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Bismillah (In The Name of Allah)

Dear Reader,

The kafir holiday ‘Thanksgiving’ is tomorrow and I know there are many new Muslims who are unaware of the Islamic ruling for such holidays.

Assalamu Alaikum. I am a Muslim living in Minnesota, and my family has made it tradition to make a turkey dinner ever year on Thanksgiving Day. I was wondering if such an act is considered Haram. My siblings tell me that we do it on Thanksgiving Day because it’s one of the few days throughout the year in which the whole family is off from work/school. In some occasions, we might also make it on Christmas Day, or even other American Holidays. Another excuse my siblings have come up with is concerning the hadith: all deeds are counted according to the intentions made. If my family intends to make turkey because it’s the easiest day to prepare the food and have everyone over, would that be Ok? Sometimes, I want to say something, but every argument I make it not taken seriously. I hope to make them see that what I’m saying might be true. Jazaakum Allahu Khair…Salam.

Fatwa

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad (The peace & blessings of Allah be upon him), is His slave and Messenger.

It is forbidden for a Muslim to prepare a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving because this is an imitation of non-Muslims. It is confirmed in an authentic narration that whoever imitates a people is one of them.

Saying that the family gathers on this day and this is not with the purpose of imitating the non-Muslims but due to the fact that this day is a holiday, then this does not make it permissible for you to do this, because in essence you are imitating them. Gathering on this day could be on any other kind of food, why then have specifically a turkey dinner? Is this not imitating them even in the kind of food they eat?

The prohibition of resembling the non-Muslims is not restricted to inward actions [beliefs, actions of the heart] and intentions, but also to outward actions. It is for this reason that the Prophet (The peace & Blessing of Allah be upon him) prohibited us from performing the prayer at sun set and sun rise, and he (The peace & Blessing of Allah be upon him) said that it rises between two horns of the devil and the polytheist prostate to it at this time, despite the fact that a Muslim prays to Allah and not to the horns of the devil. However, the Prophet (The peace & Blessing of Allah be upon him) forbade us from performing the prayer at that time regardless of our intention.

The Prophet (The peace & Blessing of Allah be upon him) also used to differ from the people of the book even in the way they combed their hair.

Indeed, there are many narrations of the Prophet (The peace & Blessing of Allah be upon him) about differing from the people of the Book in regard to both words or actions.

Therefore, we advise you to fear Allah and not imitate the polytheists and act in conformity with them in their festivals and traditions which are peculiar to them.

Dear sister, you should advise your brothers and sisters with wisdom and in a good and soft manner as they might listen to you. You should explain to them that it is permissible for the family to gather on that day because it is a holiday but without making this day as a festival and imitating the non-Muslims in their eating traditions and the like. It should be a family gathering like all other gatherings throughout the year [without any special food, settings or decorations].

For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 86876 and 83628.

Allah Knows best.

About the Author: Halimah bint David authored, illustrated, published and marketed several books on Islamic monotheism (tawhid) for kids and Sharia for adults. Halimah founded a few popular blogs at SurvivorsAreUs.WordPress.Com, HighwayToHeaven.WordPress.Com, ChristinaMacQuarrie.Wordpress.Com and is currently researching and implementing new copy writing skills.

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Comments on: "When Is Cooking Turkey Absolutely Forbidden: Thanksgiving" (4)

  1. As Salaam Alaikum,

    Interesting.. I was just reading something on another site discussing this very issue. This quote summed it up best for me, since we have scholars who are both for and against Thanksgiving. “This is a fiqh issue and not an aqidah issue, thus differences will occur.”

    This is the time I am able to finally visit with family which I haven’t seen in months. That is my intention for this visit and every visit with my family. InshaAllah to keep and strengthen the bonds of family.

    Allahu Alim

  2. So we should not drive cars? Should we procure camels to travel then? Let’s not bash the one day that people gather together and do something GOOD. That quote is talking about imitating others in an evil fashion. If cooking and eating good food with family is considered wrong, then we have a lot more to discuss here….Thanksgiving has nothing to do with religion, it is about love, country, family, and reflecting on what we have and desire.

    In a world that has gone off kilter, i’m saddened to see that people would speak against these moments of gathering and reflection. We obviously need more of it!

  3. Bismillaah (In The Name Of Allaah)

    Dear Readers,

    @Mikadee

    Assalaamu Alaikum Warahmatuhlahi Wabarakatuh!

    I have corrected the broken links in the above post and you will now be able to refer your self to more evidences as to the rulings for such holidays for more clarification.
    May Allaah guide you to that which is best.

    There is a danger in trusting just anyone to learn the religion from:
    http://www.survivorsareus.com/index.cfm/Danger_of_Fatwa_Legal_Decision

    As you will kindly note this is an issue of aqeedah with the evidences in my detailed responce below to the other reader.

    @iampiama

    Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your reply. I will kindly assist you to understanding the roles of monotheism, giving thanks and the ties of family in Islam by the will of Allaah.

    I would like to kindly caution you in the things you say..they can be very serious crimes. I am unsure of your intentions but it sounded like you were mocking our religion.

    Anyone who ridicules any aspect of the religion of the Messenger of Allaah [saw], or any of its rewards or punishments, becomes an unbeleiver. Allaah Most High says (in the meaning):

    “Say: Was it Allaah, and His signs and His Messenger that you were mocking? Make no excuse; you have disbeleived after you had believed.” (Soorah At-Tawbah 9:65-66)

    [Ten Things Which Nullify Ones Islam]
    http://survivorsareus.com/index.cfm/Ten_Things_Which_Nullify_Ones_Islam

    The concept of ‘loving and hating for the sake of Allaah’ is one of the greatest fundamentals of the Islaamic creed (‘aqeedah).

    As regards walaa’ (allegience), it is manfesting sincere love and help for Allaah, and for His Prophets, and for the Believers. Whereas baraa’ (enmity) is manifesting enmity and dissociation from falsehood and its people. And these matters are actually from the most fundamental issues of faith (eemaan) in Islam.

    The current Muslims live in a very crucial time in which many of the basic and vital Islaamic concepts have either been forgotten, missunderstood or neglected; and from such basic concepts is the concept of walaa’ and baraa’. The consequence of this is that many Muslims are no longer aware of those qualities that distinguish a believer from an unbeliever; which has in turn caused the faith of many Muslims to be severley weakened and has led many of them to take the unbelievers as intimate friends and allies – imitating their manners, ways and aspirations.

    [Love and Hate for the Sake of Allaah]
    http://survivorsareus.com/index.cfm/Love_and_Hate_for_the_Sake_of_Allah

    If you were to look at the capital punishments in Islam, the legislative rulings, the issues related to Walaa and Baraa (allegiance and disassociation) and other components one by one as separate entities perhaps you may not see the wisdom or the benefit in them, but if you were to look at them in light of the other components which make up the religion in totality then perhaps you will see their significance and importance.

    As for being thankful the dutiful Muslim replies with an ‘Alhamdulillah’ All praise is to Allaah (alone) at every boring interval, hardship and delightful twist in our lives. There are also numerous prayers that are made giving thanks for our blessings on a daily basis such as:

    O Allah , whatever blessing has been received by me or anyone of Your creation 1 is from You alone , You have no partner . All praise is for you and thanks is to You. 2

    Reference:
    1 When you say this in the evening, you should say: Allaahumma maa ‘amsaa bee…: “O Allah, as I… enter this evening…”
    2 Whoever recites this in the morning, has completed his obligation to thank Allah for that day; and whoever says it in the evening, has completed his obligation for that night. Abu Dawud 4/318, An-Nasa’i ‘Amalul-Yawm wal-Laylah (no. 7), Ibn As-Sunni (no. 41), Ibn Hibban (no. 2361). Its chain of transmission is good (Hasan), Ibn Baz, p. 24.

    As for our families:
    Islam entered into the heart of an individual who was before, a wild savage and then all of the sudden he is gentle, subtle, caring and loving. He now loves his mother whereas before he used to hit her and disrespect her, but now he kisses her feet out of respect and reverence for her. And the fact that he used to be oppressive to his wife and everyday he would beat her and then take sexual pleasure in her and after two months of being with her he divorces her, puts her out and moves on to the next woman but now this same individual fears his Lord concerning her rights in Islam and is conscious of her feelings, he cries and is concerned about his wife and children. What was it that changed him? It was the religion of Islam!! So look at Islam starting from its foundation.

    I seek refuge in Allaah from any mistakes I have made.

    Thank you so much for your time!
    Sincerely & gratefully
    Halimah bint David

  4. uneekmuslimah said:

    Masaha Allah well replied sister Haleema I’m with you …. it’s sooooooo surprising to see our new revert’s with such thinking whereas the reverts of before were immediate in implementing Islam ….. May Allah guide all Ameen ….

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