Is it permissible for a Muslim to eat the foods that the people of the Book or the mushrikoon prepare for their festivals or accept such foods if they are given on the occasion of their festivals?.
Praise be to Allaah.
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.