Is it permissible to hold celebrations during the Christmas season,
but the intention behind thecelebration does not have anything to do
with Christmas at all; rather it just happens to be around the same
Praise be to Allaah.
There is nothing wrong with celebrating happy occasions such as
marriage, the birth of a child, the return of one who was away,
passing exams, getting a job andother regular matters, on condition
that that is done at the time it happens and is not repeated, because
if it is repeated it becomes an eid or festival, and it is not
prescribed for us Muslims to celebrate any festival other than Eid
al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha and Jumu‘ah. It is not prescribed to celebrate
every year one’s birthday or marriage anniversary or graduation from
university and the like.
It does not matter if the permissible celebrations happen at the time
of Christmas, because they have to do with the event which is the
reason for the celebration, and should be done when that event occurs.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about
having parties when completing the Qur’aan or on happy occasions such
as passing exams or returning from a trip. Is this regarded as
extravagance? I hope you can give a detailed answer concerning this.
May Allah reward you with Great.
There is nothing wrong with having parties when one who has beenaway
returns or when a student passes exams or when someone gets married
and the like, because people do that, not with the intention
ofworship, and it never occurs to them that they are doing this in
order to draw close to Allah. Rather they do that to express joy and
happiness for the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon them of
achieving what they wanted. There is nothing wrong with these parties;
rather what there is concern about is that people maybe extravagant in
these parties, either by preparing too much food which is often more
than is necessary; or by inviting too many people, so they invite
hundreds of people to that celebration. Otherwise the basic principle
is that there is nothing wrong with celebrating happy occasions, but
that is notdone as an act of worship or seeking to draw close to
Allah, rather they are done to express joy and happiness. And Allah
End quote from Fataawa Noor ‘ala al-Darb.
It says in his Majmoo‘ Fataawa (9/376): The ruling on celebrating
It should be noted that everything that is taken as an “eid” and
repeatedevery week or every year, and is not prescribed in Islam, is
aninnovation (bid‘ah). The evidence for that is that the Lawgiver
prescribed the ‘aqeeqah for the newborn, and did not prescribe
anything after that. Taking these “eids” that are repeated every week
or every year means that they are likening them to Islamic festivals.
This is haraam and it is not permissible. There are no festivals in
Islam apart from the three prescribed festivals: Eid al-Fitr, Eid
al-Adha and the weekly “eid”, which is Friday (Jumu‘ah).
This does not come under the heading of customs and traditions,
because it is repeated. Hence when the Prophet(blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) cameto Madeenah and found that the Ansaar had two
festivals which they usedto celebrate, he said: “Allah has given you
something better than them instead of them: Eid al-Adha and Eid
al-Fitr”, even though these were part of their customs.
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