Islamic Perspective on Exchanging greeting cards on Various Occasions

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Question: Is it permissible in Islam to give cards to Muslims? (Not birthday cards but congratulation/wedding cards etc).

Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

Cards which are given on various occasions are permissible provided the following conditions are met. 

1) There are no animate pictures on the cards, 

2) The cards have no connection with an event or celebration of another religion, e.g. Christmas cards, Valentine cards, etc, 

3) There are no sexually explicit poems or phrases in the card. (Poems of love are permissible as long as it is sent to the right person, e.g., wife, husband, parents, etc), 

4) Ones intention should not be to imitate the Kuffar (meaning one does not send the card because one wants to be like the Kuffar). Imitating the Kuffar is not permissible. 

In the Hadith related by Imam Abu Dawud in his Sunan and others, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Whoever imitates a nation will be amongst them.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, no. 4031) 

With the above explanation, I hope all your queries have been answered. 

And Allah Knows Best  

Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Darul Iftaa, Leicester, UK

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