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Celebrating a festival of christians(like new year) or hindus is wrong even if I do not believe in such festivals??i

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Dear burhan,

I recently started reading your forum and i must say its really good.I just want to ask you whether celebrating a festival of christians(like new year) or hindus is wrong even if I do not believe in such festivals??i invite my non-muslim friends home for iftaar and eid and i feel i should also attend their festivals to promote secularism or good feelings.please tell me whether this is wrong or not .thank you 


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Celebrating pagan festivals

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Every people have their own civilization, their culture and days of celebration. Allah and His Messenger (saws) have appointed the two Eids for our celebration, and have made every Friday a day of Eid and celebration for the believers. For a true believer, every day that dawns is a Sign from our Merciful Lord, and every day that Allah gives us life, can be a day of celebration for us.


There is absolutely no harm if one celebrates or congratulates one’s non-muslim friends on their personal accomplishments and happy occasions like the birth of their baby, or their children’s graduation, or a promotion in their job, etc. But it would not behove a believer who believes in Allah and the Last Day to celebrate any of their religious occasions with them like Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Holi, etc.


In light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, the jurors in Islam have listed four categories which would make any celebration or gathering forbidden:

  1. The celebration should not be a pagan religious festival.
  2. The celebration should not involve any ‘shirk’.
  3. The celebration should not involve or encourage ‘fahisha’ or indecency or any of the things absolutely forbidden in Islam (alcohol, gambling, etc.)
  4. The celebration should not indulge in excess spending.


It is absolutely permissible and in fact encouraged in Islam that the believers invite their non-believing brethren for iftaar or Eid celebrations; for the perfect deen or way of life called Al-Islam is the absolute Truth from the Lord and there is absolutely no restriction in inviting mankind to the Truth.


The pagan religions and thus their religious festivals are based on absolute falsehoods, and it does not behove one who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day as Truth to indulge in celebrations of falsehood.


The religion of Islam absolutely promotes and allows secularism, for the non-believers are allowed and permitted to celebrate their pagan festivals, even in a proper Islamic State. But secularism does not mean that one who knows and has professed belief in the Truth indulges in or becomes a witness to their false gods, deities, or commemorations and celebrations in their names!


There are many other and better ways where a believer can display his well-wishes towards his non-muslims friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. by being kind, just, honest, and always truthful with them, giving them good advice, and being their sincere well-wisher at all times. If the believers strive with their good character and best manners as always befits a muslim, it would go a long way in promoting good cordial relations with their non-muslim brethren, rather than simply celebrating their pagan festivals with them.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,






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