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By Shaykh al-Uthaymeen (rahimullah)

 

Question: What is the ruling on congratulating the disbelievers on their Christmas celebration? And how do we respond to them if they greet us with it. And is it permissible to go to the places where they are having celebrations for that purpose. And does the person (Muslim) take a sin if he does the aforementioned without any intent? Rather he only does it being courteous, or due to shyness or due to being put in an awkward situation, or due to some other reasons. And is it permissible to resemble them in this?

 

Answer: Congratulating the disbelievers on their Christmas celebration or other than that from their religious holidays is not permissible according to the consensus. As was related by Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimullah) in his book, ‘The ruling on the people beneath the Muslim’s protection’, when he said:

 

“As for congratulating the disbelievers for their religious ceremonies that have Kufr (disbelief) attached to it then it is not permissible according to the consensus. For example congratulating them for their holidays or their fasts, so the person says, ‘May you have a bless holiday’, or he wishes them well for their holiday or something like that. So this, if the one who says it escapes from falling into Kufr (disbelief), is from the impermissible things. And it is on the same level as congratulating them for prostrating to the cross. Rather it is a greater sin with Allah. And it is a more severe abomination than to congratulate them for drinking alcohol and killing someone, committing illegal sexual intercourse and things of this nature. And many of the people who don't have any deen fall into this. And he doesn't know the ugliness (evil) of what he has done. So whoever congratulates a person for committing sins, or innovations, or disbelief, then he has exposed himself to the hate, wrath (anger) of Allah. [End of the Shaykh's (Ibn al-Qayyim) speech]

 

(Shaykh Uthaymeen continues…)

 

So congratulating the disbelievers on the religious holidays is not permissible, as shown by the proof brought by Ibn al-Qayyim. Because in it, (congratulating the kuffar on their religious holidays) is an approval for what they are upon from their Kufr ceremonies, and showing them that you are please with it. Even if the person is not pleased with the actual Kufr itself, it is also not permissible for the Muslim to be pleased with Kufr ceremonies, or to congratulate them for it.

 

Because Allah Subahana Wa Ta’ala is not pleased with that, as He (Subahana Wa Ta’ala says:

 

"If you disbelieve, then verily, Allah is not in need of you, He likes not disbelief for His slaves. And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you." (39:7)

 

And He (Subahana Wa Ta’ala) says:

 

"This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion." (5:3)

 

So congratulating them with this is haraam whether this person is your co-worker or not.

 

So if they greet us with their holiday greeting we don't respond to them with it, because it's not our holiday, and they are holidays that Allah is not pleased with, and because it is something that is either innovated in their religion, or it was legislated but has since been abrogated by the deen of Islam that which Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) was sent with to all of the creation. And Allah Subahana Wa Ta’ala says about it (i.e. Islam):

 

"And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers." (3:85)

 

And for the Muslim to accept their invitations to these occasions (holiday celebrations) is haraam (Impermissible) because this is worse than congratulating them with it, because this would entail participating with them in this. Also it is haraam for the Muslim to imitate the disbelievers by establishing celebrations for these occasions, or to exchanges gifts, or to distribute sweets, or trays of food, or to stop work or anything like this. Due to the statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam):

 

"Whoever imitates a people is from them."

 

Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimullah) said in his book, Follow the Straight Path and Oppose the Path to the Fire:

 

"Imitating them in some of their celebration causes happiness in their hearts for what they are upon from false hood. And it is possible that this might encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity to humiliate the weak minded." [End of the Shaykh’s (Ibn Taymiyyah) speech]

 

And whoever does anything from this is a sinner. And it is the same whether he did it being courteous, or seeking friendship, or due to shyness, or any other reason, because this is from being deceitful in the deen of Allah. And this is from the reasons that reinforce the psyche of the disbelievers and to make them proud of their deen.

 

Translated summary by Rasheed Barbee.

Edited by abu_suhaylah

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:D bro, and sis. This information will be of benefit to all of us :P , especially now.

 

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Walaikum Salaam,

 

Alhamdulillah!

 

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,

 

Abu Suhaylah.

Asalaam alaykum,

 

OK, now I know I'm probably starting to get on some nerves here :D but here is the deal: I come from a very strict Southern Baptist background and my family is celebrating Christmas back home (obviously). Now, I being a Muslim have not celebrated Christmas since I reverted, but is there some nice way to NOT congratulate family members at this time, without causing hard feelings between them and me? I mean, they already think I'm going to Hell just for being a Muslim, so I'd really rather not drive more of a wedge between them and me.

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asalaamu alaikum,

 

jazackallahu khair for sharing. Though, I am having problems on the job. I very recently was reassigned, and I am now working with many non-muslims who do not yet know I am muslim, I leave for duhr and asr in the afternoon to go to a private special needs room I have been given access to, so they do not yet know, I just get up and leave and come back. Everyone is giving holiday greetings. I try politely explaining when it is said to me, and my closest coworkers understand, but still some insist on saying it to me, and I can't explain to everybody, there just is not the time for me to be doing this, and how do I respond when it is said to me on the phone? I ignore it and do not respond as much as I can, but I do not want to appear to be impolite. I have to work with these people everyday?

 

I started saying sometimes 'you too' back to the greetings, especially was using this on the phone to not be impolite to customers. Is this permissable? I know it is not deep down astaugfurAllah, but what is suggested that I do?

 

wasalaam

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Assalaamu Alaikum,

 

Dear Branwen and Immaad,

 

I know exactly where you are coming from because I have been there. I just tell them (since everyone knows I am Muslim) that we do not celebrate christamas in Islam, most are understanding and if they are not then there is not much I can do about that. Sometimes it has proved as an excellent door opener to give dawah. My family used to put a lot of pressure on me to attend there festivals of kufr but now they have given up asking me and just accept, all be it they dont agree.

 

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,

 

Abu Suhaylah.

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asalaamu alaikum

 

 

A couple of my christian collegues at work told me merry christmas and I just did not answer them , they must think i am rude or something but i think i will explain it to them later .

 

Sometimes it has proved as an excellent door opener to give dawah

 

Indeed it is Akhi abu suhaylah .

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asalamu alaikum

 

ok today, i have replied back to many people with these words...

 

"i'm muslim and you know that i dont celebrate christmas... however, i hope you are a having a good time..."

 

they ask why not and i say...

 

"i'll explain some day later"

 

this is ok insha Allah...

 

wasalamu alaikum

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asalamu alaikum

 

ok today, i have replied back to many people with these words...

 

"i'm muslim and you know that i dont celebrate christmas... however, i hope you are a having a good time..."

 

they ask why not and i say...

 

"i'll explain some day later"

 

this is ok insha Allah...

 

wasalamu alaikum

 

Walaikum Salaam,

 

Mash Allah, but I am not sure about adding that we hope they should have a good time because what they are doing is complete disobedience to Allah. If they ask why, that is your chance to give daw’ah so explain now; you might not have another day to explain. When giving daw’ah always talk about Tawheed and call people to it, even if they talk about something else, bring them back to Tawheed. My dad was asking why photographs are haraam, so this gave me an excellent opportunity to talk about Tawheed because it meant I was easily able to explain to him how the usage of images (statues) led to the first acts of shirk ever being committed.

 

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,

 

Abu Suhaylah.

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As a non-Muslim, may I ask if it is permissible for a Muslim to reply as follows :

 

(Kafur) "Merry Christmas"

(Muslim) "Peace on Earth"

 

or

 

(Kafur) "Merry Christmas"

(Muslim) "May Allah Bless You, and may You find Him"

 

 

I figure that this is a way of politely responding to what is intended to be an expression of kindliness and friendship, without acknowledging the Kafur's belief directly. The first example wishes the whole world would be D'ar al Islam. A Christian may interpret it as just being consistent with the Christian belief that the Angel Gabrial announced the birth of Jesus with the phrase "Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all Men".

 

The second example is an expression of kindliness and friendship in return, as well as a wish to see the original well-wisher be blessed by Allah (swt) and so convert to Islam. But to a Christian, it may be interpreted purely as "God's blessing be upon you", totally in keeping with the Christmas Spirit.

 

I hope that this way you can remain true to your belief, while politely returning the good wishes of another. I would appreciate the comment of any Islamic scholar on this, as I have no wish to lead you astray.

 

In the meantime, I wish you Peace, and may the Compassionate and the Merciful bless you.

 

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It's indeed somewhat ackward for them to wished us muslims a merry christmas. Living in a multi-racial soceity whereby we muslims mixed around with non-muslims at work, neighbours and fiends do put us in an unpleasant disposition. And on top of that when we celebrate our 'Eid they wished us happy 'eid too.

 

To prevent them from thinking that we are being rude we need to response in a way that does'nt compromised our beliefs and faith and at the same time does'nt embarassed them.

 

It is our heart that Allah will judged. Each and every brother had to find a way befits the situation when the wished is made. I usually just simle at them and nod my head depending on the situations. :D

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Asalamu Alaykum

 

Jizakallah khair bro Abu for that article. Where I study Muslims are rare…to think of it I’m the only Muslim practicing person out of over 1000 pupils. When my friends greet me with merry Christmas (even though they know I’m Muslim) I don’t say anything…instead I just say “finally a break from hard work�

 

However what do you do with Christmas cards? Every year I come home with at least 50 Christmas card…I don’t thank them but sometimes they ask me if I like it so I have to open it and say what I think. What does one say?

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Asalamu Alaykum

 

Jizakallah khair bro Abu for that article. Where I study Muslims are rare…to think of it I’m the only Muslim practicing person out of over 1000 pupils. When my friends greet me with merry Christmas (even though they know I’m Muslim) I don’t say anything…instead I just say “finally a break from hard work�

 

However what do you do with Christmas cards? Every year I come home with at least 50 Christmas card…I don’t thank them but sometimes they ask me if I like it so I have to open it and say what I think. What does one say?

 

Walaikum Salaam,

 

Wa eyyakum,

 

It is best if you do not accept them and you can explain why to them, so these situations are in reality good opportunities to call the people to Tawheed. If we look how hard the Prophets had it, many were even killed by the people they were sent to, but they never compromised their deen.

 

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,

 

Abu Suhaylah.

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Asalaamualaikum

 

i work for a call centre at the moment and customers were always saying merry xmas, and i'd just say "you too" or "happy holiday".

 

also i never initiate a greeting like that. alot of my muslim friends bought xmas cards for the christian colleagues and thought i was being "scrooge" for not buying one :D

 

Oh well i dont feel any less or feel like anyone dislikes me for the way ive acted at xmas, all the non-muslim colleagues are still just as friendly.

 

the only problem was the number of xmas cards on my desk, theyre were piling up and i cudnt bare throwing them in the bin infrotn of the everyone! i just left them at the end of my desk i dont think anyone was too bothered, hpefully the cleaners will have scrapped them by now!!!!

 

It's more refreshing NOT saying merry xmas! I get more angry than the "christians" on the way "xmas" as become so commercialised. i know the date is a myth anyway, but its still "thought to be" the birth of one of our dear Prophets, Isa (as) and it hurts the way this secular community has used and abused something like this!

 

Celebrating our Prophet :D birthday is making us look like them and we should strive to differ from the disbelievers in every way,

 

Making a duah for the Prophet's (may Allah swt be pleased with them all) is sufficient inshallah.

 

Ma'salaama

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Is it appropriate to say:

 

1. May God show you the straight path!

2. May God place light in you heart! light = fitra, Islam, hidaya, knowledge, insight,

 

It is good to use these as the great opportunity for dawah. Remember, the fitrah is every Son and Daughter of Adam, in everyone of us.

 

Surah al-Maryam was the key for the king of Abissinia to revert to Islam. The fitrah was stronger than the inspiration of Shaytan.

 

When you go to a Christmas celebration with you friends. Play the recitation of Surah Maryam or Surah Imran etc. This will awake the fitrah of those who are chosen for that and then you can distinguish between the real kuffar and those who are sleeping or searching or just ignorant.

 

Because the Kuffar are those who receive signs or not they do not believe and they are those whose eyes are already veiled and whose hearts are already blocked by Allah.

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I'm surprised that no one mentioned Merry Kufr-mas?

 

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Assalamu Aleikum

 

Islam is the religion of straightforwardness. We talk straightforward without rudeness. Even Musa and Harun, aleihi salam, first talked to Pharaoh in a soft manner so that he might belief and repent. But straightforwardness is importants.

The sons and daughters of Adam all have the fitrah, Islam as the original state.

 

I am against saying this but meaning that. Dubious sects do that but Muslims are not esoteric but exoteric. To have two faces is an evil. A two faced person will get severe punishment on the day of Judgment. There tongue will be put on fire. I do not recommend to go to a Christian to say Merry Christmas but then turn my back and then curse him for being a Christian. There many nice ways how to respond.

 

Salam

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Wa Alaikum Assalam Wr Wb

 

A couple of people wished me 'happy holidays' and I either just looked uncomfortable and/or said 'you too'. I found that if I look uncomfortable, they realize they said it to a person who does not celebrate their holidays...and they apologize and start asking me questions. If I say 'you too', they don't ask questions. So my conclusion is to just tell them that Muslims don't celebrate their holidays and they become interested. I got candy from a Christian and I accepted it....should I have? I mean, she didn't wish me a merry Christmas.....Allahu Alam. For the most part, I don't encounter this problem because people know I'm a Muslim because of my hijab.

 

Assalam Alaikum Wr Wb

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Since Christmas and New Years fall in the same holiday span, I just reply with Happy Holidays to them.

 

Plus I don't know about where you all live but in New York, Merry Christmas has become passe and now people wish each other Happy Holidays. In fact there was news program on how Happy Holidays has replaced merry Christmas. The words Merry Christmas cannot be found anywhere now, in tv commercials or newspaper advertisements....

 

Times are changing...

 

 

laevanay

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"happy hollidays" is like saying merry Xmas innit? I mean...you do mean the "Christian holy" days when u say that, it is Xmas u r talking about....?

 

 

Is saying "happy new year" also haram? I said that instead of "merry Xmas"....just to be polite.

?

 

I only have one Christian friend and I haven't said anything to her she was wishing me a merry Christmas...I didn't send her an e-mail back u see....

 

 

 

salaam

Edited by sis Qassab

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