Hadith on Gifts: Permission to accept lawful gifts from idolaters on their festivals

December 23, 2013

Abu Qabus reported: A woman asked Aisha, “We have a nurse among the Magians and they give us gifts on their festivals.” Aisha said, “As for the meat they have slaughtered, then do not eat it. Rather, you may eat from the fruit of their trees.”

Source: Musannaf ibn Abi Shayba 31986

Abu Barza reported: He had neighbors among the Magians who would give him gifts during their new year and festivals. Abu Barza would say, “Whatever they give you of fruits, then eat it. Whatever they give you besides that, then return it.”

Source: Musannaf ibn Abi Shayba 23773

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “These narrations demonstrate that their festivals do not prevent Muslims from accepting their gifts. Rather, the rule during the festival is the same as other times since it does not involve support for their rituals of unbelief.”

Source: Iqtiḍāʼ al-Ṣirāṭ al-Mustaqīm 250

عِنْ قَابُوسَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ أَنَّ امْرَأَةً سَأَلَتْ عَائِشَةَ فَقَالَتْ إِنَّ لَنَا آظَارًا مِنَ الْمَجُوسِ وَأَنَّهُمْ يَكُونُ لَهُمُ الْعِيدُ فَيَهْدُونَ لَنَا فَقَالَتْ أَمَّا مَا ذُبِحَ لِذَلِكَ الْيَوْمِ فَلا تَأْكُلُوا وَلَكِنْ كُلُوا مِنْ أَشْجَارِهِمْ

31986 مصنف ابن أبي شيبة كتاب السير ما قالوا في طعام المجوس وفواكههم

عَنْ أَبِي بَرْزَةَ أَنَّهُ كَانَ لَهُ سُكَّانٌ مَجُوسٌ فَكَانُوا يُهْدُونَ لَهُ فِي النَّيْرُوزِ وَالْمِهْرَجَانِ فَكَانَ يَقُولُ لأَهْلِهِ مَا كَانَ مِنْ فَاكِهَةٍ فَكُلُوهُ وَمَا كَانَ مِنْ غَيْرِ ذَلِكَ فَرُدُّوهُ

23773 مصنف ابن أبي شيبة كتاب الأطعمة ما قالوا فيما يؤكل من طعام المجوس

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