Joining Christians in celebrating their feasts in church is prohibited
Fatwa No: 8327

  • Fatwa Date:6-3-2012 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 13, 1433
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Question

1- Is it permissible for a Muslim to go to church to wish Christians a happy feast?
2- If a Muslim did that, would he still be considered a Muslim?

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.

It is prohibited for any Muslim to go to a church to join Christians in celebrating their feasts or to wish them a happy feast, because this is considered an explicit acknowledgement of their false beliefs and the basis of such feasts.

This is also prohibited because it is an imitation of them.  Indeed, the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam , told us that 'whoever imitates a people will become one of them'. [Abu-Daawood]

It was also narrated that ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him forbade Muslims from entering churches during Christian feasts because they would incur the discontent of Allaah the Almighty. [Al-Bayhaqi]

For further information, please refer to Fatwa No. 4586. 

With regards to your second question, if a Muslim went to church during the celebration of a Christians' feast without accepting their actions or sayings, then this person is still a Muslim despite the grave sin he has committed.

Allaah Knows best.


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