Fatwa ID: 2991
Title: Can I sell christmas decorations and play music in my store?
Category: Issues of Muslim Minorities
Date: 2007-01-06

I own a hardware store in America. I have been selling christmas decorations (lights, glass ornaments, trees and garland) ever since I opened 10 years ago.

Is it permissible to sell these items or is income derived from these items deemed haram? If it is haram, then should I sell what I have this year or throw them out?

Also, the company that we are a part of use their own satellite radio sation for in-store music and advertising messages. Is it permissible for me to continue broadcasting this in-store music?

Jazak Allah kheir.


In the name of Allah, all praise is for Allah, and may peace and blessing be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family. To proceed:


As regards the issue of selling decorations:

If the decorations being sold are general decorations for holidays and other occasions, to Muslims and non-Muslims, there is no blame in that. If there is a relation to the religious holidays of non-Muslims, it is forbidden to trade in them because that aids them in glorifying their festivities which have no place in the true religion, Islam. Whoever works in trading these decorations that are related to these religious holidays must free himself of blame by giving all of the earnings he gained from this trade in charity.


Concerning the music, if you are able to stop playing it in the shop in which you work, you should do so, if you can. Otherwise, you should consider yourself in a situation of dire necessity (daroorah). You must search for another place to work and when you find one, you must leave this place; and Allah Almighty is more exalted and more knowledgeable.