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Can a muslim celebrate a non muslim holiday like Thanksgiving?

 

Praise be to Allaah.

 

Greeting the kuffaar on Christmas and other religious holidays of theirs is haraam, by consensus, as Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah: "Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah."

 

Congratulating the kuffaar on their religious festivals is haraam to the extent described by Ibn al-Qayyim because it implies that one accepts or approves of their rituals of kufr, even if one would not accept those things for oneself. But the Muslim should not aceept the rituals of kufr or congratulate anyone else for them, because Allaah does not accept any of that at all, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

 

"If you disbelieve, then verily, Allaah 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. . ."

[al-Zumar 39:7]

 

". . . This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion . . ."

[al-Maa’idah 5:3]

 

So congratulating them is forbidden, whether they are one’s colleagues at work or otherwise.

 

If they greet us on the occasion of their festivals, we should not respond, because these are not our festivals, and because they are not festivals which are acceptable to Allaah. These festivals are innovations in their religions, and even those which may have been prescribed formerly have been abrogated by the religion of Islaam, with which Allaah sent Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to the whole of mankind. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"Whoever seeks a religion other than Islaam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers." [Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]

 

It is haraam for a Muslim to accept invitations on such occasions, because this is worse than congratulating them as it implies taking part in their celebrations.

 

Similarly, Muslims are forbidden to imitate the kuffaar by having parties on such occasions, or exchanging gifts, or giving out sweets or food, or taking time off work, etc., because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever imitates a people is one of them." Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah said in his book Iqtidaa’ al-siraat al-mustaqeem mukhaalifat ashaab al-jaheem: "Imitating them in some of their festivals implies that one is pleased with their false beliefs and practices, and gives them the hope that they may have the opportunity to humiliate and mislead the weak."

 

Whoever does anything of this sort is a sinner, whether he does it out of politeness or to be friendly, or because he is too shy to refuse, or for whatever other reason, because this is hypocrisy in Islaam, and because it makes the kuffaar feel proud of their religion.

 

Allaah is the One Whom we ask to make the Muslims feel proud of their religion, to help them adhere steadfastly to it, and to make them victorious over their enemies, for He is the Strong and Omnipotent.

 

 

Majmoo’ah Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 3/369)

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What about holidays that are not Islamic but only celebrated by Muslims, like the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (saws)?

 

Celebrations of birthdays are a pagan origin according to non-Muslim research. The Jahovah Witnesses carry the same belief. Hense, the Prophet :sl: never celebrated his birthday, nor his companions celebrated his or theirs.

 

And congradulating someone for celebrating these things is congradulating them for their disobedience to Allah , Azz Wa Jall.

 

Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Any festivals other than these, whether they are connected to a person, a group, an incident or anything lese, are innovated festivals and it is not permissible for the Muslims to celebrate them or approve of them, express joy on them or help with them in any way, because that is transgressing the sacred limits of Allaah, and whoever transgresses the sacred limits of Allaah has wronged himself. … It is also haraam for a Muslim to help with this festival or any other haraam festivals in any way, whether it has to do with food, drink, selling, buying, manufacturing, giving, corresponding, announcing or anything else, because all of that is cooperating in sin and transgression and disobedience to Allaah and to the Messenger of Allaah, (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

 

“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishmentâ€

 

[al-Maa’idah 5:2]

 

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And Allaah knows best.

 

 

 

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No soul has authority over another. Guidance and straying is a matter between God and you.

 

 

aakwrAllahwbHu

 

 

Alright. So celebrating the Prophet's birthday is a pagan ritual, a bidah, haram? Cool.

 

 

 

la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Al-‘Atheemu Al-Haleemu, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbul ‘arshil-‘atheemi, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-ardhi wa Rabbul-‘arshil-kareemi

there is no god except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne;

there is no god except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.

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No soul has authority over another. Guidance and straying is a matter between God and you.

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Alright. So celebrating the Prophet's birthday is a pagan ritual, a bidah, haram? Cool.

la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Al-‘Atheemu Al-Haleemu, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbul ‘arshil-‘atheemi, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-ardhi wa Rabbul-‘arshil-kareemi

there is no god except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne;

there is no god except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.

 

Respected brother, celebrating birthdays is a bid'ah. Unless you can prove otherwise. And do not put things in a context that sounds the way it does because no one made it sound like that, unless I am having evil assumptions. Or you evil actions.

 

Praise be to Allaah.

 

It is not prescribed to celebrate the birthday of anyone, whether Prophets or anyone else, because that is not narrated in sharee’ah. Rather it is something that has been taken from non-Muslims, such as the Jews, Christians and others.

 

See the answer to question number 10070 and 13810.

 

What is meant by celebrating birthdays here is celebrating on the day on which a person was born, such as celebrating the 12th of Rabee’ al-Awwal which some people believe is the day on which the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was born.

 

With regard to speaking about the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and teaching about him, mentioning his good qualities, virtues and Sunnahs, this is mustahabb and is prescribed at all times, and this is not called a Mawlid, just as celebrating a wedding is not called a Mawlid, but it is common in some Muslim countries to call every celebration that is done in an Islamically acceptable manner, with no dancing, music or mixing, a Mawlid, and they say: we will do a Mawlid on the wedding day or on the circumcision day, and a preacher comes to exhort the people, and a reader comes to read Qur'aan, and so on. There is no basis for giving it this name, and calling it by this name does not change the ruling concerning it. There is nothing wrong with people celebrating the wedding and having someone to address the people and exhort them and remind them of good, or speak about the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and mention his biography and good characteristics. This is prescribed in Islam, and does not come under the heading of celebrating the innovated Mawlid.

 

There is nothing wrong with holding activities or meetings in the Masjid to teach people about the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), without singling out a particular day because of some belief in its virtue, such as the day of the Mawlid or the 15th of Sha’baan (al-nusf min Sha’baan) or the day of the Isra’ and Mi’raaj. Rather that should be done on any ordinary day. There is also nothing wrong with offering food to the people who attend, but it is important to publicise the ruling that this should not be called a Mawlid, and it does not come under the ruling on celebrating the Mawlid, so that no one will think that celebrating the Mawlid is prescribed in Islam.

 

We ask Allah to help you to act in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and to propagate it among people.

 

And Allah knows best.

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No soul has authority over another. Guidance and straying is a matter between God and you.

 

 

aakwrAllahwbHu

 

 

Respected brother, celebrating birthdays is a bid'ah. Unless you can prove otherwise.

 

My knowledgeable sister, I do not intend to prove otherwise. Mashallah (What Allah Wills).

 

 

And do not put things in a context that sounds the way it does because no one made it sound like that, unless I am having evil assumptions. Or you evil actions.

 

I do not understand what you mean by "And do not put things in a context that sounds the way it does because no one made it sound like that, unless I am having evil assumptions. Or you evil actions."

 

This is what you posted:

 

Celebrations of birthdays are a pagan origin according to non-Muslim research. The Jahovah Witnesses carry the same belief.

 

Hense, the Prophet never celebrated his birthday, nor his companions celebrated his or theirs.

 

 

So I don't know what context, evil assumptions and evil actions you are talking about. Please clarify. :-)

 

 

Matter of fact, what you now posted also adds:

 

Rather it is something that has been taken from non-Muslims, such as the Jews, Christians and others.

 

So you have reinforced the impermissibility of the celebration of the Prophet's (sAllahahwaah) birthday, and termed celebrating any birthday (including his) a pagan ritual, imitation of non-Muslims (such as Jews, Christians, and others), bidah, haram. This is exactly how anyone will read what you wrote.

 

 

la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Al-‘Atheemu Al-Haleemu, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbul ‘arshil-‘atheemi, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-ardhi wa Rabbul-‘arshil-kareemi

there is no god except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne;

there is no god except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.

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The fatwa should have been clear enough unless you think yourself of a scholar.

 

You read as you want. I hope you do not take me wordings as ablasphemy of the Prophet :sl:

 

 

Actaually, it seems you are doing that and it only shows how smart of a person you are. Thank you brother. That's the last I needed. What is it with people these days?

 

Do not be underpining things, it shows insincerity. I have no interest to speak to people who alway do talk like that. The Prophet :sl: told us to be direct.

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No soul has authority over another. Guidance and straying is a matter between God and you.

 

 

 

aakwrAllahwbHu

 

 

 

I cannot understand why you are upset, sister. Anyway, whatever makes you feel happy.

 

 

 

The Prophet told us to be direct.

 

Then what are you so defensive about?

 

Or do you deny that what you posted calls celebration of any birthday (including that of the Prophet (sAllahahwaah)):

 

1. Of pagan origin

 

2. Imitation of non-Muslims (such as Jews, Christians, and others)

 

3. Bidah

 

4. Haram

 

 

Please give a direct reply, rather than being tortuous about it. Else I will have to ignore your reply.

 

 

la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Al-‘Atheemu Al-Haleemu, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbul ‘arshil-‘atheemi, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-ardhi wa Rabbul-‘arshil-kareemi

there is no god except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne;

there is no god except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.

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what you posted calls celebration of any birthday (including that of the Prophet (sAllahahwaah)):

 

CELEBRATION of a bunch of innovated imitations from others TO a Prophet's birthdate is haram. Especially if there is music and such when he in an authentic hadith forbade music, forbade imitating the kufar, and so on.

 

Your approach to scholars is very wrong. Learn to respect the ulma. Allah uplifted their status.

 

There is nothing wrong with holding activities or meetings in the Masjid to teach people about the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), without singling out a particular day because of some belief in its virtue, such as the day of the Mawlid or the 15th of Sha’baan (al-nusf min Sha’baan) or the day of the Isra’ and Mi’raaj.
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No soul has authority over another. Guidance and straying is a matter between God and you.

 

 

 

aakwrAllahwbHu

 

 

 

CELEBRATION of a bunch of innovated imitations from others TO a Prophet's birthdate is haram. Especially if there is music and such when he in an authentic hadith forbade music, forbade imitating the kufar, and so on.

 

 

Please don't try to be apologetic about a fatwa you posted, my respected sister.

 

 

Ruling on buying special sweets sold on the Prophet’s birthday (Mawlid)

 

Is it haram to eat the special sweets made for the occasion of the prophet’s Birthday, a day before or after or on the same day? What is the ruling on buying these sweets especially that this type of sweets is related only to this occasion?.

 

Praise be to Allaah.

 

 

Firstly:

 

Celebrating the Mawlid (Prophet’s birthday) is bid’ah (an innovation). It is not narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or any of his companions or the Taabi’een or the Imams. Rather it was innovated by the ‘Ubaydis (Fatimids), who also introduced other innovations and misguidance.

 

The fact that this celebration is an innovation has been discussed in the answer to question no. 10070 and 70317.

 

Secondly:

 

The basic principle is that it is permissible to eat and drink sweets that are free of harmful ingredients, so long as that is not helping in evil or propagating or encouraging its survival.

 

It seems that buying Mawlid sweets at the time of that celebration comes under the heading of helping and propagating it; rather it is a kind of establishing that festival or eid, because an eid is something that people observe regularly. If it is their custom to eat this specific food or they make it for that festival, unlike their habits at other times of the year, then buying and selling it, and eating it or giving it as a gift, on that day, is part of celebrating that festival or establishing it. So it is better for you not to do that on the day of the celebration.

 

In Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah there is a discussion to do with Valentine’s Day and buying sweets that have been coloured red and on which hearts are drawn, as an expression of celebrating that innovated festival. It says:

 

The clear evidence from the Qur’aan and Sunnah – on which there is consensus among the early generations of the ummah – that there are only two Eids or festivals in Islam: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Any festivals other than these, whether they are connected to a person, a group, an incident or anything lese, are innovated festivals and it is not permissible for the Muslims to celebrate them or approve of them, express joy on them or help with them in any way, because that is transgressing the sacred limits of Allaah, and whoever transgresses the sacred limits of Allaah has wronged himself. … It is also haraam for a Muslim to help with this festival or any other haraam festivals in any way, whether it has to do with food, drink, selling, buying, manufacturing, giving, corresponding, announcing or anything else, because all of that is cooperating in sin and transgression and disobedience to Allaah and to the Messenger of Allaah, (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

 

“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishmentâ€

 

[al-Maa’idah 5:2]

 

End quote.

 

And Allaah knows best.

 

 

Your approach to scholars is very wrong. learn to respect the ulma.Allah uplifted their statues.

 

If you had read and understood what you were linking to, you would have saved yourself some trouble, my sister. Please don't be angry at me for what you posted, inshallah.

 

 

la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Al-‘Atheemu Al-Haleemu, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbul ‘arshil-‘atheemi, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-ardhi wa Rabbul-‘arshil-kareemi

there is no god except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne;

there is no god except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.

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No soul has authority over another. Guidance and straying is a matter between God and you.

 

 

 

aakwrAllahwbHu

 

 

 

Apologies if I have hurt or offended you, Orthodox. You are a wonderful sister. :-)

 

 

 

la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Al-‘Atheemu Al-Haleemu, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbul ‘arshil-‘atheemi, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-ardhi wa Rabbul-‘arshil-kareemi

there is no god except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne;

there is no god except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.

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Apologies if I have hurt or offended you, Orthodox. You are a wonderful sister. :-)

 

My brother, what you said implies that I and my brothers and sister, concider the day the Prophet :sl: was born a pagan ritual and other things you said? Your interpretation is wrong and very hurtful that made me cry for some time.

 

Our Resool :sl: being born on a specific day has nothing to do with other practices people are doing. Like the fatwa says, helping such events take place is helping others disobey the rules set by Islam.

 

Allaah says that which translates as: "Say, [O Muhammad], 'If you should love Allaah, then follow me, [so] Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins.

 

Following the Prophet :no: is how we love him :j: By obeying him :D

 

Did the companions, ra, held his birthdate as significant? No. They understood we are a unique umma.

 

Do you love the Prophet :D more than his companions? None of us do. Yet they did not celebrate this day.

 

Please read, quote:

 

· The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam did not only fast on Mondays, but in addition, he would also fast on Thursdays, as he said: "The records of deeds are raised (to Allaah) every Monday and Thursday, therefore, I like to be fasting at this time.†(Tirmidhi). Moreover, the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam did not say that the reason for fasting on a Monday were due to his birth only, but also because of the fact that the records of everybody's deeds are raised to Allaah on these days. Therefore, celebrating Al-Mawlid with the excuse that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam used to fast on a Monday is a misunderstanding and a gross exaggeration of the facts.

 

· The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam did not add any form of celebration to his fasting, as those who celebrate Al-Mawlid do. If people intend to express their gratitude to Allaah by observing Al-Mawlid and they justify it with the excuse that he used to fast on Mondays, then common sense dictates that they must completely imitate the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam in the way that he expressed gratitude to Allaah. Many people who celebrate Al-Mawlid do not fast regularly on Mondays and Thursdays as they deem it to be exhausting. On the contrary, they actually prepare and eat more food than usual as part of their celebration.

 

May Allah, Azz Wa Jalla, preserve you, when you interpret a fatwa in a negative way, contact the scholar and deal with him about it. If impossible, ask a student of knowledge about such a fatwa. Do not go around and propagate such matters unless a particular scholars is out of the fold by holding a kufr belief. Not when a scholar makes a mistake, and especially not when we interpret a scholar as we want.

 

These matters should not divide us, smile. And believers are merciful to eachother, stern toward the disbelievers. So you know how much significant our Resool :D is to us, search other fatwas there, and know that insulting him in any way whatsoever, gets you executed.

Assalamu Alaykum wa rahamtu ALlahi wa barakatuh

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No soul has authority over another. Guidance and straying is a matter between God and you.

 

 

 

aakwrAllahwbHu

 

 

 

Nice to see you again, my sister. :-)

 

 

 

My brother, what you said implies that I and my brothers and sister, concider the day the Prophet was born a pagan ritual and other things you said? Your interpretation is wrong and very hurtful that made me cry for some time.

 

I did not imply that, sister. May Allah AWJ forgive over this whoever between the two of us is in error, and may He remove misunderstandings. Alhamdu lillahi Rabbil aalameen.

 

 

May Allah, Azz Wa Jalla, preserve you, when you interpret a fatwa in a negative way, contact the scholar and deal with him about it. If impossible, ask a student of knowledge about such a fatwa. Do not go around and propagate such matters unless a particular scholars is out of the fold by holding a kufr belief. Not when a scholar makes a mistake, and especially not when we interpret a scholar as we want.

 

These matters should not divide us, smile. And believers are merciful to eachother, stern toward the disbelievers. So you know how much significant our Resool is to us, search other fatwas there, and know that insulting him in any way whatsoever, gets you executed.

 

 

Just to make things clear for myself, sister, do you hold that expressing joy on his birthday is a sin? Because that is the impression I got from that fatwa.

 

JazakAllah. :-)

 

 

la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Al-‘Atheemu Al-Haleemu, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbul ‘arshil-‘atheemi, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-ardhi wa Rabbul-‘arshil-kareemi

there is no god except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne;

there is no god except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.

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I did not imply that, sister. May Allah AWJ forgive over this whoever between the two of us is in error, and may He remove misunderstandings. Alhamdu lillahi Rabbil aalameen.

Ameen. Allah respond.

 

Just to make things clear for myself, sister, do you hold that expressing joy on his birthday is a sin? Because that is the impression I got from that fatwa.

 

:sl: No. Expressing joy can be done in many ways. Though we should always interpret our brothers and sisters in the best way. If they say such things, I am sure it was in error, lol.

 

Also, make sure excessive joy does not happen since Resool, :sl: warned us on that.

 

I am glad our conversation was successful. Most of the time people are very heated.

 

Assalamu ALaykum wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuh

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No soul has authority over another. Guidance and straying is a matter between God and you.

 

 

 

aakwrAllahwbHu

 

 

 

If they say such things, I am sure it was in error, lol.

 

Ha ha ha.

 

 

I am glad our conversation was successful. Most of the time people are very heated.

 

 

Alhamdulillahi Rabbil aalameen, my sister. :-)

 

 

 

la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Al-‘Atheemu Al-Haleemu, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbul ‘arshil-‘atheemi, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-ardhi wa Rabbul-‘arshil-kareemi

there is no god except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne;

there is no god except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.

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