Ruling on celebrating non-Muslim holidays and congratulating them

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    Ruling on celebrating non-Muslim holidays and congratulating them

    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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    assalamu alaykum

    since when are you a scholar to be giving tafsir to ayaat of the Qur'an?

    I would wish you could stop writing your own fatawa. What the brother put, was correct. This whole thing has been discussed many times before in the past.

    The Ayah you put, is about the Salam, its about normal greetings. Not the greetings of Shirk from the Mushrikeen and others.

    IF someone says hi, hello etc, there is nothing wrong with it. Even if a non-Muslim gives us salams we can reply to it.

    But, not when they say "Happy Shirk Filled Day, oh by the way we bombed your Muslim brothers and sisters", what should one do? smile, crawl on hands and knees, and say oh yes, thank you. I wish you it too, may we come to your church and let us both pray together.. I wont offend you by declining your offer at a chance to preach to me your religion etc etc

    Its Not rude to not suck up to the disbelievers. You can tell them you do not celebrate their festival ! Tell them you are Muslim, but you do not need to make some sort of pseudo smart wishy washy reply.

    1. The Muslims are superior to the Non-Muslims, due to our belief in Allah alone. Remember that. Due to being against Shirk, having hatred to Shirk and for calling people to worshipping Allah alone.

    Edit, im closing this thread as this fatwa was put here before and there was another topic made for it in the past. And one of our sisters was unfairly "bashed"

    Happy its Not a New Year!

    Should he respond to non-Muslims when they wish him a Happy New Year?
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