Having a Christmas tree for decoration
Fatwa No: 30277

Question

Is it permissible to have a Christmas tree for decoration purposes outside the time of Christmas?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The Christmas tree is a symbol used during a religious festival for Christians, and therefore it is impermissible for a Muslim to have it whether it is used for decoration or something else and whether it is used during Christmas or any other time.

Ones intention does not affect the ruling of impermissibility because it is a religious symbol for Christians. This issue takes the same ruling of wearing the cross or the Jewish hat or hexagonal star and the like, because they are all known symbols that are used distinctly by them and are religious symbols for them, and therefore, ones intention does not change the ruling.

Allaah Knows best.

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