Taking part in the celebrations of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians)

Question: If you please, our dear Shaykh, I entered into a discussion with my Muslim brothers regarding some matter in the religion of Islaam, namely: Some Muslims in Ghana venerate the holidays of the Jews and the Christians, and leave their holidays to the extent that when the time of a festival of the Jews or the Christians comes, they suspend the Islaamic schools on the occasion of such a festival, and they do not suspend the Islaamic schools during the festivals of Muslims. Their justification for this is: If you follow the Jews and the Christians regarding their holidays, they will enter into the religion of Islaam. Could you please, dear Shaykh, explain to us whether their actions spring from the religion of Islaam or not?

Answer: Firstly, the Sunnah (action following the teachings of the Prophet) is to display the rites of Islaam among Muslims. On the other hand, abandoning this contradicts the guidance of the Messenger (peace be upon him). It was authentically reported that the Prophet said: You must follow my Sunnah and that of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs. Stick to it and hold fast to it… read more here.

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