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CAN A MUSLIM WISH THE CHRISTIANS MERRY CHRISTMAS?

December 24, 2017 Articles On Islam Comparative Religion Rebuttals 0

” In The Name of Allāh, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful”

Al-hamdullãhi (All Praise To Allāh) As Christmas is nearing to us, many Muslims and non-muslims are started getting themselves merry Christmas which is Haram (forbidden) according to scholar..

Some are claiming that saying “Merry Christmas” is tantamount to committing “shirk” or associating partners with Allāh.

one of prominent says,

“What people don’t realise is that when you are wishing Merry Christmas, you are agreeing that Jesus Christ was born on the December 25th and… he is the son of God… which is shirk.”

True, Islam is based on the fundamental principle of Oneness of God (Tauheed). Accordingly, associating any partners with God (Shirk) is the biggest sin in Islam. The Holy Quran preaches that God begets none and is not begotten. But is it really ‘shirk’ to wish someone a happy Christmas?

Islam is the only faith (other than Christianity) that makes it mandatory for its followers to believe in the truth and divine mission of Jesus.

The Holy Quran teaches that Jesus Christ was a true prophet of God. In this role, he was similar to other prophets e.g. Prophet Adam, Prophet Abraham, Prophet Moses, Prophet David and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Jesus Christ was sent as the Messiah to the Children of Israel to reform and lead them in spirituality.

Though historians have debated the exact date, hundreds of millions of Christians world over mark December 25th as Christ’s birthday. It is a time of festivity and community for them. As such, saying “Merry Christmas” is merely a gesture of goodwill and love, and nothing else. How this implies an agreement with the notion that Jesus was the son of God, or a sworn testimony that he was definitely born that day, is beyond me. It is simply ridiculous.

CAN MUSLIM WISH MERRY CHRISTMAS?

When it comes to wishing Merry Christmas, A group of classical scholar says it is Haram (Forbidden) to wish them so…

– It is haram to wish Merry Christmas

Some scholars like Ibn Qayyim says;

‘As for congratulating the unbelievers for their rituals, it is forbidden according to the agreement of all scholars- like: congratulating them for their feasts and fast by expressing good wishes: happy feast or enjoy your feast… etc. If the Muslim who says this does not become a disbeliever himself, he, at least, commits a sin as this is the same as congratulating him for his belief in the trinity, which is a greater sin and much more disliked by Almighty Allah than congratulating him for drinking alcohol or killing a soul or committing fornication or adultery…etc’.

[Fatwa answered by: The Fatwa Center at Islamweb]

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid was asked;

“Why do you condemn the celebration of the what Christians think is birth of the son of God (Allāh)? We should be teaching respect for other peoples and religions. Yet with such condemnation and calling it falsehood, it makes it difficult for rational, honest, and respectful persons to communicate.”

His answer to this question was;

“You seem to have misinterpreted the condemnation of celebration of Christmas as a matter of disrespect for Christians. In reality, it is out of respect for Allāh and Jesus and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them. It is an integral part of our faith to reject celebrations that have not been prescribed and/or that have a basis in falsehood, as inevitably they lead to misguidance and alterations in faith, as has happened with Christianity. There is nothing “radical” or “fringe” about this. It is our basic right to protect our faith and practice from distortion and falsehood. Surely no one has a right to condemn us for this.”

[Fatwa answered in Islam Question & Answer]

“When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or at least return it equally…”

(An-Nisa’ 4: 86)

has mentioned above that it is Haram forbidden to greet somone or respond…

– > May Allah Guide All Of Us

– > Peace Be Upon Him Who Follow The Right Path

Even in your greetings, it would be a good idea if you slotted this verses of the Quran in;

Say, “O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you – that we will not worship except Allah and not associate anything with Him and not take one another as lords instead of Allah .” But if they turn

CONCLUSION

It is very important for everyone, Muslim & Non-Muslim alike to respect each other principle. We can co-exist without compromising our core principle. If someone holding on to the opinion of not wishing Merry Christmas, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t respect you as a person. Each religion have it own DO & DON’Ts and do not force upon others on such issue. When a Muslim doesn’t attending Christmas celebration, is doesn’t implicate that they disrespect.

Well some might says Islam is the stumbling block to national unity and I would like to says that Islam is not the stumbling block for national unity but it is merely that the fact we failed to accept the differences and the principle of others. National unity can be achieved by understanding each other religion principle and not merely by celebrating religious festivities together. To work on the common ground of nation building instead of sacrificing each other core believes. To understand and to accommodate is the key. Diversity is not an excuse to be divided but rather than it is something that we should appreciate because all of us are the creations of Allah SWT;

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”

[Al-Hujuurat 49:13]

“If I am correct is from Allāh but if I made mistake is from Satan not Allāh”

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Hardeybayor A. Harbubakar Sa’adallahi
Al-muthaqqaf

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