Can A Muslim Celebrate Holi ? – Holi Halal or Haram in Islam ?

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Many Muslims ask if they can celebrate Holi with their Hindu friends or is it really Halal or Haram in Islam. We are going to answer that question today.

Holi is the festival of Hindus, also known as the festival of Colors, as people throw colors at each other and dance all day and light bonfires. Their believe is that by throwing colors, dancing and lighting bonfires they’re driving all the evil spirits away.

It is in reality, a “Festival of Hindus“, they have their firm believe that on the day of Holi the “evil gods” were destroyed by “good gods“. And it is the part of their religion, which is completely based on idol worshipping and myths.

What Hadiths and Quran Say About Celebrating Holi in Islam

Sahih Hadiths suggests that it is not allowed to participate in the festivals of disbelievers. When Hindus in india are opressing Muslims in india and burning them alive jsut because they eat beef, still you’d want to “celebrate” it with them ?

These are the hadiths which says celebration of such festival is Haram;

Holi quran hadiths islam (1)
Holi quran hadiths islam (3)

And this is what Quran says about it;

Holi quran hadiths islam (2)

These references are very clear and cut to describe how strict Islam is about idol worshiping religion and tells people not to follow or celebrate it. Not just Hadiths, there are many references in Quran as well which you can read and realize that it is highly restricted.

You can wish people but you can not Celebrate it. There is a big difference in “Wishing” and “Celebrating”, by Wishing means, that as a human, you say good words for them, but by Celebrating means that you’re actually throwing colors at each other, dancing and eating their festive food, which is strictly haram.

If you still have any question regarding it, please drop in the comment box below, we will answer it for you.


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that was helpful. i got this question is that-
though nowadays this coloring activity has become a symbol of observing as holy (which represents Hindu’s worshiping their god/goddess) but can we (Muslim) play with colors and color each other in the event of rag day in college or any type of such event (not intended to worship any other god / goddess) just to have fun ???