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    :salams

    Well I Just Wanna Know Are Celebrating Birthdays Are Haraam ??

    I Know The Obivous Answer Is Yes, Buh Id Like To Know Why ?? Or Some Thing To Validate It :insha:
    And He found you lost and guided you,
    ~ Qur'an (Ad Duhaa) 93:7 ~

    Salaah Reminders

    Guide us to the straight pain.
    " Ihdina-s-sirata-l-mustaqim "
    ~ Quran 1:6 ~

    الله أعلم


  • #2
    Re: Birthdays

    W Salaam WR WB,

    This should sum it up perfectly inshaAllah.

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

    Principally, birthdays are not something that should be celebrated or to be happy about. When it is someone's birthday, one year of his/her life has decreased, and not increased. As such, what intelligence is there in celebrating and showing happiness when a year has decreased in one's life?

    Before understanding the legal ruling with regards to birthday celebrations, it is worth remembering here that imitation of the unbelievers (Kuffar) is something that Islam strictly disapproves of.

    In a Hadith recorded by Imam Abu Dawud (Allah have Mercy on him) and others, The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said:

    �Whosoever imitates a nation is amongst them�. (Sunan Abu Dawud,)

    It should be remembered here that not everything what the non-Muslims wear and do, is Haram and unlawful. Imitation, which is prohibited, is effected in one of the following two ways:

    a) One does something with the intention of imitating the Kuffar, meaning one does so because one wants to be like a particular non-believer or non-believers.

    b) Doing something that is unique and exclusive to the non-believers or it is part of their faith. This will also be considered imitation, thus Haram (unlawful). (See the Fatwa of Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani).

    In light of the above, there are few situations with regards to the Shariah (legal) ruling on celebrating birthdays:

    1)If it is celebrated by imitating the Kuffar in that all or some of the customs that are unique with the Kuffar are adopted, or acts that are unlawful in Shariah are committed, then there is no doubt in its impermissibility. The lighting of candles on a cake that number the years of one�s life and then blowing on them, playing of music, singing, extravagant and lavish spending, showing off, etc are all unlawful and forbidden practices. Thus, if birthdays are celebrated by adopting the above-mentioned customs, it will not be permissible.

    2)If the above-mentioned evils are avoided, then there are two possibilities:

    a) If one celebrates birthdays with the intention of imitating the Kuffar meaning one does so because one wants to be like the Kuffar, then, as stated previously, it will be considered imitating the Kuffar, thus unlawful.

    b) If there is no intention of imitating the Kuffar (and also the above mentioned evils are avoided) then the ruling on celebrating birthdays will depend on whether it originated from the religious customs of the non-Muslims and it is part of their faith. (It can not be considered to be unique with the Kuffar, for celebrating birthdays has become a widespread phenomenon that is carried out in many different parts of the world). I am personally unaware of whether celebrating birthdays has a connection with the Christian faith or other wise, thus I am unable to give a decisive ruling.

    However, I have mentioned the criterion of which the ruling will be based. If the origins of birthday celebrations are connected to a particular faith, then there is no doubt in its impermissibility. If, however, it has no connections with the faith of the non-Muslims, then (and Allah knows best) it seems that it would be permissible to celebrate it (provided the evils mentioned above are avoided).

    3)If one thanks Allah and shows gratitude for being blessed with one more year of his life, thus expresses happiness and joy, then there is nothing wrong with that. (See: al-Fatawa al-Rahimiyya (urdu), 6/320).

    And Allah knows best

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

    Ref: http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.a...=2106&CATE=115
    Allahumma Insur Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen

    Ahasiban naasu ay yutrakoo ay yaqooloo aamannaa wa hum laa yuftanoon. (Do men imagine that they will be left (at ease) because they say, We believe, and will not be tested with affliction? Surah 29 (2)

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    • #3
      Re: Birthdays

      It's an innovation into our lifestyles, the prophet :saw: never celebrated birthdays so we don't need to either.

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      • #4
        Re: Birthdays

        :jkk: For The Evidence And Inputs :up:
        And He found you lost and guided you,
        ~ Qur'an (Ad Duhaa) 93:7 ~

        Salaah Reminders

        Guide us to the straight pain.
        " Ihdina-s-sirata-l-mustaqim "
        ~ Quran 1:6 ~

        الله أعلم

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        • #5
          Re: Birthdays

          For my response, click here.
          Secure few moments, everyday, to reflect upon the innumerable blessings of Allah and thank Him for bestowing them upon you.

          "A person who is blessed with the ability to be grateful, shall never be deprived of barakah and increase in blessings."
          - Rasulullah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم)‎

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          • #6
            Re: Birthdays

            The celebration of the EGO. A sickness by itself. An occasion to have a good time but also an opportunity to create unnecessary bitterness and ill- feeling among dear ones when it is forgotten, even for the most valid reason .

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            • #7
              Re: Birthdays

              It is haram. Will provide evidence later if time allows.
              Reported by Ibn al-Salah:

              ولقد أحسن الحسن بن أبي زياد اللؤلؤي صاحب أبي حنيفة فيما بلغنا عنه أنه استفتي في مسألة فأخطأ فيها ولم يعرف الذي أفتاه فاكترى مناديا فنادى أن الحسن بن أبي زياد استفتي يوم كذا وكذا في مسألة فأخطأ فمن كان أفتاه الحسن بن أبي زياد بشيء فليرجع إليه
              فلبث أياما لا يفتي حتى وجد صاحب الفتوى فأعلمه أنه أخطأ وإن الصواب كذا وكذا والله أعلم

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              • #8
                http://albalagh.net/qa/birthday.shtml
                Reported by Ibn al-Salah:

                ولقد أحسن الحسن بن أبي زياد اللؤلؤي صاحب أبي حنيفة فيما بلغنا عنه أنه استفتي في مسألة فأخطأ فيها ولم يعرف الذي أفتاه فاكترى مناديا فنادى أن الحسن بن أبي زياد استفتي يوم كذا وكذا في مسألة فأخطأ فمن كان أفتاه الحسن بن أبي زياد بشيء فليرجع إليه
                فلبث أياما لا يفتي حتى وجد صاحب الفتوى فأعلمه أنه أخطأ وإن الصواب كذا وكذا والله أعلم

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                • #9
                  Re: Birthdays

                  From what I heard in an Islamic lecture, the concept of birthdays was invented because people were dying at very young ages maybe 30s x many thousands of years ago because of diseases etc.

                  So they would commemorate every time they lived for an "extra" year to show that they defied nature this year. They cheated death this year i.e. defeated Allah's decree. I wouldn't celebrate birthdays because of the foundation of shirk behind it and also because I wouldn't want my kids to be joyous that one year went by rather than reflective. What have we done for islam for one year? What have we prepared for our graves? Just make it their day on the 2 Eids.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Birthdays

                    Originally posted by loonietoonie View Post
                    From what I heard in an Islamic lecture, the concept of birthdays was invented because people were dying at very young ages maybe 30s x many thousands of years ago because of diseases etc.

                    So they would commemorate every time they lived for an "extra" year to show that they defied nature this year. They cheated death this year i.e. defeated Allah's decree. I wouldn't celebrate birthdays because of the foundation of shirk behind it and also because I wouldn't want my kids to be joyous that one year went by rather than reflective. What have we done for islam for one year? What have we prepared for our graves? Just make it their day on the 2 Eids.

                    What? Who told you that?
                    Secure few moments, everyday, to reflect upon the innumerable blessings of Allah and thank Him for bestowing them upon you.

                    "A person who is blessed with the ability to be grateful, shall never be deprived of barakah and increase in blessings."
                    - Rasulullah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم)‎

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                    • #11
                      Re: Birthdays

                      Originally posted by .mirror. View Post
                      What? Who told you that?
                      I believe it was in the lecture Life of Umar ibn Al Khattab by Anwar al Awlaki.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Birthdays

                        Birthday is the celebration and promotion of Ego. A man-made disease.Whille it brings people together,it strains relationship also if one happens to forget it,however genuine the reason may be.

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