Collecting Donations To Give Gifts To Poor Families At Christmas - Joint Ventures With Kuffars
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Islamic Questions & Answers
In my school it is Christmas time. My school has
this Christmas tradition. Every year a classroom gets
an adopted family that is poor so they can buy gifts,
food, and donate money to them for Christmas.
Unfortunately, I have refused to donate any money or
give any food for the following reason: -These
denotations will be done in the name of christmas, so
that when the adopted family receives these donations,
they will say "God Bless The Christians".
Am I right for refusing to give donations?
Praise be to Allaah.
It seems that you are referring to the birth of the
Messiah (peace be upon him), an occasion which the
Christians venerate and have taken as a festival. The
festivals of the Christians are part of their
religion, and if the Muslims venerate the festivals of
the kuffaar by expressing joy and giving gifts, this
means that they are imitating them. The Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, "Whoever
imitates a people is one of them." Muslims must beware
of imitating the Christians in their festivals and of
following the customs that belong only to them. You
did well and you did the right thing when you did not
agree to collect donations for poor families on the
occasion of Christmas, so adhere to that and advise
your brothers and explain to them that this action is
not permissible, because we Muslims have no festivals
apart from Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adhaa. Allaah has
given us these two festivals and we have no need of
the festivals of the kaafirs.
Written by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Barraak.
If we Muslims want to give in charity, we can give to
those who really deserve it, and we should not aim to
do that specifically on the days of the kaafirs'
festivals. We should do that whenever there is a need,
and make the most of good and great occasions such as
the month of Ramadaan and the first ten days of
Dhu'l-Hijjah, and other virtuous occasions when
rewards are multiplied. We should also do that at
times of hardship, as Allaah says (interpretation of
"But he has not attempted to pass on the path that is
steep (i.e. the path which will lead to goodness and
And what will make you know the path that is steep?
(It is) freeing a neck (slave)
Or giving food in a day of hunger (famine),
To an orphan near of kin.
Or to a Miskeen (poor) cleaving to dust (out of
Then he became one of those who believed (in the
Islamic Monotheism) and recommended one another to
perseverance and patience, and (also) recommended one
another to pity and compassion.
They are those on the Right Hand (i.e. the dwellers of
May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Ruling on Muslim And Non-Muslim
Is it permissible for a Muslim to enter into
a partnership with a Christian in order to raise sheep
or deal in them or any other kind of business?.
Praise be to Allaah.
With regard to a Muslim entering into a partnership
with a Christian or any other non-Muslim in raising
livestock or farming or anything else, the basic
principle is that it is permissible so long as it does
not involve too close a friendship, and it is only
cooperation in some kind of wealth such as
agriculture, livestock and so on. A number of the
scholars said that that is permissible provided that
the Muslim himself is in charge of the business, i.e.,
he himself is in charge of running the venture in
agriculture or raising livestock, and the kaafir
should not do that, because he is not to be trusted.
This is subject to further discussion. If this
partnership will lead to too close a friendship or
doing that which Allah has forbidden or failing to do
that which Allah has enjoined, then this partnership
is haraam because of the corruption to which it leads.
But if it will not lead to any of those things and the
Muslim is the one who is in charge, and he is the one
who will take care of it so that he would not be
cheated, then there is nothing wrong with that.
But whatever the case, it is better to avoid such
partnerships and to enter into partnerships with his
Muslim brothers rather than others, so that he will
keep his religious commitment and his wealth safe,
because entering into a partnership with one who is an
enemy to him in religious terms poses a danger to his
morals, religious commitment and wealth. So it is
better for the believer in every situation to keep
away from such matters, so as to protect his religious
commitment, to protect his honour, to protect his
wealth and so as to avoid betrayal by one who is an
enemy to him in religious terms, except in cases of
necessity when there is a need for that, in which case
there is nothing wrong with it, subject to the
conditions mentioned above, namely that it should not
cause any harm to his religious commitment, honour or
wealth and on condition that he should be in charge,
because that is safer for him. So the kaafir should
not be in charge; rather the Muslim should be in
charge of the business or a Muslim should act on his
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy
Fataawa Noor ‘ala al-Darb, 1/294.