Praise be to Allaah.
It is not permissible for a Muslim to allow his wife
from among the People of the Book to celebrate her festivals in his home, for the man is
in charge of that woman and she does not have the right to openly celebrate her festivals
in his home, because of the resulting effects of corruption, forbidden things and display
of the symbols of kufr in his home. He should keep his children from taking part in those
innovated festivals, because the children belong to the father and he should keep them
away from these forbidden celebrations. At the same time he should direct them towards
what will benefit them, even if that affects his relationship with his wife. The aims of
sharee’ah and protecting one’s religion – which is one of the most
important aims of sharee’ah – take priority over everything else.
Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal was asked about a man who had a Christian wife
– could he let her go out to join in the Christian festivals or to go to the church?
He said, no.
In al-Mughni (1/21), Ibn Qudaamah says: “(Treatment of
women): If his wife is a dhimmiyyah [a Jew or Christian living under Islamic rule], he can
prevent her from going to the church, because that is not an act of obedience to
If these scholars said that the husband should stop a Christian wife
from going to church, then what do you think is the case with regard to her celebrating
these innovated festivals in the house of her Muslim husband? Especially when we know the
harm that results from these festivals, which is far worse than her merely going to the
church. And Allaah knows best.