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بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِِ

THE MONTH OF MUHARRAM AND THE CELEBRATION OF THE "ISLÂMIC NEW YEAR"!

Inshâllâh, we will be entering the month of Muharram, the 1440th year after the Hijrah. As known, the Hijrî calendar was established by ‘Umar (Radiyallâhu Anh). He marked its beginning with the Hijrah (migration) of Rasűlullâh (Sallallâhu Alayhi wa Sallam) and chose the month of Muharram as its first month. We have not come across Musliműn celebrating the “Hijrî New Year” until our century. The celebration of the Hijrî New Year has gained popularity over the years. In reaction to this, some people have been witnessed to greet the Hijrî New Year. To the extent of our knowledge this celebration has no evidence for it from the Sunnah, the Salaf, or even the Khalaf, and celebration of the New Year, Anniversaries, Birthdays etc. have been taken from the Kuffâr, especially the Christians. Whether it is intended for the Dîn or not, the likes of these have been degraded in the Dîn.

Even though the statements of Imâm Dhahabî which we will list are regarding celebrating the New Years of the Kuffâr, because there is no such holiday as to the “New Year” in Islâm, there is no such celebrations as “the End of the Year”, “Changing of the Year”, or “Sana’i Dawriyyah”, and it is considered as imitating the Kuffâr and is Bid’ah. This is also why the nights considered as “Holy Nights”, meaning celebrating the date of al-Mi’râj (the ascent of Rasűlullâh) and its likes is considered Bid’ah. There is no doubt the sins of each of these celebrations are not the same, nonetheless, we must abandon these practices. Sadly, even though many people of our era show great reactions to Bid’ah like celebrating the Hijrî “New Year”, they do celebrate the alternatives such as “The Date of the Fath (Conquest) of Makkah”.

Just as the people of our era celebrate the New Year of the Gregorian Calendar, they also celebrate the New Year of the Hijrî Calendar. Imâm Dhahabî (Rahimahullâh) stated the following regarding this,


A group of the Salaf, such as Mujahid explained the saying of Allah, the Exalted: "Those who do not witness falsehood..." (al-Furqan 25/72) to mean witnessing the celebrations of the polytheists.

Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Every nation has their celebration, and indeed our celebration is this day." (Bukhari; Muslim; Nasai)

This saying of his necessitates the constraint of every nation to its own particular celebration. Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) says: "To each we have appointed a law and a way." (al-Ma'idah 5/48)

So if the Christians have their specific festival and the Jews have their specific festival, the Muslim cannot join them in celebrating it, in the same way that he cannot join them in following their law or in their direction of prayer.

Rasulűllâh (Sallallâhu Alayhi wa Sallam)'s statement, “Every nation has their celebration.” is enough of an evidence that we cannot celebrate the celebrations of the Kuffâr. Imâm Dhahabî also states,

Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Whoever imitates a people is of them."

Now if someone were to say: but we do not intend to resemble them!

It would be said in reply: The very action of agreeing with them and participating with them in their festive seasons and celebrations is prohibited. The evidence for this is what is established in the authentic Hadith from Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) that he: "Prohibited prayer at the time of sunrise and sunset." (Bukhari; Muslim and others)

He (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Indeed it rises between the two horns of Satan and it is at that the disbelievers prostrate to it. (Muslim; Abu Dawud; Nasai)

However the one who is praying does not intend this, because were he to intend it, he would become a disbeliever, rather the action itself of agreeing and participating is prohibited.

There are also many causes of corruption which result from imitating them, from amongst them are:

The Muslim children will be raised upon loving these festivals of disbelief due to what is prepared in them of playful pastimes, new clothes, foods, loaves of bread and other such things. What an evil teacher you are, O Muslim, if you do not prohibit your family and children from this and you do not explain to them that these are the practices of the Christians and that it is not permissible for us to join in with them or imitate them.

Satan has adorned these practices for many of the ignorant masses and the negligent scholars; even though they may be attributed to knowledge, for such a persons knowledge becomes a cause of punishment for him.

It is quite sad that the people of today are worse than the people of the time of Imâm Dhahabî (Rahimahullâh). Today’s people not only celebrate the Gregorian Calendar’s New Year, they also celebrate the Hijrî Calendar’s New Year. This newly-invented and Bid’ah celebration commenced by imitating the Christians. Did Rasűlullâh (Sallallâhu Alayhi wa Sallam) celebrate this event? Is there a narration from his companions regarding this? Is this a newly-invented Bid’ah, or -God Forbid-, did they not celebrate this because of their deficiency of ‘Ilm (Sacred-Knowledge)?

Rasűlullâh (Sallallâhu Alayhi wa Sallam) stated,


"Whosoever introduces into this affair of ours (i.e. into Islâm) something that does not belong to it, it is to be rejected." (BuKhârî, Sulh, 5, 3/167; Sharh of Muslim, 4/132. With similar wording in the Sharh of Muslim, 3/313.

Do not forget that every nation has its own celebrations. And every nation celebrates its own celebration. We as Muslimîn, recognize as celebrations and only celebrate the days which Allâh has chosen as days of celebrations for us. It is from preserving the Dîn to be distant from all celebrations which resemble the celebrations of the Kuffâr and which do not originally exist in Islâm. Wa’s Salâm!
Shaykh'ul Islam Ibnu Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) stated:

والعالم يعرف الجاهل؛ لأنه كان جاهلا، والجاهل لا يعرف العالم لأنه لم يكن عالما

"The Alim (scholar) recognizes the Jaahil (ignorant) it is because he was once Jaahil. The Jaahil does not recognize the Alim it is because he has never been an Alim." (Shaykh'ul Islam Ibnu Taymiyyah, Majmu'ul Fatawa, 13/235)

 

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