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Celebrating non-Muslims festivities is forbidden

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "Whoever resembles a people, is one of them"

By Sheikh M. Ratib A-Nabulsi / 14 Feb 2013   

     Praise be to Allah, the Lord of Creations, and Peace and blessings be upon our prophet Muhammad, the faithful and the honest.

    O, Allah, we know nothing but what You teach us. You are the All- Knower, the Wise. Oh Allah, teach us what is good for us, and benefit us from what You taught us, and increase our knowledge. Show us the righteous things as righteous and help us to do them, and show us the bad things as bad and help us to keep away from them.

   O Allah our Lord, lead us out from the depths of darkness and illusion, unto the lights of erudition and knowledge, and from the muddy shallows of lusts unto the heavens of Your Vicinity.

   Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds and may He bless and grant peace to our Master Muhammad, the Faithful and the Honest, and may Allah bless his folks and companions.

Scholars have agreed upon the fact that sharing the other party’s celebrations means admitting one of their rituals. Consequently, a Muslim will incline to the other party, take its side and like it. Whoever loves non-Muslims will be resurrected with them, and all his deeds will be worthless then.

 The following ayah is very precise and clear:

O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists, etc.) as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth (i.e. Islamic Monotheism, this Qur'an, and Muhammad))[Al-Mumtahinah, 1]

 An Eid (a fest) of any nation is one of its distinctive characteristics. It is integrated in its beliefs, cultivation and lifestyle. Hence, upon sharing the festival of a non-Muslim nation, its ceremonies, its grieving habits,, its customs, its traditions and lifestyle, one will be tending to it, showing affection towards it and eventually loving it subconsciously.

Never believe in an Aqidah that is against the Quran and Sunnah:

You can greet them, visit them, congratulate them when they have a newborn baby, give them gifts and advice if you deal with them. These are duties of Muslims, yet you are not allowed to approve the creed they believe in, which goes against the Noble Quran and the Prophetic Sunnah. Accordingly, you are not allowed to celebrate a religious occasion, which consolidates an Aqidah that is against Quran and Sunnah. As a Muslim you should not be inflexible, stubborn, narrow-minded or intolerant. You can visit them, deal with them and even enter their temples, which is one of your duties. However, you are not allowed to imitate their lifestyle.

Let me tell you a story about a guy who wanted to get married. He fell in love with a girl but his father told him, "O son, you cannot marry this girl, because she is your sister. Your mother does not know that." He fell in love once again with another girl, but his father told him the same thing. He fell in love for the third time with another girl, but his father told him that she was also his sister. The young man was disappointed, so he told his mother about the whole thing. She said, "You can marry the girl you fall in love with, because you are not his son and he does not know that."

Taking the side of non-Muslims is a very serious matter:

Can we get along with those people? Is it logical for an expert to come back to his homeland after being far from his wife for two years and celebrate his newborn son? What a celebration is this? Whose son is this? If you have a friend like this person, you will not be able to get along with his lifestyle nor will you be satisfied with his behavior. It is dangerous to be loyal to non-Muslims, to belong to them, to show affections towards them and to glorify them. You should always be by the Muslims' side even if they are weak and poor, and you should not belong to the other party even if its people are powerful and rich.

Let me show you how we imitate the other party. I would like to start with the word "Bye," what is this word?

I will give you an example which is realistic. A TV channel once had a talk show about the Expedition of the Trench (Ghazwat al-Khandaq) Listen what the interviewer, who was a woman without Hijab, said at the end of the show, "Merci beaucoup to Allah who has given victory to Mhammad and his group (she meant his companions) in Al Khandaq Expedition." That is exactly what she said. She did not even use the correct vowels when she pronounced the name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH BE UPON HIM); she should have pronounced it like this. Hence, Muslims instead of saying "Bye," use the Islamic expression: Assalam Alaikum (peace be upon you.) Make your greeting an Islamic one, and apply the Islamic teachings to your family. Do not have birthday parties for your children, because it has nothing to do with the Muslim's lifestyle. You can celebrate the birthday of the Prophet (PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH BE UPON HIM) instead. Let us not argue about it as being an act of Sunnah or an innovation, Allah the Almighty says:

﴾And all that We relate to you (O Muhammad) of the news of the Messengers is in order that We may make strong and firm your heart thereby﴿[Hud, 120]

Festivities reflect the orientations of the nation and its Aqidah:

It will be fine for you to gather people and remind them of the traits of the Prophet, his method and his attributes, and serve refreshments while doing so. The Prophet (PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH BE UPON HIM) said:

((Kind speech and feeding (the hungry) guarantee you Paradise. ))[At-Tabarani]

 Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah have peace and blessings upon him, said:

((Verily there are chambers in Paradise; their insides and outsides can be seen – for him who spoke kindly and fed (the hungry).))[At-Tirmidhi]

The believer is dutiful to his mother everyday not only on Mother’s Day:

 Is it acceptable for a woman to show up among men as if she is on her wedding day? No it is not acceptable in Islam. In non-Muslims’ societies women mix with men, and they drink wine and commit many other Munkarat (sins), Allah says:

(and follow not the way of the Mufsidun (mischief-makers)."﴿[Al-A’raf, 142]

 In another ayah Allah says:

(And if any amongst you takes them as Auliya', then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust).[Al-Ma’idah’, 51]

I am telling you this because people now are celebrating what is called "Valentine’s Day." When did this particular day become one of our Eids? Why did everything suddenly become red? What is the story behind this so-called Eid? We do not need such an Eid in our societies, we do not need for a day to be a Mother’s Day either. By Allah dear brothers, in the life of the Muslim every day of the 365 days is actually the Mother’s Day. If the Muslim is a true believer, cannot he honor his mother every day? Some children honor their mothers every day and evening; they visit them, respect them, satisfy their needs and kiss their hands. This is how Muslims should honor their mothers.

Once I stayed in my friend's house when I was in a western country. A fifty-five year old woman lives next to his house. That woman had to drive an hour and a half to get to her job and had to drive the same distance when she got home. Let alone; that she worked for eight hours in ticket booth in a game center. Had she stopped working, she would have been starving. She had to work although she had four children who lived in the same country. On the other hand, our mothers as being Muslims are honored, dignified, served and have their hands kissed every day; in the morning and in the evening.

Hence, every single day of the year is the Mother’s Day in our society, while in the western societies they dedicated one day, because they are undutiful to their mothers. We, Muslims, do not need this day

It is impossible to be part of the non-Muslim community:

San Francisco is the most beautiful city in West USA. A whole villa costs 300 thousand Dollars in the suburb, and in the downtown a 100meter square house costs five million Dollars. Yet seventy five percent of the people there are homosexuals. A woman lives with a woman as her spouse and a man lives with a man. This is what makes immersing in such society very difficult. You are mistaken if you celebrate their festivities, if you look up to them, if you consider them pioneers and outstanding people and if you think that they are civilized peoples. By Allah we are the owners of best civilizations at all. When we opened Al Quds, no one was killed from the other party. A woman lost her child at that time, so our Master Salahuddin kept worried until her child was found. In contrast to what our Master did, the Francs killed seventy thousand Muslims in one day when they entered Al-Quds.

If you listen to the news you will find out that one thousand innocent people were killed because of the shelling during the last two days. Tens of thousands people are dead because the bombardment went on. Killing people has become just like slaughtering sheep (people kill each other mercilessly). The killer doesn’t know why he killed, and the victim doesn’t know why he was killed. On that day, a believer’s heart will melt because of the scenes of killing, but he will not be able to change the situation for the better.

A Khateeb in Germany said a month ago that Britain was the first country which allowed homosexuality. Holland was the second, and Germany followed those countries few months ago. The homosexual person is well-respected there, he has a national security number, he has a spouse and they both are registered normally in the records as husband and wife. When that Khateeb condemned homosexuality on the Minber (pulpit) of the Masjid in Germany, his citizenship was canceled, and he was obliged to pay fifteen thousand Marks as penalty. I have chosen these facts in order to show you how difficult it is for a Muslim to blend in with their society. Here are some proofs from Quran:

and follow not the way of the Mufsidun (mischief-makers)."[Al-A’raf, 142]

What do we do in our Eids? We congratulate each other, we obey our Lord and we revere Him. How about them? What do they do? They turn off lights at midnight, and what next? Only Allah knows.

Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH BE UPON HIM) said:

((Whoever resembles a people, is one of them)) [Abu Dawood by Ibn Umar]

We should be proud of our religion and our Eids:

The controlling idea of our lesson today is that all Muslim scholars agreed upon forbidding copying Kuffar and attending their festivities. Some of them went even further by saying that whoever cuts a watermelon on their festivity, it will be like slaughtering a pig. I have chosen this subject for our lesson today, because I have seen how Muslims, who are blessed with Quran, Sunnah, Divine Revelation, Prophetic method and heroic events which only Allah knows about, celebrate the festivities of the other party. These festivities, like the Valentine's Day, are their innovations not ours. I have heard many stories about this particular day, but I did not want to mention them for I could not have the chance to verify them. I will tell you about these stories insha’ Allah once I finish my research on them.

We can find what satisfies us in Quran, Sunnah and Sirah (Prophetic Biography). By reading these great books our emotions, hearts and thoughts will be filled with values, principles and great ideas. Whatever drives you away from the core of this religion is dangerous to your life, and whatever brings you closer to the core of this religion, is beneficial to your life. Don’t be taken by the illusion that this religion is only the five pillars; Salah (prayer), Sawm (fasting), Zakat (Alms-giving), Hajj (pilgrimage) and the Two Shahadas (Bearing witness that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad (PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH BE UPON HIM) is His Messenger). If this is religion in your opinion, then you know nothing about it. I am not exaggerating when I say that there are about 500 thousand items (between orders and bans) in Islam.

You (as Muslim) have your Eids, your values, your method, your laws, your system, and your Shari’a (Islamic Law). You have the solution for every problem that people suffer from, so why should you forsake this great religion and imitate what the other party? Take for example wedding ceremonies; it becomes a custom that the groom sits beside his bride in front of women who are dressed immodestly, who did legislate this? We should kick away all customs which go against the Right Path of Islam. Is it acceptable to film all these women who are dressed immodestly? Don’t they have husbands? When these tapes are sent as gifts, won’t the husband ask who these women are? Won’t he comment on the beauty of this woman and that one? Won’t he comment on the daughter of such person and the wife of another? Is this how religion should be?

A brother, who seems to be not in control of his house, told me that in his daughter’s wedding, he tried hard to prevent filming it, but he couldn’t. Thus, he asked the female photographer, "How much do you want for filming the wedding?" She answered, "Two thousand Pounds." He said, "I give you four thousand Pounds, but film the wedding without any tape." Everybody thought that the wedding has been taped, but they found out later that it wasn’t.

We should keep away from everything that goes against our religion. We should do that firmly not by begging. The believer should always abide by Allah’s book (Quran):

[("O Yahya (John)! Hold fast the Scripture [the Taurat (Torah)]."[Maryam, 12]

We shouldn’t go soft in applying Islam, like what we do in our wedding ceremonies and in our marriage contracts. I ask Allah for good health to all of you, and I supplicate Him that this lesson will help us dignify our religion, our Eids, our traditions, our customs, and our own lifestyle and I supplicate Him that this lesson will help us stay away from whatever weakens our belonging to this religion. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds and may He bless and grant peace to Muhammad, the Faithful and the Honest. O Allah bestow your blessings upon us and do not withdraw them from us, honor us and do not humiliate us, choose us and do not choose others over us, and grant us satisfaction and be pleased with us. O Allah send Your Blessings on our Master Muhammad, the illiterate Prophet and his family and companions.


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