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December 23, 2010

Article: Non-Muslim Religious Celebrations and Ruling on Participating

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Sigh. Here we go again.

Yep. It’s almost Christmas time, which means that we need to re-explain why celebrating festivals of the kuffar is not allowed. [Remember Halloween?]

The fact that one actually needs to explain this glaringly obvious issue  is enough to understand that our ummah has strayed far away from the path of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam).

I’ve had Christians admitting to me that Christmas and Easter have pagan roots and that they were too commercialized. [One of them even told me that they weren’t meant to be such “happy” occasions!]

What happens when I try to tell Muslims that we should not participate in these gatherings nor greet the kuffar on these occasions?

The response: “Mmm”

“Mmm”?

They are celebrating something that is against tawheed (worshipping Allah alone), which is the core of Islam and the reason for creation, and the only response I get to my advice is “Mmm”?

Are we not at all concerned about what we will say to Allah on the Last Day?

Why are we so scared of what others will think of us? Why aren’t we scared of what Allah will say?

Do we have no pride in our own religion that we have to go licking the kuffar’s toes on their festivals? [And put up $11 million Christmas trees! Laa ilaaha illallah]

Do we take our wonderful religion so lightly that our only response to those who ask us to follow it properly (i.e. don’t celebrate festivals of the kuffar) is “Don’t be so strict!”?

And after all this, we wonder why our ummah is in such bad shape….

Brothers and Sisters, we have the best and most perfect religion. We do not need to accept any part of any other religion. If we celebrate these festivals or greet those that celebrate them, then the implication is that we accept that they have the right to worship others besides Allah and that is not possible because NOBODY has the right to worship anyone except Allah.

Here’s a thorough article that shows that we are not permitted to take part in these festivals in any way whatsoever*.

[*Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billah. I just read a fatwa by a “senior” scholar where he claims that we can attend these festivals in order to “pacify their souls” and “guide them to Islam”.

Subhan Allah. Please explain to us why the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) and his Companions (radiallahu anhum) and the scholars after them never thought of this idea?

Does one pacify people at the expense of angering Allah? Does one think that one can guide people by disobeying Allah?

May Allah keep us steadfast on the truth because this is truly a time of great fitnah.]

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