Every year, a large number of Muslims get into the festive spirit and celebrate New Year’s day.
Whether it’s Facebook status updates, Twitter messages or even holding New Year’s Eve parties – many Muslims (especially, but not exclusively in the West) go the whole 9 yards when it comes to ringing in the New Year.
The starvation in Somalia, the murder in Syria, the imprisonment of Gaza, the ethnic cleansing of Burma – celebrating the New Year is pretty much exactly the opposite of the “fever and wakefulness” that the Prophet spoke about when he said we were like one body.
According to our Hijri calendar (initiated by the great Sahaaba Umar , the new year actually begins on the first of Muharram. The Gregorian calendar (so called because it was developed by Pope Gregory) decided on the 1st of January as the New Year to celebrate the circumcision of Jesus.
Its origin – like so many modern-day holidays – lies in the pagan Roman festivals associated with Janus – the two headed deity who symbolised change.
Instead, they are (and I know this is a generalization) usually events that mirror the celebrations of where this holiday originated from.
It is usually an Islam free zone, which is not entirely surprising given that it has no basis or relationship to Islam.
May Allah give us all many, many more in happiness, health and unity for the whole of the Ummah. Authors note: I would like to state here that many have made good counter-points to the article in the comments sections below.
Regardless of which side of the fence you fall on, we can all agree that it should not divide us from each other…or from our fellow citizens.We have overseas clients in several European countries as well as the USA.So no matter how much you know or you don’t know about chemistry and materials, if you need some help, please call us.However, celebrating the New Year does no such thing.It is a celebration that is cut off from the reality of the rest of the Ummah.I am well aware that there is a difference of opinion on this matter between scholars, and I respect that. Firstly, the number of scholars who condone the celebration of the New Year are in the minority.