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 Reasons why muslims shouldn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve

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PostSubject: Reasons why muslims shouldn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve   Tue 1 Jan - 18:58

Then, I decided to post it today and not before and mSo,whether you celebrated or not the New Year’s Eve,

Thank you in advance for your invaluable feedback

1.It is technically inaccurate – & pagan

As Muslims, we have our own calendar that has been in constant use for 1400 years. Even though we may end up using the Gregorian calendar due to circumstances beyond our control, we know for a fact that Allāh has ordained the use of the lunar calendar for us in our worship –and therefore, by extension, our daily lives.

According to our Hijri calendar (initiated by the great Sahaaba Umar ®), the new year actually begins on the first of Muharram.

The Gregorian calendar (so called because it was developed by Pope Gregory) decided on the 1st of January as the New Year to celebrate the circumcision of Jesus. Its origin – like so many Western holidays – lies in the pagan Roman festivals associated with Janus – the two headed deity who symbolised change.

2.What exactly is there to celebrate?

Any celebration by Muslims needs to be put into context of the local and global situation of the Ummah. The two Eids amply do so by encouraging prayers, duaa for those suffering and alms to the needy.

However, celebrating New Year’s does no such thing. It is a celebration that is completely cut off from the reality of the rest of the Ummah. The starvation in Somalia, the murder in Syria, the imprisonment of Gaza, the ethnic cleansing of Burma – celebrating New Year's is pretty much exactly the opposite of the “fever and wakefulness” that the Prophet (SAW) spoke about when he said we were like one body.

Salahuddin Ayyubi was once asked why he hardly ever smiled even though this was a sunnah of the Prophet (SAW.) He replied, “How can I smile when I know that masjid Al Aqsa is being defiled and
the Muslims are suffering?!” That attitude, dear brothers and sisters, is why he liberated Jerusalem and why we're still debating on whether or not it is acceptable to send “Happy New Year” messages.

3. It usually involves un-Islamic practices

Let's be honest. When you picture New Year's Eve celebration, you don't picture people sitting in a segregated environment reading from the Qurʾān& Hadiths and reminding each other towards good as the clock strikes midnight. Instead, they are (and I know this
is a generalisation) mixed gender events where people wear fashionable clothes,dance and sing songs, etc. It is necessarily an Islam free zone, not least because it has no basis or relationship to Islam.

4.It is against the spirit of Islam

Firstly, the number of scholars who condone the celebration of New Year’s are in the absolute minority. Secondly, the scholars who do condone it almost never actually celebrate New Year’s themselves or with their families – at least not in public – showing that even though they may believe it acceptable, it is not preferable. Thirdly, many of them predicate their views based on a number of caveats – that it is no longer a pagan or Christian ritual, that it is good da‘wah to non-Muslims and that it not involve any un-Islamic element. Most of these caveats are difficult if not
impossible to satisfy adequately.

This issue occupied the minds of greater people than us – Uthman (R), Ali (R) and many other of the greatest Sahaaba.
When the great assemblage of the companions of the Prophet (SAW) had discussed this issue at length, the matter was brought to a close by the wise words of Caliph Umar (R) that are as relevant today as they were then. He said, “The Hijrah has separated truth from falsehood, therefore, let it become the epoch of the era.”


Muhammad Wajid Akhter

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PostSubject: Re: Reasons why muslims shouldn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve   Wed 2 Jan - 17:16

Here is my VALUABLE feedbck, madam.
It's undiscussable the idea mentioned above and want to add a psalm related to the context :
"And whoever desires other than Islam as religion -- never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers."
During the judgment Day, people are grouped with the ones they (used to) love

I wish I haven't been long in my reply

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PostSubject: Re: Reasons why muslims shouldn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve   Thu 3 Jan - 19:30

I am not a mufti to give my opinion on such topics. I just read people's views. The only thing I am sure of is that we; Muslims , have two Eids and dot.
Thank you so much for the nice thread.
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PostSubject: Re: Reasons why muslims shouldn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve   Fri 3 Jan - 22:46

Thank you for your priceless and invaluable feedback ,dear colleagues!
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