Is it permissible to wish our Christian friends merry Christmas?
Is it haram wishing merry Christmas
The first question on the WhatsApp is from Ferdos sheikh, who is a marketing executive from New York.
Is it permissible to wish our Christian friends merry Christmas? A similar question is post by Khadija Soleman, She is a university student from London UK. Can we accept food or gifts from our Christian friend on the occasion of Christmas? Another similar question is post by Sultan khan, from Toronto Canada. Even though we know that merry Christmas celebrating is wrong, Can we politely wish our Christian friends? Compliments of the season or happy days. In our heart we disagree with them but to maintain the friendship, Can we say good words to them. The basic question asked is that can Muslim wish their Christian friend merry Christmas?
can they exchange food and festivals on the occasion of Christmas or knowing it is wrong, Can we politely say some kind words or can we say happy season or complement of the season is it permissible? As far as wishing, non-Muslims on the festivals, most of the non-Muslims festivals they involve either shirk. Or they involve things which are not permitted in our Sharia. So most of the festival since they involve shirk or things which are prohibited in a sharia but naturally wishing them on things which is wrong is prohibited in Islam. Allah Subahana tawalla say in the Quran, in Surah Maidah, chapter number five, verse number two that ” “Help you one another in Al-Birr & At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah, verily Allah is Severe in punishment.” So we cannot help one another whether it is Muslims or non-Muslims in things which are prohibited in things which are sins. Allah says in the Quran, in surah Forqan, Chapter no 25, Verse no 72 that “(The true servants of the Merciful One) are those who do not bear witness to any falsehood and who, when they pass by frivolity, pass by it with dignity. So here Allah says in the quran that the two believers the moment they don’t witness falsehood.”
we wish a non-Muslim in festival which is against the sharia but natural we are agreeing to things which are wrong and we are saying that what they are doing is right. It is like, we know very well that most of the festivals involve shirk and especially Christmas. So when we wish someone merry Christmas what are we saying, is that we are congratulating them for the festival of Christmas. And Christmas is a festival which the Christians believe that Jesus Christ peace is upon him who they consider to be god or the son of god was born on the 25 December. and they celebrate as the birthday of their god. Now when we wish them merry Christmas what are we doing. We are actually congratulating them on the shirk and giving shahada and bearing witness.
that Allah Subahana taw’ala was born on the 25th December. So we are actually taking part in the shirk. And Allah clearly mentions in the glorious Quran in surah Forqan, chapter number 25, verse no 72, that “they don’t witness falsehood”.
Is it haram wishing merry Christmas(today question)
Allah says in surah Maidah chapter no. two that ‘Don’t help one another in sin and transgression. So when we wish them merry Christmas, We are giving shahada, we are bearing witness that, Nawjubillah, Allah begot a son on the 25th of December or Nawjubillah Allah was born on the 25 December. Both of these things are absolutely against the teaching of Islam.
Allah says in the Quran in surah Maryam chapter no 19, verse 88-92, that “(19:88) They claim: “The Most Compassionate Lord has taken a son to Himself.” (19:89) Surely you have made a monstrous statement. (19:90) It is such a monstrosity that heavens might well-nigh burst forth at it, the earth might be cleaved, and the mountains fall (19:91) at their ascribing a son to the Most Compassionate Lord.
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who says that Allah has begotten a son, it is the biggest abuser to Allah. As though the skies are ready to burst open, the earth to spit asunder what the khirinjibal. And the mountains to fall down to utter ruin, if anyone say that Allah begotten a son. If the sky had feelings it would burst open. The mountain would have fallen down to utter ruin and imagine We Muslims who claim to believing in one Allah, believing tawhid, and believing in against shirk. If we wish them merry Christmas, We are giving shahada that Allah subhanahu WA ta’ala has begotten a son on the 25th of December. It is the biggest shirk. The reason all almost all the classical scholar’s the medieval scholar’s- They said it is haram according sheikh Islam Ibne taimiya , he says that ” Wishing the non-muslims on the festival is prohibited. Even exchanging food or wearing their clothes or bathing or using firework on the festival of the non-Muslim, it is prohibited. We cannot even take part in the celebration. We cannot even wish them on the days and Sheikh Islam Ibne Taimiya is very clear, all the things are haram and it is prohibited in Islam. According to Ibne Kaiyum (May Allah mercy on him) he says that wishing the non-muslims on the festivals most of which involve shirk.
things which haram is totally prohibited in Islam. It is like wishing them, for example- someone does adultery and you’re saying well you have adultery. Some one drink alcohol and you’re saying well you have drunk alcohol, these are sins. so when you wish them in the festival you are agreeing with them that what they are doing is right. And it is totally prohibited. So almost all the scholars that you find the classical and the medieval scholars they say it is prohibited. Today you may find some scholar who may say it is permissible. Because there is no text in the Quran which prohibits, greeting them or exchanging gifts etc. but this is only in small number and they are not following the classical scholar’s. So According to me, I do agree with circle Islamic Ibne Taimiya and Abdul Kaiyum and most of the majority scholars that wishing non-Muslims, during the festival is prohibited. And if you read that almost all the classical scholars have prohibited. So according to me wishing the Christian merry Christmas is prohibited. Even saying to them good words, because you want to be politely to them saying compliment of the season or saying have a happy day. Wishing good things for the non-Muslims worldly thing, it is permitted there is no problem at all.
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specifically picking on the days the festival and wishing them on this festival this is not permitted. Because you are going out of the way to wish them on the festival that means you encouraging the festival. And you’re agreeing with the festival which is prohibited. Otherwise wishing food things for the non-Muslims, good health when they have wealth, it’s all permitted normally. But specifically wishing them on the festival is actually encouraging them and according to me and according to majority of the scholars this is prohibited.
Taking part in the celebration or exchanging gifts or wearing good clothes is prohibited. I would go a step further and say that we have many of the Muslim who is business man who try and do more business during festival of the non-Muslims. And they have a Christmas sale, then they have Diwali sale thinking they will do more business. According to me even this is prohibited. The moment it’s a Christmas sale that means agreeing with Christmas. That means you agree that Allah Subahana taw’ala, Nowjubillah begotten son on the 25 December. You are agreeing that Allah was born on 25 December, Nowjubillah.
Is it haram wishing merry Christmas——-So for a Muslim to wish the non-Muslims on the festival
Or to take part on festival or exchange gifts or even try and do more business taking advantage of their festival and saying we are having Christmas sale. It is not permitted and it is not correct according to the sharia. There are may be certain non-Muslims who may be not understand. And who may feel offended. I give the reply that in our festivals we don’t force any of the non-Muslims that they should follow the festival.
If Hindu who is a vegetarian; I would not expect him to come and wish me during Bhakri or ‘Eid-ul azha, to wish me happy ‘Eid. Because he doesn’t believe in eating goat or meat and beef. So I would not be offended if he does not come and wish me happy idul Azhah. If I tell all the Hindus, even though you are vegetarian which many are you should come. And wish me on ‘Eid-ul Azaha. They should do offend it how can they wish me on idul Azhah. And we know that in either, we sacrifice the goat or we sacrifice a cow, this they think is wrong. So I respect their views. So similarly a non-muslim should respect my views. I expect the Christian to respect my views. Now the question comes that if a Christian comes and wishes you cannot reply. Suppose He says merry Christmas you cannot reply merry Christmas. or same to you this is also prohibited.
What can we do?
This is the best is to keep silent? The best is if you know comparative religion.If you have seen my lectures replying with ikma is the best. But if you don’t know any reply. The best is to keep silent. Or you can say that may peace be you or you can wish them may Allah giver you hidayah. That is the best. Wishing hidayah for the non-Muslim is the best dua you can do to them.
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Is it haram wishing merry Christmas