Ruling on putting Christmas tree to attract customers

24/12/2009| IslamWeb


I own a shop in a foreign country. Is it permissible to put a Christmas tree in the shop for the purpose of decoration and to attract customers? May Allah reward you.
All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His Slave and Messenger.
It is not permissible for you to put a Christmas tree in your shop because this entails displaying the rituals of disbelief and imitating the disbelievers. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: "Whoever imitates a people belongs to them." [Ahmad and Abu Daawood] It should be noted that whoever leaves something for the sake of Allah, Allah will compensate him with something better. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And whoever is pious to Allah, He will make for him (a way) of going out, and will provide for him from where he does not expect.} [Quran 65:2-3]
Allah Knows best.

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