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Question:

I see many Muslims joining in Christmas and other celebrations. Is there any evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah that I can present to them to prove that these are indeed very sinful practices?

 

Answer:

Praise be to Allah. It is not permissible to join in the non-Muslims' festivals for the following reasons:

Firstly: because this entails imitating or resembling them, and the Prophet peace be upon him said:

[مَنْ تَشَبَّهَ بِقَوْمٍ, فَهُوَ مِنْهُمْ].

[Whoever imitates a people is one of them] (Sunan Abu Dawood, 4031).

This is a serious warning. Abdullah bin Al-‘Aas said: "Whoever lives in the land of the Mushrikeen and celebrates their Nawrooz (New Year) and their festivals, and imitates them until he dies, he will be a loser on the Day of Resurrection".

Secondly: taking part in their festivals is a kind of befriending them and showing love for them. Allah Almighty says:

{ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَىٰ أَوْلِيَاءَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ} (المائدة:51)

Interpretation of the meaning: {O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them amongst you,  then indeed, he is [one] of them} (Qur'an 5:51)

 

{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا عَدُوِّي وَعَدُوَّكُمْ أَوْلِيَاءَ تُلْقُونَ إِلَيْهِم بِالْمَوَدَّةِ وَقَدْ كَفَرُوا بِمَا جَاءَكُم مِّنَ الْحَقِّ}(الممتحنة:1)

{O you who have believed, do not take My enemies and your enemies as allies, extending to them affection while they have disbelieved in what came to you of the truth}  (Qur'an 60:1).

Thirdly: festivals are the matter of religion and beliefs, not the matter of worldly customs, as is indicated by the hadeeth of the Prophet peace be upon him:

[إن لكل قوم عيدًا, وهذا عيدُنا]

[Every people have Eid (a festival) and it is our Eid] (Sahih Muslim, 952).

So their Eid or festival reflects their corrupt beliefs of Kufr and Shirk. 

Fourthly: Allah Almighty says:

{وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الزُّورَ} (الفرقان:72)

Interpretation of the meaning: {And [they are] those who do not testify to falsehood} (25:72) 

The scholars interpreted "falsehood" in this verse as the festivals of Mushrikeen. It is not permissible to give any of them cards for their festivals, or to sell them cards or any of the other things they need for their festivals such as lights, trees or food – including turkey, candy canes, etc. 

 

Source: https://islamqa.info/en/1130

 

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