Q: It is noticed that some Muslims participate with the Christians in Christmas celebrations. Please advise on this matter!
A: It is not permissible for all Muslims, whether males or females, to participate with the Christians, the Jews or other Kafirs (disbelievers) in their holidays; rather, this should be abandoned. This is because anyone who imitates a certain people will be one of them. Furthermore, the Messenger (peace be upon him) warned us against imitating them or adopting their manners. Therefore, all Mu’mins (believers) should beware of this. They should not help by any means in establishing such festivals since they are inconsistent with the Shari`ah (Islamic law). These festivals are held by Allah’s Enemies, therefore it is not permissible to contribute in them or cooperate with their sponsors in anyway either by offering tea, coffee or even tableware and the like. Allah (Exalted be He) also says: Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwâ (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. .
Accordingly, participating with the Kafirs in their holidays is a form of cooperating on sins and transgression. Hence, it is the duty of every Muslim; male or female, to abandon this. A wise person should not be deceived by that; rather, they should consider what is brought forth by Shari`ah and abide by the Commands of Allah (Exalted be He) and His Messenger (peace be upon him). They should not mind the affairs of people since most of them do not care about that which Allah (Exalted be He) has prescribed as He (Glorified and Exalted be He) says in His Glorious Book: And if you obey most of those on the earth, they will mislead you far away from Allâh’s Path. He (Glorified be He) also says: And most of mankind will not believe even if you desire it eagerly. Therefore, customs that contradict the Shari`ah should not be followed, even if they are observed by people. A Mu’min, however, should weigh their acts and sayings as well as those of people in accordance to the Qur’an and Sunnah (that which is reported by the Prophet) of His Messenger (peace be upon him), so that what complies with either or both of them is to be accepted even if it is abandoned by people. In the same manner, anything that contradicts either or both of them is to be rejected even if it is observed by people.
May Allah grant all of us success and guidance!