Friday, 3 January 2014
Receiving gifts on new years
Q; Assalamu alaikum wr wb, we received a cake from a bakery on new years eve, so is it permissible to eat it? A; All-Praise is due to Allah, With regard to gifts given on their festivals, it is not permissible to give or accept them, because that is venerating their festivals and expressing approval of them and helping them in their kufr. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: If someone gives a gift to the Muslims on these festivals and that is contrary to his habit at all other times apart from this festival, then his gift is not to be accepted, especially if the gift is something that is used to imitate them, such as giving candles and the like at Christmas, or giving eggs, milk and lambs on Maundy Thursday, which comes at the end of their fast (Lent). Similarly, no gift should be given to any of the Muslims on these festivals because of the festival, especially if it is something that is used to imitate them, as we have stated above. The Muslim should not sell the things that Muslims could use to imitate them on that festival, such as food, clothing and the like, because that is helping them in doing evil. Iqtida’ Siraat al-Mustaqeem, p. 227. And Allah knows best… See Islam Q&A Fatwa: 82860.