Can a Muslim decorate his/her home with Christmas items such as a tree, candles etc at Christmas just for decoration or is it forbidden?
Submitted by on Wed, 26/12/2012 - 11:03
Dear Brother / Sister,
Before answering this question let us give a brief information about that tradition
The pine tree which Christians cut down and ornament for Christmas attracted attention firstly in Germany in 1605. Later in the mid of 19th century, it was brought to France by Helene de Mecklembung. God of the New Year in Armenian mythology is called “Amanor”. In the era of Paganism, animals were hunted and hung on pine trees in honor of Amanor. The ceremony carried out by hanging various things on pine trees entered Christianity from that Pagan tradition. Today, tree festivals are a tradition coming from the primitive people’s worshipping trees. People used to glorify trees for their longevity.
So the consensus of Islamic sources agrees that it is not permissible to celebrate all special days and festivals emerged outside Islamic rules with an aim to be like them. It is wrong of a Muslim to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Day, or other days established by specific people or institutions.
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