Is it haraam to attend (but not participate) in a Christian mass (my situation being a mass given in support of a charity)? Masha’Allah if you can reply asap, and with Qur’an and Hadith etc.
Declaring something Haraam (prohibited) is the authority only of the prophet of God. No one can declare anything Haraam in the absence of a clear directive from the Book of God. If a clear directive is not present in any case, then the most that a scholar can say is that a particular thing or concept is desirable or undesirable.
As far as attending a Christian mass is concerned, there is no clear directive that I know of which prohibits it. Therefore, it is not a case of Haraam (prohibition). It is actually a case of deciding its desirability or undesirability, and in so doing there may arise a difference of opinion between two or more scholars. In my opinion, attending a Christian mass for a good purpose – which may extend from social or charity work, understanding and studying Christian doctrines and practices or attending the marriage ceremony or a funeral of a Christian friend – is not only not prohibited, but can sometimes be very desirable.
Please excuse my not giving any references from the Qur’an and/or Hadith, but as I have stated earlier, the issue has not been discussed in the Qur’an and Hadith.
14th February 1999