Is it permissible to send Christmas...

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Is it permissible to send Christmas greetings to Christian friends


We have some Christian friends. Would it be permissible for us to send them Christmas greetings?



Islam is the religion of mercy, piety and maintaining relations. One of the most important obligations upon Muslims at present is to demonstrate the beauty of Islam and be its best representatives through their manners and actions.

Islam does not command anyone to sever ties with family or friends, nor to hateful towards them. On the contrary, Islam commands Muslims to treat non-Muslim family members and friends with kindness and refined manners. There is a big difference between hating disbelief and hating people and treating them as enemies because they are non-Muslims.

Since Islam enjoins munificence and the good spirit that spreads happiness, optimism, hope and affection, you are to treat your friends with good manners. Do not settle for a phone call to congratulate them but you may even share their happiness and celebrations provided they do not involve any religious rites or practices that contradict Islam.

And God Almighty knows best.


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