The following is the transcript of a circle I have in the past on this subject.
• Since the abolishment of Islam, from life, as a ruling system, the state of the Ummah has been declining from one bad stage to a worse one. The Ummah is being ruled by Kufr laws, dominated by Kufr concepts, invaded by the West with its corrupt culture and repugnant promiscuity, and as a result, it has corrupted the Ummah’s Deen, ethics and future generations. The Western beacons, symbols, concepts, and occasions have become those of the Ummah. The West has been aided by the rulers of the Muslims who have devoted themselves to keeping Islam away from life and fighting off its thoughts and concepts, thus moulding the Ummah to the West’s desire.
• Celebrating the Christian holidays, such as Christmas and the Christian New Year is part of the Western culture that is imposed on the Muslims. In imposing such culture, the West intended for the Muslims to accept and recognise the Christian rituals, and believe in the equality of Christianity with Islam. We pray to Allah (swt) that the Muslims do not start celebrating the Jewish holidays as they have been celebrating the Christian ones.
• With great sorrow and broken hearts, we witness the killing, rape and the expulsion of Muslims, throughout the world, at the hands of the Western Christians - the enemies of Islam. At the same time, we observe some of the children of the Muslims expressing their loyalty to the West and being fascinated with its culture. They celebrate the Christian holidays, occasions, and prepare for their seasons. It is no longer appalling to hear that some of the Muslims host the Americans and the other Christians in their own homes to celebrate Christmas, New Year, and other holidays. Indeed it is no longer considered strange for this to occur since the Ummah does not have a caretaker who would foster her affairs with Islam, shield it from Kufr concepts, protect her deen, and rule her so that she may remain a distinguished Ummah, as Allah (swt) willed for her.
• Celebrating the holidays and the occasions of the Kuffar is certainly Haram. You are not permitted to do it. Nor are your rulers allowed to make these (Kufr) holidays as official holidays, since it is an imitation of the Kuffar. Imitating the Kuffar in any of their religious affairs or in any gesture that distinguishes them as groups is forbidden. Al-Bukhari narrated in his Sahih that Abu Saeed Al-Khudri (ra) reported that Allah’s Messenger (saw) said, “You will indeed follow the ways of those before you, hand span by hand span, and cubit by cubit even if they were to enter into a lizards hole, you will follow them.” We asked ‘is it the Jews and the Christians?’ He (saw) replied, “Who else!” This Hadith condemns imitating them. It is a proof for the prohibitions of imitating the Jews and the Christians in their occasions, symbols, or any matter related to their belief.
• Celebrating the holidays of the Kuffar is an act of imitation that is forbidden in Islam. Allah’s Messenger (saw) warned us against it. At-Tirmidhi narrated that Ibn Abbas (ra) reported that the Prophet (saw) said: “He is not one of us who imitates other than us. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians.” At-Tabarani and Abu Dawood narrated that Ibn Umar and Hudthayfah (ra) reported that the Prophet (saw) said: “Whoever imitates a people, he is one of them.”
• Furthermore, there are many Islamic evidences that forbid the Muslims from having holidays other than Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adhaa. Al-Baihaqi reported in his Sunan that Anas Bin Malik (ra) said: When the Prophet (saaws) came to Medina, the people had two holidays from the days of Jahiliyyah. He (saw) said: “When I came to you, you had two days which you used to celebrate in Jahiliyyah. Allah has replaced them for you with better days, the days of slaughter (Adhaa) and the day of Fitr.” Also Imam Ahmad in his Musnad reported that Uqbah bin Amir (ra) reported the Prophet (saw) to have said: “The day of Fitr and days of Tashriq are our holidays, the people of Islam.”
• These evidences are clear in forbidding the Muslims to have any Eid other than what Allah (swt) prescribed for them. Thus, they are not allowed to participate in or celebrate the holidays of the Kuffar and nor are they allowed to attend them, even if invited. Moreover, holidays, such as the New Year are filled with corruption and vice. Such occasions, where sins are committed and liquor is served, have become avenues to commit acts of fisq (disobedience). The official media uses its creativity to corrupt the tendencies and morals of the people by spreading the corrupt programmes that contain nothing but vice in order to eliminate any sign of purity and morality.
• The Muslim Ummah is still being ruled by Kufr rules and dominated by Kufr concepts. The thoughts and sentiments of the children of the Ummah are still being moulded in accordance with the corrupt Western values. Unless the Ummah rids itself from all of this corruption and works to establish the rightly guided Islamic Khilafah, that implements the Book of Allah (swt) and the Sunnah of His Messenger (saw), the situation of the Ummah will remain the same. The Ummah must establish the Khilafah in order to remove the injustice and corruption that has resulted in the loss of the identity and glory of the Muslims. Moreover, it has made them victims of the Kuffar and their agents, who implement the laws of Kufr that contradict with the Aqeedah and the Deen of the Muslims. It is to the Khilafah that we call you.
• In the past the Muslims would account their rulers even on the day of Eid, like Abu Sa’id al-Khudri who narrated:
The Prophet used to proceed to the Musalla on the days of Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Adha; the first thing to begin with was the prayer and after that he would stand in front of the people and the people would keep sitting in their rows. Then he would preach to them, advise them and give them orders, (i.e. Khutba). And after that if he wished to send an army for an expedition, he would do so; or if he wanted to give and order, he would do so, and then depart. The people followed this tradition till I went out with Marwan, the Governor of Medina, for the prayer of Id-ul-Adha or Id-ul-Fitr. When we reached the Musalla, there was a pulpit made by Kathir bin As-Salt. Marwan wanted to get up on that pulpit before the prayer. I got hold of his clothes but he pulled them and ascended the pulpit and delivered the Khutba before the prayer. I said to him, "By Allah, you have changed (the Prophet's tradition)." He replied, "O Abu Sa'id! Gone is that which you know." I said, "By Allah! What I know is better than what I do not know." Marwan said, "People do not sit to listen to our Khutba after the prayer, so I delivered the Khutba before the prayer." [Bukhari Volume 2, Book 15, Number 76]