Q. We are living in a non-Muslim nation. There are several times when we have to deal with them formally and even casually. Sometimes during their festival they offer us sweets and even prasad which they get from their temple. So, I wanted to clarify my view about dealing with other religion. Can we eat their food? Say no whether it that could effect the social surrounding or what should I do, even though I try to be alone between them and ignore all.
Dear Brother in Islam, The answer to your question is as follows: Taking sweets from non-Muslims or presenting them sweets and other gifts on the occasion of their festival amounts supporting their festival and sharing with their happiness, and whoever favours and enlarges the group of a nation is considered amongst that nation. Therefore, it is not better for Muslims to take sweets from non-Muslims or present them any kind of gifts on the occasion of their festival and prevent oneself from all these things with wisdom and beautiful manners. As far as the matter of food or sweets offered on temple or Dargah is concerned, is Haram to eat, feed someone, purchase and sell as well. This is because, the purpose of this kind of offering is to seek the favour of one other than Allaah Subhanahu Wa Ta’laa which is forbidden by the Glorious Qur’an. It says, “Forbidden you is carrion and blood, and the flesh of swine, and whatsoever has been killed in the name of some other than Allaah, and whatsoever has been strangled, or killed by a blow or a fall, or by goring, or that which has been mauled by wild beasts unless slaughtered while still alive; and that which has been slaughtered at altars is forbidden”. (Suratul Maidah: 5/3)
والله اعلم بالصواب