‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Birthday Parties’

We are the Ummah of the final Messenger  صلي الله عليه و سلم. Allah in His Infinite Wisdom and Mercy has bestowed us with this blessed gift of being from amongst the best nations ever. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan:
ﻟَﻘَﺪْ ﻣَﻦَّ ﺍﻟﻠّﻪُ ﻋَﻠَﻰ ﺍﻟْﻤُﺆﻣِﻨِﻴﻦَ ﺇِﺫْ ﺑَﻌَﺚَ ﻓِﻴﻬِﻢْ ﺭَﺳُﻮﻻً ﻣِّﻦْ ﺃَﻧﻔُﺴِﻬِﻢْ ﻳَﺘْﻠُﻮ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻬِﻢْ ﺁﻳَﺎﺗِﻪِ ﻭَﻳُﺰَﻛِّﻴﻬِﻢْ ﻭَﻳُﻌَﻠِّﻤُﻬُﻢُ ﺍﻟْﻜِﺘَﺎﺏَ ﻭَﺍﻟْﺤِﻜْﻤَﺔَ ﻭَﺇِﻥ ﻛَﺎﻧُﻮﺍْ ﻣِﻦ ﻗَﺒْﻞُ ﻟَﻔِﻲ ﺿَﻼﻝٍ ﻣُّﺒِﻴﻦٍ

Surah Ale Imran – Verse 164

Indeed Allah conferred a great favour on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger (Muhammadصلي الله عليه و سلم) from among themselves, reciting unto them His Verses (the Qur’an), and purifying them (from sins by their following him), and instructing them (in) the Book (the Qur’an) and Al-Hikmah [the wisdom and the Sunnah of the Messenger صلي الله عليه و سلم(i.e. his legal ways, statements, acts of worship, etc.)], while before that they had been in open deviation.

Allah Ta’ala Himself says that He has conferred a great favour upon us by sending the most Noble of men to us as a Messenger. We should be greatful for this favour.

Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم says in a Hadith that none of you will truly believe until I become more beloved to him than his father and his son and all of humankind.

Despite all of this, this Ummah is in a deep sorrow and grief. We have changed our ways drastically. Look at our dressing for example.. It is as if we have discarded the Sunnah. We regard worldly knowledge as a greater form of knowledge than deeni knowledge.

Allah Ta’ala says: “Surely Allah will not change a nation until they change what is within themselves.”

After I posted the article on photography (
http://wp.me/p3WWJR-77 )
, I noticed how some people shunned the topic. It is really sad to see how people disregard topics that NEED to be addressed.

So I will in the hope of creating further awareness write regarding ‘Wishing Happy Birthday.’.

May Allah guide the Ummah.

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS
It is not necessary that everything the West does is according to logic. The
biggest proof that it is the invention of the west 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 since Muslims started living alongside
the non-Muslims, they have been influenced by them. Birthdays are celebrated
usually at the end of a year and not at the beginning of the year. For
example, if one’s birth date is on the 1st of January, then the birthday
will be celebrated on the 1st of January and not the 2nd of January. Now
just ponder, what intelligence 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 is only for
mocking at this person’s stupidity. Ponder that this is a custom and sign of
non-believers. When it is someone’s birthday, one year of his life has
decreased, and not increased.
This world is a field to work for the hereafter. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
alayhi Wasallam)’s Ummah has been sent in this world for a very great
object. The example of this world is like a king who send a few people into
his treasure room saying that shortly he will send them out, so 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
lying 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 organise the food and beds for
themselves afterwards. There is another group of people who think that they
have just arrived. They feel, ‘Let us enjoy the food, 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. Every
moment of this worldly life is very valuable. Here we have to earn for the
long and everlasting life of the hereafter. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Alayhi Wasallam) has said that after entering into Jannat, the people
of Jannat 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
an abode of 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.
Hafiz Zain Siqti asked Hafiz Jurjani the reason for swallowing dry flour to
which he replied that when he compared the time of swallowing dry flour and
chewing roti then, in chewing so much time is spent in which say 70 times
Subhanalla can be uttered. Therefore he left eating roti for the last 40
years.
How can it be permissible to waste time by celebrating birthdays and
becoming happy that a big slice of one’s life is put behind. This world is a
prison for the believer and a Jannat for the disbeliever. Allah has bought
the life and wealth of the believers for Jannat. This life is a trust of
Allah by us. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘A person
will not be able to move from his place, until he does not reply 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 of replying to these questions, how can he show
happiness upon the years of his life decreasing? Besides all this, Islam
does not permit waste. This is the reason that the poor of this Ummat will
enter Jannat 500 years before the wealthy, because the wealthy will be
delayed by giving 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 Walima feast is the one in which the poor and destitute are
left out and the wealthy are only invited. Another object of the birthday
parties is show. Islam encourages simplicity. By this attitude of show, 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
Taãla guide us and protect us from all these evils.

By Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaq (db)
Principal – Madrasah Arabia Islamia, Azaadville

Q: Is it permissible that on someone’s birthday, you send them a message in which you don’t wish them ‘happy birthday’, but you make dua for them e.g. May Allah keep you happy, grant you prosperity, etc?
A: If the message has no connotation of the birthday in it and is only Du’aa, then it will be permissible.
Allah Ta’aala knows best.
Moulana Yusuf Laher

Can a Muslim wish “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to anyone? And how to convince a non-muslim if it is not allowed? Kindly reply in detail.
Answer
(Fatwa: 36/36=M)
The tradition of celebrating ‘Happy Birthday’ is an invention of the West. Whose birthday is more blessed than that of the Prophet ( ﺻﻠﯽ ﺍﻟﻠﮧ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ ), but the Prophet ( ﺻﻠﯽ ﺍﻟﻠﮧ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ ) was not alsked to celebrate his birthday; so how common people will be allowed to celebrate their birthdays?! Therefore, a Muslim should not say ‘Happy Birthday’ to others; he should clearly say that it is not allowed in Islam.
Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best
Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

Q: I know that it is wrong to celebrate birthdays. However is it wrong to wish someone (a non-Muslim) happy birthday for the sake of keeping friendly ties? No presents, only wishing them.
A: Instead of saying happy birthday, rather give him a beneficial Du’aa, e.g. May your life be filled with guidance or similar Du’aas with the intention of him receiving guidance towards Islam. Even the words ‘all the best’ with this intention will suffice.
Allah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Siraj Desai

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5 thoughts on “‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Birthday Parties’

  1. Assalam alykum, i agree with every word in this beneficial post.
    May Allah reward you and may He make us from amongst the pious and the successful in the hereafter

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