Is it Haraam to Celebrate Birthdays?

Salam yo,

So since it’s my birthday, I decided to do a post about birthdays. untitled.png

Yea I’m getting old! Chill old is gold, anyways like the pharmaceutical companies say “your only as old as you feel”.

I often come across Muslims who say celebrating birthdays is absolutely impressible in Islam and it’s haraam and blah blah because your imitating the disbelievers.

Now I’m not a scholar so I decided to do some research on this and clarify some misconceptions. I’m tired of hearing people make their own rulings without backing it up with proof.

It’s important that we be very specific when we talk, if a brother or sister wants to go eat at a halal restaurant on his/her birthday with some friends, there is nothing haraam with that, come on!

Now what I discovered was it all comes down to intention, now outwardly it may seem wrong to celebrate birthday since the disbelievers do it also, but it depends on how you practice it.

Obviously if you engage in direct haraam practices on your birthday, then that’s now allowed. In terms of what’s allowed and what’s not, that’s clear like windex.

So it comes down to what exactly we mean by the word “Celebrate”

Go to chucky cheese, not the bar.

I was able to come across the legal rulings from renowned scholars, Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah and Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari:

Get your pen and pad ready, I was able to get a clear anwser from the fatwa bank at in which a group of muftis said: ” Islam supports the celebration of birthdays if it is an expression of gratitude to Allah for His bounties, sustenance and blessings in man’s life, as long as that celebration does not include anything that may displease Allah, the Almighty.”

Here is what the other scholars say:

My man the renowned scholar Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah (May Allah swt preserve him and all the rightly guided scholars) said:

“The holidays which are forbidden [for Muslims] to observe are those with religious overtones [such as Christmas and Easter*] not the festive gatherings people observe due to certain events. Therefore, people are allowed to celebrate wedding anniversaries, birthdays or any occasion as such celebrations are not related to religious holidays. It is imperative that we work to remove the confusion surrounding this misunderstanding and the doubts that have affected many people [regarding this issue]. [Because of this misunderstanding] people find hardship and difficulty in their religion. Especially when a religious minded person holds [such non religious celebrations] to be from the major sins or rejected acts when, in fact, they are not.

Moving forward, below is a response from Mufi Muhammad

If the origins of birthday celebrations are connected to a particular faith, then there is no doubt in its impressibility. 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).

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).

Mufti Muhammad also mentioned if the birthday involves specific practices and adaptations of customs from the disbelievers like The lighting of candles on a cake that number the years of one’s life and then blowing on them (Allah swt knows best about the candles), 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.

Check the full reading here

Anyways, it all depends on what you do on your birthday, what’s the purpose and most importantly what intentions you have. If you don’t want to do anything on your birthday, then it’s all good.

At the end of the day, everyone needs to make their own decisions.

Pass the ice cream cake yo, just make sure it doesn’t have no haraam marshmallows in it, ha.

May Allah swt guide us to the straight path, Ameen.

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122 Responses to Is it Haraam to Celebrate Birthdays?

  1. imd November 14, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    well I jus give ppl a reminder of the day of judgement instead of congratulating them

    • imd September 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm #


  2. deeji November 14, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    what about …holloween?

    i dont think there are any religious reasoning behind holloween just the culture right? 😡

    • Mona November 14, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

      deji do research on the origin of it…hopefully u will understand that its clearlyy haram.

    • Afza M. January 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      Oh, there's definetly a religious background to Halloween. And it's considered Shirk to celebrate it.

      Search up the history of Halloween on Google. [:

  3. Mona November 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    The evidence in the Qur’aan and Sunnah indicates that celebrating birthdays is a kind of bid’ah or innovation in religion, which has no basis in the pure sharee’ah. It is not permitted to accept invitations to birthday celebrations, because this involves supporting and encouraging bid’ah. Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):“Or have they partners with Allaah (false gods) who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not allowed…?” [al-Shoora 42:21]

    “Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord, and follow not any awliyaa’ (protectors, helpers, etc.) besides Him. Little do you remember!” [al-A’raaf 7:3]

    Besides being bid’ah and having no basis in sharee’ah, these birthday celebrations also involve imitation of the Jews and Christians in their birthday celebrations. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, warning us against following their ways and traditions: “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 Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians?” He said, “Who else?” (Reported by al-Bukhaari and Muslim). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”

    Stop doing fatawa shopping people…the Quran and the Sunnah is clear!Were only supposed to celebrate the two Eid's so stop following your desires and misleading ppl.

    • Saad November 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

      @Sister Mona, no one is doing fatwa shopping or whatever you want to call it.

      We aren't paying scholars for a sale to get knowledge. So I'm not sure why your applying that term in this context.

      I am simply providing you with their opinions, and by the way the scholars mentioned here are far more knowledgeable and qualified than any of us here, so be careful of which opinions you completely throw down and don't recognize as valid. (Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, Mufti Muhammad and Mufti Taqi Usmani)

      Rather than being close minded and seeing things as black and white, you should read what they have to say.

      When you state your opinion from a legal standpoint, you should remember we aren't making birthdays a "religious" practice or "fard", so your comment at the end is also off.

      It's easy for you to use the phrase "imitating the kuffar" but you didn't apply that to this conversation with clear thought, as Shaykh Bin Bayyah said (Therefore, people are allowed to celebrate wedding anniversaries, birthdays or any occasion as such celebrations are not related to religious holidays)

      And of course Allah swt knows best.

      • Mona November 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

        ya ya ya ur just looking for fatwa's that go with your desires. The Prophet SAW and the Companions didnt celebrate birthdays…therefore we shuldnt be celebrating birthdays cuz they are our examples and nething we do thats not frm the sunnah and frm the way of the Prophets and Companions is a BIDA.

        • Saad November 14, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

          So it's haraam to have halal fun on your birthday? Give me a break.

          • Mariam Mababaya July 1, 2012 at 4:54 am #

            I guess I’d have to side with Mona on this issue?

            I agree with sister Mona insha-Allah and Allah knows best.

        • N.E. November 15, 2009 at 10:41 am #

          Sister Mona, the kuffar having weddings and funerals, as well. Should we also abstain from having weddings and funerals? The Prophet SAW and the Companions didn't drive cars either, because cars had not been invented yet. Likewise, eating food with your friends on your birthday was not a custom yet, in fact, in the Prophet's SAW time the people did not even know their birthdays. There is no need to get worked up about this issue, if you choose to not do anything for your birthday in order to please Allah SWT then may Allah reward you for your intentions But really, there is no need to point fingers and tell people that they are "choosing fatawas that suit their desires." That really isn't polite at all. You can simply say that you disagree.

          And Allah most High and Beneficent knows best.

          • Mr. Pineda December 24, 2013 at 6:57 am #

            I agreed Mariam….. Allah SWT knows best…. and we human beings just follow what we think is good and not to follow what we beleived is bad. Celebrations and happenings must qualify your faith and beliefs. It is the intensions that moves you….

            In Saudi Arabia they celebrate National Day….. so how you will categories this kind of celebration?

        • Living in Morocco November 16, 2009 at 7:17 am #

          I agree and think there is a bigger issue here. Isn't there something to be said for the fact that the idea of "fatwa shopping" even exists? I don't think it's fair to blame a Muslim for seeking a point of view and then finding about a dozen and a half. What should they do then in addition to looking at the Qur'an and Sunnah while there are these opinions out there? To me, it is exactly what was done here- look for all the opinions on the matter, check your intention and do what you believe is right in your heart. In the end, whatever you choose is between you and Allah, and he knows best.

    • f November 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

      lol read the article before u start on the essays… is down to the intention, so if im jus gonna go get a chiken burger from dixy cos is my birthday is that biddah adn whatnot?? 😮

      • Mona November 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

        it sure is! y not get ur chicken burger any other day…why must it be on ur b-day?

        • Al-Harbi November 17, 2009 at 6:50 am #

          Sis Mona i agree with you fully. However look at the charismatic speech of Saad and the "stick-in-hand- speech of yours. Of course the ppl will listen to him and take what he's saying even though it is a misguidance. So speak better and then you will be able to turn hearts InshaAllah. May Allah keep you on the straight path Ameen.

        • f November 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

          cos thats wen mummy gives me money for a chiken burger 🙂

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    • lenmo4 November 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

      thank you sister, these days people only follow those who give them the most appropriate answer, not what is the truth, we have the Quran and the Sunnah for the truth, if the Prophet (SAWS)did not celebrate his birthday, then who are we…and anyway what is there to celebrate that we are one more day closer to our death…we should thank Allah everyday for all that He has blessed us with, not just the days that were made up to remind us to, ie. mother's day, father's day, etc..if you want to do something for your birthday our your children, teach them to give charity or do something good for someone else, more over do things that will help you in the hereafter because that is where it will count..

    • Anonymous September 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

      mona or what ever its not only 2 eids the birth day is a day god let you live shouldnt we do something to remember wen allah gaves us our first gulp of are ??

    • Archie Bey April 6, 2012 at 3:55 am #

      Asalaam Alaykum, I ask those brothers who are an authority on islam to cite an Ayat or Haddith that speaks of Birthdays. You can't, So absent of that you have your personal oppinions which you are associating with ISLAM. And because of fear of that which cant be answered by Koran or sunna you cover it with the veil of selfrighteousness. The ultimate authority is ALLAH the Most Compassionate , Most Merciful. Try compassion for one another when indoubt. You some how thing the Arbaian culture is ISLAM. The Koran speaks IN YOUR DEEN al-A’raaf 7:3]…….. The contex refers to other religious practice and If you didnt know birthdays are not a religious celebration for Christians..
      Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord, and follow not any awliyaa’ (protectors, helpers, etc.) besides Him. Little do you remember!”

    • Mo February 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      So its wrong to celebrate the day god put you on this earth for what every time you have. Since when did that happened. Love the muslim bid’ah police house full of stack of books, bid’ah police members e are fond of scouring the pages of his / her book collection searching endlessly to find a reason, any reason, to haram things upon the ummah and beat them over the head with it. They really didn’t understand the books that well, but to them, just having the books in there house is enough to qualify him as a student on knowledge. motto is; if you like it, I’ll haram it, and if it makes you happy, it must be bid’ah. If God wanted you to love like a crazy religious Hermit he would kept the original numbers of prayers and told you to eat and pray that’s it.

  4. Raeesah November 14, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    Happy Birthday bro!

    ..go pray two raka'ah nafl now! Hahah

  5. Mona November 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    Celebrations in Islam are Legislated Religious Occasions.

    Celebrations in Islam are legislated by Allah, and He has legislated only two days of celebration and joy; Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr that succeed the performance of two great pillars of Islam – Hajj and Fasting. Anas (radhi allahu anhu) narrated: “The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) came to Madinah and the people of Madinah had in Jahiliyah two days of play and amusement. So the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “I came to you and you had, in Jahiliyah two days of play and amusement. Indeed, Allah has replaced them for you by that which is better than them. The day of Nahr (Slaughtering) and the day of Fitr (Breaking Fast).” [Saheeh – Ahmad (3/103, 178, 235) Abo Dawood (1134)]

    Apart from these two days no other day is to be taken as a celebration, because celebrations are truly religious occasions. Any addition to the religion is a Bid'ah (innovation). To formulate the Religion is exclusively the Right of Allah. Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, “I warn you of the newly invented matters in the religion; and every newly invented matter is an innovation, and every innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.” [An-Nisa'ee]

    And all innovations are rejected as he (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Whoever does an action, which we have not commanded then it must be rejected.” [Saheeh Muslim]

    And: “Whosoever introduces in the religion of ours that which is not a part of it then it must be rejected.” [Ahmad]

    • SKP July 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

      we all like what we want to hear and we all feel uncomfortable with what the truth really is.. sister mona is with the stick in her hand and thats how we all should be so we can stop eachother from being mislead by shaitaan!

      the quran and sunnah, if it is there practice it, if it aint then drop it.

      And the person who wrote about weddings in comparison to cars… come on, they dont even match, the prophet encouraged people to go to weddings and give their blessings on the marrid couple who are about to fulfil half their religion!! not by driving bro!

    • Mr. Pineda December 24, 2013 at 7:04 am #

      Can you Advice all Muslim Country to reject the celebration of thier National Day!!! Could you?

  6. The MV November 14, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    Couldn't have said it any better bro!

  7. Summaiyah November 14, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    hey, salam,

    great post on a widely debated topic. keep it up!

  8. Marwa November 15, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    Are u a scholar Mr Saad, I don't think so

    May ALLAH forgive u

    I think u should remove this topic,, so as not to regret in the last day.

    if u want dozens of fatwas that say that birthdays are haram to celebrate i can get u

    but I think that u r not hearing

    so since u don't know

    don't try to convince pple with things that u r not sure of….

    • Saad November 15, 2009 at 8:25 am #

      I'm not, that's why I am quoting the scholars.

      Maybe you should try reading the article before commenting.

      • Al-Harbi November 17, 2009 at 6:46 am #

        There are many scholars just as there are many muslims, but do all practice what's right? It's up to each person to differentiate what is pleasing to Allah and what will bring His wrath then practice accordingly InshaAllah. And May Allah guide us all along the straight path Ameen.

  9. Mariam November 15, 2009 at 8:39 am #


    (Happy b-lated birthday)

    May Allah increase ur years for u, so that u may do more good deeds (like enlightening us in this topic). you should not get rid of this topic. Clearly u have quoted far greater scholars…

    keep up tha good work…

    Allah bless…

    • Al-Harbi November 17, 2009 at 6:55 am #

      Sis Mariam, who are greater scholars than the rasuul (salla laahu alaihi wa sallam) and his companions? The fact that someone studied in an islamic university and graduated with what and what degree doesnt mean he is currently on the right path or practising what he learnt. There are clear matters in our religion and then there are the vague ones, this birthday one is obviously clear. So we dont need to go fatwa-shopping as a sis mentioned earlier. These days some muslims look for the fatwas to support their own desires and they can all be found.

      • Saad November 18, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

        Ameen to your dua's on a side note you said:

        "btw i do love going out and having halaal fun, no matter what day of the year it is"

        Exactly my point.

        Who are greater the scholars or the rasuul and his companions?

        Astugfurillah, no one said the scholars are greater.

        Don't take things out of context, no one is saying that. How can you think like that?

        The issue here is not whether the Prophet (s) did or the sahabahs (May Allah bless them all) did anything special on their birthdays, it's whether or not it's permissible to have fun on your birthday as long as it's halal, that's what I meant in my post. (i.e. eating at a halal restaurant with your friends) part of being Muslim is listening to what people have to say.

        I understand your trying to be on the safe side but you proved my point when you said below you would have halal fun on any day of the year, that's what I mean by "Celebrate", and I specifically said in the post it's all about how you interpret "Celebrate".

        Instead of your black and white outlook on issues, you should be fair and you should also have adab (etiquette) when talking about the scholars, because they understand the issue far more greater than anyone on this blog and have a higher rank and Allah swt knows best.

        So for you to come out and make your assumptions and conclusions and think you understand the issue greater, that' arrogance.

        I also mentioned in the post that if you don't want to do anything on your birthday, that's OKAY also. So why are you making it seem like it's an obligation to do something special on your birthday?

        And eating at a halal restaurant with your friends or family, do you consider even "Special" or out of the extra ordinary?.

        The problem with people today is we don't like to listen and read what the other person has to say, rather than being narrow minded maybe if you read the post two or three times you would know that all I was saying was if someone wants to have halal fun on their birthday then it's all good.

        Halal fun can be defined as eating halal fried chicken, playing sports with your friends, etc.

        I also mentioned Mufti Muhammad ruling in which he said:

        "If the origins of birthday celebrations are connected to a particular faith, then there is no doubt in its impressibility. 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).

        So what's the problem now?

        I think the problem today is people like you who become internet scholars and don't give your proofs, rather it's all an emotional one sided response.

        In conclusion, we all like to have halal fun everyday as long as it's kept within the boundaries, you know what I mean by that.

        So there is nothing wrong with doing it on the day you were born also assuming you understand the ruling mentioned by Mufti Muhammad.

        and please don't misinterpret the word "celebrate"

        Like brother Azeem said below " it would be an innovation to Celebrate the Prophets birthday and the companions".

        Obviously they didn't celebrate their own birthdays, because then it would be part of religion, even today people Celebrate the Prophet Muhammad (S) birthday, so that's innovation.

        Don't take things out context.

        and Allah swt knows best.

        • Al-Harbi November 18, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

          Actually i didnt take things out of context and if you believe my non-practice of kuffaar celebrations to be "black and white" then thats your opinion.

          I am not an internet scholar and not a regular scholar. Astaghfirullah to the fact that you believe i have no regard for scholars. I have great respect and adherence to the REAL scholars, the ones who practice what they preach and do not bend the rules to suit a society like Shiyukhul Islaam Imaam Muhammad Ibn 'Abdul-Wahhaab, and Ibn Taymiyyah rahimullah and Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baaz and Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan, Shaikh Muhammad Bin Salih Al-'Uthaiminn AND THE LIST GOES ON!!!

          I have no time to go out and study in a university because i have 3 children all 3yrs and under but my Aqeedah Alhamdulillah is Increasingly better and better. SOOOO…i don't be throwing accusations all over th eplace at the ones who hold firm to the rope of Al-Islam where there is no place or bid'ah or vain desires or even nonsense arguments like these which don't lead to anywhere!!!

          I didnt need to provide proof because it would have only been a new rendition of what Sis Mona said and other sisters. WOuld you have liked to read it again? Redundance is a plain bore. The simple words of someone saying "happy birthday" to you should be cut short with a beautiful smile and simple words "Brother, i don't celebrate birthdays Alhamdulillah, it only brings me closer to the grave. I celebrate my life everday i wake up." Hmmm…

        • Al-Harbi November 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

          Oh and one more thing, I am a revert to islam so i know all about celebrating the kuffaar way. Alhamdulillah i was guided unto the straight path. You should ask yourself a very important question before doing anything in life "Is this what the rasuul (salla laahu alaihi wa sallam used to practice/say?" Then you'll know what to do InshaAllah.

          Yes i prefer be on the safe side because

          On the authority of Abu ‘Abdullah al-Nu’man bin Bashir, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say: "The halal is clear and the haram is clear. Between the two there are doubtful matters concerning which people do not know whether they are halal or haram. One who avoids them in order to safeguard his religion and his honor is safe, while if someone engages in a part of them he may be doing something haram, like one who grazes his animals near the hima (the grounds reserved for animals belonging to the King which are out of bounds for others’ animals); it is thus quite likely that some of his animals will stray into it. Truly, every king has a hima, and the hima of Allah is what He has prohibited. So Beware, in the body there is a flesh; if it is good, the whole body is good, and if it is corrupt, the whole body is corrupt, and behold, it is the heart.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

  10. vindicated November 15, 2009 at 8:58 am #

    From what I've read on this issue, the matter of 'Muslims having only two days of celebration' refers to the 'collective' days of celebration for all the Muslims. It does not mean that I can not be joyous or celebrate personally on any other day that might be dear to me. What wrong is there in being happy at the birth of a child, or any other eventful day in my life?

    As it is stated in the post, ultimately it's what you do on the day that matters. You can offer two rakah of nafl and thank Allah (SWT) for all the blessings you have, that's not like how people from other faiths celebrate their birthdays.

    At a personal level, I don't really see the point behind birthdays, or celebrate them myself. And if it's a point of contention then I don't see anything wrong in leaving it all together either… come on, you can be happy any of the other 364 days of the year too, even if it is just for the sake of avoiding an argument.

    But honestly, if someone does something on his birthday or whatever, we should try not to pass quick judgments on them and label them. It's Allah who determines who's right and who's not, let's not take that authority in our hands.

    • Anonymous November 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

      birth of a child would be an aqiqah and any other eventful day in your life should be acted according to what is sunnah…outside of the sunnah, it is all innovation..

      I agree don't pass judgements and don't label. just stay away from what is not Sunnah or Fardh!

      • Aisha October 7, 2012 at 8:29 am #

        I second that Anonymous. 🙂

  11. halima November 15, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    I don't really agree. Birthdays r cool and all and it gives us a chance to overload on junkfood LOL. But like sis mona said the prophet and companions never did it so what gives us an excuse to do it. The prophet was a far greater person that any of us and the companions. So if anybody why didn't they celebrate their birhdays, cuz it's not allowed bottomline. So if they didn't do it what gives us an excuse to do it.

    My sis said this is the same logic peope use to make other things like music halal.

    If the music is halal it's ok. C Mon!!!

    We gotta be strong and keep to our stuff!!!

    (I loved celebrating

    My b day but I stopped at 13 now I'm 16)

  12. h.ahmed November 15, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    haha… the comments on this post are a reason i got tired of blogging

    mashaAllah, excellent post saad, keep it up

  13. Edis November 16, 2009 at 2:24 am #

    Al-Imran (3:7)

    It is He Who has sent down to you (Muhammad SAW) the Book (this Qur'ân). In it are Verses that are entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book [and those are the Verses of Al-Ahkâm (commandments), Al-Farâ'id (obligatory duties) and Al-Hudud (legal laws for the punishment of thieves, adulterers)]; and others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah (polytheism and trials), and seeking for its hidden meanings, but none knows its hidden meanings save Allâh. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in it; the whole of it (clear and unclear Verses) are from our Lord." And none receive admonition except men of understanding. (Tafsir At-Tabarî).

    Sisters Mona and Halima already provided enough clear evidences – this ayas are just for those who seek and keep seeking different/alternate rulings when there are clear evidences in Quran and Sunnah.

  14. N November 16, 2009 at 6:36 am #

    Saad Excellent post! Happy belated birthday. As "vindicated" said.. am i not supposed to celebrate the birth of a child or when my father recovers from a serious illness? i think there are people out there who are trying to impose all these rules on us and trying to make our religion difficult when its actually so easy! Its a way of life.. dont make it into a jail!!

  15. Anonymous November 17, 2009 at 6:40 am #

    Bother Saad i realize your site is meant to be a refuge to young muslims but also you should know that your opinions will be taken as sunnah by some. Now Islam is a way of life, it is not merely a religion. We muslims are supposed to hold fast to the rope of islaam, which means the sunnatu-rasuulu-llaah (salla llaahu alaihi wasallam). The birthday is a celebration of the christians, jews, pagans etc, and so are the other celebrationns like wedding anniversaries, halloween and what not.(btw are we talking about the christian calender or the islamic one?) Anyway they may not be of religious nature but they are not of Prophet Muhammad (saw) who is the BEST of mankind. No shaykh/scholar can give a fatwa against the sunnah and expect to be free of accounting to Allah. Just because muslims/scholars in Islamic countries do something which is against quraan and sunnah doesnt make it ok for the rest of muslims to practice! And there is no debate here, what is clear cannot be befuddled. There is no compulsion in religion, so to each his own. The fact that our religion is easy does not translate into doing what we desire. We cannot compare the sunnah(celebrating the birth of a child, an actual wedding etc) to the celebrations of the "other" ppl. And we arent imposing rules- you have a problem with the sunnah? Then take that matter up with the rasuul and Allah- not with us who practice strictly. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, (PBUH), said, “This world is the prison of the believer and the paradise of the unbeliever.” [Muslim] So are we here to celebrate birthdays or worship Allah???

  16. Raihan November 17, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    Sister Mona your accusation of fatwa shopping might be worse than any wrong celebrating might be. You should ask for forgiveness from Allah.

    Your post is sadly another example of a Muslim who is quick to judge others and their intentions.

    The brother did not write a post saying celebrating it is okay without giving the conditions.

    The scholars clearly said in their explanation a big IF:

    "Islam supports the celebration of birthdays IF it is an expression of gratitude to Allah for His bounties, sustenance and blessings in man’s life, as long as that celebration does not include anything that may displease Allah, the Almighty.”

    So yes I agree most Muslims who celebrate it don't follow this and that is where they are wrong. Anyone who reads this post and celebrates their birthday without thanking Allah for his sustenance or includes something that might displease him will have to answer for themselves, not the brother who wrote this.

    You missed the whole point of the post and that was to remind Muslims who celebrate it (with their family or friends in moderation) that they should remember Allah when they do.

    Also, since when does anything we do that was not done by the Prophet(s) automatically become haram?

    Imitation of the disbelievers is following their religious traditions or holidays, like some Muslims who celebrate Halloween or Christmas even. But if you say birthdays are the same, than isn't using cars or cell phones also bidah since it was not invented by Muslims????? Of course not.

    • Al-Harbi November 18, 2009 at 7:21 am #

      we are supposed to thank Allah EVERYDAY for His mercies. Imitation of disbelievers also include imitating their dress and manners. It's also ridiculous to even suggest that us who don't celebrate birthdays should believe that cars etc are bid'ah. you cannot equate things which are on different spectrums.

      • Raihab November 19, 2009 at 12:33 am #

        Then why isn't learning english for someone who came here from a Muslim country (imitation of language of disbelievers) the same? or playing american sports also included (like football or basketball(invented by disbelievers)? or wearing jeans? Isn't that also imitation of disbelievers? Disbelievers used cars and cell phones before Muslims did, isnt that imitation? What is included and what is not included and why????

        Everyone like to bring up imitation of disbelievers butno one ever explains it from a scholars point of view??

      • Aisha October 7, 2012 at 8:38 am #

        Asm wr wb, I second that Bro Al-Harbi; really would like to point out about Every DAY we should be thankful to Allah, and not every year. 🙂 Still, everyone, please don’t be quick to judge each other’s intentions. Astarghfirullahaladheem. May Allah forgive us for all our sins and guide us on the straight path always! Ameen Ya Rabbil ‘Alameen! x

  17. undercoversis November 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    I pray Allah grants you a long blessed life filled with His rememberence and allows you to walk on the path to Him with ease. I pray Allah grants you the best in this life and the next and rewards you for your efforts to serve the Ummah as you do, Ameen!!

    • thatonehijabi November 2, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

      The one comment I can say I agree with wholeheartedly without half these people attacking me

  18. Captiveminds November 18, 2009 at 6:20 am #

    On one's birthday, one should actaully thank their mother as she carried you for 9 months, raised you up, took care of you when your were sick, etc…. to express your my appreciation…

    I have been reading recently about ancient mysteries and the pagans and the pagan influence and pentration into religons, about ancient rituals and secret societies.

    releating to birthdays; I recent read that the origin of birthdays is rooted in pagan rituals. There is no record of birthday celebrations by the Jews in the Bible. There are only 2 two accounts of birthdays mentioned in the Bible, both celebrated by Pagan or non Christian individuals, both ending in a negative result.

    Birthdays has its origin in astrology. Birthday cakes appears to be related to the Greek goddess Artemis, whose birthday was celebrated with moon-shaped honey cakes topped with candles. The candles with special magic to grant wishes.

    The various customs with which people today celebrate their birthdays have a long history. Their origins lie in the realm of magic and religion. The customs of offering congratulations, presenting gifts and celebrating—complete with lighted candles—in ancient times were meant to protect the birthday celebrant from the demons and to ensure his security for the coming year. . . . Down to the fourth century Christianity rejected the birthday celebration as a pagan custom."—Schwäbische Zeitung

    Did you also know that many preists are against the celebration of Chirstmas. Because actually the bible says in Luke that Jesus was born when the shepards where sleeping out at night while the sheep were grazing. So this is immpossile to be in Dec in Jerusalem/ Bethlahem as it was very cold. So why Dec 25?

    for a fact neither Jesus nor his disiples ever celebrated his birthday. also Chirstmas was introduced into Christianity in about 365AD by the pope then. Why Dec 25?

    Well it is the birthday of the SUN. Winter Solistice meaning that in Dec 22 the sun is the lowest point in the southern hemisphere and it started to reappear again on Dec 25; hence the birth of the Sun. As you know back then people used to depend on agriculture for food; so the SUN was very important to them. In Rome for example from Dec 19-23 then celebrated Saturnalia; where the people would have a great festival of good, exchanging gifts and having a blast. Basically celebrating so the SUN would return and they can grow food again.

    so you see that we are mixing pagan rituals in our daily lives without ever knowing it! In Islam we have only 2 main celebrations the 2 EIDs. besides that everyday is a celebration to thank Allah for his creation and appreciate our families and loved ones. so don't fall pray to the western and pagan habits!!

    • justice 14 March 21, 2012 at 2:34 am #

      Finally, a sensible post. You have done some research and clearly see the truth behind birthday celebrations and how they relate to us as Muslims. Well done.

    • Archie Bey April 6, 2012 at 4:03 am #

      The Word pagan is derived from (Rural Folk) or what we call country people today. It originally had no religious context. see:

      When it is said pagan Arabs they were not christians nor muslims. dont get personal Birthdays distorted bt associating it with ISA (Jesus) PBUH. It is a personal thing

  19. Al-Harbi November 18, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    JazaakAllahu khairan Captive Minds. I think you put everything straight InshaAllah. Alhamdulillah. May Allah guide you and us on the right, straight path always Ameen Ameen Ameen.

    I hope Brother Saad has read this and also his supporters InshaAllah.

    btw i do love going out and having halaal fun, no matter what day of the year it is.

    • Amara November 22, 2009 at 7:05 am #

      Salam alaykum,

      I'm glad brother Al-Harbi you took such a firm stand. These days its so easy to get lost and its even easier to make excuses for one's self. We all try to justify what we do, but in the process forget 'Who' we have to justify it to. What is it about the 'birthdays', that, we are so tightly bond to it we cannot even forgo it for Allah's sake? its just another day in our life, a life that is a test, but is also a gift in its own way. Why not celebrate everyday for everything we have, everything we have been given? And what exactly do we celebrate our birthdays for? because we are getting older? that we are closer to our graves? that it makes us feel special? that we want to practice something our beloved Prophet (pbuh) didn't? honestly people..think of what you will say to Allah (SWT) and think of the time when He will ask you why you did it,.. please do think what you will say; what justifications can you give?

      And on another note, brother Saad, please, I dont think it is appropriate for you to post things which are so controversial. There are many other things to talk about, things which most scholars agree on. Though your intentions are pure, dont take the risk of leading someone else astray;- surely you dont want that blame.

      May Allah guide us all to the straight path, and prevent us from falling back to evil. Ameen.

      • Al-Harbi November 22, 2009 at 7:45 am #

        Im not a bro im a sis 🙂 JazaakiAllahu khairan ukhtii.

        • Aisha October 7, 2012 at 8:46 am #

          Oops, I addressed you as a bro too in one of my posts… My bad, forgive me sis. 🙂 x

  20. Azeem November 18, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    Its okay to celebrate anyone's birthday except for Prophet Muhammad (S)'s birthday because that would be religious. Sorry brelwis!

  21. Al-Harbi November 18, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    Aye, ive had enough of this Alhamdulillah. Ma3 Salaama!

  22. Hafsa November 18, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    does anybody know if gelatin is haraam??

    • captiveminds November 19, 2009 at 1:01 am #

      if the gelatin is made of pork; then obvisously yes its haram.

      if the gelatin is made only from 100% beef or fruits & vegtables, then its ok

      and Allah knows best… but always better to eat 100% halal food!!

      • Al-Harbi November 22, 2009 at 7:53 am #

        I personally stay away from that which is doubtful for my own sake. But the majority of the ulama concluded what captiveminds (above) has said and more. For a wider reference sis Hafsa you may go to this article InshaAllah And research more on your own InshaAllah.

  23. STOPCHANGINGTHINGS4Y November 21, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    um… yeah im pretty sure that birthdays are hara for the fact that its a pagan celebration.. where they light candles on the date of there birth in order to please the demons who will grant them longer lives… so yeah HARAM! this is a Christian post.. but even they got it right… ehh the link not me

  24. TucsonMuslima November 22, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    No point debating the Salafis here. They are all emulating a handful of shuyukh in Saudi Arabia. Who, in the history of Islam, asked for a fatwa from someone located thousands of miles away who never even stepped foot in their locality? People with true understanding know that sometimes a fatwa changes based on locality and the custom of the people (Imam al Shafii, I believe gave fatawa different in Kufa than in Basra)This is not true for the fundamentals like prayer, but true for the furu' (branches). A fatwa by its very basis is an "opinion," thats why it ends with "Allahu alim." Think of all the Arab customs allowed to continue after Islam. Just because the Prophet is not here to act as furqan between good and bad culture doesnt mean Arab culture is the only culture allowed to be sifted through, whose good elements are allowed to continue. Islam does not ask you to exist in a cultural vacuum, just to sort blameworthy culture from good culture. There is more halal than haram for us, thats a fiqh principle.

  25. ariza November 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm #

    I think we don't have to debate on "fatwa shopping" that sis Mona mentioned..c'mon guys..I believe it's just a metaphor. I prefer not to celebrate it, because it's seems the birthday thing makes us only think about ourselves, even though we celebrate it by giving the poor. Regarding to this matters, we only "remember" giving the poor on our birthday, this will makes us selfish. So bottom line we have been taught to leave a doubt, the law of God is clear, and there is no doubt in it..May God always gives guidance to all of us .. Amen

    • Aisha October 7, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Nice one. 🙂 Ameen. x

  26. Anonymous November 27, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    I am just a sister who reverted while studying Islam in college. I knew before ever becoming Muslim that birthday celebrations and the recognition of the day, of one's birth,was rooted in paganism.Capitalism and the need for self aggrandizement sure helped folks to over look this fact! I am struck by how so many muftis,imams and scholars seem to not know this fact?

    I say shame on the research staffs that so ill prepared them when they deliberated/collected their thought/judgments on these matters? I mean, come on, really??…what is up w/the lack of knowledge on this topic? I have not celebrated nor given any special recognition to the day of my birth, my husband's nor my kiddos. As a westerner I am always baffled by the need for other western reverts as well as folks of indigenous islamic backgrounds having a need/want /desire for such a thing. oh well Allahu alim but it does seem pretty straight forward when you have all the facts…sadly it appears from some of the "experts" they did/do not?

    "History of Birthday

    It is quite interesting to study the history of Birthday celebrations. Earliest history of birthday can be traced before the rise of Christianity where celebrations began to ward off evil spirits!! If this surprises you, read on for more interesting facts and gradual progress of birthday celebrations in history.

    Development of Calendars

    Early man did not know how to calculate dates so they were not able to pay attention to the anniversary of important events like birthdays. Gradually, human beings began to understand lunar cycles and they developed calendars accordingly. This made it easy for them to calculate the date of birth and celebrate the occasion.

    Birthday History

    History of Birthday observance can be traced back before the rise of Christianity. In pagan culture it was believed evil spirits visited people on their birthdays. To protect the person having birthday from the evil effect, people used to surround him and make merry. A lot of noise used to be created in such parties to scare away the evil spirits. In those times there was no tradition of bringing gifts and guests attending the birthday party would bring good wishes for the birthday person. However, if a guest did bring gifts it was considered to be a good sign for the person of honor. Later, flowers became quite popular as a Birthday gift.

    Early Records of Birthday Celebrations

    Historians are certain that birthday celebrations are being held for quite sometimes but there are few records for the same. Documented descriptions of Birthday celebrations are available only for kings, high-ranking nobility and those who held high positions in the society. In the beginning common men and especially children were unable to celebrate the birthdays. Scholars believe that this difference existed because only the nobility was wealthy enough to throw birthday parties and was considered important enough to be written about.

    Popular Birthday Celebrations in History

    * Best known birthday in the history is that of Jesus Christ. For nearly 2000 years since the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, Christians have been honoring the day as Christmas.

    * About 4,000 years ago King Pharaoh used to celebrate his birthday by giving a feast to his court followers.

    * King Herod is said to have celebrated his birthday by treating lords, high captains and special friends with a special supper party in Galiliee.

    History of Popular Birthday Traditions and Symbols

    Some of the popular Birthday traditions and symbols that we see today originated hundreds of years ago. Some believe the tradition of Birthday cake was started by early Greeks who used to take round or moon shaped cake to temple of Artemis – the Goddess of Moon. Others believe the custom of Birthday cake initiated in Germany where people used to make bread in the shape of baby Jesus’s swaddling cloth.

    The popular custom of lighting candles on cake is said to have originated because Greeks used to light candles on the cake taken to Artemis to make it glow like a moon. Some though believe that custom originated because of a religious belief that gods lived in the sky and lighted candles helped to send a signal or prayers to the god. Germans are said to have placed a big candle in the centre of the cake to symbolize ‘the light of life’. Even today people make silent wishes as they blow out candles. It is believed that blowing out all candles in one breath brings good luck.

    Birthdays in Present Times

    Over the years birthday celebrations became quite popular all over the world and today they are globally celebrated by people irrespective of their caste and social status. Though the method of birthday celebrations is similar in number of countries some countries follow unique way of celebrations based on their cultural milieu, religious tradition and spiritual beliefs. Everywhere birthdays are a special day of people and birthday parties are organized to enjoy the day by having fun with loved ones. Those who are unable to wish personally, send their good wishes by way of Birthday Cards following the tradition started in England about a hundred years ago."

  27. Suz November 27, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    sorry the above post is mine…I just forgot to enter my info!

  28. Amirah Aziz December 2, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    Dear Sisters and Brothers, We are Muslims. Why quarrel over such over a small thing? Remember that whatever we believe in, we should not quarrel or fight among ourselves.

    For this topic, what I dare say is each individual has their own thoughts and believes. So we should just respect it. What is Haram? Haram is something or an act that would harm or pose threats to ourselves and our religion. If celebrating a birthday in a way that would not pose any threat to us, would it be considered haram?

    If you'd like to 'celebrate' your birthday in a Sufi way, why not donate, hold a gathering with family and friends, bring them along with you in remembering Allah SWT.

    Regarding- The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”

    Just like the Al-Quran Karim, words of the Prophet may be a meaning. But it has to be deciphered. For example, in the Al-Quran, it is stated that taking Grape wine is haram. So, the fatwa concludes that taking intoxicants are haram. But does it mean taking alcohol when it is of medicinal value haram? Some people allow themselves to be blinded by their own fears which are not backed up with rationale. And thus, making Islam a difficult religion. This, unfortunately, leads to misconceptions towards Islam.

    Islam is a way of life, and Islam does not trouble its followers. The laws are perfectly laid so that the followers would lead a good and healthy lifestyle which would prepare them for the hereafter.

  29. Anonymous January 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    HI every one,

    so far what i have heard and seen about birthday in Islam you are not allowed to celebrate birthday. I read some comment here some ppl says that why? our prophet (HM SAW) celebrate birthday is not like that you can read in "Quran" When people from "Madeena" celebrate 2 days and and they been told that ALLAH has choose those 2 days as EID-UL_FITTER and Eid_UL_ADAH. Meaning of those 2 days in Islam bring poor people together and feed the hungry people and in other word is called to bring your relative closer.About celebrating birthday is not allowed because,

    How can it be permissible to waste time by celebrating birthdays and becoming happy that a big slice of one's life is put behind. This world is a prison for the believer and a Jannat for the disbeliever. Allah has bought the life and wealth of the believers for Jannat. This life is a trust of Allah by us. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu æ#129;layhi Wasallam) said, 'A person will not be able to move from his place, until he does not reply to five questions:

    How did you spend your life?

    How did you spend your youth?

    Where did you earn your wealth from?

    Where did you spend your wealth?

    How much did you act upon your knowledge?

    Just to make sure what you did and trying to do read Quran with its meaning. For those who really want to know why is not allowed in Islam to celebrating birthday just read this book will help you batter understand Islam. Because is related to Quran but in more detail.

    The Meaning and Explanation of the Glorious Quran.

    Thank you

  30. muslim-confuzed February 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    Why is this relegion so boring… why do people make it out to be such a tedious relegion.Everything is haraaam everything that brings people a little happyness. not because thay are immatating anyone ,because most people who celebrate there brithdays DONT intend to immatate non muslims, its Just a birthday!

    If this is Immatation, Why do we pick and choose immatation? U people are reading everything out of context.

    Yrl should READ and Understand things for yrself.

  31. mohd shahid February 24, 2010 at 8:49 am #


  32. hannah March 4, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    what about valentine's day? is it haram? is it haram that i celebrate my children's birthdays?

  33. abu March 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    you are off your nuts dude. birthday is haraam. you can say anything on this forum because you got too much arrogance in you at the moment. What argument will you have when you will meet your Rab? Wil you be able to talk rubbish as you are doing now?

    • Mariam Mababaya July 1, 2012 at 5:05 am #

      I agree with the above commenter on staying away from celebrating our birthdays, since neither the Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam nor his noble companions and their successors ever celebrated their birthdays or did something special specifically on their birth dates.

      Allah knows best, May Allah forgive my mistakes and sins done intentionally and unknowingly. Ameen.

  34. A GIRL March 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    Astaghfirullah, I cant believe this blogger. What next are you going to justify with your chosen scholars so called lenient views.

    You should remove this pothetic post before you're overloaded with sin for misguiding the UMMAH.

    Allah GUIDE YOU.

  35. Mr Khan April 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm #


    First of all, all you guys who are dissing my Sheikh Bin Bayyah and asking for *censorship*… I can't believe you guys. He is qualified. And unless you have some dirt on him, you need to give him the leeway of being innocent.

    Second of all, there are ppl fatwah shopping for everything being biddah kuffr shirk and haraam. And they can't handle flexibility that Islam gives the people who are in the weakest position (either in dunya like a muslim in a non-muslim land or in deen like a muslim who is struggling with his iman). Sheikh Bin Bayyah has been masterful (in my observation) in reaching these people.

    Third of all I want to ask an honest question… how about Aqiqah. It is done on the occasion of the birth of a child. Is that a birthday celebration? Of course it's not done on the day of birth. Any parent who knows the fatigue you go through can understand the mercy of spacing it out by a week (or more by some fatwahs).

    Fourth of all Dare we get into the fatwahs on celebration the birth of the Nabi (saw)? We can all google the different opinions.

  36. Chill y'all April 10, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    Gee Saad, I think you opened Pandora's box with this topic…oops I used a pagan metaphor…here come the haram police.

  37. jj May 3, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    wow this crazy- where is the peace here! everyday we get closer to death so stop using that excuse why we shouldnt celebrate special days in our lives lol- i mean seriously if you say you celebrate life everyday you wake up isnt that another day closer to death anyway lol!

  38. Anonymous May 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    Your americanized "yo"and "mo" and your disrespectful tones in discussing islam shows what you are. Do what you want but avoid giving fatwas of your own. Plus it seems you have already made up your mind and will pull out muftis of your choice on your own whims. So celebrate what you want with your girlfriends and do not directly or indirectly show disrespect for the sunnah of the prophet. He has clearly told us to avoid all ritualistic practices of the christians and the jews even small ones like whether we should or should not talk during meals. So my confident friend wait for Allah's decision now as you seem to know it all "Dude".

  39. Mr Khan May 10, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    Salaam Anonymous,

    What's with the 'girlfriends' jab? Is that not 'disrespect'? Really this discussion is about a specific topic and you have tried to hint at something which some might consider as slanderous.

    If you can't make your point with respect, then remain silent and let others do so. Don't let your emotion cloud your speech.

    Since you didn't put your name in and since you didn't start with Salaam, I will assume you are muslim but I cannot be sure.

    But of course those who are here must go by 'mo' and are 'american' and have 'girlfriends' are not worth your salaam apparently. Because we are disrespectful.

    Respectfully, Walaykum as salaam wa rahmatullah Anonymous.

    (And honestly if you don't want to "take a chance" on the gray areas of birthdays, then don't take a chance of the gray areas of slander and the internet. Apologize to those who might have been offended.)

  40. Sahba June 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm #


    Birthday's were neither celebrated by muslim's , nor christian's nor jew's. Birthday's were celebrated by pagan's. The giving of birthday gifts is a custom associated with the offering of sacrifices to pagan gods on their birthdays. Certainly the custom was linked with the same superstitions that formed the background for birthday greetings. “The exchange of presents… is associated with the importance of ingratiating good and evil fairies… on their or our birthdays” (ibid.).

    The traditional birthday cake and candles also have their origin in ancient pagan idol worship. The ancients believed that the fire of candles had magical properties. They offered prayers and made wishes to be carried to the gods on the flames of the candles. Thus we still have the widely practiced birthday custom of making a wish, then blowing out the candles. The Greeks celebrated the birthday of their moon goddess, Artemis, with cakes adorned with lighted candles…

    you can go through the link below..which explains in detail about the origin of birthdays with references…

    this clearly indicates that celebrating birthdays is absolutely haram!!!

    • Mr Khan June 14, 2010 at 7:32 am #

      As salaamu alaykum,

      Well I do agree that if you celebrate your birthday by setting up a cake with candles and made a wish to Artemis then that is absolutely haraam.

      So lets not do that 🙂

      (It's kind of like saying kids can never have a costume party because of the origins of halloween… but the point is not to philosophise… (sp?) … the point is to research the fatwas and solicit the opinions of our Ulema, my Allah swt be pleased with them)


      p.s. My major beef [hand slaughtered zabihah variety] is that we shouldn't backbite/slander any ulema if their opinion is different then our own which is what really irked me earlier.

      p.p.s. My rough quick research tells me the majority of opinions are against celebrating birthdays of any kind while the minority are okay if haraam elements are removed. My sampling method is in no way scientific and Islam is not a democracy… we go for the strongest opinion… not the loudest one…


  41. Francis June 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    I find nothing haram with celebrating one's birthday, except for blowing out candles. Only Allah SwT has control over our future.

  42. Rana August 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    Assalamou alaykum Saad,

    Seriously, don't even bother with idiotic posts such as Mona's and other ones. This is the reason why people whom want to convert to Islam, run away from it, is because the Muslim Ummah keeps debating about ridiculous topics such as birthdays! Honestly guys, you shouldn't be talking like this. If you disagree with the blogger, then don't bother to keep posting negative comments and getting yourself all worked up. You're just here to write negative things. If you want to show people your own beliefs and verses from the Qur'an that YOU think it means birthdays are haram, then ok, but do not start saying that Saad should not do blogs like these because you're in the wrong. MashaAllah, he is doing something that is great for the younger community (i.e. my brother) whom want to come back closer to Islam, and this helps, but by you coming in and writing these things, you're just ruining the name of Islam by showing non-muslims something to pick at and show the world that Islam is NOT about peace, it is truly about fighting about every little topic. Instead of wasting your time here commenting, try making a difference in the community, to strengthen our ONE Ummah and not divide it even more then it already is. Take Saad as a role model instead of putting him down!

    MashaAllah Saad, you're doing an AMAZING job with all of this. Please do not let these kind of people bring you down. May Allah swt reward you tremendously for the difference that you're making in contributing to our community. May Allah swt bless you forever. Please do keep up what you're doing because it does help, I see it with my teenager brother.

    Ramadan Mubarak to all of you! And yes, I celebrated it on Thursday the 12th, which caused a lot of commotion as well because Saudi Arabia did it on the 11th, are we going to start debating and fighting about this as well.

    PS My birthday is 11 days after u 🙂


  43. muslimandproud September 4, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    finally someone gives me a good explanation

  44. Murtaza Ali Jafri September 6, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    Does anyone realize how ridiculous this all has gotten. I'm all for debate, but arguing whether celebrating our Birthdays is haraam or not is moronic.

    Why do people talk about all the things Islam prevents us from doing, why wont' we instead exalt the things that Islam allows. Bring positives.

    As for the Birthday debate, God gave us life to celebrate and enjoy; if we didn't cherish every day, we wouldn't be doing our lives justice. Duh, keep away from haraam activities.

  45. Muallimah September 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Assalamualaikum bros and sis. Do you know that the Prophet (pbuh) also celebrated his birthday ? True ! He practiced fasting every Monday and Thursday. " I fast on every Monday because it was the day i was born" narrated by Abu Qatadah al ansari. Then in another hadith." All the deed of sons of Adam will be reviewed on Mondays and thursdays. Thus I prefer my book of amal to be reviewed while i am fasting" narrated by Abu Hurairah.

  46. AMB October 1, 2010 at 7:54 am #


    I was searching on google weather or not birthdays are harm or not, and this is where it brought me (to this site). And i think it gave me the answer!!! I think everyone on this blog said something that helped me. I was always throwing birthday parites for my kids, with cakes, candle and the whole 9 yards.and I know its obvisouly haram!!! From now on, birthdays in my family are gonna be different!!! I thank everyone for their comment because i think it helped me alot!!!

  47. Yahya October 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    Assalamu alaikum w r w b!

    Saad, your blogs are very informative and they are very enjoyable to read! Alhamdulilah, may Allah swt reward you for everything that you do ameen! I also wanted to tell you that my birthday is also in the same day with you.

    However, I would not go so far to say that birthday is completely permissible. Let me make a suggestion, feel free to refute it anyone, it will only help us :). Maybe one could change their niyat in their bday to something else. For example, "I am going to celebrate my birthday today!" might be haram so let's reword this shall we, "I am going to X and Y places with my buddies for the sake of Allah" and just throw away the birthday phrase, since it did originate in pagan traditions.

    P.S. I am a revert too, Islam is very beloved to me, I couldn't find anything to refute it Allahu akbar!

  48. sara February 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    guys!! whatever ur heart says

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  49. jacinda April 9, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    The Prophet didnt celebrate his birthday so neither should we. The Prophet is the best of all people and we should follow what he did. For his birthday all he did was fast. He did not celebrate it

  50. Muslimah October 26, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    The evidence in the Qur’aan and Sunnah indicates that celebrating birthdays is a kind of bid’ah or innovation in religion, which has no basis in the pure sharee’ah. It is not permitted to accept invitations to birthday celebrations, because this involves supporting and encouraging bid’ah. Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Or have they partners with Allaah (false gods) who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not allowed…?” [al-Shoora 42:21]

    “Then We have put you (O Muhammad) on a plain way of (Our) commandment. So follow that, and follow not the desires of those who know not. Verily, they can avail you nothing against Allaah (if He wants to puish you). Verily, the zaalimoon (wrongdoers) are awliyaa’ (protectors, helpers, etc.) to one another, but Allaah is the Wali (Protector, Helper) of the muttaqoon (pious).” [al-Jaathiyah 45:18-19]

    “Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord, and follow not any awliyaa’ (protectors, helpers, etc.) besides Him. Little do you remember!” [al-A’raaf 7:3]

    According to saheeh reports, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever does something that is a not part of this matter of ours (i.e., Islam) will have it rejected” (reported by Muslim in his Saheeh); and “The best of speech is the Book of Allaah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The most evil of things are those which have been newly invented (in religion), and every innovation is a going astray.” There are many other ahaadeeth that convey the same meaning.

    Besides being bid’ah and having no basis in sharee’ah, these birthday celebrations also involve imitation of the Jews and Christians in their birthday celebrations. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, warning us against following their ways and traditions: “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 Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians?” He said, “Who else?” (Reported by al-Bukhaari and Muslim). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”(/font>

    Fataawa Islamiyyah, 1/115

  51. Suleyman November 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Assalam aleykum

    GUYS my day of birth will be 6/11/2011 Day of Eid insha allah. Wallah i will use this day to pray and thank Allah for this actually, i wont get off from masjid after saying hi to familly nd jama'a, wallah it will never ever happen aggain. Soo what i wanted to say is that brth day is just a day people can wish each othr 4 happy brthday happy brth day are just words guys just like sayying assalam aleykum words of wishing some one peace and happy hw can Islam make it Illigal. Then why did Prophet Issa said

    "And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!"

    Suratul maryam aya19:33.

    So and i am telling u guys this eid el haaj of 2011 is my birth day.

    If am wrong correct me guys.

    Allahu aalam.

    Assalam aleykum.

    • krasal November 12, 2012 at 3:49 am #

      Bro Suleyman,

      Who do you follow, prophet Isa (PBUH) or beloved prophet Mohamed (PBUH). And the answer to that question will inshallah give you more clarity on the above matter.


  52. fanny December 19, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    Brother saad,

    As salaam alekum

    Thank you very much for such an informative post.

    Hoping to read many more such stuff from you.

    • Magda February 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

      To answer your quoeitsns:1) Yes if it lights up, it’s good.2) Yes if it’s a mask, it’s good.3) No, you shouldn’t bring fire. Biggest advice I can give, separate from your friends! You’ll see them before and after the event. If you stick with them you won’t end up interacting with others. Spread out and have fun! See everyone tomorrow!

  53. Allahbaksh April 8, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Even if you like to celebrate birthday which calendar do you follow lunar or solar or do you celebrate both, becoz you got the reason to celebrate twice??

    • Jawara February 14, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

      Michelle Teves Hi Chris. I’m sorry but the couriers don’t allow shppiing of cakes and cupcakes. I really wish there was a way! I’ve been getting orders from all over.

    • February 19, 2014 at 5:46 am #

      This is way more helpful than anything else I’ve looked at.

  54. Majida June 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    @Suleyman. Perfectly written! Thank you for clarifying that with the use of just one Ayat (sign, guidance) from the Quran instead of paragraphs of what humans have decided on the matter…. Allah Yahdeek Kuli Insaan

    • krasal November 12, 2012 at 3:54 am #


      Who do you follow, prophet Isa (PBUH) or beloved prophet Mohamed (PBUH). And the answer to that question will inshallah give you more clarity on the above matter.

      Its really simple, if the last messenger (PBUH) didnt do it, then we would’t do it either. And if he (PBUH) did something, we will do it as well.

      Lets not follow our desires. There are scholars who approve b’day celebrations. Please check their methodology and aqeedah they follow.

      Imaam Muhammad Ibn Seereen advised: “This knowledge is a matter of deen, so be careful who you take your deen from.”


  55. zak October 13, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Mr.Saad.. dont answer any of the people who are responding here.. Just prepare yourself to answer The Almighty ALLAH (SWT) when he’ll question u as , Who had asked you to celebrate it , did any of my messengers asked you to do it? .. and i hope you have your answer by then ! if u think you dont have it .. then start Astaghfar.. Allah is most merciful most gracious .. he loves who ask for forgiveness….

  56. Sister Aisha October 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    In my opinion.. I don’t see birthdays as something we should be celebrating. I think we all agree on the fact that getting cakes and candles and all that isn’t allowed obviously. But Being happy on your birthday and thanking Allah for allowing you to live for another year.. hmm there’s nothing wrong with that!! 🙂 Maybe instead of eating a burger, you could fast on your birthday.. to please Allah and as a “thankyou wa al shokr lilah!” That really makes more sense to me.

    • Naim November 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

      Will someone telling you happy birthday sooth your heart? Will it really bring you closer to Allah? To me, it is more of a self glorification. Why do we care to celebrate a day that we ourselves have no control over. Instead we should celebrate all the bounties in which Allah (SWT) is constantly giving us.

  57. Ken October 28, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    You’re either Muslim or you’re not. You can’t pick and choose, and only obey the things that you find easy and ignore the things that are difficult. And you can’t look for special interpretations that suit your lifestyle.

    The best analogy I heard is that you can’t claim to be a vegetarian and then go into a McDonald’s and have burger.

    Disclaimer: I am not a Muslim, but I work in a Muslim country, and I am so disappointed when I see people who claim to be Muslims behaving in ways that they know are shameful. And when they shame themselves in front of someone like me, then it’s hard to keep respect. They are my colleagues and my superiors, so I have to keep my mouth shut, but that doesn’t make it right.

  58. MisterZ December 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    dude, celebrate your birthday. these people are idiots. their “holier than thou” approach is nothing but a joke. even the prophet peace be upon him used to celebrate his birthday. in fact he asted every Monday because that was the day he was born.

    he celebrated his birthday by fasting. you people have no idea what he ate that evening. obviously they didn’t have dairy quuen back in those days so he had no idea what an ice cream cake was.

    so buddy, put some candles on your ice cream cake and make a wish that these idiots get a life and stop living in black and white.

    have fun on your birthday…halal fun.

    oh yeah, happy belated…3 years and counting…

    • Judy February 15, 2014 at 12:21 am #

      In the coielmcatpd world we live in, it’s good to find simple solutions.

  59. oum ayoub November 16, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Assalamou Alaikoum
    There is a fatwa shopping for everything . It is up to you , choose what suits you , but keep in mind that you will be answering Allah , the day when there is no more Fatwa shopping. It is very clear that celebrating Birthdays is HARAM , not question asked and again if you want to close your eyes on The HAQ ( truth) , please go ahead, but one thing don’t go around and post your pleasing fatwas that says celebrating Birthdays is Halal. It is only one way in Islam and it is the way of Allah and His Prophet Mohammad ( peace and blessing be up on him).
    Look at the best people who are the Sahaba and ask yourself ” Did the Sahaba celebrate their birthdays ” and a person with a common sense will get the answer clearly and quickly. Please for the sake of Allah don’t be posting those fatwas in there about making Haram hallal, because guess what you will take a portion of the sin of every one who reads those Fatwas and do by them . They are so many knowledgeable scholars to get your fatwas from, and may be you don’t even need to get a fatwa about a birthday , if you claim that you love Prophet Mohammd , then do what he did and refrain from what he did not do.
    May Allah guide all of us to be on the right path , the path of Allah and His beloved prophet Mohammad.( Peace and Blessing be up on him)

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