In the Name
of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre
We are lining in Global
we listen and watch what is going around the globe, including others
festivals. We need to be very careful and must find the boundary limits
about these. Any wrong doing may cause Allah’s anger as in the
beginning of 21st century, we already are seeing around Muslims world,
probably due to openly disobeying Allah’s command. One after
another Muslim countries are falling down into traps of Shaitaan and
Great Massacre of people is going on. We must know the limits, and keep
asking Allah for his guidance. Due to misconception among Muslims,
wastage of everything is going on, while many poor are facing Great
A Muslim is not allowed
participate in any religious aspect of a celebration which is related
to non-Muslims. However, we should not forget our role in society. We
should be good examples to others. Islaam urges us to be kind to
everyone without any kind of discrimination due to differences in faith
or race, (Ref: Al_Quraan_060.008).
Muslims are forbidden to
religious feasts, such as Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, etc. For other
Non-Religious festivals like New Year, we must be very careful and make
sure not to over expense, not crossing the boundary limits of the
Quraan and instead help the needy. Keep in mind every day and night is
made by Allah and it is for our counting. Even before the start of our
counting of days there were days and night existed. However it is
allowed to take part in the general, non-religious aspects of
celebrations of other feasts, if living in non-Muslim countries. We
already have Islamic celebrations of the two Eids, so we must avoid
celebrating other festivals. Even in Eid festivals we must avoid over
expense and showoffs etc., also keep in mind that it is not making
difficult for others who cannot afford to celebrate like this or it is
not making people to fall into race of showoffs.
If one is living in
countries, it is allowed for him/her to take part in non-religious
aspects of the celebrations of other feasts in his/her
workplaces/Institutions. Make sure not to do over expense or waste or
crossing the boundary limit of the Quraan, instead help the needy.
non-Muslims on their
religious or non-religious feasts is part of the good relations that we
are commanded to do so, as long as it comes under the boundary limit of
the Quraan, e.g. we can say to Christian fellow Merry Christmas, or
Hindu fellow Happy Diwali, or Jews fellow Happy Hanukkah etc., (Ref:
Allah does not forbid
those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion,
and have not driven you forth from your homes, that you show them
kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of
O you who believe! Take
not the Jews and Christians for Auliyaa (protectors and helpers). They
are protectors one to another. He
among you who takes them for protectors is (one) of them.
Lo! Allah guides not wrongdoing folk, (Al_Quraan_005.051).
O you who believe!
Choose not for
Auliyaa (protectors and helpers) such of those who received the
Scripture before you, and of the disbelievers, as make a jest and sport
of your religion. But keep your duty to Allah if you are true
This day (all) the good
(Clean/Halaal) things are allowed to you; and the food (Clean/Halaal)
of those who have been given the Book is lawful for you and your food
is lawful for them; and the chaste women from the believers and the
chaste women (True Jews or True Christen Believer Women) from among
those who have been given the Book before you (are lawful for you);
when you have given them their dowries (Mahr), taking (them) in
marriage, not fornicating nor taking them for paramours in secret; and
whoever denies faith, his work indeed is of no account, and in the
hereafter he shall be one of the losers, (Al_Quraan_005.005).
must NOT greet other fellow Muslims on other’s Non-Muslim
festivals, like saying Happy New Year, etc. We already have two Eids,
and on this occasion we are supposed to say Eid Mubarak and Ramadaan
Mubarak to each other etc.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Al-Quraan, the Miracle of Miracles and free from contradictions and