Context for the Hadith: Whoever Imitates a People Is of Them

Ustadh Farid Dingle is asked if wearing clothes that are not traditionally Muslim in itself puts one beyond the pale.   Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. May Allah reward you for your great answer service. I was wondering if there is a specific historical context for the hadith: “Whoever resembles a people […]

Is Purchasing the Same Furniture as Non-Muslims Permissible?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum I was interested in finding out if decorating a house to a ‘western’ appearance is classed as imitating the disbelievers? For example if I saw a floral wallpaper in a non-Muslims house and thought it looked nice and only for that reason used it in my house […]

Should I Return a Christmas Gift?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, I have recieved at work, as a christmas gift, a 10£ gift voucher. Can I accept it? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah. There is no harm in accepting such a gift as it is merely […]

Denim Clothing, Saris, and Imitating the Unbelievers

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Would it be considered ‘imitating the unbelievers’ to wear denim clothing or a sari? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, It is not disliked to wear denim clothing (such as a jilbab for women, or loose jeans), if it fulfills the […]

Is Body Piercing Allowed for Men?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: Why is body piercing not acceptable for the man …especially if they do pierce their ears. Would you kindly give me some  Quranic and Hadith reference. I need to explain to a brother. Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you in the best of health […]

Creating Ramadan Traditions

When I reflect on my childhood memories of celebrating the blessed month of Ramadan while growing up in Southern California in the 1980’s, different images flash through my mind… Ammi playing the Holy Qur’an on the house intercom system at sahoor time. Scrambled eggs and shaami kabaabs frying before the sun came up. Abbu sitting in the upstairs hallway […]

Attending Christmas Festivities of One’s Non-Muslim Family

Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain Question: Is it permissible for a convert to attend his family’s Christmas celebrations? Answer: Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah, It would be permissible to attend such an event, since it would be from keeping ties with ones family. One can attend the social gatherings, but should discretely abstain from actively taking part […]

Muslims Having Christmas Trees

Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain Question: Is it permissible for muslims to have a Christmas tree in their house? Answer: Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah, The Christmas tree is amongst things that would be a unique distinguishing characteristic of other religions or traditions and therefore it should be avoided. [Ibn Abidin, Nashr al-Urf; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; […]

Giving & Recieving Christmas Gifts

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 […]

Partaking in a Thanksgiving Dinner: Permitted or Not?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: My non-Muslim parents have invited my family over for dinner on Thanksgiving. There will be other family members and old friends at the dinner and they all look forward to seeing me and my family and it is an opportunity for all of us to get together (as everyone […]