[Q-ID0413] Can we wish people ‘Happy Holiday’ instead of ‘Happy Christmas’?


What do the scholars and muftis of the noble Shari’ah say regarding the following matter; is it permissible to wish happy holidays— instead of happy Christmas— to Christians? Sometimes, wishing them becomes a compulsion.  

Questioner: Faizan  from  UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

“Happy holidays” is an expression that is used to wish someone a blessed holiday. It is a supplicative statement and hence one must abstain from saying it. However, it would be permissible to use it if there is a compulsion. If someone says “happy holidays” with the intention that the one being wished is blessed during the holiday in such a way that the truthfulness of Islam becomes apparent to him, then it is absolutely permissible. In this case this statement is a prayer for them to become believers. Praying for the disbelievers to become believers is proven from the Islamic texts. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ prayed for Sayyiduna ‘Umar b. Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) to accept faith and supplicated:

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِزَّ الْإِسْلَامَ بِعُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ

Translation: “O Allah! Strengthen Islam with ‘Umar bin Khattab.” [Sunan Ibn Majah, hadith no. 105]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri 
Translated by the SeekersPath team

Read the original answer in Urdu here – [Q-ID0413] Can we wish people ‘Happy Holiday’ instead of ‘Happy Christmas’?

Please also see:

[Q-ID0148] Can Muslims celebrate Christmas?

The Scholars of the past on resembling and imitating the disbelievers [Christmas]

[Q-ID0136] The ruling on saying ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Shub Diwali’

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