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Question By : Ali Kutty

Janab M.B.Qasmi Sahab, Burhan Sahab Or Any Scholar In Isalm
Would you please reply me to wish non-Muslim brothers on their occasions like Ram Jayanti, Ganesh Utsove, Deepavali, Christmas, etc. is permissible in Islam or not. If we wish, is not the meaning that we involve in the shirk?,

Jazakallah

Ali Kutty

 

Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Assalamo Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuho
Dear Brother in Islam,
The answer to your question is as follows:

This life is mortal and the life hereafter is perpetual. Allah Almighty used to send prophets and messengers to guide humankind for the life hereafter. Finally, He sent the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) with an everlasting and universal religion. He bestowed His favour upon that religion and made it the salvation for the life to come. He says, ¡°And whosoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him, and he will be a loser in the world to come¡± (Suratu Al-Imraan 3:85) But a great deal of people have been seduced by this life and its illusion and they rejected the message of Allah brought to them by the Last and Final Prophet; Muhammad (SAW). As a result, they reserved the wrath of Allah Almighty. And His curse may visit them at anytime. Therefore, Muslims are asked not to attend the program of non-believers particularly their religious assembly and celebration lest they should also come under the wrath of Allah Almighty. The Lofty Qur¡¯aan says, ¡°Leave alone those who have made a sport an frolic of their faith and have been seduced by the life of this world. Remind them hereby lest a man is doomed for what he has done. He will have none to help him, or intercede for him, other than Allah; and even if he offers all the ransoms they will not be accepted from him. They are those who will be destroyed by their own acts. There will be scalding water to drink for them and painful punishment, for they had disbelieved¡± (Suratul-Ana¡¯am 6:70)
Further Allah Almighty says, ¡°When you see them argue about our message, withdraw from their company until they begin to talk of other things. In case the Devil makes you forget, leave the company of these unjust people the moment you remember this¡±. (Ibid, Verse 68)

As far as the wishing of non-believers on the occasion of their religious celebration is concerned, though it is not Shirk but a kind of promoting sin. And Muslims are prohibited to favour evils and wrong deeds. The Glorious Qur¡¯aan says, ¡°Help one another in righteousness and piety but do not help in sin and rancour. Fear Allah: for Allah is strict in punishment¡± (Suratul Mayidah 5:2) Therefore, Muslims should refrain themselves to attend the celebration of non-Muslims and wish them on that occasion as much as possible. But to wish out of expediency whether religious or worldly is permissible.

And Allah knows the best,

Certified by

Muhammadullah Khalili Qasmi
Markazul Ma¡¯arif, Mumbai¡ª

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