Celebrating thanksgiving

Q: My family plans on celebrating thanksgiving. I heard that it’s 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.

If my family still plans on celebrating thanksgiving, should I avoid sitting with them? What must I do to not participate with them during this day?

A: Thanksgiving has got nothing to do with Islam. A Muslim is thankful to Allah Ta`ala at every moment of his life. What then is the meaning of thanksgiving. It is baseless and an imitation of the kuffaar. It is the effect of a person being affected by an inferiority complex.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)