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Benefit: Extending Christmas Greetings to Non-Muslims

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn al-Qayyim (d. AH 751) said: 

Greeting non-Muslims at the time of their religious celebrations saying: “Have a jolly day” or “Congratulations on this day” is impermissible. If extending these greetings is not kufr, then at least, it is prohibited. This is worse than congratulating a non-Muslim for consuming alcohol, committing murder, or having unlawful sex; rather, it is like congratulating him for prostrating to the cross, yet many Muslims who have weak faith do so without understanding how repugnant this action really is.

وَأَمَّا التَّهْنِئَةُ بِشَعَائِرِ الْكُفْرِ الْمُخْتَصَّةِ بِهِ فَحَرَامٌ بِالِاتِّفَاقِ مِثْلَ أَنْ يُهَنِّئَهُمْ بِأَعْيَادِهِمْ وَصَوْمِهِمْ، فَيَقُولَ: عِيدٌ مُبَارَكٌ عَلَيْكَ، أَوْ تَهْنَأُ بِهَذَا الْعِيدِ، وَنَحْوَهُ، فَهَذَا إِنْ سَلِمَ قَائِلُهُ مِنَ الْكُفْرِ فَهُوَ مِنَ الْمُحَرَّمَاتِ، وَهُوَ بِمَنْزِلَةِ أَنْ يُهَنِّئَهُ بِسُجُودِهِ لِلصَّلِيبِ، بَلْ ذَلِكَ أَعْظَمُ إِثْمًا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ وَأَشَدُّ مَقْتًا مِنَ التَّهْنِئَةِ بِشُرْبِ الْخَمْرِ وَقَتْلِ النَّفْسِ وَارْتِكَابِ الْفَرْجِ الْحَرَامِ وَنَحْوِهِ.
وَكَثِيرٌ مِمَّنْ لَا قَدْرَ لِلدِّينِ عِنْدَهُ يَقَعُ فِي ذَلِكَ، وَلَا يَدْرِي قُبْحَ مَا فَعَلَ،

Source: Aḥkām Ahl al-Dhimmah, vol. 1, pg. 441.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Is It Impermissible To Say That The Jews and Christians Will Go To The Hellfire?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Is it arrogant to say: "The Jews and the Christians are in the Hellfire?" What about those who say "Only Allāh can judge (i.e. don't declare them disbelievers)". Allāh says in the Qurʾān: 

  إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ وَالْمُشْرِكِينَ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا ۚ أُولَـٰئِكَ هُمْ شَرُّ الْبَرِيَّةِ

Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion of Islam, the Quran and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikun will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures. [Sūrah al-Bayyinah, 98:6]

Mūsà Richardson discusses...


Benefit: The Reality of Interfaith Dialogues

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

In recent times, many groups in opposition to the correct manhaj from the people of innovation and the disbelievers have spread the call to interfaith dialogues. This call, aimed at bringing together the followers of the "Abrahimic Religions", has led many Muslims into believing that the Jews and the Christians are in fact believers. In his Explanation of Masāʿil al-Jāhiliyyah, our beloved Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān, hafiẓahullah, warns about these dialogues. Using proofs from the Book and the Sunnah, he clarifies the dangerous reality of interfaith dialogues. May Allāh reward our brother, Abū al-ʿʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson for presenting this important subject. For more on this topic, see the audio "Be Different from the Kuffār", by Abū al-ʿAbbās. 

For more on the topic see the Explanation of Masāʿil al-Jāhiliyyah Class Audio


The Actions of the Disbeliever


What about those who do not accept Islām, but do good deeds and are kind people?