Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain
Question: Is it permissible to receive Christmas-presents from one’s non-muslim family members, neighbors co-workers and the like? What about giving them?
Answer: Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah,
There is nothing wrong with accepting such presents, as they are not religious acts in themselves, but social customs. Keeping family ties, being good to one’s neighbors, co-workers and the like is from the general sunna of Islam.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) emphasized the rights of neighbors and those one has any kind of relationship with in numerous hadiths, and these do not distinguish between Muslim and non-Muslims.
Likewise it would be permitted to give presents in December with the intention of strengthening family ties, and promoting the good of Islam.
However, one should try one’s best to do so in a distinct and dignified manner to avoid imitating non-muslim traditions.
Muslim should not import the concept of Christmas-presents when dealing with other Muslims.
[Nahlawi, Durar al-Mubaha; Ibn Nujaym, Ashbah Wa al-Nazair; Mulla khisro, Durar al-Hukkam]
And Allah knows best
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani