Attending a Christmas party

Q: I am an international student from Pakistan living and studying in Canberra, Australia. I am renting a room in a shared house with other students. My landlord has arranged a party on the occasion of Christmas today inviting all the tennants who follow different religions. I as a Muslim, can attend this party / get together? I understand the fact that wishing someone Christmas is doing shirk.


A: It is impermissible for a believer to have a close relationship with a kaafir. Apart from necessities of life (e.g. business dealings, work, etc) a Mu’min should not associate with a kaafir. For a believer to participate in kufaar celebrations and functions is totally impermissible. For further details regarding participating in kuffaar celebrations refer to

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

يـأَيُّهَا الَّذينَ ءامَنوا لا تَتَّخِذُوا الكـفِرينَ أَولِياءَ مِن دونِ المُؤمِنينَ أَتُريدونَ أَن تَجعَلوا لِلَّـهِ عَلَيكُم سُلطـنًا مُبينًا ﴿النساء: ١٤٤﴾

عن ابن عمر قال قال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم (سنن أبي داود 2/559)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)