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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.

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              • #8
                Re: Birthdays

                Q.) What is the Islamic ruling regarding celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries? Some people say that celebrations like giving a party or cutting a cake is prohibited, while just wishing the person (Happy birthday etc) and reciting Qur'an and making dua is permissible. [Safeer]
                A.) The tell-tale sign that the birthday celebrations in our times are a western development are the song words without which this function is not complete viz. "Happy birthday to you." No one says, "Happy birthday celebration" or "Happy Blessed birthday" or any other words of this kind. This disease of celebrating birthdays was never prevalent among Muslims before, but it was brought to them, like other cultural influences, during the period of colonialism.

                Birthdays are celebrated to mark the completion of another year in one's life. Now just ponder, what wisdom is there in celebrating and showing happiness when a year has decreased in one's life. During a birthday celebration, candles are lit on a cake, amounting to the years of the one's life. He extinguishes these candles by blowing them out and all present clap their hands. Hands are clapped at two occasions only, one at the time of joy for some achievement of his. Secondly, when someone acts foolishly, then to mock at him. Here a person is extinguishing the rays of the years of his life by blowing them out himself. Then this is no happiness, nor is it any achievement. So the clapping of hands--- though the participants do not realize it --- is only for mocking at this person's stupidity.

                To understand the nature of this foolishness, consider the example of a king who sent a few people to a room full of his treasures saying that shortly he will call them back. At that time whatever they will be possessing will be their property. Inside the treasure room, on one side there are heaps of gold and silver, on another side are laying pearls and jewels, then at another place in the room, delicious food and soft beds are arranged. Now some people think that the king may send them out any minute. They quickly gather the gold, silver, pearls and gems. They feel they will go out from there and organize the food and beds for themselves afterwards.

                There is another group of people who think that they have just arrived. They say to themselves, "Let us enjoy the food, and then lay down to rest. After that we will take from the treasures. There is ample time." So they eat, sleep and pass their valuable time without taking from the treasures. Suddenly the king sends everyone out. Now those who had collected the valuables can enjoy their lives eating and sleeping while those that wasted their time and did not accumulate anything will begin to regret.

                Birthdays are celebrated to mark the completion of another year in one's life. What wisdom is there in showing happiness when a year has decreased in one's life?

                Every moment of this worldly life is very valuable. Here we have to earn for the long and everlasting life of the Hereafter. Rasulullah has said that after entering into Jannah, the people of Jannah will not be sorry about anything of this world, except for that moment which was spent without the remembrance of Allah. It is apparent that when reward will be granted for remembrance of Allah in this world, which is a place for actions, then one must surely feel very regretful, that if they should have spent more time in the remembrance of Allah, they could be worthy of more rewards. How can it be permissible to waste time by celebrating birthdays and becoming happy that a big slice of one's life is gone?

                This world is a prison for the believer and a Jannah for the disbeliever. Allah has bought the life and wealth of the believers for Jannah. This life is a trust of Allah with us. Rasulullah said, "A person will not be able to move from his place, until he replies to five questions:

                How did you spend your life?
                How did you spend your youth?
                Where did you earn your wealth from?
                Where did you spend your wealth?
                How much did you act upon your knowledge?"
                A person who is concerned with replying to these questions, how can he show happiness for the decrease in the remaining years of his life?

                Besides, Islam does not permit waste. This is the reason that the poor of this Ummah will enter Jannah 500 years before the wealthy, because the wealthy will be delayed as they will have to first give an account of their wealth.

                By spending on birthday parties, there is no benefit to Islam nor to the poor. It is stated in a Hadith, the worst Valima feast (wedding party) is the one in which the poor and destitute are left out and the wealthy only are invited.

                Another object of the birthday parties is showoff. Islam encourages simplicity. By this attitude of showoff, the poor feel inferior and deprived and the rich have a superiority complex. Also, in these gatherings, music, singing, video filming and the taking of photographs and other un-Islamic and forbidden acts take place.

                May Allah Ta„la guide us and protect us from all these evils.

                Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaq is principal of Madrasah Arabia Islamia, Azaadville, South Africa. This answer was edited by Albalagh.

                http://albalagh.net/qa/birthday.shtml

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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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