Makes Cards For Festivals And Sells Them – Is That
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
I make handcrafted eid cards as a hobby and a
source of income. I would like to know whether it is
Bidah to do this? I have been told that everything is
halal unless it has been specifically made haram.
Please help as this is the time of year that people
buy the cards from me and I really need to know
whether I am doing something wrong.
Praise be to Allaah.
Yes, the basic principle is that transactions are
permitted and allowed, and it is not permissible to
describe anything as haraam except with evidence. The
ruling on the cards that you make for festivals varies
according to the festivals in question. If they are
cards with greetings for the festivals of the kuffaar,
such as Christmas, or for festivals that are bid'ah
(innovation), such as the birthday of the Prophet (al-Mawlid)
or al-Isra' and al-Mi'raaj, or festivals that involve
imitating the kuffaar, such as national holidays and
birthdays, then it is not permissible for you to make
them or sell them, and it is not permissible for
anyone to buy them, because that implies approval of
those festivals that go against Islam, and because it
is cooperating in sin and transgression.
But if they are for Islamic festivals – and there are
no Islamic festivals except Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha
– then it is permissible for you to make greetings
cards for them, and it is permissible for you to sell
them, so long as you make sure to use phrases that are
prescribed or permissible according to sharee'ah, such
as "May Allaah accept from us and from you" and so on.
In the answer to question no. 947 we stated that it is
haraam to congratulate the kuffaar on their festivals.
In the answer to question no. 782 we stated that it is
haraam to sell cards for Christian festivals. In the
answer to question no. 50074 we quoted the statement
of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas about
taking part in the millennium celebrations, in which
it was noted that it is not permissible to help the
kuffaar in their festivals, and among the ways of
helping them that the scholars mentioned are: making
clothes, mementoes and cards."
In the answers to questions no. 49014, 49021 and 36442
you will find that it is permissible to offer
greetings on the Islamic festivals.
And Allaah knows best.