Thursday, 14 December 2017

How about Muslims who celebrate Christmas?

Praise be to Allaah.

Today my article will be about Muslim celebrating Christmas. As we live in a globalized world we see Muslims from different regions are celebrating Christmas and are happy to announce people about their preparation and celebration of Christmas.

What is Christmas?

According to google dictionary "the annual Christian festival celebrating Christ's birth, held on 25 December in the Western Church."

What does Islam say about birth of Jesus(pbuh)?

And mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east.And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man.She said, "Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of Allah ."He said, "I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy.She said, "How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?"He said, "Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, 'It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.' "So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place.

As a muslim we beleive Jesus was a prophet and not a son of god or god himself.Celebrating birth day is not an Islamic practice but an innovation(bidah).The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) told us that: “Every innovation is going astray, and every going astray will be in the Fire.” Narrated by Muslim (867) and an-Nasaa’i (1578)

Was jesus(pbuh) born on day of christmas?

Answer from christians researchers : First, we know that shepherds were in the fields watching their flocks at the time of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:7-8). Shepherds were not in the fields during December. According to Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays , Luke’s account “suggests that Jesus may have been born in summer or early fall. Since December is cold and rainy in Judea, it is likely the shepherds would have sought shelter for their flocks at night” (p. 309).

Is Christmas a festival of Christians?

Yes! no doubt

Can Muslims follow Christians or celebrate their festival ?

Ibn ’Umar (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“He who imitates any people (in their actions) is considered to be one of them.” Related by Abu Dawud graded it as Sahih.

Celebrating any other festival apart from Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, and the weekly “Eid” which is Friday (Yawm al-Jumu‘ah) is not allowed even if it was celebrated as a means of drawing close to Allah or such as celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday (Mawlid); or it is an imitation of the kuffaar(disbeleivers) all these come under innovation or introducing someting new  to the completed religion of Islam (bidah).

So celebrating Christmas is forbidden! To support Iwill add some fatwas from great scholars of Islam:

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Similarly it is forbidden for the Muslims to imitate the kuffaar by holding parties on these occasions, or exchanging gifts, or distributing sweets or other foods, or taking time off work and so on, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” 

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said in his book Iqtida’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem Mukhaalifat Ashaab al-Jaheem: Imitating them on some of their festivals implies that one is happy with the falsehood they are following, and that could make them (the non-Muslims) take this opportunity to mislead those who are weak in faith.  

Jazakallahu khair 
Allah knows the best