What are the drawbacks to worshipping in a church for a Muslim in Noel celebrations?

The Details of the Question
- I am a Muslim and I am married to a Christian. Is it appropriate or is it a sin for me to go to church with my Christian relatives and worship there for the birth of Hz. Isa (Jesus), which they celebrate on December 25?
The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

It is not appropriate for a Muslim to go to church and worship like Christians; it is haram. We are prohibited from imitating even their traditions; it is a bigger sin to go to the temple of another religion and to worship like them. Something like this may cause a person to forget his religion in the course of time and adopt the other religion. 

The Prophet (pbuh) says,

“A person who tries to resemble a nation becomes one of them.” (Abu Dawud, Kitabul-Libas, hadith no 3512)

A person can go to a church with two aims: 

1. Those who go to church because they are Christians.

2. Those who go to a church for visiting and touristic purposes.

After this classification, let us explain the decree of going to church:

a. The first group is virtually Christian since they know and accept themselves as Christians. They are regarded as non-Muslims. That is, they are not Muslims.

b. The second group goes there in order to see how the church was built and arranged. When a Christian goes to a mosque to visit it, he does not become a Muslim; similarly, when a Muslim goes to a church to visit it, he does not become a Christian.

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