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Topic #52: Celebrating or wishing birthdays in Islam.

Celebrating or wishing birthdays in Islam.

Celebrating or wishing birthdays in Islam. [birthdays in islam; is birthday celebration a sin; birthday in islam; kya birthday manana jaiz hai; birthday in islam halal or haram; wishing birthday in islam; islam mein birthday manana kaisa hai]

Allah says in the Qur'an chapter 33 verse 31:

"There is indeed the best example for you to follow in the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), for every such person who looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much"

If we claim to believe in Allah and the Last Day, then we must try and do everything Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did, and stay away from everything he stayed away from, as that could not be part of religion or a wholesome Islamic life, as Allah clearly states in the above verse... Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the best example for mankind to follow.

So the first question we have to pose before we do anything is, Did the Prophet (peace be upon him) approve of this act or not? If he (peace be upon him) did it or approved of it, do it without hesitation but if he (peace be upon him) did not, then avoid it to the best of your capability.

Considering issue of celebrating or wishing birthdays the very first question for someone who believes in Allah and the Last Day... Did Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) celebrated the birthdays of the earlier Prophets, his children, his friends, his wives, or anybody else? He obviously DID NOT. Thus if you believe in Allah and the Last Day and claim to follow Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), leave it alone!

We must realize that celebrating/wishing birthdays is not a big sin in Islam. The big sins are mentioned in the Quran and dictated without any ambiguity by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The only question to be answered here is who are we following, Allah and his Messenger (peace be upon him) or the traditions of the jaahiliya (ignorance)? If you can ask your heart this question sincerely, you will get a decent reply... I know it looks difficult to break away from jaahiliya traditions and customs and rasams but once you get used to it, you will thank Allah!

And Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said that:

"I have come to break your chains and shackles of rasams and customs that you have put on yourselves because of jaahiliya"

And Allah knows best!

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