Christmas

Is Participating in Secret Santa Haram?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Farid Dingle

Question

Is participating in Secret Santa haram?

Answer

Given that offering Christmas gifts is something directly related to the religious celebration of Christmas, it is not permissible to participate in Secret Santa.

Please see this article:
Muslims Having Christmas Trees

Instead, you should give gifts around the time, in an unrelated way.

Kindly see these links:
Can My Daughter Give Gifts to Her Teachers During the Holiday Season?
Giving & Recieving Christmas Gifts

You should also read this article:
Saying “Merry Christmas”, Reflections from Habib Ali al-Jifri

I pray this helps.

[Shaykh] Farid Dingle
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language