Accepting Gifts from Non-Muslims is a Sunnah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In this season, we must not allow some Muslims to convince us that it is haram to receive gifts from our non-Muslim family and friends.  That is not the sunnah.  There are many ahadits that demonstrate that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) accepted gifts from non-Muslims.  These ahadits are swahih.  For example, it is recorded that Rasulullah (s.a.w.) sent Hathib ibn Abi Balt’ah (r.a.) to the Christian ruler of Alexandria with a message for him, and the Patriarch accepted the letter, honoured Hathib (r.a.), and made his stay comfortable.  The Patriarch then sent him back with a garment for the Prophet (s.a.w.), a mule with its saddle, and two slave girls as gifts.  One slave girl was Umm Ibrahim (r.a.) and the other one the Messenger of Allah gave as a gift to Jahm ibn Qays al-‘Abdari (r.a.).  The slave girls were both eventually freed.


Popular posts from this blog

In Saudi Arabia, Mawlid is Bid'ah, the King's Birthday is Fine

Singapore Bans Ismail Menk from Entry

Some Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) in Art