Why don’t muslims celebrate birthdays?

April 12, 2008 at 3:56 am 57 comments

Al Hamdulilah!  My daughter just turned 4 this week.  I wanted to celebrate it with her and invite a few of her friends (muslim) over.  I was told by one of the parent’s that no one would come because no other parents allow their children to celebrate birthdays.  We are new to this masjid and I didn’t realize that this was a major faux pas. I do understand their position.  If they tell their children that “muslims don’t celebrate birthdays” and then the kids come to my daughter’s birthday, they will wonder why she gets to celebrate and they don’t.  So, I totally support their position.  Consistency is vital.

However, I wonder, why don’t muslims celebrate birthdays?  The only two answers I ever get are: It is not part of our religion and The Prophet (saws)  didn’t do it.  I agree that it is not part of the religion.  It is a cultural thing.  But the religion doesn’t forbid cultural practices as long as they don’t conflict with Islamic principles.  Isn’t that why the Prophet (saws) told Ayesha that she should have encouraged that tribe to beat the duff at their walima, because it was part of their tribal/cultural practice?

As for the other argument, “the Prophet (saws) didn’t do it.”  That may be true.  I have never read a sunnah that describes whether he did or he did not.  But I also have never read a sunnah where he forbade it.  I thought if something is not forbidden by either Quran or Sunnah then it is allowed.  (As long as it falls within the boundaries of Islam.) 

I don’t view the celebration of a birthday as an idol/pagan act.  I do not associate it in any way with Shirk.  Instead I encourage my daughter to Thank Allah for all of her gifts and explain that every good thing that comes to her, comes by the Mercy of Allah.  Just as she received gifts, I encouraged her to remember those children who aren’t as fortunate and she was to pick a toy out that she could donate to them.  (She did so after generously offering to donate her brother’s toys :)  We have changed the chorus of the traditional birthday song so it now says “May Allah Bless you, May Allah Bless you, May Allah bless you-oo, May Allah Bless you.” 

I think this is a good way, of teaching her about Allah’s generosity, mercy, blessings and the need to give sadaqa.  Birthdays are the one day that is devoted to one particular child, to show them how they are loved and appreciated and special.  We should do that everyday.  But, truthfully, we don’t.  And rarely are they the focus of that undivided special attention.  It builds confidence, trust and self-esteem.  And can be done in a way that incorporates Islam. 

So I hope someone will respond and tell me why shouldn’t I continue this practice.  Why can’t muslims celebrate birthdays?  Hmmm, I still wonder…

 

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  • 1. Joy Jones  |  November 17, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I feel that birthdays are a gift from God. All good things come from God. Celebration is not frowned upon instead we celebrate life. It is important that we celebrate the life of a child. In this world today where so many children are being aborted, dropped of at safe haven locations, and murdered by parents why shouldn’t we celebrate their lives. We live in a country that allows us this freedom. Celebrate the life of a child. Thank God for the blessings that he has given us and celebrate within moderation and in lots of love.

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  • 2. arshia  |  January 1, 2009 at 8:12 am

    http://www.ummah.com/forum/showthread.php?t=34721

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  • 3. mohammad  |  February 7, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    ask the scholars why we shouldn’t celebrate our birthdays

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  • 4. Alayna Johnson  |  February 9, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Alhamdulillahhirabilaalimeen with that knowledge for the sister Arshia go ahead with your bad self for pulling that dawah up for us. MashaAllah.

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  • 5. Alayna Johnson  |  February 9, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Shaikh AbdulAziz Bin Baaz, who is one of the most Eminent Islamic Scholars of the 20th century, was asked about celebrating birthdays in Islam, he replied (and I agree with him):

    “Celebrating birthdays has no source whatsoever in the pure Shariah (Islamic Law). In fact, it is an reprehensible innovation, since the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said “Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that does not belong to it shall have that action rejected.” This was recorded by both al-Bukhari and Muslim. In a version recorded by Muslim and by al-Bukhari “Whoever performs a deed which is not in accord with our affairs, that deed is rejected.” It is well-known that the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not celebrate his birthday at all during his lifetime nor did he ever order it to be celebrated. Nor did he teach such to his Companions. Therefore, the rightly-guided caliphs and all of his Companions did not celebrate it. They are the most knowledgeable of the people concerning his Sunnah (Teachings of the Prophet) and they are the most beloved to the Prophet (peace be upon him). They were also the most keen upon following whatever the Prophet (peace be upon him) brought. Therefore, if one is supposed to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday, this would have been made evident at their time. Similarly, not one of the scholars of the best generations celebrated his birthday nor did they order it to be done.
    Therefore, it is known from the above that such a celebration is not from the Law that Allah sent Muhammad (peace be upon him) with. We ask Allah and all Muslims to witness that if the Prophet (peace be upon him) had done so or ordered such to be done, or even if his Companions had done so, we would rush to do it and call others to do it. This is because, and all praises are due to Allah, we are the most keen in following his sunnah and respecting his commands and prohibitions. We ask Allah, for ourselves and for all of our brethren Muslims, steadfastness upon the truth, avoiding everything that differs from Allah’s pure shariah. Verily, He is Generous and Noble. “

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  • 6. shifa  |  March 30, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    In the Name of Allah,

    Please find the answer to the question of celebrating birthdays below by a respected scholar which is very concise. It is very important that we understand and differentiate between imitating religious and cultural/accepted practices. Celebrating birthdays is a worldwide phenomena having no geographical or religious significance (as far as i’m aware).

    Remember: The beauty of Islam is it’s a universal religion, the haraam being very few and halaal and mustahab and mubah being the majority making the deen very easy and giving it’s iniversal appeal. ‘Indeed Allah wants for you ease and not difficulty’ this is the very essence and beauty of the deen, lets increase our knowledge and strive to fulfill the Laws of Allah and example of the Prophet peace be upon him with clear evidences and understanding how legal rulings are derived.

    (the answer as found on sunnipath.com:)

    Principally, birthdays are not something that should be celebrated or to be happy about. When it is someone’s birthday, one year of his/her life has decreased, and not increased. As such, what intelligence is there in celebrating and showing happiness when a year has decreased in one’s life?

    Before understanding the legal ruling with regards to birthday celebrations, it is worth remembering here that imitation of the unbelievers (Kuffar) is something that Islam strictly disapproves of.

    In a Hadith recorded by Imam Abu Dawud (Allah have Mercy on him) and others, The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said:

    �Whosoever imitates a nation is amongst them�. (Sunan Abu Dawud,)

    It should be remembered here that not everything what the non-Muslims wear and do, is Haram and unlawful. Imitation, which is prohibited, is effected in one of the following two ways:

    a) One does something with the intention of imitating the Kuffar, meaning one does so because one wants to be like a particular non-believer or non-believers.

    b) Doing something that is unique and exclusive to the non-believers or it is part of their faith. This will also be considered imitation, thus Haram (unlawful). (See the Fatwa of Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani).

    In light of the above, there are few situations with regards to the Shariah (legal) ruling on celebrating birthdays:

    1)If it is celebrated by imitating the Kuffar in that all or some of the customs that are unique with the Kuffar are adopted, or acts that are unlawful in Shariah are committed, then there is no doubt in its impermissibility. The lighting of candles on a cake that number the years of one�s life and then blowing on them, playing of music, singing, extravagant and lavish spending, showing off, etc are all unlawful and forbidden practices. Thus, if birthdays are celebrated by adopting the above-mentioned customs, it will not be permissible.

    2)If the above-mentioned evils are avoided, then there are two possibilities:

    a) If one celebrates birthdays with the intention of imitating the Kuffar meaning one does so because one wants to be like the Kuffar, then, as stated previously, it will be considered imitating the Kuffar, thus unlawful.

    b) If there is no intention of imitating the Kuffar (and also the above mentioned evils are avoided) then the ruling on celebrating birthdays will depend on whether it originated from the religious customs of the non-Muslims and it is part of their faith. (It can not be considered to be unique with the Kuffar, for celebrating birthdays has become a widespread phenomenon that is carried out in many different parts of the world). I am personally unaware of whether celebrating birthdays has a connection with the Christian faith or other wise, thus I am unable to give a decisive ruling.

    However, I have mentioned the criterion of which the ruling will be based. If the origins of birthday celebrations are connected to a particular faith, then there is no doubt in its impermissibility. If, however, it has no connections with the faith of the non-Muslims, then (and Allah knows best) it seems that it would be permissible to celebrate it (provided the evils mentioned above are avoided).

    3)If one thanks Allah and shows gratitude for being blessed with one more year of his life, thus expresses happiness and joy, then there is nothing wrong with that. (See: al-Fatawa al-Rahimiyya (urdu), 6/320).

    And Allah knows best

    Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
    Darul Iftaa, Leicester, UK
    http://www.daruliftaa.org

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  • 7. Aishah  |  April 26, 2009 at 5:52 am

    If someone can find it but there is an Hadith about when the prophet Mohammed saw went to a village and the people were celebrating something accustomed to their tribe and he told them we celebrate 2 holidays Eid al Fitr and Eid al hada

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  • 8. Aishah  |  May 7, 2009 at 12:57 am

    I found the hadeeth :

    Everything which is taken as an ‘eid’ (something which is celebrated regularly) and is repeated each week or each year and is not prescribed in sharee’ah, is a kind of bid’ah (reprehensible innovation). The evidence for that is the fact that the Lawgiver prescribed ‘aqeeqah for the newborn, and did not prescribe anything after that. When they adopt these observances every week or every year, it means that they are making them like the Islamic Eids, which is haraam and is not permitted. There are no celebrations in Islam apart from the three prescribed Eids: ‘Eid al-Fitr, ‘Eid al-Adha, and the weekly ‘Eid’ which is Friday (Yawm al-Jumu’ah).

    This does not come under the heading of customs because it is repeated. Hence when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah and found that the Ansaar had two festivals which they used to celebrate, he said, ‘Allaah has given you something better than these: Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.’ (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 1556; Abu Dawood, 1134; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Saheehah, no. 124), even though this was one of their customs.”

    From Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed, 1/382

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  • 9. Anonymous  |  August 11, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Well back then people would celebrate birthdays to keep evil spirts away by inviting people over so that the spirts don’t come to them and they won’t be alone and people bringing gift so the birthday person won’t be sad…the evil spirt comes because your getting older and older every year and people thought it was there time to go, so they celebrated birthdays, even Halloween is like the birthdays to keep spirts away by putting carved pumpkins in front of there homes and kids would dress up as scary monsters and tell people trick or treat(people think of this as a game only not as what it really is)…it really is that the home owner can either give out treats to the kids(monsters) or get a trick by the spirts….

    Hope that answer your question:D

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  • 10. Zoha  |  August 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I completely agree with you, this shows that Birthdays can be practiced in a way that helps children and also teaches them to be thankful to Allah, I personally feel we should thank Allah everyday for letting us wake up to morning sunlight each day :)

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  • 11. muslimahpr  |  August 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Show proof, sister.

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  • 12. Anonymous  |  November 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Asalaam laykum The reason being is what you said sister if you’re not going to do it daily then it’s no reason for the celebration.

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  • 13. Bee Kay  |  November 28, 2011 at 5:44 am

    My be they saw fairy tale movies. Where bad women used to come and curse the newly born abbies. MAY BE

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  • 14. Sparkleeyes  |  December 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Aghhh. I am sooo frustrated right now and I’m so happy that someone else had posted this question. I embraced Islam 3 years ago. From a christian family (and society). My husband is muslim and our son, who….by the way….will be 2 years old on monday, Inchallah. My mother…..just called me and told me, “what are we going to do for “R’s” birthday? I’m going to invite my friend who has two daughters, we should get a cake…etc.” I said, “well mom, we have decided that we are not going to celebrate anything this year. Last year, we did because it was his FIRST birthday, but we don’t want to make a habit out of this.” My mom obviously got upset, and said that since my husband and I are working on Sunday (my mom babysits our son) that she is going to throw him a little birthday party. I stated that it was unacceptable and i just got upset and was unable to express any further my thoughts. I told her to ask another muslim lady as to why we do not want to have a party. But you know what…..honestly speaking…..i feel very bad that my husband is so strict and we can’t even do a little something. All the other muslim ladies I know, have done b-day parties. I feel left out and saddened. My husband doesn’t understand how I feel (yes, I have told him).

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    • 15. Amina Alanna Pike-Djelidi  |  November 29, 2012 at 5:46 am

      I know I’m late replying to this but please be strong. I converted about 3 yrs ago and have had similar difficulties and mixed feelings about giving up these cultural customs, too. Your husband loves and cares for you and your children and only wants you to have the best in this life and in the akhira. It is his role as a Muslim husband to do his best to steer his wife and children on the straight path and hamdoulilleh, it sounds like he is taking his role seriously. Please don’t feel badly or as though he is being too strict. He isn’t being strict, he is being MUSLIM. Hamdoulilleh that you married a man who actually understands his religion, knows right from wrong, and is willing to stand against society and family’s expectations to ensure that YOU attain Jannah! :D Best of luck, ukhti – giving up old habits is never easy ;)

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  • 16. Ihsan  |  February 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    The idea of putting candles on birthday cakes dates back to ancient Greece. The Greeks, who worshipped many gods and goddesses, also worshipped one called Artemis, the goddess of the moon. Artemis, being the moon goddess, logically had a birthday every month. And the Greeks faithfully turned up at her temple every month, bringing with them cakes as round as the moon. And to simulate the glow of the full moon, the ingenious lot stuck bunches of lit candles on the cakes.
    The Greeks and Romans typically subscribed to the idea that every person had a protective spirit or demon that attends your birth and watches over you through your life. This spirit would have a mystic relation with the god in whose month the individual was born. This notion carries forward in time, where today folks have guardian angels, fairy godmothers, or at least a patron saint. Birthday candles are symbolic of lighted tapers and sacrificial fires – the mystic symbols of honor ever since man first set up altars to his gods. In ancient times, people prayed over the flames of an open fire. They believed that the smoke carried their thoughts up to the gods. Today, if you blow out all your candles in one breath, your wish will come true.
    Egyptians observed birthdays, but only for their rulers. They held parades, circuses, gladiatorial contests, and sumptuous feasts! The Romans staged parades and chariot races to celebrate birthdays, some of which were created for their gods. Mere mortals were not honored or even remembered on the day of their birth. As time went by, children became included in birthday celebrations.

    The first children’s birthday parties occurred in Germany and were called kinderfeste. Cakes made from sweetened bread dough and coated with sugar, were the first birthday cakes and they originated in Germany. It has been said that if the cake collapses while baking, it is a sign of bad luck in the coming year. Coins, buttons, and rings were baked into cakes. The guest who received the slice with the coin was guaranteed riches in the future, the ring signified marriage.

    All these customs and traditions connected with the observance of birthdays have to do with guessing the future, good wishes for the future, good-luck charms against evil spirits, and the like. All the birthday rituals, games, and ceremonies denote good wishes for the birthday child, but the customs are pagan. Still, everyone tends to dismiss the history as mumbo-jumbo, and even the ones who are drowning to the eyeballs in birthstone jewelry and have zodiac signs tattooed on their scalps will never confess that they take this seriously.

    However, my point is: should a Muslim have anything to do with ceremonies that trace back to pagan times, and pagan rituals? Should Muslims commonly indulge themselves and their children in pagan birthday parties, just because they seem so attractive, and mere, innocent fun?

    These birthday celebrations originated from pagan beliefs. They also involve imitation of the Jews and Christians in their birthday celebrations. Warning us against following their ways and traditions, The Prophet (SAWS) said,
    “You would follow the ways of those who came before you step by step, to such an extent that if they were to enter a lizard’s hole, you would enter it too.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, do you mean the Jews and Christians?” He said, “Who else?” [Bukhari and Muslim]

    The Prophet (SAWS) also said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”
    [Abu Dawood]

    Anas ibn Malik reports, The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) came to Medina, and the folk there had two days in which they would relax and play. He said, “What are these two days?” They said, “We used to play on these two days during the times before.” The Messenger of Allah said, “Allah has given you something better instead of them: Yawm ul-Duha (Eid al-Adha) and Yawm ul-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr).” [Abu Dawood]

    Allah says: “To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way.”
    [Al-Maidah; 5:48]

    The Truth of Islam came to the world to annihilate all superstition, to debunk the false myths of the false gods, to emancipate mankind from ignorant rituals. It was a revolution in its time. What are we doing here, steeping ourselves into all the follies, all the silly customs of the world? In these dangerous and uncertain times, it is the requirement of each Muslim to practice Islam loudly and consistently. This is no time for anything else than being the best in this life as well as the afterlife.

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    • 17. Anonymous  |  February 9, 2013 at 12:28 am

      The way Muslims have twisted an innocent celebration like a birthday reaffirms the whole reason why I rejected this twisted evil faith.

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      • 18. Bakhman  |  May 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        Birthday – innocent celebration. Celebration of what? Celebration of the day when person come to the earth to be tested and assessed. The best thing is to celebrate days when person does good things: finish the Ramazan month and gives someone helpfull donation in Gurban.

  • 19. basimah hasan  |  February 20, 2012 at 3:30 am

    You SHOULD all ways stick to the quran hadith but I’m not judging u I was like u

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  • 20. Anonymous  |  June 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    this is a good one: “Consistency is vital.”
    o.k. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” -Emerson

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  • 21. Anonymous  |  June 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Our religion comes from the Quran. If it is not against the Quran, it is ok. I consider hadith to be shirk. Case in point, no one has quoted the Quran. We muslims are losing our faith to imams, peers and fakirs. Dont allow other people to interpret the religion for you, read the Quran and be a better muslim.

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    • 22. Amina Alanna Pike-Djelidi  |  November 29, 2012 at 5:33 am

      Quran, despite what people wrongly assume, is not the be all end all of Islam. There are 16 sources of Islam, with Quran being only one of them. Those who say that something isn’t haram because it’s not written in the text of the Quran are ignorant of their own religion. The Quran itself tells us to follow its word AND the teachings of the Prophet (SAW), so to only follow the text as your only source is in direct opposition of what the text itself commands us to do. It is illogical.

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      • 23. Anonymous  |  February 9, 2013 at 12:31 am

        There is nothing logical about following the religion of a war mongering paedophile.

  • 24. Lin  |  August 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    In my situation, my fiancee is Muslim. I am still learning. I remember he said he didn’t celebrate his birthday but I figured it was a response that most people these days give. Personally, I feel as though his birth is a cause for celebration and I thank Allah daily for bringing him in my life. But now hearing that Muslims don’t celebrate birthdays makes since why he wasn’t too thrilled I went birthday shopping for him. I feel like an idiot, but still with no reason or understanding of why.

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  • 25. 3isa  |  August 27, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Sister, islam does not forbid cultural activity so long as it doesnt interfere with your religion. As in not celebrating christmas etc… Birthdays are actually something that may not have been mentioned in the quran but it would have definetly been mentioned if it was haram. A birthday is a way of renewing a childs spirit from his day of birth. Dont let ANY of these fundamentalist friends of yours says otherwise. Peace be upon you.

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  • 26. KIYANI AN-NAJASHI  |  September 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim,

    All Praises Belong to Allah (subhana wata ala)

    Dear Muslim brothers and sisters;

    Celebrating Birthday’s is forbidden, no matter how you celebrate it. When you celebrate Birthdays, you are committing ‘Shirk’. Birthdays are forbidden due to its PAGAN origins, therefore if you celebrate Birthdays, you follow PAGANISM and you are a PAGAN as you imitate them.

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  • 27. KIYANI AN-NAJASHI  |  September 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I’m so surprise on how many Muslims who are not educated on these PAGAN traditions such as Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Halloween etc… They are all Haram and interfere with Islamic principles.

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    • 28. sikander  |  January 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Let me verify birthdays actually come from Ancient Rome where people did not worship any gods they just celebrated the persons birth with presents etc etc. Birthdays are fundamentally celebrating ones birth and that they have been blessed with the gift of life. Also even if the tradition had come from Paganism the actually tradition itself has nothing to do with God. Also please do not talk about not being educated because from what I can see you are very narrow-minded

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      • 29. Anonymous  |  January 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm

        I’m simply stating the facts. So please, before approaching me with your ignorant response, get your facts straight. No matter how you put it, it originates from Paganism.

  • 30. Amina Alanna Pike-Djelidi  |  November 29, 2012 at 5:28 am

    It is haram to raise any person’s birthday to the status of holiday because holidays in Islam are reserved for Allah(SWT) alone. This should be reason enough. We are told not to imitate the kuffar and this is a tradition of theirs to celebrate birthdays with great fanfare (prime example – Christmas). The origins of these birthday celebrations are pagan and contrary to everything that Islam teaches us.

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  • 31. Abdul Kareem  |  December 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Then where did birthday celebrations come from? The astonishing answer is from the pagan practice of astrology! Thousands of years ago, when men looked up into the night sky and charted the stars, they invented calendars and calculated the birth dates, to the very hour, of kings, rulers and their successors. These ancient pagan astrologers meticulously examined horoscopes and birthday omens because they believed that the fate of the rich and powerful might affect an entire society. Even to this day, men have been putting their trust in horoscopes instead of God.
    In ancient Egypt, the pharaohs ordered businesses to close on their birthdays and gave enormous feasts for hundreds of servants. In ancient Greece, wealthy males joined birthday clubs composed exclusively of men who shared their birth date. Once a month, the club celebrated with a feast. When a member died, he left money to help pay for future parties. In Persia, noblemen observed their birthdays by barbecuing an ox, a camel and a donkey and serving hundreds of small cakes to the celebrants.
    In ancient Rome, the emperor gave huge parties in honor of his own birthday, which included parades, circuses, and gladiatorial combat. The celebration of days was so important to the average Roman citizen that the Roman calendar designated a majority of days for some form of celebration—including many birthdays of gods and famous men.
    The Roman calendar, with its emphasis on continual celebration, has had great influence on modern society. Consider the following quote about the origin of the Roman calendar:
    “Our [Roman] calendar is not Christian in origin. It descends directly from the Egyptians, who originated the 12 month year, 365 day system. A pagan Egyptian scientist, Sosigenes, suggested this plan to the pagan Emperor Julius Caesar, who directed that it go into effect throughout the Roman Empire in 45 B.C. As adopted it indicated its pagan origin by the names of the months—called after Janus, Maia, Juno, etc. The days were not named but numbered on a complicated system involving Ides, Nones, and Calends. It was not until 321 A.D. that the seven-day week feature was added, when the Emperor Constantine (supposedly) adopted Christianity. Oddly enough for his weekdays he chose pagan names which are still used” (Journal of Calendar Reform, Sept. 1953, p. 128).
    Modern birthday parties and celebrations by children take their form mainly from Germany, where the birthday child received gifts, chose a menu, and received a candle-ringed butter or jam cake. The book The Lore of Birthdays, by Ralph and Adelin Linton, gives a brief look at the history of birthday celebrations: “The Greeks believed that everyone had a protective spirit or daemon who attended his birth and watched over him in life. This spirit had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday the individual was born.”
    The book continues: “The Romans also subscribed to this idea…This notion was carried down in human belief and is reflected in the guardian angel, the fairy godmother and the patron saint…The custom of lighted candles on the cakes started with the Greeks…honey cakes round as the moon and lit with tapers were placed on the temple altars of [the god Artemis]…Birthday candles, in folk belief, are endowed with special magic for granting wishes…Lighted tapers and sacrificial fires have had a special mystic significance ever since man first set up altars to his gods. The birthday candles are thus an honor and tribute to the birthday child and bring good fortune.”
    Saying “happy birthday” to friends and loved ones was society’s superstitious way of protecting them from evil spirits. Birthday thumps, bumps, pinches, etc., were said to bring luck and send away evil spirits. Party snappers, horns and other noisemakers were also intended to scare off bad-luck spirits.
    It should now be clear that birthdays are not only unbiblical, they are pagan!

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  • 32. BIG BOY FROM GETTA TOWN  |  January 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    WAZ UP!!! I frwom the getta tawn!!
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    • 33. Anonymous  |  February 9, 2013 at 12:19 am

      Muslims are thick!

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      • 34. Anonymous  |  February 9, 2013 at 12:24 am

        The way Muslims have twisted an innocent celebration like a birthday reaffirms the whole reason why I rejected this twisted evil faith.

  • 35. JJ  |  May 3, 2013 at 2:08 am

    “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”
    then that makes you all peadophiles – ur beliefs are twisted – its just a bloody birthday – GEt over it and celebrate LIFE!!!!! such a repressed religion

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    • 36. Bakhman  |  May 28, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      I would celebrate life if understand what is within it so remarkable by itself. Life is test and assessment. Life is full of Goods help to pass this test and assessment easely. Birthday is the day when I came to life to be tested. Should I ask good for help in the test, or celebrate the fact that I am tested.

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  • 37. shana  |  May 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    i stopped celebrating bdays lastyear. Alhumdolillah…but i get invited to family bday bbqs now and then,,everyone takes gifts and i dont because i dont want to be involved w the bday part..i feel dumb being the only one not taking a gift..my q is that would it b haraam to give bday gifts,? only because i dont want my family to think im being cheep.

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    • 38. Anonymous  |  June 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      shana,
      no one in your family will think that you are ” cheep”
      some might think that you don’t know how to spell the word “cheap” but I am sure you will get over it

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  • 39. Anonymous  |  June 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    shana,
    no one in your family will think that you are ” cheep”
    some might think that you don’t know how to spell the word “cheap” but I am sure you will get over it

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  • 41. Kirsty  |  July 18, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I am not of any religion….my belief is that you only have 1 life so live it as u want, live by the laws of the land but be individual. I am not slating anyone who chooses any religion at all (each to their own!) the fact that Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas is completely understandable but not to celebrate birthdays is beyond me! I thought u have to be thankful to god (Allah, or any other religious figure) for everyday things? Therefore, surely Muslims should be thanking the gods (Allah) for the life of their child, be thankful for his kindness in willing you to have a child? I’m not saying a full on party but a celebratory meal or at least some kind if acknowledgement for the birth of your child! An acknowledgment of the day you were blessed with a child, a day for remembering that god was willing to allow you to become a parent!?

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    • 42. Kiyani An-Najashi  |  July 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

      You’re missing the main point. Birthdays, Christmas, etc… is all of Pagan origins and is forbidden before God. In all religions it is forbidden and is against God.

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  • 43. Ali Abid  |  August 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Muslims don’t celebrate birthdays because every it is a decrease in your life,thats not happy to know is it?

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  • 44. matt  |  August 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    This is what most anti-Islam people don’t realise. We DO celebrate life, every day! We wake up in the morning and give thanks to Allah for raising us from slumber, we read prayers 5 times a day and ask for whatever we want that is permissible, we give charity, we want for our brothers what we want for ourselves…. If looked at correctly it is the religion where most thanks is given on a DAILY basis, where every day is like a ‘birthday’ where you ask your lord for more and more, and in doing so he comes closer to you and never tires of your requests of him, as you ascribe him no partners. Love all x

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    • 45. Arslan  |  September 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      one day we will die, so why we celebrate the birthday.

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  • 46. Anonymous  |  October 2, 2013 at 8:06 am

    i like your opinion :) and I also do not know why many muslims prohibited it

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  • 47. Reddy Testa  |  October 3, 2013 at 2:25 am

    The prophet didn’t use a car, the prophet didnt use a computer or telephone, then muslims must not use it because the prophet didn’t use it either.

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  • 48. arabian dreamz  |  November 21, 2013 at 10:15 am

    My daughter recently turned 4 my friend made a castle cake for her and brought it up the day before her birthday so I didnt think a cke then would be an issue! Im not muslim born converted 6 years ago but recently I feel hes gone very strict All over the cake he refuses to talk to me, washes his own dishes cooks for himself and my children and dresses them he wont allow me to do anything with them all over a cake!! Im mind blown over his behaviour I feel its a serious over reaction I dont think my husband should treat me like this in front of our kids over a cake! I didnt throw a party or give gifts or even sing to her and thats how hes reacted Im currently under a lot of stress over this as he refuses to listen to me at all. sometimes he can be threatening to me he has been in the past before and apologizes for it but I feel I cant handle much more.

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    • 49. Kiyani An-Najashi  |  November 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      If you do a thorough research on Birthday cakes, you’ll come to realize It’s deeply rooted from Paganism and is probably why he’s acting this way.

      I use to give my son a cake before or after his birthday, but have stopped doing so. Because of its strong Pagan roots, it’s best to avoid Birthdays completely.

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  • 50. Al-Muallim  |  December 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I did a blog post exactly why I hope you enjoy reading it http://al-muallim.weebly.com/1/post/2013/11/birthdays-in-islam-are-birthdays-allowed-in-islam.html

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  • 51. Al-Muallim  |  December 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Birthdays CAN Be Everyday…
    And look at the beauty of Islam!! Every day is a great day and a blessing from Allah (swt)
    Have a meal and invite your family and friends every day if you can afford it… give as many presents as you like to your family and the people you love for the pleasure of Allah!! Why do we have to make one child or person special on one day and focus all the attention on him when we can do this everyday… and win the pleasure of Allah… now you tell me which one is better … celebrating one day or celebrating every day!

    And if you want an occasion, Allah has blessed and recommended us to celebrate the two Eids! And the Prophet (saws) said that every Friday is an Eid day!! Celebrate these… and win the pleasure of Allah.

    Thus in conclusion, if you want to follow Allah and His Messenger (pbuh), do not celebrate what he (saws) did not celebrate!!! And if you want to follow the ignorant people who do not care about Allah and Last Day, follow their jaahiliya traditions and celebrate whatever they celebrate!!

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  • 52. Al-Arif  |  January 7, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Salaam sister

    The truth is about why us Muslims cannot celebrate birthdays is because every person who celebrates birthdays is really celebrating that they have survived and lived for another year, they are fighting with nature and every year is a win for them hence celebrating but we Muslims don’t celebrate because we know that one day we will die and we will then stand in front of our Allah (saw) we don’t celebrate our survival instead we pray and make dua because the more you age you know your time will be up so it’s important we pray to almighty Allah (saw) to make sure that when our time is up we will head for jannah instead of hell

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  • 53. Kenyatta  |  March 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I’m not a Muslim myself, but found this very interesting. I think it is very negative and very religious to view Birthdays as a decrease in someone’s life. Birthdays are a gift From God, and should be celebrated as such. Nothing from God should be seen as a negative thing. Birthdays are celebration of life,which God has blessed you with. Unless, God Himself come down from Heaven and told me to stop, I will continue to celebrate every year I’m on Earth Because we don’t know how long we got or when our number will be called.

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    • 54. Angel  |  August 12, 2014 at 4:47 am

      I am not Muslim either but I would never make a comment like ask God to prove his law. That makes me shudder. You have your rights to your belief. If you want to celebrate then go ahead and do that. But it sounds like if these people want to be a true Muslim then they have to adhere with a true heart to all of those beliefs. God knows your heart.

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  • 55. veronica jamison  |  April 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

    With Allah’s blessing your mother conceived and gave birth to you. If we are allowed to thank Allah for the blessing of being given our mother why should we not be allowed to also remember our birthday as a blessing from him – gifts for birthdays are a reflection of Allah’s blessing and bounty

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  • 56. Yahyaa  |  May 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    As Salaamu Alaykum , first I must say that Islam is a complete way of life for ALL our affairs, social, financial, etc. As to cultural things , celebrating anything other than the 2 Eids on a recurring basis has been left off based on the hadiths. The origin of celebrating is steeped in pagan customs and shirk, even the lighting of candles and making a wish should be obvious as the polytheists would over gifts and ask jinn or spirits to protect their children. It’s so many areas to cover, just google “origin of birthday celebrations and you’ll see the shirk. Here’s an article from even a Christian that I found informative, May Allah guide from the belief that Isa is Allah’s sonhttp://www.triumphpro.com/birthdays-origin.htm

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  • 57. Angel  |  August 12, 2014 at 4:25 am

    I am a Christian. I think I am a strict Christian. We talk about God everyday. We thank God every day, we pray every day. I am constantly working with my child on the lessons God gave us. My child doesn’t understand why he is not allowed to watch certain TV shows, why he is not allowed to do many things other children do. I do not approve of the excess, lawlessness, nakedness, and greed in the world. But life can be hard and at times we slip and have to ask forgiveness for our sins. I believe we will all face God. It isnt about being true to ourselves. It is about doing what is right following the LAW. And we are human and will never be perfect. God made us and he knows that. He gives us opportunity to make amends and ask for forgiveness. For God is great in all his mercy. As a Christian I believe God will give his cup of wrath to those who break his LAW. Both sides have their right to do what they believe according to their beliefs. Any people in transition to either or other religions will face these conflicts like Christmas and birthdays. It is never an easy road. I have been learning a great deal about the Qur’an and it is so similar to the bible it is remarkable. But I am Christian. But I think some people may convert without really understanding all of a religion. And stumbling is inevitable. Each person has to figure out how to obey the LAW. Believe me I am no saint and I stumble often.
    But I give thanks to God every day for the blessing God has given me. I believe my child is a gift from God. I know God will only give me what he feels I can handle. He has blessed me with a child with a disability. I know God has a special place for the children who suffer. I consider it a blessing to have been chosen to care for this child who I love with all my heart. Praise God!
    So that makes all that other stuff like birthday cakes and parties are kind of not that important to us. Yes my child does want to celebrate but even if we just make a favorite meal it cant be the focus. It cant be greater then your dedication to God.
    And I will support the rights of any people to practice the religion they believe in. But I expect that consideration in return. God is Great, God I Merciful, Praise be to God. And if I offended him in any way I pray for forgiveness and pray for guidance and wisdom.

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