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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

It’s DIWALI! Let’s all us Muslims join hands with the hindus and sikhs. Let’s congratulate them on their festival. Let’s take part even. I mean, we don’t want to be disrespectful and it’s not like it’s doing anything bad, is it?

WRONG.

Taking part in festivals like diwali is haraam and the ruling in Islam is very clear on the matter. Let’s go through this in a bit more detail…

What is diwali?

Diwali is the hindu festival of light (although many sikhs also celebrate it). Diwali is about lighting lamps in order to make the goddess lakshmi feel welcome. Here is one of the major problems that Muslims need to be aware of. This celebration is about a ritual for a goddess yet as Muslims we believe in only One God, the Truth, the All-Mighty, the Self-Sufficient, the One Who Has no partner! My fellow Muslims, if you celebrate diwali or even greet a person with ‘happy diwali’, do you think that this will Please Allah? The answer is most definitely not. Allah Does Not Have any partners. The biggest sin in Islam is SHIRK and diwali is SHIRK. Supporting diwali by celebrating it or saying ‘happy diwali’ is haraam.

The second day of diwali is about lord krishna and his wife satyabhama vanquishing the demon naraka. Does this sound Islamic in any way to you? Is this something you want to support? Or is it better that you try to educate these hindus of the errors of their ways and bring them to Islam?

The third day of diwali marks the worship of the goddess lakhsmi. Again, this is quite obviously shirk. But Muslims be aware that anything that leads to shirk, is also shirk. So do not partake in these celebrations. The third day also involves the story of lord vishnu, which I don’t feel necessary to go into here as it does not add anything useful that Muslims can learn.

Saying ‘happy diwali’ is like saying, ‘congratulations on following hinduism, have a good time’. Surely this is not what a sincere Muslim wants for the non-Muslims. A sincere Muslim would want to save the non-Muslims from their errors and bring them to Islam.

“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment”[al-Maa’idah 5:2]

Muslims need to adhere to Islam ONLY!

My brothers and sisters in Islam, we have been given the best deen by Allah. There are no shortcomings in Islam. There is nothing that it does not cover. The devout Muslim is not left wanting nor feeling as though something is missing from Islam. So why take part in something that will only weaken your Islam, weaken your Imaan and take you further away from Allah?

We are Muslims and we distinguish ourselves as being Muslims and following Islam. There is no need to follow the tradition of another religion, especially if we have been Commanded by Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) not to. Allah Has Prescribed for us the festivities we should follow and there is no need to add to this by following something else. If celebrating diwali or any other festival was allowed, it would have been stated in hadith or the Qur’an.

“Whoever seeks a religion other than Islaam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]

Imitating the non-Muslims is haraam and this is clearly stated in hadith. So taking part in diwali is imitating the hindus.

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [Abu Dawud]

Congratulating hindus on their festivals is like befriending them and showing love for them and we have been instructed not to take such people as our friends.

“O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Awliyaa’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Awliyaa’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Awliyaa’), then surely, he is one of them… “[al-Maa’idah 5:51]

“O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists) as friends, showing affection towards them” [al-Mumtahanah 60:1]

Muslims are not christians, pagans, jews, buddhists, hindus, sikhs, atheists or belonging to any other religion or way of life. Muslims are Muslims and follow Islam. By celebrating diwali you are actually following something else. And this undermines the strength of the Ummah. This is one of the reasons why the Ummah is weak – we do not adhere to Islam and only Islam. There is nothing wrong with saying that you are a Muslim and so do not celebrate diwali. Non-Muslims respect this but it seems that Muslims do not want to feel like they are upsetting others.

The following hadiths are examples of how Muslims should not imitate the actions of non-Muslims.

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Aas who said: “The Messenger of Allah saw me wearing two saffron garments and he said: ‘Indeed these are from the dress of the Kuffaar so do not wear them.’ [Collected by Muslim (1/144), An-Nisaaee (2/298), Al-Haakim (4/190), and Ahmad in his Musnad (2/172, 164, 193, 207, and 211)]

At-Tirmidhi narrated that Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “He is not one of us who imitates other than us. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians.”

At-Tabarani and Abu Dawud narrated that Ibn Umar and Hudhayfah رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “Whoever imitates a people, he is one of them.”

Al-Bayhaqi reported in his Sunan that Anas Bin Maalik رضي الله عنه said: “When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم came to Medina, the people had two holidays from the days of Jahiliyyah.” He صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “When I came to you, you had two days which you used to celebrate in Jahiliyyah. Allah سبحانه وتعالى has replaced them for you with better days, the days of slaughter (Adhaa) and the day of fitr.”

Muslims need to start standing up for Islam and stop acting like non-Muslims. We are not pagans, taking part in rituals that have no significance with Allah.

This is not about Muslims being segregated from society but more the opposite. This is about Muslims standing up and being identified as Muslims – not as though they have some confused fusion of identities. Islam is clear and Muslims need to be also. By being identified as Muslims, what Muslims stand for, what Islam stands for, you will gain respect from other Muslims, gain understanding and respect from non-Muslims and start to create societies where Muslims can be seen to have their place.

What should Muslims do?

Muslims need to stop engaging in non-Muslim festivities, parties, the giving of presents, sending cards, giving greetings. This is not Islamic so don’t have one foot in Islam and one foot in something else – that is a hypocritical stance to have. Instead, celebrate Islam – you have two Eids and can make the most of this. Be devout and upstanding Muslims that non-Muslims can respect for their Islamic values and morals and beliefs. If you don’t then what do you stand for?

Muslims need to come to terms with an Islamic identity and the fact that we are ordered by Allah not to imitate the kufaar – the non-Muslims. If anything, the non-Muslims have much to gain by imitating Muslims and learning from Muslims. We should be the role models, not the other way round. How will non-Muslims learn the errors of their ways, if we imitate them? Also, if we imitate the non-Muslims in the things they do, then where do you draw the line? Would you take part in diwali which celebrates the many gods of the hindus? This would be committing shirk – the worst sin in Islam. The fairest and most just way is to not engage in festivities that are not Islamic.

Explain to non-Muslims about Islamic values and how we celebrate on Eid. They are not aliens and will understand.

Muslims… you need to act like Muslims and BE Muslims, following Islam and showing everyone the beauty of Islam.

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Comments
  1. zeesparklez says:

    Jazakumullahu khairan for this wonderful post. I live around lots of indians and diwali is a really big deal to them. If only we muslims take eid to be as important as they take their religious celebrations. Thank u for the reminder cos I would have said “Happy Diwali ” to my neighbors unknowingly. May Allah continue to guide us all to the right part.

  2. Abdullah says:

    As Salaam Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

    I read this today and thought it would make a good addition to your post:

    Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah: “Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah.”

  3. kabir ahmed says:

    Jazakallah khair for this great post.

  4. a muslimah says:

    i completely agree to this post..but i have 1 question.. wont non muslims get offended from Islam if v dont wish them? how will it help in Dawah then? if they stop talking to us because of this, how will we do Dawah?

    • maverick says:

      There’s nothing wrong with politely declining to take part and using this opportunity to explain that we can’t have one foot in Islam and one foot in another religion. The Prophet pbuh never took part in any wrongdoing and our Da’wah doesn’t need for us to engage in wrongdoing. Rather, we should stand up for Islam and the Straight Path and encourage them to look into Islam.

  5. Samna says:

    Showing up at an event will show others that you are strong in your beliefs and aren’t afraid to be corrupted. I think showing up would make a good example and show that Muslims are tolerant and friendly people. But maybe I am wrong? Is it wrong for others to wish us a happy Eid? No, I think it shows a love and respect for us. Should Muslims be so cold hearted?

    • maverick says:

      Would you accuse the Prophet (pbuh) of being cold hearted? No you wouldn’t. This is the guidance given to us by Allah and His Messenger (pbuh). People of other faiths don’t have less respect for us by us not attending their events – the Prophet (pbuh) never attended any of the pagan rituals that were committed by the Quraish and he (pbuh) is the best example of how to conduct our daily lives – so any idea that we will be doing something wrong if we don’t attend actually shows a weakness of faith. And at the end of the day, we are not here to please other people – we are here to obey Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) first and foremost and we cannot obey Allah by doing something wrong. Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) say that it is not permissible to take part in these festivals and events (please read the hadiths about this).

      We have a duty to spread Islam, not to support the rituals of other religions.You don’t need to attend an event to be a good example, nor to show that we are a friendly people. BUT we are not tolerant of wrongdoings – we must speak out against wrongdoings, we must tell others about their wrongdoings and what the right way is.

      I would advise that you learn more about Islam and also read the hadiths that have been quoted in this and other posts. I would also advise that you speak to a scholar and learn about what we are allowed to do as Muslims and what we cannot do. There are too many Muslims who don’t have a good grounding in Islam but are happy to voice their opinions, actually not knowing if it coincides with what Islam says. You do not have to agree with anything I have said (even though it is from Qur’an and Sunnah and from the rulings of Islam – not my opinion, which is not worth anything) but you do owe it to yourself to find out properly what Islam says about festivals – there are very good reasons for every ruling in Islam, this one included.

  6. Sanah Mehta says:

    Posts like this n ppl like u dont let ppl live together happily with secular feelings n respects for other religion…me n my muslim friends celebrate all festivals together…islmaic or not .
    We stay togther through all n wish each other .whether it be diwali or eid .
    So shame on everyone who is so intolerant towards others..
    I as a person respect all religions…
    Its about ur belief ..so religion is wrong!!

    • maverick says:

      You make a lot of assumptions about religion and what the purpose of life is and what Islam is. The purpose of life isn’t about being secular. Nor is Islam based on what Muslims do – it’s the other way round; Muslims should base what they do on Islam – the fact that you have Muslims who celebrate with you only means that they are doing unIslamic things. I do notice that you do not question whether how you live your life is good or not and just assume that I should adopt the same principles that you have adopted – in this, you are wrong and intolerant.

      Islam is about recognising that there is only ONE GOD and our ONE GOD Has Given us guidance of how to live a happy life – there is no higher guidance than this. Your way of living, whilst it might make you temporarily happy, is not the right way, in the same way that a drug addiction might make things feel good temporarily, but it also has a number of harms. Your way of living is actually very ignorant towards our creation and purpose and does harm in that you are then ignorant to what the true way of living is and what is classed as right and what is classed as wrong. Perhaps you should extend your tolerance to removing this ignorance.

      This is not about belief, it’s about truth and the inescapable truth is that there is only ONE GOD and that has many implications on how you live your life.

  7. umar farooq rashid says:

    Assalamu alaikum brother, hope you are well.

    I agree with what you have stated about wishing non muslims on their festivals. However, i feel that we should love and respect people of all faiths and should live as part of the community. Allah knows best.

    • maverick says:

      Wa alaikum salaam. JazakAllah khayr for your comment. It is not possible to respect faiths other than that decreed by Allah – if you do, you disrespect Allah. And we are Commanded by Allah to enjoin the right and forbid the wrong – you cannot effectively do this if you befriend people of faiths that conflict with Islam.

      Allah, the Exalted, says:

      “Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma`ruf (i.e., Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful.” (3:104)

      Hudhaifah (May Allah bepleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “By Him in Whose Hand my life is, you either enjoin good and forbid evil, or Allah will certainly soon send His punishment to you. Then you will make supplication and it will not be accepted”.
      [At-Tirmidhi].

      Qur’an (5:51) – “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”

      If you want to befriend the hindus then you become one of them. Surely you do not want to be ressurrected on the Day of Judgement with the hindus or the sikhs or anyone who isn’t a Muslim?

      • Amira says:

        Salamaleikum,
        I completely agree with what maverick is saying. Allah has perfected our deen for us and nothing added or subtracted will be accepted.what is right is clear..and what is wrong is clear..the biggest sin in d sight of Allah is associating partners with Him and partaking in these non muslim festivals is willingly or unwillingly agreeing to their practices, which is thereby an offence in the sight of Allah.
        I also understand what the other muslims have said about not being friendly n so on..as human beings generally we like to conform and be with the popular group.it is very difficult to breakaway and be alienated..case and point the life of all the prophets..their mission was hard bcos people found it hard to leave what was popular for something ‘wierd’..Nevertheless..as muslims we should educate ourselves about our deen and then seek strength from Allah in implementing it..n if you find it difficult, dont justify the wrong doing instead admit it is wrong but due to ur own personal weakness you fall into the sin..atleast i can say dat is my own case..may Allah make it easy to follow His guidance n forbid the evil n enjoin the good..amin

  8. jagomuslim says:

    This post is totally wrong, and these type of posts only makes the non-muslims hate us!
    My Hindu friends wish me regularly Eid and if I am just saying “Happy Diwali” I am an opponent to Islam?
    Wrong brother totally wrong…aisi cheeze hi ham musalmano ko badnam krti h. Stop these.

    • maverick says:

      You need to read more about Islam – Allah Does Not approve of religions other than Islam. If you’re not happy about this and your friendship to hindus means more to you, then this is a big mistake. Learn more about what your deen tells you, what Allah Commands you, and what the Prophet (pbuh) has guided you with, BEFORE disagreeing with what they say.

  9. majeed says:

    We are blessed to be the followers of Islam gifted to us by Allah the creator of every thing around us through his beloved prophet Mohammed Peace be upon him. We have worked very hard ourselves to be upright and practicing Muslims. Let us stay focused not to lose our efforts and identify. Please stay away from practices of polytheists. We will be taking a course that can ruin our hereafter. May Allah bless you strong faith in his guidance. Ameen

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