Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ruling on attending Easter Celebrations

I would like to know if it is haram to go to the Sydney royal Easter show. Although it is called the Easter show it really has nothing to do with easter. I like to go for the craft, fruit, animal shows; they all have nothing to do with Easter.
Praise be to Allaah.
It is not permissible for a Muslim to take part in the festivals and innovated celebrations of the kuffaar, such as Easter, Christmas and so on, because taking part and attending is helping in this evil, and increasing their numbers, and imitating them, all of which is not allowed. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

{Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.} [al-Maa’idah 5:2]
{وَتَعَاوَنُوا۟ عَلَى ٱلْبِرِّ وَٱلتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا۟ عَلَى ٱلْإِثْمِ وَٱلْعُدْوَٰنِ ۚ وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّـهَ ۖ إِنَّ ٱللَّـهَ شَدِيدُ ٱلْعِقَابِ} المائدة: 2

Transliteration: wataAAawanoo AAalaalbirri waalttaqwa wala taAAawanoo AAala alithmi waalAAudwani waittaqoo Allaha inna Allaha shadeedu alAAiqabi
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood (4031); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel (5/109)].
«من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم» رواه أبو داود وصححه الألباني
Ibn al-Qayyim said:
It is not permissible for the Muslims to attend the festivals of the mushrikeen, according to the consensus of the scholars whose words carry weight. The fuqaha’ who follow the four schools of thought have stated this clearly in their books… Al-Bayhaqi narrated with a saheeh isnaad from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaabthat he said: “Do not enter upon the mushrikeen in their churches on the day of their festival, for divine wrath is descending upon them.” And ‘Umar also said: “Avoid the enemies of Allaah on their festivals.” Al-Bayhaqi narrated with a jayyid isnaad from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr that he said: “Whoever settles in the land of the non-Arabs and celebrates their New Year and festival and imitates them until he dies in that state, will be gathered with them on the Day of Resurrection.” (Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, 1/723-724)
The Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas was asked about Argentinean national celebrations and celebrations that are held in their churches such as Independence Day, and Christian Arab celebrations such as Easter.
They replied: It is not permissible for Muslims to hold such celebrations or attend them or participate in them with the Christians, because that is helping in sin and transgression, and Allaah has forbidden that. And Allaah is the Source of strength. End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (2/76).
To sum up: It is not permissible to celebrate the festivals of the kuffaar or to participate in them, whether they do any religious practices in them or limit it to play and entertainment, because just celebrating it is a haraam innovation, but attending their religious rituals is more haraam.
The Muslim should spend this day like any other day, and not have any special food or drink on it, or do anything else to show happiness that is done by those who celebrate this festival, such as going out to parks, funfairs and so on, so as to disavow himself of the sins of approving or taking part.
And Allaah knows best.
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Muslimah said...

Commentsss! :)

Safyiah said...

No comments. I agree. lol

The Black Jubah said...

Assalamualaikum Sister...May Allah forgive my sins...When I was still working in a Roman Catholic Institution...I have to do all the Christmas decorating in my department since I was the only Muslim working during Christmas Holidays. All the other staff are on holidays...Na'uzubillah....

Muslimah said...

wa'alaykum assalam, Allah is forgiving sis, don't worry ask forgiveness, I did some mistakes too, alhamdulillah, we must come to know that Allah is watching...And Attending Easter and christmas celebrations is like participating in them, so, if they invite you, what i thought that just to go and give them hellos and not attend. The prophet Muhammad (salalahu alayhim wa salam) was a very kind man as well, he used to say hello to the disbelievers that doesnt mean we have to cut from them, being kind leads them to wonder about what a person you are, for long time ago, the prophet (salalahu alayhim wa salam was known as the truthful even the pagans liked his trustworthyness that they called him a nick name regarding this. So, do not attend but if they invite, say hello and explain to them that in our religion we don't celebrate easter and christmas. Alhamdulillah. Its Hard in the western society , especially if ur the only muslim in the family. Respect them , they have their deen and we have ours alhamdulillah. Of course Da'wah is a good thing to give them. InshaAllah. May Allah forgive us and guide us to the straigth path , our families ameen...

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