On Greeting Non-Muslims on Their Holy Days

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

Non-Muslims sometimes give us greetings on our Eids. Is it permissible to give them greetings on their holy days?

It is permissible to do so, but not in a manner which implies any meaning related to their disbelief or polytheism, or in a manner that gives the impression of condoning any bad practices that they may perform. We can make the greetings we give them prayers for their guidance. We can, for example, say to them: “May you be given well-being” (`afiyah), which implies well-being in this life and also the next. We can wish them a good day or month (depending on what they are celebrating), intending true goodness, which is that they be guided. 

See also this answer on Christmas greetings


On Prophetic Attire and Maintaining Ties with Non-Muslim Parents

Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).

My mother is not a Muslim and she forbids me from wearing the qamīs or thawb, although I am in a place where wearing it is effective in calling people to Islam. Should I obey her or continue to wear it?

It is sunnah to wear the qamīs if one wears it with the intention of following the Prophet (may Allāh bless him and grant him peace). However, we have been commanded to treat our parents well and this dictates that you do not wear it in front of your mother. It would not be considered disobedience to wear it to the Friday prayer or in gatherings of knowledge. At times other than these you need to decide whether the benefit of wearing it outweighs the negative effect it has on your mother or not.


Guidelines for Calling Non-Muslims to Allah

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Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him).

Please give us some guidelines for calling non-Muslims to Allah

The foundational principle is that, as an expression of your servant-hood to Allah, your heart is filled with mercy and compassion. You then go forth calling people to Allah in obedience to Allah’s command, focusing on the state of your heart and having good dealings with them. You should present Islam to the non-Muslims through your states, your actions and your words.

After that there are various methods that are not mutually exclusive. We should use all the available means, and not use some and neglect others. Precedence should be given to certain methods over others according to the place in which you are calling and nature of the people and according to what Allah inspires you to choose.