What is the ruling on celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day, New Years, Pakistan Independence Day, etc.?

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Miscellaneous Topics- Fatawa - Transactions- Celeberations- Fatwa (2): Can we celeberate mothers' day, independence day and other occasions?

2015-06-09

Question:

  What is the ruling on celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day, New Years, Pakistan Independence Day, etc.?

Answer:

  First of all, feasts are related to religion as they are in Islam related to acts of worship and obedience, as Eid al-Fitr comes after the worship of fasting and Eid Al-Adha is related to pilgrimage and the first ten days of Dhi al-Hijja. It was mentioned in authenticated hadiths that Muslims have only two eids, namely Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. It was also said that people who have many feasts can never prosper.

 When the prophet (PBUH) entered Al-Medina he found its people celebrating two eids. He said:

[Verily Allah has given you two better days instead; the day of Fitr, and the day of Adha]

 Moeover, many Muslims emintate western people in celebrating these days using candles, singing, and mixing between men and women.

 Finally, I don't like a Muslim to celebrate these days nor do I consider celebrating them as a kind of disobedience especially that mother's day can make msh3er happy, on condition that we don't call them eids nor imitate western .people in celebrating them.