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Attending Christmas Party and Eating Christmas Cake

Attending Christmas Party and Eating Christmas Cake

NOTE: It should be noted that the below answer is the English translation of the Fatwa issued by Jamia Uloom Islamia Allama Yusuf Banuri Town, Karachi, Pakistan.

Question

I want to know that at the Christmas celebrations in our office we are also invited and offered a Christmas cake. should we attend the celebration and eat the cake?

Answer

Participation in the religious gatherings and festivals of non-Muslims or holding their festivals & ceremonies or congratulating and giving them gifts is expressing love and affection for them and showing likeness for their religion. This is illegal and forbidden by Shari’ah of Islam therefore it’s not permissible to attend a Christmas party, and eat a Christmas cake.

However, if there is a strong compulsion or fear of trouble and if the thing itself contains halal ingredients (such as sweets, cakes, etc.) then it is permissible to take it, and it will not be haraam for you but it is still better not to eat it and give it to a needy afterward.

The answer is in Fataawa Mahmodiyah:

Question: If the relatives of a Muslim lives in a Hindu village and cook food like puri kachori etc. which is significantly related to Hindu’s religious festivals like Holi, Diwali, etc.., is eating their food permissible for us or not?

Answer: It is better not to take the festival food that Hindus give to Muslim neighbors and associates. but if it is taken out of some expediency, then this food will not be considered haraam according to Shariah. (Vol: 18, Page: 34, Farooqia)

وفی البحر الرائق:

“قال – رحمه الله -: (والإعطاء باسم النيروز والمهرجان لايجوز) أي الهدايا باسم هذين اليومين حرام بل كفر، وقال أبو حفص الكبير – رحمه الله -: لو أن رجلاً عبد الله تعالى خمسين سنةً ثم جاء يوم النيروز وأهدى إلى بعض المشركين بيضةً يريد تعظيم ذلك اليوم فقد كفر وحبط عمله، وقال صاحب الجامع الأصغر: إذا أهدى يوم النيروز إلى مسلم آخر ولم يرد به تعظيم اليوم ولكن على ما اعتاده بعض الناس لايكفر، ولكن ينبغي له أن لايفعل ذلك في ذلك اليوم خاصةً ويفعله قبله أو بعده؛ لكي لايكون تشبيهاً بأولئك القوم، وقد قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: «من تشبه بقوم  فهو منهم». وقال في الجامع الأصغر: رجل اشترى يوم النيروز شيئاً يشتريه الكفرة منه وهو لم يكن يشتريه قبل ذلك إن أراد به تعظيم ذلك اليوم كما تعظمه المشركون كفر، وإن أراد الأكل والشرب والتنعم لايكفر”. (8 / 555،  مسائل متفرقہ فی الاکراہ، ط: دار الکتاب الاسلامی)۔

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