السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Saturday 26th June 2021.

Let’s talk about ‘Birthdays’ today.

When my last message went out on Wednesday, one of the contacts on my broadcast list asked me about birthdays. Our beautiful religion has taught us each and every thing we need to know from the cradle to the grave. Nowhere do we find any evidence at all about the celebration of birthdays.

Of course it’s a happy day when a baby is born. Give the child a beautiful Islamic name, perform the ‘Aqīqah, and give some Sadaqah. Bring the child up to the best of your ability. It is the most important asset after Īmān.

If the child has come into the world with a lifespan of say 65 years, then the annual birthday is a reminder that one year has decreased from this 65. In layman’s terms, if you have only £65, are you going to celebrate every time you spend £1? Not at all. You will actually be very aware of each decrease.

We are all getting older by the second. Every year, when our birthday comes along, we should contemplate that another year has decreased from our life. It really is a shame today that Muslims around the world have adopted this custom and fashion of celebrating birthdays. The biggest irony is, the older the person gets, the bigger the celebration. Hit a 100 and you may hit media headlines.

Little do we know that we are now even closer to our departure from this temporary world. So come on brothers and sisters, no more birthday celebrations and parties from today. Be thankful to The Almighty for your life, for your Īmān and for your health. Do not disobey His Commands.

Almighty Allāh guide us all to the correct teachings of His religion, Āmeen.
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جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala


Supplementary Resources

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