On Attending Festivals Celebrations Of The Kuffaar Such As
Easter And Christmas
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
I would like to no if it is haraam to go to the Sydney
royal Easter show. Although it is called the Easter
show it really has nothing to d with Easter. I like to
go for the craft, fruit, animal shows, they all have
nothing to do with Easter.
Praise be to Allah.
It is not permissible for a Muslim to take part in the
festivals and innovated celebrations of the kuffaar,
such as Easter, Christmas and so on, because taking
part and attending is helping in this evil, and
increasing their numbers, and imitating them, all of
which is not allowed. Allah says (interpretation of
“Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue,
righteousness and piety); but do not help one another
in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily,
Allah is Severe in punishment”
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon
him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”
Narrated by Abu Dawood (4031); classed as Sahih by al-Albaani
in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel (5/109).
Ibn al-Qayyim said:
It is not permissible for the Muslims to attend the
festivals of the mushrikeen, according to the
consensus of the scholars whose words carry weight.
The fuqaha’ who follow the four schools of thought
have stated this clearly in their books… Al-Bayhaqi
narrated with a Sahih isnaad from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab
that he said: “Do not enter upon the mushrikeen in
their churches on the day of their festival, for
divine wrath is descending upon them.” And ‘Umar also
said: “Avoid the enemies of Allah on their festivals.”
Al-Bayhaqi narrated with a jayyid isnaad from
‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr that he said: “Whoever settles in
the land of the non-Arabs and celebrates their new
year and festival and imitates them until he dies in
that state, will be gathered with them on the Day of
Resurrection.” (Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, 1/723-724)
The Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas was asked
about Argentinean national celebrations and
celebrations that are held in their churches such as
Independence Day, and Christian Arab celebrations such
They replied: It is not permissible for Muslims to
hold such celebrations or attend them or participate
in them with the Christians, because that is helping
in sin and transgression, and Allah has forbidden
And Allah is the Source of strength. End quote from
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (2/76).
To sum up: It is not permissible to celebrate the
festivals of the kuffaar or to participate in them,
whether they do any religious practices in them or
limit it to play and entertainment, because just
celebrating it is a haraam innovation, but attending
their religious rituals is more haraam.
The Muslim should spend this day like any other day,
and not have any special food or drink on it, or do
anything else to show happiness that is done by those
who celebrate this festival, such as going out to
parks, funfairs and so on, so as to disavow himself of
the sins of approving or taking part.
And Allah knows best.