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Can a person accept gifts on Diwali?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Askimam.org
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Assalamu Alaikum. I’m working in pune as an engineer. During Diwali every company give sweets to staffs. Also we receive sweets from our vendors. Is it halal to eat it. Please clarify

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Gifts offered by non-muslims during their festivals like Diwali, Christmas are regarded as social customs and are in consideration to the recipient.

The offering of gifts of sweets are not expressions of reverence to the festive itself. It is permissible for muslims to accept Diwali or Christmas gifts of sweets on condition there is no Deeni harm in accepting such gifts and the gifts are not haraam.[Imdadul Fatawa 3/481 Maktaba Darul-Uloom Karachi], [Fatawa Mahmoodiya 18/174 Idara Al-Farooq Karachi]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Ridwaan Ibn Khalid Esmail [Kasak]

Student Darul Iftaa

Katete, Zambia


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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