The Islamic blueprint-The unforgivable sin, Christmas is Haram for Muslims.

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As we are approaching Christmas, we are seeing advertisements for Christmas on television, people happily buying each other gifts, preparing for Christmas, celebrating and socialising.

Some adverts have featured Muslims with Non-Muslims, some featuring Muslims as actors selling Christmas toys and buying gifts for Non-Muslims.

Within Islam there are strict laws, the root is in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Muhammad, the laws must be adhered to, failure to do so could result in apostasy.  Many Non-Muslims do not know the Islamic laws and could be led to believe the adverts give a true image of Islam and the interaction and relationships Muslims can have with Non-Muslims.

To assist Non-Muslims to celebrate any Non-Islamic festival is forbidden in Islam.

A Muslim is not allowed to sell anything for Christmas, nor promote or help in the preparation, which includes advertising, transporting, importing, producing or manufacturing anything, such as printing Christmas cards.

A scholar in Saudi Arabia, Muhammad ibn Ibrahim, wrote this to the Minister for Trade when it was discovered that Christmas trees had been imported into the country for Non-Muslims.

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 festival.
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 prohibition on joining disbelievers, 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 unique to their celebrations.

As stated this has scholarly consensus, within Islam this is shirk, an unforgiveable sin, which is ascribing partners to Allah.

The following Quran verse supports this law.

Sura 4.48

Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.

As discussed in a previous article, ‘Friend or Foe’[1], a Muslim cannot take a Non-Muslim friend, this is because Muslims had to kill their own Non-Muslim relatives after being captured in the Battle of Badr, when they previously didn’t convert to Islam.  Verses then went in the Qur’an (58.22,[2] and many following) to state this, plus the hadiths and it is now in Islamic law.

Added to this, it is not permissible to eat any food related to Christmas (or any Non-Muslim festival) even if there are no Non-Muslims present.  In addition, decorating the house with balloons is forbidden, as is lighting a fire or candles and children are not permitted to play any games related to the celebrations.
Muslims cannot celebrate or participate in any Non-Muslims celebration (including having time off work) that goes for Christmas, Easter, Lent, Halloween, any festival, or any worship, rituals or symbols that are not Islamic.
In December 2015 in San Bernadino, 14 people were shot and killed and 22  people were injured after two Muslims, one male, Syed Rizwan Farook, one female, Tashfeen Malik returned to an after works Christmas party after Syed had previously been in attendance mixing with his colleagues.  A police official has recently released a statement, saying that they believed the motivation was because Syed was obligated to attend the party due to it following obligatory work training.  Tashfeen had written on social media of her disgust to this requirement before the attack.  The couple had been stockpiling weapons at their home in preparation for an attack.

This is a statement from Shiekh ibn Baz about Muslims joining in the celebrations of Non-Muslims.
He was asked about Muslims joining Christians in their celebrations.
Some Muslims join in the Christmas celebrations. What is your advice?
His reply.

It is not permissible for any Muslim man or woman to join the Christians, Jews, or others kafirs in their festivals, rather that must be avoided, because the prophet, peace be upon him, warned us,

Whoever imitates a people is one of them

Islam is 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 (Islamic Law), 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 Allah says (interpretation of meaning)

Help each other 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, Sura 5.2.

Another rule is, Muslims are not permitted to accept or give gifts related to the celebrations, if a Muslim is given a gift by a Non-Muslim, it is not permissible to accept the gift.  Accepting the gift is viewed as honoring and co-operating with worshiping symbols, idols and sharing happiness for the celebrations.  A Muslim is advised to explain why they are not permitted to do these things with the aim of calling people to Islam.

If a Non-Muslim gives a gift which is related to a Muslim festival, the Muslim is permitted to accept.  This is to show friendliness, kindness, again in the hope the person will accept Islam. The term used is “softening the hearts”.  This is a specific term used within Islamic law in regards to relations with Non-Muslims.

It is used within the categories of Zakat.  Money is allocated within the Zakat fund to give to non-Muslims with the aim they will convert to Islam.  Therefore, due to hadiths and this law, then it is permissible for a Muslim to give a gift to non-Muslims with the provision it is not to worship idols, or to subscribe partners to Allah.

Non-Muslims may think this kindness and co-operation means that a Muslim can be friends with Non-Muslims.  Muslims are not permitted to take Non-Muslims as friends or to love him or her.

These are not laws which can be ignored by Muslims, as shirk is one of the worst sins in Islam, it is believed that Allah will never forgive anyone of shirk, it is apostasy and will prevent admission to paradise in Islamic belief.

Muslims are taught to fear Allah from the moment they start learning Islam, throughout the Qur’an there are verses littered about the last day where there will be a reckoning of all accounts within this life and the doom of Hellfire and the punishments received there, such as having face and skin burnt off and then replaced again, having hot water or tar poured down throat or ears.

One example from the Qur’an is:

Sura 69:32

Then into a chain whose length is seventy cubits insert him.

The tafsirs go further in explaining what this means.

Seize him and fetter him; then throw him in the blazing fire; meaning, He will command the guardians of Hell to forcibly remove him from the gathering place, fetter him – meaning put iron collars on his neck – then carry him off to Hell and cast him into it, meaning they will submerge him in it. (Then fasten him on a chain where of the length is seventy cubits!) “It will be entered into his buttocks and pulled out of his mouth. Then they will be arranged on this (chain) just like locusts are arranged on a stick that is being roasted

This is part of an explanation from the Tafsirs of Ibn Kathir.  The tafsirs, were the Islamic Scholars explanation of the Qur’an verses, it is known as the unveiling of the Qur’an.

The verses, hadiths and tafsirs can be very disturbing, as is the one above, so it is little wonder that “Fear Allah” succeeds in keeping many Muslims on the path of Islam.  Preceding the verses of Hellfire, there are descriptions of Non-Muslims, orders of how to treat Non-Muslims.  Some examples are, Non-Muslims are dirty, ignorant, blind, deaf, sinners, corrupt, immoral etc, or to not take Non-Muslims as friends, or an order to kill Non-Muslims. Following or preceding these are usually verses about what will happen if the person follows the orders of Allah and his Messenger and that they will get bountiful rewards in this life and the hereafter, that is to go to Paradise and then an attractive description of Paradise to Muslims.

Within Islamic belief, it is a sin in Islam to value this life more than the hereafter.

You might see Muslims doing these things and feel confused by the laws, there are a few reasons why this could be happening.

1.They do not know the laws; which is very unlikely, due to it being the most unforgivable sin in Islam.
2.They are using prescribed lying, see article on ‘Taqiyya’[3]
3.They are practicing as much of their faith as they are able (as prescribed in the Qur’an 64.16[4]) due to living in a Non-Muslim land and not having the power to enforce Shari’a yet.
4.They could be an apostate and are not able to display it, due to fear of reprisals from the Muslim community.

I think it goes to say without discussing, that it is not permissible to say Merry Christmas to a Non-Muslim as all the evidence above is clear that Muslims cannot be associated with anything related to Christmas.

This is clearly not compatible with western life, as Christmas is a time for big celebrations within western lands, it is a happy time, where people socialise and get together with the people they love.  As the Islamic population grows, the things I discussed will become more prevalent and this will impact on Non-Muslims and their celebration for any Non-Islamic festival.  As socialising, giving gifts, drinking and eating together at times of celebration for Non-Muslims and the laws which prohibit this in Islam, plus not being able to take Non-Muslim friends, will have an effect on western customs and cultures which will see the demise of western civilisation.

Sura 4.89

They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah . But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.

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4 Responses to The Islamic blueprint-The unforgivable sin, Christmas is Haram for Muslims.

  1. Eva Khvi King says:

    As only a great source of informations, to people who read abot theese laws for the first time. Please understand that what is described here are excatly comming from the quran, and the scholars, so there is nothingjudgemental in it. It also meens that you and I need to tell other theese truths, whenever we end in a debate about “how well integrated” some muslims are into the western world.
    What we need to show both to the muslims and the rest of the world, is what true islam is, so we can end the idea that, radicals has ruined true islam!

    • Draj says:

      True Islam is Islam.. there is nothing such as a radical or moderate Islam.

      Islam is a restrictive religion. Period.

  2. anita archambault says:

    I do notice they don’t seem to mind the free christmas food hampers and the free christmas toys they receive at christmas

  3. Jason says:

    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give
    you a shout out from Houston Texas! Just wanted to
    say keep up the excellent work!

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