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RULING ON HAVING A CHRISTMAS TREE WITHOUT CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS

All praise be to Allah.

Many of our brothers and sisters are taken away by the decorations, rituals of other religious festivals so much so that they too want to either participate in it or want to do something like that. Talking about Christmas, we find nearly every street and building decorated by lights and other things. Every other place has a decorated pine tree called as a Christmas tree. It is the symbol of Christian festival and its celebration. A Christmas is incomplete without a Christmas tree. It is said that it was first officially used as a symbol in this manner in the sixteenth century in Germany, in the Cathedral of Strasbourg in 1539 CE.

As a Muslim we must understand that it is impermissible to imitate the Kufaar in any act of their worship. Their rituals and symbols must not be followed.

Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4031; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 5/109

It is not permissible for a Muslim to put up a Christmas tree in the house even if they don’t celebrate Christmas. This comes under the heading of imitating kufaaror showing veneration to the symbols of their belief.

It is a duty of a parent to keep their children away from these things and teach them at the very young age that it is haram for a Muslim to participate in such things. As a believer, it is also our duty to warn our fellow believers to keep away from these practices as these practices may lead one to hellfire.
Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning)”

“O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allaah, but do that which they are commanded”

[al-Tahreem 66:6]

It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock. The ruler of the people is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. A man is the shepherd of his household and is responsible for his flock. A woman is the shepherd of her husband’s house and children and is responsible for her flock. The slave is the shepherd of his master’s wealth and is responsible for it. Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock.”

Al-Bukhaari, 7138; Muslim, 1829.

Al-Bukhaari (7151) and Muslim (142) also narrated that Ma ‘qil ibn Yasaar al-Muzani (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “There is no person whom Allaah puts in charge of others, and when he dies he is insincere to his subjects, but Allaah will forbid Paradise to him.”

And Allah knows best.

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