Attending a church wedding
Fatwa No: 84946


My friend invited me to go to church with some Christians for a wedding.I don't know exactly whether I am allowed to do so or not.


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

There is no objection in Islamic Sharia for a Muslim to accept the invitation of a Christian to attend a wedding ceremony in the church provided there are no Munkarat (all evil acts and things) such as: drinking alcohol, singing, statues and performing forms of worship that are not for God (Allah).
If such evil acts or things are present in the church then, it becomes unlawful to go there. Abdel Razak reported from Aslam (the servant of Umar ) who said: 'When Umar (Radiya Allahu Anhu) came to Al Sham, a top ranking Christian man made some food for him. He said to him: 'I would like you to do me a favor to visit me and eat with me'. Umar (Radiya Allahu Anhu) replied: 'We do not enter your churches because of the pictures in them' .
Know also that it is unlawful to befriend a non-Muslim as this is against the right creed which states that Muslims should befriend only Muslims. But, they should be kind and behave in a good way with the non-believers unless the latter are enemies.
Allah knows best.

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