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.

Bismillaah

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 http://muftionline.co.za/node/282

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)