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What’s Wrong in Saying Merry Christmas when My Intentions are Only to Improve Relations & not Shirk?



What is Wrong in Saying Merry Christmas to My Christian Friends when My Intentions are Only to Improve Relations and not Shirk? – Dr Zakir Naik

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Questioner: Assalamu Alaikum! My name is Adil Ahmed I’m a 16 years old student doing my GSES and my question regards Dr. Naik’s statement previously about saying Merry Christmas to non-Muslim makes us some how submit the fact that, well the idea that Christ was the son of God and it makes us one of them. Now that’s what shocked me, in a sense that, surely Allah in his All Mightiness would know that my intention saying someone ‘Merry Christmas’ is as you said is to improve relations. Now the thing is most people at least of my generation, people who I come in contact with, they don’t actually celebrate Christmas because they celebrate Christ’s birth but actually it’s a commercial thing to get the latest PS2 or whatever it is… so could you just please expand on that I am sought of confused how saying marry Christmas could some how bring blasphemy?

Dr. Zakir: The brother’s asked a question that he wants to wish Merry Christmas to his friends so that he can build relationships so tomorrow he will ask me the question why can’t I have a peg of alcohol build relationship. Why not? Why, what’s wrong? Why can’t I eat some pork with them? Why can’t I go to Church and worship Jesus Christ (pbuh)? See you don’t have to do anything Haraam for doing Da’wah. For reaching the goals you cannot use wrong means brother. What is haraam for them is haraam for you also. When you are wishing ‘Merry Christmas’ to them you are agreeing that Jesus Christ (pbuh) was born on the 25th of December and you are agreeing that he is the begotten son of God which is Shirk.

Why it is wrong? Because the Christians they believe that Jesus Christ (pbuh) is the begotten son of God. Now irrespective whether he may be a practicing Christian or not they celebrate because it’s the Birthday, why don’t they celebrate any other day? So if you tell your Christian friend “okay, forget if you don’t believe in that lets celebrate instead of 25th of December, let’s celebrate on the 10th of October.” Will they agree? They’ll say ‘no’. but that does not mean don’t do Da’wah, I do Da’wah on Christmas. I ask them that this is your Christmas season, why is it Christmas? So they tell me “Oh! its Christmas because Jesus Christ (pbuh) was born on 25th of December.” “Who is this Jesus pbuh?” “Oh Jesus is the begotten son of God.” Then I tell him that can you prove to me from one unequivocal statement from the complete Bible where Jesus Christ pbuh himself says that where he said “I am God” or where he says “Worship Me” I do Da’wah. Why do you have to use wrong means for doing Da’wah?
Questioner: Is saying Merry Christmas wrong?

Dr. Zakir: you asked the question is saying Merry Christmas wrong means I am telling you it is wrong.

Questioner: Okay.

Dr. Zakir: 100% wrong according to me. If you don’t know what Christmas is celebrated for like by mistake if you don’t know it is alcohol and you think it is Pepsi and you have it, Allah may forgive you, So if you don’t know what is Christmas standing for being in UK.. Do you know what Christmas stands for?

Questioner: Well as of now..

Dr. Zakir: Have you come from somewhere outside?

Questioner: Well as of now I think it stands for a commercial…

Dr. Zakir: Do you know what… do you know…

Questioner: I think it stands for …

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  1. Say Merry Christmas to everybody. I am only afraid of offending God Himself. If I offend Him by not saying Merry Christmas then He can deny me entrance to Heaven. Christmas came first in this season. The message and salutation of Merry Christmas is for all regardless of religion.

  2. Wishing is a part of social ethics; not a part of belief system. We must not be of the opinion that wishing another on their festivals is equivalent to believing in their faith. Man must strive to live peacefully and humbly in society. A society is the sub-unit of a nation, which is diverse yet interconnected. When the members of a society acknowledge the diversity, despite holding different beliefs, they nurture a healthy atmosphere of open interaction, mutual learning and peaceful coexistence

  3. The 78th Muzakarah (Conference) of the Fatwa Committee National Council of Islamic Religious Affairs Malaysia held on 12th June 2007 has discussed on the ruling on Muslims wishing and greeting on non Muslim religious festivals. The Committee has decided that:
    1. Any Muslim practice or behaviour with respect to non-Muslim festivals and celebrations that involve the questions of aqida or conviction such as acknowledging other religion or believing that all religions are same, are prohibited in Islam
    2. However, if the stated practice or behaviour is done on the basis of societal or social relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims for the purpose of harmony is permitted in Islam
    3. To give congratulatory and good wishers or to send greetings using cards or telecommunication devices such as e-mails, short messaging system (sms) or etc to non Muslims during their religious festivals is permissible, on the condition that the greetings do not recognise, praise, glorify the religion of non-Muslims and also do not use any of their religious symbols in the greetings sent.

  4. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) announced are allowed to greet their fellow Christians with a “Merry Christmas”, a gesture that may boost religious harmony in the country. Expressing respect through greetings to other religious believers had nothing to do with faith, as claimed by many hard-line Islamic scholars, but it had more to do with socio-cultural activities that could improve friendship in multicultural life.  “Wishing a greeting as a form of our friendship to other faithfuls won’t damage our faith. Islam is not a narrow-minded religion. Greetings are more about culture, not faith,” Din said.

  5. This is utter non sense.!! Makes up logic in thin air..! I am sure allah or any god is mercyfull and until the intentions are right and just pure he will forgive everyone.!! He will be happy for every soul on earth to be happy and pure. But these logics put ego into the almighty God and poisons the mind of believers.! I have a lot of respect for Islam and it's values but at these points where the interpreter puts in ego to the pure soul of almighty makes me feel bad..!! World is my home and humanity is my family but people like these divide it.. 🙄

  6. Here are some motivating tips from Allah and the Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) to help you raise your degrees in Jannah as well as increase your property in Shaa Allah.

    I) Raise your degrees

    1) Memorising the Quran

    Abd-Allah Ibn 'Amr narrated that the Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"It will be said to the companion of the Quran : Recite and rise in status, recite as you used to recite in the world, for your status will be at the last verse that you recite." [ Tirmidhi and Abu Dawood ]

    2) Doing a lot of dhikr

    Abu Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"Shall I not inform you the best and the purest of your deed in the sight of your Master, which is the highest in your degrees, is superior to your spending gold and silver in charity, and is better than confronting and fighting against your enemy, cutting one another's necks?". The companions submitted :"Yes, indeed!". He (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"It is remembering Allah." [ Sahih Tirmidhi ]

    3) Doing good deeds(at least compulsory good deeds) and staying away from bad deeds

    Allah said :" And whoever comes to Him (Allah) as a believer, and has done righteous good deeds, for such are the high ranks (in the Hereafter)." (Quran 20:75)

    4) Doing a lot of nawafil (non compulsory deeds)

    According to Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :" Allah said :" Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant : he hates death and I hate hurting him." [ Bukhari ]

    5) How to earn Jannat ul-Firdaws (highest degree in Jannah)

    Allah said :"1) Certainly the believers have succeeded : 2) They who are during their prayer humbly submissive, 3) And they who turn away from ill speech, 4) And they who are observant of Zakah, 5) And they who guard their private parts, 6) Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed, 7) But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors, 8) And they who are to their trusts and their promises attentive, 9) And they who carefully maintain their prayers, 10) Those are the inheritors, 11) Who will inherit Al-Firdaws. They will abide theirein eternally." (Quran 23 : 1-11)

    6) Making a sincere du'aa that you desire Jannat ul-Firdaws

    It was recorded in the Two Sahihs that the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"If you ask Allah for Paradise, then ask Him for Al-Firdaws for it is the highest part of Paradise, in the middle of Paradise, and from it spring the rivers of Paradise, and above it is the Throne of the Most Merciful." [ Bukhari and Muslim ]

    II) Increase your property

    II-1) How to earn a palace

    1) Reciting 10 times surah 'Ikhlas'

    The Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:"Whoever recites Qul huwallaahu aHad (Surah Ikhlaas) ten times, Allah will build for him a house in Paradise." [Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, 6472)]

    PS : It is a very easy way to earn a palace and it only takes about one minute. So you can earn 10 palaces in 10 minutes. Don't waste this great opportunity and try to make this a motivating habit and earn as many palaces as you can.

    2) Praying 12 rak'aat in a day

    Narrated by Umm Habibah (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"A house will be built in Heaven for one who prays 12 Sunnat Rak'aat in a day and evening as follows : 4 rak'aat before and 2 after the Dhur Prayer, 2 after the Maghrib Prayer, 2 after the 'Ishaa' Prayer and 2 before the Fajr Prayer." [ Tirmidhi ]

    PS : According to the scholars, the 4 rak'aat should be performed by 2 prayers of 2 rak'aat

    3) Building a masjid

    The Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"Whoever builds a masjid (mosque) for Allah, Allah will build for him likewise in Paradise." [ Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim ]

    4) Abandoning arguments and lies and improving your behaviour

    Abu Umamah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"I am a guarantor for a house on the outskirts of Paradise for whosoever leaves off arguing, even if he is in the right; and a house in the center of Paradise for whosoever abandons falsehood, even when joking; and a house in the upper-most part of Paradise for whosoever makes his character good." [ Abu Dawud ]

    II-2) How to earn other great things in your property

    1) A tree in Jannah

    Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud (RA) reported that the Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"I met Nabi Ibrahim (AS) when I was taken on Mi'aj (ascension to the heavens) and he told me :"O Muhammad, convey my salam (greetings) to your ummat and tell them that Jannah has good soil and sweet water, but it is barren. The plantation of Jannah is (the recital of) Subhan'Allah, Alhamdulill'AH? La ilaha illa Allah and Allahu Akbar." [ Sunan Tirmidhi, hadith: 3462. Imam Tirmidhi has classified his hadith as sound (hasan) ]

    2) A palm tree in Jannah

    Hadhrat Jaa'bir (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"For the person who recites 'SUBHAN'ALLAH HIL AZEEM WA BIHAMDIHI' (Pure and Perfect is Allah in his glory and praise], – A date palm will be planted for him in Paradise". [ Tirmidhi ]

    3) Treasures of Jannah

    Hadhrat Abu Dharr (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :" Should I not tell you of one treasure of the unlimited treasures of Paradise?" I replied spontaneously "Oh Rasulallah (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) that would be an honor indeed!" Rasulallah (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"That rare is 'LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH."(There is no power and no strength except with Allah) [ Ibn Majah ]

    4) A particular amazing room

    Abdallah Ibn 'Amr (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"There is a room in Paradise whose outside is seen from its inside and whose inside is visible from its outside." So Abou Malk Al Ach'ari (RA) asked :"For whom is it, O Messenger of Allah?". He (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"These rooms will belong to the ones who speak good words, feed the poor, they fast and pray at night when people are at sleep." [ Reported by Tabarani and authenticated bu Shaykh Albani in Sahih Targhib No. 617)

    PS : These 4 conditions can be done during Ramadan. So let's all strive for this amazing room.

    5) Hoor Al Ain (women of Paradise)

    The Prophet (Sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said :"Whoever suppresses anger and he is able to act upon it, then Allah (SWT) will call him on the day of judgement in front of everyone and make him choose whichever one of the women of Paradise he wants (of Al hoor Al Ayn)".
    [ Sahih Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud ]

    6) An honorable place in Jannah

    Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever goes to the mosque in the morning and evening, Allah will prepare for him a place in Paradise for every morning and evening.”
    Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 631, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 669

    PS : Let's not let go of all of these wonderful rewards. Because remember, the bigger your property, the greater the pleasure. It's time for us to wake up.

    Share this with others so that you gain as much rewards as them practising.

    If you want to copy this comment and you use a smartphone, go to Google Chrome then to Youtube, and then find this video and this comment and you'll be able to copy it in Shaa Allah.

    May Allah grant all of us Jannat ul-Firdaws.

  7. For preaching Islam you don't have to criticize other's faith. To counter ur question i can ask u who is Prophet Muhammad? For that matter Jesus is mentioned several times in the Quran more than Prophet Muhammad. Prophet Muhammad fought wars but Jesus never did, Jesus is born of a Virgin but not Prophet Muhammad. "Born of a virgn", this miracle is enough to accept him as my personal saviour. Amen

  8. Bruh muslims taking over the world. How can ppl believe this?? Why??? Why is saying marry Christmas will haram? I not Christian but I say marry Christmas to my Christian friends. Is Muslim becoming SJW and LGBT+?

  9. Seriously non sense he is taking about and making fools 🙄out of us. Totally self centered preach. If I wish happy birthday to my friend on his birthday will that become crime…? Usless argument

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