Why do Muslims Don’t celebrate Christmas?

Reviewed by: Shakira Ahmed
Fact Checked by: Shahina Islam

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Why do Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas? In a world marked by diverse cultures and beliefs, it’s essential to understand why some Muslims do not celebrate Christmas. This blog post delves into the religious and cultural aspects that shape this choice, shedding light on the nuances often overlooked in the spirit of mutual respect and understanding.

To answer this question, we need to understand the concept of God in Islam and core principle around it. God, referred to as “Allah”, is “Khalique” the creator, the supreme authority in Islamic belief and he is the only one worthy of worship. A Muslim’s have firm stand on the concept of “Tawheed” which is Oneness of God.

When a Muslim declares SHAHADA, a declaration of his faith on the oneness of Allah and says:

“La ilaha illallah, Muhammadur rasulullah,” meaning “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah – he actually upholds his belief on Allah, his all unique attributes including his Oneness.

In Islam associating partner with Allah is the most grievous sin. It is shirk or polytheism which never will be forgiven.

Allah says in Al-Qur’an 4:48

“Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgives anything else, to whom He pleases; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin most heinous indeed.”

In a way to understand Allah and his attributes distinctively, he says, In surah Al Ikhlas “Qul huwal laahu ahad, Allah hus-samad, Lam yalid wa lam yoolad, Wa lam yakul-lahoo kufuwan ahad” which translate to “Say,The truth is that Allah is One. Allah is besought of all, needing none. He neither begot anyone, nor was he begotten. And there has never been co-equal with Him anyone”

Conflict with Islamic Belief with Christmas:

Christmas is celebrated on the remembrance of Jesus Chris whom the Christians regard as the Son of God which conflicts directly with the core belief of Muslim.

The Islamic scholar going to any non Muslim religious festival is depends on the fact that weather the any shirk is being committed in the process of that religious celebration. He says, in most of the non Muslim religious festival shirk is committed including Christmas.

But even if you had to take part in such festival, you have to make sure you are not committing any shirk and that is very difficult. So it is advisable that you should avoid it.

Sheikh ul islam ibn taymiyyah, 13th century Islamic scholar gives his fatwa saying that

“It is not permissible for Muslim to imitate non Muslim in their religious festivals.” He gone onto the extent to say that Muslim should not congratulates non Muslim on their religious festivals because that would mean you are partaking committing kufr.

In this context, Allah says in Quran: “Lakum deenukum waliya deen”, for you is your religion, and for me is my religion

And there is no compulsion in religion. In the life of Prophet Muhammad, peach be upon him, he harmoniously lived with Jewish people but did not participate in their religious festivals.

In surah Al-Kafirun chapter 109 Allah instructs,

“I do not worship what you worship nor are you worshippers of what I worship.” In this verse Allah clearly commanded not to take part in any religious festivals which propagates polytheism and associates partners with him.

Further in Surah Al-Baqarah 2:21-22 Allah clarifies what a Muslims primary objectives should be. All says, “O Mankind, worship your lord who created you and those before you, that you be righteous. He who made for you earth a bed and the sky a canopy, and sent down from the sky rain and brought forth thereby fruits as provisions for you, So do not attribute to Allah equals while you know ( that there is nothing similar to him.”

In one of the Hadith Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) says, “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”

Why do Muslims Don’t celebrate Christmas?

Muslims often refrain from celebrating Christmas due to religious and cultural variances.

In Islam, Jesus (Isa) is acknowledged as a significant prophet, distinct from the Christian belief in his divinity as the Son of God.

Islamic tradition discourages participation in non-Islamic religious festivities. Moreover, varying cultural contexts influence this choice, as Christmas holds distinct historical and cultural importance in Western societies, while Muslim-majority nations have their own unique holidays.

These distinctions in religious and cultural perspectives contribute to the decision of many Muslims to abstain from engaging in Christmas celebrations.

Q: Why do Muslims abstain from participating in Christmas festivities?

A: Muslims often refrain from joining in Christmas celebrations due to differences in religious beliefs and cultural customs. In Islam, Jesus (Isa) is esteemed as a significant prophet but not considered the Son of God, as in Christianity. Moreover, Islamic tradition advises against participating in non-Islamic religious observances.

Q: What is the Islamic viewpoint on Jesus (Isa) within Islam?

A: Islam views Jesus as a respected prophet, diverging from the Christian belief in his divine nature as the Son of God. His role and importance differ significantly between the two religions.

Q: Is it forbidden for Muslims to partake in Christmas festivities?

A: While not strictly forbidden, Islamic tradition discourages Muslims from participating in Christmas celebrations. This is done to maintain their Islamic identity and adhere to their religious practices.

Q: Are there any exceptions among Muslims who engage in Christmas festivities?

A: Yes, some Muslims, particularly those living in diverse societies, may choose to engage in certain aspects of Christmas celebrations as a way to integrate culturally. It varies from person to person and is a matter of personal choice.

Q: Which holidays do Muslims observe instead of Christmas?

A: Muslims celebrate various Islamic holidays, such as Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, and Ramadan. These occasions hold great significance in Islamic tradition and are marked by communal prayers, feasts, and acts of charity.

Q: How can mutual understanding among different faiths be encouraged during the holiday season

A: Promoting mutual understanding among faiths can be achieved through respectful dialogue, educational initiatives, and collaborative charity efforts. Engaging in discussions about diverse faiths and their traditions helps build bridges of understanding.

Q: What are some common misconceptions about Muslims and their stance on Christmas?

A: Common misconceptions include assuming that all Muslims uniformly avoid Christmas, which is not accurate. Recognizing that Muslims, like individuals of any faith, possess diverse perspectives and practices is vital to dispel such misconceptions.

Q: Can Muslims exchange gifts or extend greetings during the Christmas season?

A: Yes, many Muslims may exchange gifts or offer holiday greetings to non-Muslim friends and colleagues during the Christmas season as a gesture of goodwill and friendship. This decision varies among individuals and is a matter of personal preference.

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With all the explanations of various Islamic Scholars, studying Quranic Verses and Authentic Hadiths, It can be concluded that attending any non-muslim religious festivals which propagates polytheism including Christmas is forbidden. But at the same time Islam promotes brotherhood and co-existence of different beliefs and traditions.

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