Is It a Sin To Unconsciously Sing a Christmas Song?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


I live in Germany; for example, music playing in the shopping center, such as Christmas music, gets stuck in my head when I’m shopping. I sometimes catch myself unconsciously singing or humming along to these songs. But I stop immediately when I catch myself doing it and realize. Is that a sin?


As long as the song doesn’t have any meaning that clashes with the teachings of Islam, then singing it will not be sinful. It is better to have a basic routine of dhikr prepared in one’s mind for shopping.

Markets and shops are some places that breed heedlessness of Allah, and remembering Allah in those places is extremely beneficial. Keep busy with some simple dhikr, and Allah will reward you abundantly.

May Allah facilitate this for us.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began studying Arabic Grammar and Morphology whilst studying for a degree in English and History. After graduating, He traveled to Damascus and studied Arabic, Hanafi Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Theology, and Logic with Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahman Arjan al-Binsawi, Shaykh Husayn Darwish, Shaykh Muhammad Darwish, the late Shaykh Rashad Shams, and others. He then moved to Amman to continue his studies in those fields, as well as in Tafsir, Quranic Sciences, Hadith Methodology and Commentary, Prophetic Biography, Prophetic Perfections and Traits, Rhetoric, Arabic Literature, and Tajwid. His teachers include Shaykh Ali Hani, Dr. Hamza al-Bakri, Dr Salah Abu al-Hajj, Dr Mansur Abu Zina, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Shaykh Ahmad Jammal, and others.