Candle light dinners.
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Dear Brother in Islam,
Can a muslim light candles with essence as a home decoration in a house? Would it be considered as a Christian symbol? Would it be considered against sunnah ways if a newly married couple lit candles and had a candle light dinner in their own house?
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Candle light dinners
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Your Question: Can a muslim light candles with essence as a home decoration in a house?
There is nothing in Shariah which prohibits a believer from lighting candles (with or without essence) in their house for decoration or to fulfill their needs or desires.
Your Question: Would it be considered against sunnah ways if a newly married couple lit candles and had a candle light dinner in their own house?
First and foremost, candles, lamps, or lanterns were the basic providers of light in the dark at the times of the Prophet (saws) as the light-bulb or electricity were obviously neither invented nor available!
Secondly there is absolutely no harm and no restriction in Shariah if one wishes to amuse themselves with a candle-light dinner at their homes or elsewhere.
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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,