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Having A Party On The Birth Date Of Nabee SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam

Question

Is it permissible to celebrate, cut cake, eat food and have a party on the birthday of Having A Party On The Birth Date Of Nabee SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam. Is it Halaal or Haraam. Are they getting reward for this action. Does anything of this sort come in a Hadith?

Answer

Attending a lecture or gathering in which mention is made regarding the events surrounding the birth of Rasoolullaah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), his (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) sublime character, noble qualities and Seerah (pure lifestyle) will be deemed meritorious and a means of attaining reward and blessings, with the proviso that it is in conformity to the Sunnah, void of any stipulation of a particular day or time of the year. The gathering should be like any other normal gathering without the accompaniment of any form of fanfare and festival or matters that would render the gathering a Bid’ah.

Conversely, establishing parties and ceremonial gatherings to commemorate the birth of Rasoolullaah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is Bidáh. Rasoolullaah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) himself, the Khulafaa-e-Raashideen, Sahaaba-e-Kiraam (Radhiyallaahu Anhum), Taabi’een and Tab-ut-Taabi’een (Rahmatullaahi Alayhim) neither arranged, nor indulged in gatherings of this nature. There is no incident during these three blessed eras on record, and neither are there any Ahadeeth that are able in any way to substantiate this innovation, 

Furthermore, birthday celebrations are totally alien to Islam and are a salient feature in the traditions and lives of the Kuffar. Islam strictly forbids the emulation of the Kuffar in any act which has an inimitable relation with their religion, traditions and practice.

Parties, cutting cakes and banqueting on birthdays, are indeed emulation of the Kuffar , and therefore impermissible. Birthday celebrations are also accompanied by a host of vice and sin such as the inter-mingling of the sexes, music, singing and photography. Celebrating in this manner is in fact greatly dishonouring Rasoolullaah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and will be a means of sin rather than reward.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

References

عن ابن عمر قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم  سنن أبي داود (رقم 4031) دار القبلة للثقاقة الاسلامية 

 فتاوی محمودیۃ (3/179)

احسن الفتاوی    (8/154)

فتاوی محمودیۃ (3/165)

احسن الفتاوی    (1/347)

البدعة هي الأمر المحدث الذي لم يكن عليه الصحابة والتابعون ولم يكن مما اقتضاه الدليل الشرعي. (قواعد الفقه صـ 204)

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رضى الله عنها قَالَتْ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم مَنْ أَحْدَثَ فِي أَمْرِنَا هَذَا مَا لَيْسَ فِيهِ فَهُوَ رَدٌّ  صحيح البخاري – باب إِذَا اصْطَلَحُوا عَلَى صُلْحِ جَوْرٍ فَالصُّلْحُ مَرْدُودٌ

عن ابن عمر قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم سنن أبي داود (رقم 4031) دار القبلة للثقاقة الاسلامية 

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