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The judgment that Muslims celebrate at Christmas time and decorate their houses with balloons

Praise be to Allah ..


There is no doubt that whatever celebration you mentioned is forbidden because of what it implies in imitation of non-Muslims (kuffar). It is known that Muslims do not have any other festivals apart from the Feast of the Breaking of the Fast (dId Al-Fitr) and the Festival of Sacrifice (ˈId Al-Adha), as well as the weekly holiday, namely Friday. Celebrating any other festival is not permitted and falls under one of two categories. Either it is a novelty (Bid )a) if the celebration is taken as a kind of rapprochement to Allah, like the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet - peace and blessings of Allah be upon him - "Al-Maulid an-Nabawi"; or it represents an imitation of the non-Muslims if the celebration is in the sense of a tradition and not as a kind of act of worship (ˈIbada). Celebrating invented and newly introduced festivals is a procedure of the owners of the scriptures (Ahlu Al-Kitab), regarding which we have been ordered to be different from them. What is it like when this celebration is really a festival that belongs to your (religious) festivals ?!


Decorating the houses with balloons at this time represents participation and support for non-Muslims in their festive celebrations.

It is obligatory for the Muslim not to set these days apart by celebrating, decorating and eating, otherwise he will take part in the celebration of their festival, which is a forbidden matter and there is no doubt that it is forbidden.

Shaykh Ibn ˈUthaimin - may Allah have mercy on him - said:
“And it is also forbidden for Muslims to imitate non-Muslims by holding celebrations on this occasion, exchanging gifts, distributing sweets or food plates, or taking special days off from work and the like. This is because of the statement of the Prophet - peace and blessings of Allah be upon him: "Whoever imitates a people, he belongs to them."
Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyya said in his book "Iqtidaˈu As-Sirat Al-Mustaqim Mukhalif Ashab Al-Jahim":
“By imitating them in their festivals, their hearts fill with joy at the falsehood they obey. And maybe this is what makes them strive to seize the opportunities and mislead the weak. "
[End of quote - may Allah have mercy on him]

“Anyone who does any of this is a sinner, regardless of whether he does it out of flattery, affection, shame or other reasons that this represents a betrayal of the religion of Allah, as well as one of the causes by which the spirit of the Non-Muslims (kuffar) are strengthened and made proud of their religion. "
[End of the quote from "Fatawa Ibn ˈUthaimin" (3/44)]
Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyya - may Allah have mercy on him - has a detailed answer to this question, which is as follows:
“The Muslims are not allowed to imitate them (the non-Muslims) in anything that is peculiar to their feast days (feasts), be it by eating, clothing, bathing, lighting a fire, or by following one's daily routine or the routine of its worshipful ones Actions ('Ibada) etc. therefore changed. It is not allowed to prepare a feast, or to exchange gifts, or to sell anything that would help them, nor to let the children play the games they organize for their festivities or to decorate (themselves and the house) .

They (the Muslims) should completely avoid considering the festivals of non-Muslims with any of their (religious) symbols as special. Rather, their feast day should be like an ordinary day for the Muslims without spending it in any special way through any activity that is typical for them (the non-Muslims). As for the fact that the Muslims deliberately highlight this day, a group of ancient scholars (Salaf) and modern scholars (Khalaf) considered it to be hated (Makruh). However, as to highlighting this day by performing the acts mentioned, there is no difference of opinion among the scholars (about its prohibition). Rather, a group of scholars has gone so far as to declare non-Muslim whoever performs these acts. And this (judgment) because of what acts of reverence to the symbols of disbelief involve. A group of scholars among them said: "Whoever slaughters a dead sheep (natiha) on their feast day is as if he had slaughtered a pig."
'Abdullah Ibn' Amr Ibn Al-'Aas said: "Whoever takes the non-Muslim countries as an example, their festivals, Nayruz and Mahrajan, and imitates them until he dies, he will be gathered with them on the last day."

In “Sunan Abi Dawud” it is narrated about Thabit Ibn Ad-Dahak -may Allah be pleased with him- that it said: “At the time of the Messenger of Allah - peace and blessings of Allah be upon him - a man made a vow that he would slaughter a camel in “Buwayna”, he came to the Messenger of Allah - peace and blessings of Allah be upon him - and said: "I have vowed to slaughter in" Buwayna "." The Prophet - peace and blessings of Allah be upon him - told him thereon:

"Was there an idol in her (Buwayna) from idols from pre-Islamic times, which was worshiped next to Allah?" He said: "No." He said: "Was there one of your festivals in her?" He said: "No. So the Messenger of Allah - peace and blessings of Allah be upon him - said: "Keep your vow, because a vow will not be kept if it is a disobedience (sin) to Allah, as well as there is no vow for what the son of Adam does not own. "
The Prophet - peace and blessings of Allah be upon him - has not been allowed to keep his vows, despite the fact that observance is fundamentally mandatory. Only when the man reported to him that there were none of the non-Muslim festivals there (in the place mentioned) (he gave him permission). He said: "A vow is not kept if it constitutes disobedience (sin) to Allah."
If the slaughter (sacrifice) takes place in a place where one of their feasts was celebrated constitutes disobedience (sin), how about participating in the feast itself?

The leader of the believers, 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, the Companions of the Prophets (Sahaba) and the other imams of Muslims have imposed a condition on non-Muslims living in a Muslim country that they do not show their feast days (feasts) publicly and these rather, celebrate in private, in their homes. Then what about when the Muslims practice it (the festival) themselves?
'Umar Ibn Al-Khattab -may Allah be pleased with him- even said: “Do not learn the dialect of the non-Arabs (Al-A'ajami), do not enter their houses of worship on the day of their feast, as the wrath of Allah settles on them. "
If it is forbidden to enter (their) place of worship or the like, as Allah's wrath settles on them, then how about someone who does something (participates in something) that causes Allah's wrath and their religious Heard symbols ?!
Not only did one of the forefathers (Salaf) say, regarding the statement of Allah that He is exalted, “And also those who testify not to testify to false statements” [Al-Furqan 25:72] - said: Non-Muslims. "
And if this only concerns witnessing, without participation, as it is only when one does deeds that are peculiar to non-Muslims. It was narrated through the Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him, that he said: "Whoever imitates a people, he belongs to them". And in another wording: "It does not belong to us who imitates others but us." This is a good (jayyid) hadith.

If it is so in relation to imitation, even if it is only a custom, what about something that is more powerful than that ... "
[End of quote from "Al-Fatawa Al-Kubra" (2/487), "Majmuˈu Al-Fatawa" (25/329)]
See also question no. (13642)

And Allah knows best.