Celebrating holidays of non-Muslims


“What is the ruling on Muslims who celebrate holidays of non-Muslims that Allah did not sanction, such as the Mother’s Day, Sham Al-Nasim and Christmas?”


“All these days are innovated celebrations which are not permissible for Muslims to participate in or celebrate. In Islam, there are only two `Eids:

  • `Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast), and
  • `Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice).

Thus, a Muslim whom Allah has guided to the truth should advise and gently instruct those who celebrate such innovated feasts. If he abandons this practice, it will be good; otherwise, he will be considered a persistent doer of Bid`ah (innovation in Islam) who is sinful for that action.”

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin Baaz

Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaq al-‘Afeefee
Shaykh ‘Abdullah al-Ghudayyaan

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan
Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh
Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd


Source :  www.alifta.net – The first and second questions of Fatwa no. 16419


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