Let’s Celebrate…???

Before we proceed lets once and for all decide whether we are Muslims- ‘the ones who submit’ to Allah or not.

If we are, then there is a very important concept for us to understand.  The concept of celebration and festivals in Islam.How do we decide if a certain celebration is allowed in Islam or not. Should we as Muslims celebrate birthdays, mother’s day, valentine’s day, halloween, Mawlid al-Nabi (the Prophet’s birthday) etc or not?

Let’s see what does festival or ”Eid’ mean? ‘Eid’ (festival) is the name given to something which returns [ ‘ya’ood’ ], and is used to describe gatherings which happen repeatedly, on a yearly, monthly or weekly basis. ‘Eid’ includes a number of things, such as

1. a day which comes regularly, e.g., ‘Eid al-Fitr and Friday;

2. gatherings on that day;

3. actions such as acts of worship and/or customs which are done on that day.

Explaining the seriousness of celebrating festivals other than the Islamic Eids, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stated that some peoples or groups in his ummah would follow the People of the Book in some of their rituals and traditions, as is narrated in the hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “They will follow the ways of those who came before them, handspan by handspan, cubit by cubit, until even if they entered a lizard’s hole they will follow them.” We said: “O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians?” He said: “Who else?” Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim

Any celebrations or  festivals, which are intended as:

1. Rituals, or

2. Acts of worship aimed at drawing closer to Allaah or glorifying Him in order to earn reward, or

3. Acts which involve imitating the people of Jaahiliyyah or any other groups of kaafirs,

is a prohibited bid’ah, an innovation which comes under the general meaning of the hadeeth: “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours (Islam) that is not part of it, will have it rejected.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim).

The festivals which are prescribed in Islam are well known to the Muslims: they are Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, and the weekly “Eid” of Jumu’ah. There is no other festival in Islam apart from these three. Let us adhere to this great religion and follow its etiquettes and rulings, for in it is sufficient guidance and mercy.

Compiled from:

1. http://islamqa.com/en/ref/59905

2. http://islamqa.com/en/ref/10070

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