Attending Kuffaar festivals

Q: My family are not Christian, they belong to a kuffaar sect who act like Muslims (alevi), however this year they have decided to have a family Christmas celebration on 25/12. They will exchange presents in a kris kringle (secret santa gift exchange where everyone anonymously buys one person a gift) and will share a family meal with traditional Christmas foods.

  1. Can I attend this gathering?
  2. I’m pretty sure I can’t partake in the gift exchange, is this correct?
  3. Please advise on Surahs/duas for me to say to help my family become Muslim.


A: Showing any type of respect to Christian or kuffaar festivals amounts to kufr and disbelief. Refer to

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)