Usually a widespread debate spreads on social media about congratulating non-Muslims on their holidays, and this debate and disagreement abounds in conjunction with the holidays and religious occasions for Christians in Egypt, and the opinion holders are divided into two groups, the first believes that there is absolutely no harm in congratulating Christians on their holidays, for they are the partners of the homeland and neighbors of housing Co-workers and the historical relations between Muslims and Christians in Egypt have been witnessing a cohesion for hundreds of years, while the other group believes that congratulations are permissible on birthdays, weddings and happy occasions, and also their participation in their sorrows and the duty of condolence. As for the holidays, it is not permissible to congratulate them, and the Egyptian Dar Al Ifta has settled this controversy Al-Dair, and explained through its website on the social networking site “Facebook”, Ruling on congratulating non-Muslims on their holidays .
The Egyptian Dar Al Iftaa confirmed that there is absolutely no objection to congratulating Christians on their holidays and occasions, and this is not a departure from religion as some hard-liners claim, especially those who do not know the integrity of the legal texts and take into account their contexts, explaining that the Messenger, may God bless him and grant him peace, accepted the gift from Non-Muslims visited their patients, treated them and sought help from them in his peace and war, and there is conclusive evidence in the words of God Almighty: “And if you live with greetings, then live better than them or repay them.” [النساء: 86]Congratulations on holidays and events is a type of greeting.
The Egyptian Dar Al Iftaa responded to the hard-liners who reject this ruling, and they believe that congratulating non-Muslims on their festivals by Christians and Jews is a departure from religion, that they have a deficient view of religious texts, as there is no explicit text in it confirming this, and all they believe is an opinion that matches their desires. About calling, likeness, and approval of the rituals of non-Muslims, congratulations are not necessarily imitation, approval and belief that Islam forbids or contravenes something of its constants.
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