Replying to “Merry Christmas”

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Q: If a non-Muslim classmate or co-worker says “Merry Christmas” to you, how should you reply? Will it be ok to reply with “Thanks”?


A: Ask him not to use these words for you because you do not find anything merry in christmas.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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