Quoran is a new series of ask-and-answer styled articles where we share questions we receive from our readers and fans who wish to never deviate from halal living. Below is a question from a sister, Asema Basema.
Sister Asema Basema: Asalaamuwalaikum Quoran is it permissible to wish non-Muslims a “Merry Christmas?”
Quoran: Sister Asema, jazakallah khair for your question. As Muslims of course, we must make clear that we do not celebrate Christmas, as doing so is an act of shirk most hated by our Creator. This is the one sin that Allah swt does not forgive. But the question is, does a mere act of wishing Merry Christmas on someone who is celebrating it and already on the wrong path constitute participating in the celebration itself.
The answer is, it depends on the setting. If one is in a Muslim country where the laws of Allah’s true religion are already established, then to wish Merry Christmas to someone who is celebrating is not permissible and is, in fact,
highly immoral. This is because the person is already lucky enough to be living in a country where Allah’s laws are made apparent to him, and so that person should ideally open his heart to be come Muslim. By wishing that person Merry Christmas, you are effectively sanctioning his choice to ignore Allah swt’s commandment not to celebrate Christmas.
If a person is in a country where Islam is not the majority religion, then it also depends on the situation. It is certainly permissible to wish your non-Muslim neighbors and co-workers Merry Christmas so as to maintain good relations with them. In fact it may even be a positive thing, because your magnanimous gesture of goodwill may open the door for that person to ask you about your beliefs and why you are not celebrating, which may result in them wanting to know more about Islam. But be careful that it does not go beyond the simple act of “saying” Merry Christmas, because it is very easy to go from this small action into celebrating it in other ways, like exchanging gifts with people, listening to Christmas carols, and engaging in promiscuous sexual behavior.
Thank you for your question, may Allah guide you and all the Muslims.