Baby shower ritual: ..
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One of my muslim friends have invited me to a get together for the ladies, she is having a baby shower for her sister. It is a trend in Canada. Is it permissible in Islam to attend such parties?
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Baby shower ritual
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In some countries and cultures, a baby shower is a way to celebrate the pending or recent birth of a child by presenting gifts to the parents at a party. The term "shower" is often assumed to mean that the expectant mother is "showered" with gifts.
Although one cannot say with certainty when, how, or where this ritual of 'baby shower' originated, it would be safe to assume that it is a ritual based on culture rather than religion. And because this particular ritual is not based on any false faith or religion and there is no display of indecency (fahisha), one cannot say it is impermissible or unalwful for the believers to participate or attend it.
At best, one can argue that such rituals are an utter waste of time and resources, and it would only be piety and righteousness if the believers strove to abstain from such useless celebrations and commemorations.
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