Is it permitted for a muslim to celebrate birthday, wedding anniversay within their own family,
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is it permitted for a muslim to celebrate birthday, wedding anniversay within their own family, to remember the occasion by going out to have dinner, by giving present etc on this occasion. my parents will have their 50th year of their wedding, can we celebrate?
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Your Question: is it permitted for a muslim to celebrate birthday, wedding anniversay within their own family, to remember the occasion by going out to have dinner, by giving present etc on this occasion.
Every people have a culture and Islam too has its own culture; and celebrating or commemorating ones birthday or anniversary with a feast or a party cannot be considered a part of Islamic culture. Islam guides towards the notion that every single day one is blessed to be alive is a day of celebration and a cause to be grateful and thankful to the Lord Creator for his innumerable blessings and favors. Besides, Islam has nominated its own special days of joyous commemoration and celebration, namely the two blessed days of Eid (Fitr and Adha) and every Friday of the week.
If one celebrates ones birthday or anniversary with a feast or a party amongst loved ones, cuts a cake, lights candles, sings the nominated song Happy Birthday to you.., gives presents, etc.; one cannot say with conviction that this rite or ritual has a religious connotation..but without an iota of a doubt, this rite and ritual of celebrating birthdays and/or anniversaries is an imitation of the unbelievers; and it definitely does not behove and befit a believer who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day to imitate the pagans or their rituals in any matter whatsoever!
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.780 Narrated by Nafi
Ibn Umar reported that the Prophet (saws) said, "Do the opposite of what the pagans do!
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4020 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar
The Prophet (saws) said: He who copies any people is one of them.
Your Question: my parents will have their 50th year of heir wedding, can we celebrate?
Beloved Sister, every single day that your Lord Most Gracious has Willed for ones parents to be alive should be a day of celebration for their righteous children. Meet and greet them everyday, be kind and tender to them every day, be generous to them everyday, buy them presents and gifts every day if you wish, and constantly show and manifest your gratitude to them and to your Lord for all the favors they have bestowed upon you..such actions and deeds would indeed be piety and righteousness in the Sight of the Lord and will bring satisfaction, joy and constantly cool the eyes of your parents. Every day!
To nominate only one day of the year as fathers day or mothers day, or only one day in the year as birthday or anniversary, or only one day in 25 years as silver jubilee, or only one day in 50 years as golden jubilee .. actually belittles and demeans the rank of our respected parents!
Islam declares that every single day is a fathers day and a mothers dayand every single day that the Lord Wills to give life to both of them together is their wedding-anniversary day..and as long as they are alive, their children should completely humble themselves in their service.and when they are no more, their children should constantly supplicate their Lord Most Merciful to have mercy upon them, forgiven them their shortcomings, and raise their ranks and rewards in the Hereafter.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verses 23-24:
Your Lord has enjoined the following: You should not worship anyone but Him Alone! Treat your parents with great kindness; if either or both of them attain old age, do not even say uff to them; nor rebuke them; but speak to them kind words. Treat them with humility and tenderness and pray, O our Lord, be merciful to them, just as they brought me up with kindness and affection in my childhood.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqmaan verse 14:
14 And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command) "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4941 Narrated byAbu Umamah
A man said, "O Messenger of Allah (saws)
what rights can parents demand from their children?" He (saws) replied, "They are (or
your relation with them will determine) your
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