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Eid cards or the sending of Eid cards to friends and relatives is a custom which is widely observed by the Muslim community of today.


According to the Shar’iah, the custom of Eid cards is a practise which cannot be condoned permissible. There are several factors which establish the prohibition of the Eid card custom.


These prohibiting factors are:

1. Tashabu-Bil Kuffãr or imitation of the unbelievers. Muslims have taken this practise from the Christians. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever imitates a nation becomes one of them.”


2. Tauheenul Qur’ãn or Disgracing and Defiling the Qur’ãn.


(a) In most cases, the printers of Eid cards are non-Muslims. They may continuously be in the state of greater impurity. They handle these cards and touch the verses of the Qur’ãn imprinted on many cards, and this is not permissible.


(b) According to the law of Islãm it is compulsory for a Muslim to be in the state of Wudhu if any verse of the Qur’ãn is touched. This injunction is ignored by the over-whelming majority of those who deal in Eid cards.



Islamic Tarbiyah Academy





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Eid Cards


In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.



The sending of Eid cards to friends and relatives is a custom, which is taken from the practice of non-Muslims (e.g. Christmas cards).


In a Hadith related by Imam Abu Dawud in his Sunan and others, The Prophet  said: “Whoever imitates a nation will be amongst them.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, no. 4031).


Another reason to consider is whether in sending Eid cards one is dishonoring the Holy Quran. Since some Eid cards have verses of the Holy Quran printed on them, it is argued that the respect the Holy Quran deserves are not observed in the process of sending and receiving these cards.


In conclusion, the custom of sending and receiving Eid cards is not permissible.


Allah knows best

S Rahman

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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