In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In this fatwa:
2- However, we should not participate in their particular religious rituals.
Answering your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
Just as you may invite Christians or others to share the joy of Eid, you are also allowed to share the joy of feasts by Christians and others; however, we should not participate in their particular religious rituals.
You are allowed to partake of their feasts and celebrations so long as you stay away from their specifically religious rituals, and so long as you are clear in your mind that Christmas has nothing to do with the original teaching of Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him).
While remaining steadfast to your beliefs about Jesus, you are allowed to join them in their feasts in order to reciprocate kindness with kindness.
Having said this let me also point out: Muslims can join with everyone in prayers addressed to God for peace and harmony free of pagan notions of intermediaries in worship.
The Qur’an calls all people to come to common terms. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is told to declare: Our Lord and your Lord is One, and we submit to Him alone.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.