Tuesday, 03 January 2017 21:02

Is it permissible for Muslim families to gather on Thanksgiving due to convenience (not to celebrate it)?

Question:

As salaamu ’alaykum,

I am aware that thanksgiving is not an Islamic holiday and we are mostly discouraged from celebrating non Islamic holidays. However, usually thanksgiving is a time where most family and friends are all off from work and school. Such occasions aren't too common (since people usually have plans and are busy on weekends making it hard to get together) which makes it the ideal time to just get together and have a meal. Would it be okay to get together on thanksgiving on the basis that is a convenient time (not to “celebrate” it)?

Would it be necessary to avoid having turkey or would that be okay?

Answer:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Wa ‘alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh,

As long as there is no resemblance with the disbelievers in any aspect, it will be permissible to have a family gathering for a meal on thanksgiving. It will be necessary to refrain from any distinctive traditions the disbelievers have regarding this day such as having turkey. If other people think this family gathering together resembles the disbelievers, then too it will be necessary to stay away from having such a gathering specific to that day.

والله اعلم

And Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Ilyas Husain

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani

 

 

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