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‘Umar’s (radiyallahu ‘anhu) warning against observing non Muslim festivities

Question

What is the reference for this narration?

اجتنبوا أعداء الله في عيدهم

Refrain from [celebrating with] the enemies of Allah on their festive days

 

Answer

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) in his At Tarikhul Kabir. Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has also recorded this.

(At Tarikhul Kabir, vol. 4 pg. 12, As Sunanul Kubra, vol. 9 pg. 234)

 

Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded a longer version of this narration in Shu’abul Iman. Sayyiduna ‘Umar ibnul Khattab (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said:

“Refrain from [celebrating with] the enemies of Allah, the Jews and Christians when they gather for their festive days, for certainly the wrath [of Allah] descends upon them and I fear that it befall you as well. You do not know their internal condition and you may adopt their character.”

(Shu’abul Iman: 8940)

 

See other narrations on this topic here and here.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar