Is It Permissible For Him To Sell Gifts That Have To Do With Kaafir Festivals?
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There is a factory that makes glass gifts, such
as perfume bottles and candlesticks and exports them
to other countries. I have been offered a position
with responsibility for exports, but the factory will
ask me to make some gifts that are just for Christian
holidays (Christmas) such as crosses and images.
Is this work permissible? I fear Allaah now that I
have been blessed with some knowledge and have
memorized His Book.
Praise be to Allaah.
It is not permissible for any Muslim to join in the
festivals of the kuffaar, whether by attending the
festivities or enabling them to hold their
celebrations, or selling any goods or products that
have to do with these festivals.
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem (may Allaah have mercy
on him) wrote to the Minister for Trade, saying:
From Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem to His Excellency the
Minister for Trade, may Allaah preserve him. Peace be
upon you and the mercy of Allaah and His blessings.
We have been told that last year, some traders
imported gifts for Christmas and the Christian New
Year, including Christmas trees, and that some
citizens bought these and gave them as gifts to
Christian foreigners in our country, joining them in
This is an evil action which they should not have
done. Undoubtedly you know that this is not
permissible, and you are aware of what the scholars
have said about there being scholarly consensus on the
prohibiton on joining the kuffaar, mushrikeen and
people of the Book in their festivals.
We hope that you will issue a ban on these gifts that
have been brought into our country and other things
that come under the same ruling and are things that
are unique to their celebrations.
Fataawa al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem, 3/105.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy
on him) was asked:
Some Muslims join the Christians in their
celebrations. What is your advice?
It is not permissible for any Muslim man or woman to
join the Christians, Jews or others kaafirs in their
festivals, rather that must be avoided, because
"Whoever imitates a people is one of them." The
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
warned us against imitating them and adopting their
ways. So the believer, man or woman, must beware of
that; it is not permissible to help them in doing that
in any way, because these festivals are against
sharee'ah, so it is prohibited to take part in them or
to cooperate with the people who are celebrating it,
or help them in any way, whether by helping them to
serve tea or coffee or in other ways such as providing
vessels etc, because Allaah 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 Allaah. Verily,
Allaah is Severe in punishment"
Joining in with the kuffaar on their holidays is a
kind of cooperating in sin and transgression.
Majmoo' Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 6/405
In a statement issued by the scholars of the Standing
Committee concerning joining in celebrations of the
Millennium, they said:
… It is not permissible for a Muslim to cooperate with
the kuffaar in any way with regard to their festivals,
such as announcing and publicizing their festivals,
including the Millennium mentioned above, or promoting
them by any means, whether that is via the media or by
setting up clock to "count down" to the Millennium, or
making clothes or other items that commemorate the
occasion, or printing greeting cards or stationery
marking this occasion, or offering special discounts
or prizes on these occasions, or holding sporting
events or producing special logos for them etc.
Based on this, it is not permissible for you to
participate in making anything that has to do with the
festivals of the kuffaar; you should leave this job
for the sake of Allaah, and Allaah will compensate you
with something better than it in sha Allaah.
And Allaah knows best.
buying clothing and other items during kaafir
festivals in order to benefit from discounts on prices
during the Christmas season
In Australia during christmas there are huge
discounts on things like clothing, furniture,
electronics etc. is it permisible to shop to get this
discount which is generally not available during other
part of the year?.
Praise be to Allaah.
There is nothing wrong with buying clothing, furniture
and so on during the seasons of kaafir festivals such
as Christmas, on condition that one does not buy
things that are used to celebrate the festival or to
imitate the kuffaar during their festivals.
In the answer to question no. 69558 it was stated that
it is permissible for the Muslim to open his business
during the days of kaafir festivals, subject to two
(i) that he does not sell them things that they use
for sinful purposes or to celebrate their festival
(ii) that he does not sell to Muslims things that they
may use to imitate the kuffaar during these festivals.
Buying items that one needs is much less serious than
selling or opening one's business, and the basic
principle is that it is permissible to buy things, and
the fact that it happens at the time of their festival
does not matter.
And Allah knows best.