Is Saying To A Kaafir "I Wish You Well" Or "I Wish You All The Best" On His Festival Regarded As Congratulating Him?
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
I know that congratulating the Christians and
Jews for their feats is haram, as it means approving
to their baatil (wrong) beliefs. Is it permissible for
me to send to whom I know of them messages contain no
congratulation? Like sending " I wish you all good" or
"I wish you the best" with an intention of wishing
guidance for them?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Congratulating the kuffaar on their festivals is
haraam, as you say. Please see question no. 947 and
It seems that sending a message to those of them who
you know, on the day of their festival, saying "I wish
you well" or "I wish you all the best" is a kind of
But if you send this message on a day other than their
festival, with the intention of calling them to Islam
and hoping that they will be guided, there is nothing
wrong with that.
It was narrated that Abu Moosa said: The Jews used to
sneeze in the presence of the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him), hoping that he would
say to them, "Yarhamakum Allaah (may Allaah have mercy
on you)." But he would say, "Yahdeekum Allaah wa
yuslihu baalakum) (may Allaah guide you and reform
Narrated by Imam Ahmad (19089), Abu Dawood (5038) and
al-Tirmidhi (2739); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in
It says in ‘Awn al-Ma'bood: i.e., he did not say to
them "Yarhamakum Allaah (may Allaah have mercy on
you)" because mercy is only for the believers; rather
he prayed for them as was appropriate, that they be
guided and enabled to believe.
There is nothing wrong with praying for a kaafir to be
guided aright, rather it is proven that this is the
Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him).
And Allaah knows best.