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As regard Congratulating and Celebrating Islamic New Year, there are many statements of the Salaf recorded. We will quote few of them.

1- It is recorded from Imam Ahmad,(may Allah have mercy on him) that : I do not initiate greeting but if someone greets me I return the greeting because responding to the greeting is obligatory. But being the first to offer congratulation is neither Sunnah nor forbidden.

 

2- Ibn Taymiyyah says, “…because the Eids are amongst the legislated laws, it is necessary to follow them, and not to innovate them, and the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) had many lectures, treaties, and great events that happened on a number of (documented) days such as the Day of Badr, Hunain, al-Khandaq, the Conquest of Makkah, the occurrence of his migration, his entry to Madinah…and none of these necessitated that these days be taken as days of Eid. Rather was this sort of thing done by the Christians who took the days in which great events happened to Jesus as eids, or by the Jews. Indeed the Eid is a legislated law, so what Allaah legislates is followed, otherwise do not innovate in this religion that which is not part of it.

 

And like this is what some of the people have innovated, either in opposition to the Christian celebration of the birthday of Jesus, or out of love for the Prophet (peace be upon him) and in honour of him. And Allaah will reward them for this love and ijtihaad, but NOT FOR THE BID’AH of taking the day of the birth of the Prophet (peace be upon him) as an eid – this along with the difference of the people as to when he was born. For indeed this (celebration) was not done by the salaf, despite the existence of factors that would necessitate it and the lack of any factors that would prevent them from doing so if it were indeed good. And if this was genuinely good or preferable then the salaf, May Allaah be pleased with them, would have more right to doing so.

 

3- Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) says: If someone offers you congratulations, then respond to him, but do not initiate such greetings. This is the correct view concerning this matter. So if a person says to you, for example, “Happy New Year”, then you can say, “May Allaah make it a good and blessed year for you.” But you should not initiate such a greeting, because I do not know of any report that the salaf [early generations of Islam] congratulated one another on the occasion of the new year, rather the salaf did not regard the first of Muharram as the first day of the new year until the caliphate of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him.

 

It is assumed that Congratulating and Celebrating Islamic New Year has no evidence in our Din and such practices happen due to weakness of Islamic understanding and habit of emulating non-Muslims. But if someone offers you congratulation, it is allow for you to respond to such greetings especially, if what is meant by this is friendship and to show a friendly face to one's fellow Muslim as stated by some scholars

Allah knows best.

 

 

 

 

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