Gathered by Abu Mardiy Kewdirôrun At-thaqoofiy
Praise be to Allaah and blessings of Allaah be upon His Messenger and Chosen Prophet.
It is permissible for a Muslim to accept gifts from the kuffaar or to give them gifts, especially if they are relatives.
It was narrated that Aboo Humayd As-Saa’idi said: We went on campaign with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to Tabook, and the king of Aelia gave the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) a white mule and a cloak, and he (the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) approved of him as the ruler of his land. Narrated by Al-Bukhaari (2990).
It was proven that the Sahaabah also accepted gifts from the kuffaar with the permission of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) during his lifetime.
The mother of Asmaa’ bint Abee Bakr – who was a mushrikah – visited her daughter and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) gave permission to Asmaa’ (may Allaah be pleased with her) to uphold ties of kinship with her.
And it was proven that ‘Umar bn Al-Khattaab gave a suit to his brother who was a mushrik, both hadeeth are narrated in As-Saheehayn .
With regard to gifts given on their festivals, it is not permissible to give or accept them, because that is venerating their festivals and expressing approval of them and helping them in their kufr.
The scholars of the Standing Committee said: It is not permissible for the Muslim to eat foods that the Jews, Christians and Mushrikoon make for their festivals.
It is not permissible either for a Muslim to accept such things that are given to them on the occasion of their festivals, because that implies honouring them and cooperating with them in manifesting their symbols and propagating their innovations and sharing their happiness on the days of their festivals.
That may also lead to taking their festivals as festivals for us too, or to exchanging invitations to meals or to give gifts on one another’s festivals at the very least.
This is a kind of deviation and innovation in religion, it was proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that is not part of it, will have it rejected.”
And it is not permissible to give them anything on the occasion of their festivals. See: Al-Lajnatu Ad-Daa’imah, (22/398).
Like it was stated in my previous post that it is not permissible for the Muslim to take religious matters lightly, he must practise his religion openly.
They practise their religion openly and display its symbols during these festivals; we should also openly reject their gifts and refuse to join them and help them in that, this is one of the teachings of our religion.
May Almighty Allaah save us from innovation and imitating the disbelievers.