Eating food prepared for a Christian festival ()

Abdullah Bin Abdur-Rahman AL-Jibreen

 

What is the ruling on eating food prepared for a Christian festival? What is the ruling on accepting their invitation to their celebrations of the birth of the Messiah (peace be upon him) [i.e., Christmas celebrations]?

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    Eating food prepared for a Christian festival

    أكل الطعام المعدّ لعيد النصارى

    [ إنجليزي - English ]

    Sheikh Abd-Allaah ibn Jibreen

    عبد الله بن عبد الرحمن الجبرين

    Translation: Islam Question and Answer website

    Format: Islamhouse website


    ترجمة: موقع الإسلام سؤال وجواب
    تنسيق: موقع islamhouse

    2012 - 1434

    Eating food prepared for a Christian festival

    What is the ruling on eating food prepared for a Christian festival? What is the ruling on accepting their invitation to their celebrations of the birth of the Messiah (peace be upon him) [i.e., Christmas celebrations]?

    Praise be to Allaah.

    It is not permissible to celebrate innovated festivals such as the Christmas of the Christians, or Nowrooz (Persian New Year) or Mahrajaan (Persian festival), or festivals that have been innovated by Muslims such as the Prophet’s birthday in Rabee’ al-Awwal or the Israa’ in Rajab and so on. It is not permissible to eat from that food which the Christians or Mushrikeen prepare on the occasion of their festivals. It is also not permissible to accept their invitations to join them in their celebrations of those festivals, because this encourages them and is tantamount to approving of their bid’ah, which gives the wrong idea to ignorant people and makes them think that there is nothing wrong with that. And Allaah knows best.