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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 […]

What Role Does Culture Play in Islam?

Question: Could you please clarify what is the view of Islam regarding different peoples maintaining their native character and mentality, and being proud of them: I mean not in a bad way, which denies validity of other peoples, but simply appreciating what they have been given and cultivating it as their unique heritage? Does really […]

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 […]

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 […]