam say that saying "Ya Mohammad" is a form of shirk. This is far from the truth.
Imam Bukhari, Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyya and Qadi Shawkani all posed a question, that if a person’s foot becomes numb, what should he do? Their recommendations were the same, and included with their answer, the following hadith:
Some time after RasoolAllah, (May Allah bless him and grant him peace), had passed away, ‘Abd Allah Ibn ‘Umar was in Najd where one day his foot became numb. As a remedy to alleviate the pain, a person said to him. “Remember the one whom you love the most!” Upon hearing this Ibn ‘Umar said “Ya Mohammad!" and his foot made an immediate recovery from numbness.