Is Thanksgiving Haram?

Is thanksgiving haram? With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many Muslims are wondering if it is permissible to celebrate the holiday. After all, Thanksgiving is a holiday that is steeped in pagan and secular traditions. In this blog I explore whether it is halal to celebrate thanksgiving and if Muslims can celebrate this festival.

A Closer Look

What is Haram?

Haram is an Arabic term meaning “forbidden”. In Islam, things that are considered haram are typically those that are harmful to oneself or others, or that go against the teachings of Islam.

There are many things that are considered haram in Islam, such as stealing, murder, lying, and cheating. However, there are also many things that are considered haram that are not necessarily harmful to others, such as eating pork, drinking alcohol, and gambling.

While there are many things that are considered haram, it is important to remember that Allah is the ultimate judge and that only He knows what is truly best for us. We should always strive to do what is right and good, and leave the rest up to Him.

Also Read: Is Celebrating Birthdays Haram?

What is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

The history of Thanksgiving is a bit complicated. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims were a group of English settlers who came to America to escape religious persecution. The first Thanksgiving was not a national holiday, but it was celebrated each year by the Pilgrims.

In 1789, George Washington declared the first national Thanksgiving Day. President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. It is celebrated to give thanks for the blessings of the past year. People usually celebrate the day by eating a large feast with family and friends.

Is Thanksgiving Haram?

Some people believe that Thanksgiving is haram, or forbidden in Islam, just like Christmas is considered haram. This is because the holiday involves the celebration of non-Muslim holidays and rituals. However, there is no specific prohibition against celebrating Thanksgiving in Islam. Muslims are allowed to participate in the holiday if they choose to do so, as long as they do not violate any of the Islamic principles.

If you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure that you do not participate in any activities that are not allowed in Islam, such as drinking alcohol or eating pork. Secondly, be sure to give thanks to Allah for His blessings, both big and small. Finally, try to spend time with your family and friends, and enjoy the festive spirit of the holiday. As long as you use the day to celebrate Allah and be thankful for his blessings, it is permissible to celebrate the day.


Reference – The above information is verified via The Islamic Information.

Is Thanksgiving Haram or Halal – Bottom Line

In conclusion, Thanksgiving is a festival Muslims can celebrate as long as it is done in the Halal way – by avoiding any elements of the festival that are considered haram. So go ahead, enjoy the day with your loved ones. Hope this blog cleared any queries you had, and thank you for reading!

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Written By Nazim Almasi

Nazim is an Islamic scholar, author and External Consultant at Renewable Energy Maldives. He writes on Islamic finance, food and halal dietary guidelines. He is a respected voice in the Muslim community, known for his clear explanations of complex religious concepts. He has been invited to speak at various conferences and seminars on topics related to Islamic finance, food and Renewable Energy.

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