Imitating Jews and Christians in their weekends

Question: What is the ruling on a school owner who appoints its weekends on both Saturdays and Sundays, and allows studying on both Thursdays and Fridays? Is it permissible for him to lead Muslims in Salaah (Prayer) or not?

Answer: It is not permissible to allocate either Saturdays or Sundays or both of them as weekends, since this implies imitating the Jews and Christians. For, the Jews have their weekends on Saturdays, whereas Christians have their weekends on Sundays, out of a sense of honoring them (these two days)… read more here.

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.

Participating in the disbelievers parties and celebrations

Question 422: Is it permissible for Muslims to accept the Christians’ invitations to their parties and occasions and vice versa?

Answer: It is not permissible to share in the festivals and religious celebrations held by non-Muslims, for Allaah, the Exalted, described the Servants of the Most Beneficent (Allaah) as And those who do not bear witness to falsehood The word “falsehood” is interpreted as “the disbelievers’ festivals,” and “bear witness” [in Arabic “yash-hadun;” which could mean “bearing witness” or “attending, partaking, etc.”] is interpreted as”attending and participating in them.”... read more here.

Is it permissible to participate with Christians in their non-religious celebrations and sorrows?

Question 411: Is it permissible for a Muslim to participate with Christians in their non-religious celebrations and share in their sorrows, such as birthday celebrations or sending condolences to the bereaved in or outside the cemetery?

Answer: Sharing non-religious celebrations and sorrows with the Christians is not permissible... read more here.