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A narration prohibiting observing Non-Muslim holidays

Question

What is the authenticity of this Hadith?

Whoever builds [a home] in the land of the foreigners [that is, the non-Muslims] and observes their Nayruz [Persian New Year] and Mahrajan [a Persian festival celebrated on the equinox] and imitates them till he dies in that state, he shall be resurrected with them.

 

Answer

Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) with two chains.

(As Sunanul Kubra, vol. 9 pg. 234)

 

Muhaddith Zafar Ahmad ‘Uthmani (rahimahullah) states that this narration has been reported through several chains, some authentic (sahih) and others sound (hasan).

(i’laus Sunan, vol. 12 pg. 704)

 

 

These words are severe, and should be heeded to.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar