Q. This Claremont people also sent out the following message: “We wish you a Blessed and Spiritually Rejuvenating Christmas and a New Year in which we all enjoy better Health and greater Prosperity.” I noticed that they gone way off-track. They even call their Masjid a ‘Mosque’! Is sending Christmas messages not dangerous for the Imaan of a Muslim? Some people quote the Aayat where Allah Ta’ala praised the day when Nabi Isa Alayhis Salaam was born. What is the response to them?

A. Christmas messages are undoubtedly Kufr. Aggravating their Kufr, is that the Zindeeqs misinterpret the Qur’aan in a despicable attempt to justify their Kufr practices. The Aayat quoted by the Zindeeqs has no relevance to Christmas. The numerous Aayaat pertaining to Nabi Isa Alayhis Salaam refute the Kufr concepts of Christianity! Celebrating Christmas is Kufr and saying ‘Merry Xmas’ is also Kufr.

Furthermore, the Qur’aan prohibits Tashabbuh (emulating the Kuffaar). Sending Christmas messages is a Kuffaar custom. It is obviously not permissible to send Christmas greetings, new year messages, etc. When there is no such a thing as Islamic new year messages and greetings, how can a Muslim indulge in new year greetings, celebrations, etc. of the Kuffaar? Muslims should shun all these Haraam acts.