Is Wishing Merry Christmas or taking part in the Celebration of Christmas Permissible

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The first question

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on the WhatsApp is

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from fedoras shake, a marketing executive from New York USA. Is it permissible to wish our Christian friends Merry Christmas?

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a similar question is posed by Khadija Solomon.

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She's a university student from London UK. Can we accept food or gifts from our Christian friends on the occasion of Christmas?

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a similar question is posed by Sultan Khan, from Toronto, Canada, even though we know celebrating Christmas is wrong. Can we politely wish our Christian friends compliments of the season? Or happy days? in our heart we disagree with them, but to maintain the friendship Can we say good words to them?

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The basic question asked is that can a Muslim wish that Christian friends Merry Christmas? Or can they exchange food and gifts on the occasion of Christmas? Or knowing it is wrong? Can we politely say some kind words or can we say Happy season? All compliments of the season? Is it permissible? As far as wishing non Muslims on the festivals, most of the non Muslim festivals, they involve either schilke or they involve things which are not permitted in our Sharia. So most of the festival Sims that involve sherek are things which are prohibited in Nigeria, but national wishing them on things which is wrong is prohibited in Islam. Allah subhanaw taala says integrates Quran in surah. Chapter

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number five was number two, that help one another in bit and taqwa in what you in righteousness and good deeds, we should help each other and there was continuous, but do not help one another in sin and transgression. So we cannot help one another whether Muslims or non Muslims in things which are prohibited in things which are since Allah subhanaw taala further says in the Quran, in Surah Furqan chapter number 25 was 272, that those who

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do not witness things which are false, or do not witness falsehood. So here Allah says in the Quran, that the true believers the moment did not witness falsehood. So when we wish a non Muslim in the festivals, which is against the Sharia, but natural, we are agreeing to things which are wrong, and we are seeing that what they're doing is right, it is like, we know very well that most of the festivals involved, and especially Christmas. So when we wish someone Merry Christmas, what are we seeing, if that we are congratulating them for the festival of Christmas, and Christmas is a festival, which the Christian believe that Jesus Christ peace be upon him, who they consider to be

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called, or the Son of God was born on the 25th of December, and they celebrate Christmas as the birthday of the God. Now when we wish them Merry Christmas, what are we doing? We are actually congratulating them on the ship and giving Shahada and bearing witness knows Bella that Allah subhanho wa Taala was born on the 25th of December. So we are actually taking part in the shark. And Allah clearly mentions in the Glorious Quran in surah, Fortran chapter number 25, verse 272, that they do not witness falsehood. Allah says in sort of mind that I prefer number two that do not help one another in sin and transgression. So when we wish them Merry Christmas, we are giving Shahada

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via bearing witness knows Billa Allah we got a son on the 25th of December or knows Bella, Allah was born on the 25th of December. Both of these things are absolutely against the teaching of Islam. Allah says in the Quran in Surah Maryam chapter number 19 was number 88 to 92 what Carlos tacos ramen Wah, and they say Allah most gracious had forgotten the sun laka G to machine da indeed they've put forth a thing most monsters that anyone who says that Allah has gotten a son. It is the biggest abuser in Utah last month Allah Takada samata fatahna minoo, as though the skies are ready to burst open. Water is equal to the earth to split asunder with the courage bajada and the

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mountains to fall down to utter ruin. If anyone says that Allah has broken the sun if the sky had feelings if they're both open, the mountain will have fallen down to utter ruin, and imagined v Muslims who claim to be believing in one Allah subhanaw taala believing tawheed

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Against Surely, if we wish them Merry Christmas, we are giving Shahada that Allah subhana wa Taala has begun a son on the 25th of December. It is the biggest thing that is the needs in all almost all the classical scholars, the medieval scholars, they said it is haram, a holder shaquil Islam, Edna Tamia. He says that wishing the non Muslims on the festival is prohibited, even exchanging food or wearing the clothes or bathing or using fire to work on the Festival of the non Muslims, it is prohibited. We cannot even take part of the celebrations. We cannot even wish them on the days and shake all Islam even a Tamia is very clear that all these things are haram and it is prohibited in

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Islam. According to

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Metalab mercy on him, he says that, wishing the non Muslims on the festivals, most of which involve shake, and things which are Haram is totally prohibited in Islam. It is like wishing them for example, someone does adultery, and you're saying good evening adultery, someone who drink alcohol and I say good, you have drank alcohol. These are all sins. So when you wish them in the festival, you are agreeing with them that what they're doing is right and it is totally prohibited. So almost all the scholars that you find the classical and the medieval scholars, they say it is prohibited. Today you may find some scholars who may say it is permissible because there is no text in the

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Quran, which prohibits greeting them or exchanging gifts, etc. But this is only a small number, and they are not following the classical scholars. So according to me, I do agree with equal Islamic potamia. And we'll pay you and most of the majority of scholars that wishing non Muslim during the festival is prohibited. And if you read that, almost all the classical scholars as prohibited. So according to me, wishing the Christian Merry Christmas is prohibited, even saying to them good words, because you want to be polite to them or saying compliment of the season or saying have a happy day. Wishing good things for the non Muslims worldly things. It is permitted. There is no

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problem at all. But specifically picking on the days of the festival and wishing them on the festival. This is not permitted because you are going out of the way to wish them on the festival. That means you're encouraging the festival and you're agreeing with the festival which is prohibited otherwise wishing good things for the non Muslims could help me they have Veldt it's all permitted normally, but specifically wishing them on the festival is actually encouraging them. And according to me and account the majority of the scholars, this is

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taking part in the celebration or exchanging gifts, or very good clothes is prohibited. I would go a step further and say that we have many of the Muslims who are businessmen who try and do more business during the festivals of the non Muslims and they have a Christmas sale. Then they have a Diwali sale, thinking they'll do more business. According to me even this is prohibited. The moment is a Christmas sale. That means agreeing with Christmas, that we agree that Allah subhanaw taala knows Billa begotten son on the 25th of December, you're agreeing that Allah was born on 25th of December nos Bella. So for a Muslim, to wish the non Muslim on the festival or to take part in the

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festival or exchange gifts or even try and do more business taking advantage of the festival and saying we are having a Christmas sale. It is not permitted and it is not correct according to the Sharia. There may be certain non Muslims

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who may not understand and who may feel offended.

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And I give the reply that in our festivals, we don't force any of the non Muslims that they should follow a festival. Imagine if a Hindu who is a vegetarian, I would not expect him to come and visit me during broccoli eat or do other to wish me happy because he doesn't believe

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in eating goat, eating meat eating beef. So I would not be offended if he does not come and wish me happy utilizada Imagine if I tell all the Hindus even though you are a vegetarian, which many are you should come and wish me on Ebola offended? How can they wish me on Ebola and we know that it will allow

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You sacrifice a goat or we sacrifice a cow and this they think is wrong. So, I respect the views, the similarly a non Muslim should respect my views, I expect the Christian to respect my views.

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Now the question comes, that if a Christian comes and wishes you you cannot reply, suppose he said Merry Christmas, you cannot reply Merry Christmas or Same to you, this is also privated. What you can do is best is to keep silent.

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The best is if you know comparative religion, if you have seen my lectures, replying with sigma is the best. But if you don't know any reply, the best is to keep silent. Or you can say that may peace be on you, or you can wish them May Allah give you that is the best wishes for the non Muslims who can do to them. But if a non Muslim comes and wishes me, Merry Christmas, I will ask him that, why are you celebrating this Christmas? So he will tell me that Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ peace be upon him. So I will ask him, does the Bible say that Jesus Christ peace be upon him was born on the 25th of December? And the answer is no.

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Nowhere that the Bible says that Jesus Christ was born on the 25th of December, this 25th of December is the birthday of the pagan gods.

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Previously, the pagan gods before the birth of gfps be upon him.

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In the Greek philosophy, and in many other mythologies, they believed this was the birthday of the gods, some believed it was the birthday of Sun God, and in different mythologies in different philosophies. This was a common date 25th of December. So the Christians to make it even acceptable by the people of that time, they started saying that Jesus qsp upon was bonbons ready for December. In fact, if you read the Bible, it says that Mary mela, mercy on him, who was the mother of Jesus Christ, peace be upon him when she was pregnant. And she was asked to shake the tree date cell. And we know that dates don't appear during winter. So from this, we come to know that when Jesus Caspian

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one was born, it was not winter it was summer. So for sure, Jesus Christ peace be upon him was not born in December, neither on 25th of December. So when a Christian asked me, if we start doing our to him,

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and I will say, who is the GS ksps be appointed, we will try to tell me that Jesus Christ peace be upon him as Almighty God. So I will tell him that can you point out a single unequivocal statement from your Bible? Anyway, from your Bible, where Jesus says, peace be upon himself says that he's got away, he says, worship me. And if we know your Tao very well, you can continue and we can prove. So during these occasions, if you're well versed with comparative religion, you can take this opportunity for calling them towards Islam. In no way can you agree with what they're doing, right? Allah clearly says in the Quran, in Surah Moran chapter number three was 210. The worse I started

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the session with Allah save Tara Amata Northridge Atlanta's we Muslims, he had the best of people it was mankind. The reason Allah causes the head ALMA, the best of people is that morona bill Murphy was an animal carbidopa Nabila because we enjoy what is good, and we forbid what is wrong and we believe it Allah, we are called the mother best of people, because they're supposed to learn what is good and forbid what is wrong. So here we have to call them to the throat of the head and forbid them from doing wrong. You cannot enjoy what is wrong. You cannot wish them on the festivals which is again the teaching of Islam, what they have to do is called them to tawheed and without to them

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and you can surely watch my video cassettes, on similarities with Simon Christianity on was gsssb upon crucified if Jesus God and various cassettes which will give you information on how you can convey the message of Islam to the Christians during this festival of this have done for the rest