The Christmas celebration holds importance for Christians as it marks the birth of Jesus Christ. However, Muslims consider it impermissible (haram) to celebrate Christmas.
This prohibition is based on reasons outlined in the Quran and Hadith. Below are 4 Reasons why it is haram for Muslims to celebrate Christmas:
1. Pagan Origins and Incompatible Beliefs
One of the reasons why Islam considers Christmas as haram is its connection to pagan origins and the belief in Jesus as the son of God. The Quran emphasizes the unity of God (Tawhid) by rejecting any concept that associates partners with Him.
لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْQuran Ikhlas 112 vs 3
He has never had offspring, nor was He born.English Translation of Quran Ikhlas 112 vs 3
Since the Christmas celebration involves beliefs to Tawhid by regarding Jesus as divine it conflicts with Islamic teachings.
2. Shirk (Association) and Compromise of Religious Beliefs
Engaging in Christmas festivities is seen as a form of shirk or associating partners with Allah which is strictly forbidden in Islam.
Participating in Christmas events that revolve around the divinity of Jesus may take a Muslim out of the fold of Islam and compromise his or her belief.
Ibn ’Umar (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:Related by Abu Dawud and Ibn Hibban graded it as Sahih
“He who imitates any people (in their actions) is considered to be one of them.”
This agreement is especially worrisome for the generation as it might result in a weakening of their belief in Tawhid and their sole devotion to Allah.
3. Religious Affiliation and Belief
The celebration of Christmas is closely connected to the beliefs and devotion to Jesus as the son of God which conflicts with teachings. While Muslims highly respect Prophet Jesus as a messenger of Allah considering Jesus as the son of God contradicts the principles of Islam.
Therefore engaging in Christmas celebrations implies supporting beliefs that go against the teachings of Islam.
4. Misinformation and Religious Identity
Islamic scholars emphasize that observing Christmas and other non-Muslim holidays involves spreading misinformation by endorsing beliefs that are not in line with Islamic monotheism.
Muslims must maintain an Islamic identity and participating in Christmas festivities goes against this principle. Muslims are advised to avoid imitating or taking part in traditions associated with Christmas because it goes against the principles of monotheism.
The prohibition on celebrating Christmas in Islam is firmly grounded in the Quran, Hadith (sayings and actions attributed to Prophet Muhammad) as well as Interpretations by scholars.
The pagan origins conflicting beliefs with Islam and potential compromise on principles are among the reasons why Muslims are advised against engaging in Christmas festivities.
Preserving their identity and adhering to the principles of Tawhid is of utmost importance to Muslims and thus celebrating Christmas is considered forbidden (haram) for them.