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« on: January 01, 2014, 04:35:40 am »



In Facebook there was a big fight today, 31 December 2013 afternoon, in one of the Islamic pages where the admin reminded everyone advising not to participate in New Year eve celebration keeping in mind its very pagan roots.  A lot of Muslims accepted it.  But unfortunately just as many did not, asking and arguing why not?  Some were also quite rude.  It reminded me of the Quranic Verse 5:70 of Surah Al-Maidah where Allah defines a very common and persistent truth about the human nature that whenever they are told to avoid something which they have been happily practicing themselves, they waste no time throwing into fit of anger.  "As often as a messenger came unto them with that which their souls desired not (they became rebellious). Some (of them) they denied and some they slew."  These were the ones who have habitually been observing New Year's eve every year with fun and frolic in the company of friends and relatives.  Maybe all of them don't drink nor eat nor indulge in anything Haram.  Yet, enthusiastic participation in celebration of an event which has no moral boundaries keeps the doors open for deviation at any time in future.  Therefor, if you ask whether participation in New Year celebrations is Halal or Haram, the answer is, it's certainly Haram lest a foot slip after being firmly planted.  Human nature is generally inherently lenient toward temptations of various kinds.  Never forget that.

Some folks brought up a comparison of Muslims following the Gregorian (or Western) calendar.  According to them if they can adhere to the Gregorian calendar, then why not observe New Year as well?  This is a senseless comparison.   Just because many Muslims are following the Gregorian calendar is no justification for participating in New Year festivities.  Of course the Gregorian calender also has pagan roots, but practical participating in a festival with glaring pagan origin is a far bigger violation. That's undeniable.

Use of the Gregorian calendar in the Muslim community came about through imperialist regimes who had occupied & colonized many Muslim countries across the globe from the mid 2nd millennium until the end of 1990s. One of their purposes was to wipe out everything Islamic.  It's the after-affect of colonization plus synchronizing global trade & business communication that resulted in various Muslim countries using the Gregorian calendar.  And .. concerning those Muslims living as immigrants in the West, they have no other choice but to use the Gregorian calendar.  Using a certain calendar doesn't influence the modest Islamic culture as much as participation in un-Islamic festivals emerging from the days of ignorance.

Therefore, there's no excuse not to refrain from useless and meaningless celebrations like New Year, Christmas, Halloween, Easter etc. other than low self-esteem or lack of awareness about the pagan origins of these fetes.  No matter how straight one's intentions might be, why indulge in festivals which are known to have direct links with heathen culture?   One never knows who might get carried away and trapped in misguidance, and surely nothing is worth that risk.

Furthermore, new year celebration is primarily linked with the Julian calendar when the Romans celebrated the pagan festival of Saturnalia after one of their pagan gods named Saturn.  The festival began from mid December and stretched through the end of December. Then the celebration continued on the first month of the year (January) dedicated to another pagan god of the Romans called Janus from which apparently the name of the month January is derived.  These celebrations were later renamed to 'Christmas' and 'New Year' when the Romans converted to Christianity en masse but the practices remained the same.  During this period Rome had the Julian calendar introduced by Caesar in 45 B.C. After the murder of Julius Caesar, Rome also began celebrating January 1st in Caesar's memory to deify him. 

Gregorian calendar began much later in the 16th century introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582.  To start the year on January 1st was the idea of Julius Caesar. It's interesting to note that the church did not like the wild parties that took place at the start of the new year which stemmed from pagan beliefs.  In 567 C.E. the church declared that having the year start on 1 January was an ancient mistake and it must be abolished.  Subsequently more than half a dozen different dates were introduced for starting the new year that were adhered to at different times of the the middle ages.  But by the 1600s (or early 1700s) most European countries drifted back to January 1st celebrations.

In Christendom, under which the Gregorian Calendar developed, New Year's Day traditionally marks the feast which Christians call "Circumcision of Jesus" which is still observed by some orthodox Christian sects. However, that is another concocted story like Christmas.  All authentic dates of Biblical history have been totally lost.  Secondly, with the altered Bibles abounding with false stories, there is no guarantee nor confirmation if such an event took place at all.   Everything has been rewritten according to the decisions of papal authorities.

In modern days, drunkenness and rowdyism exist to the fullest during New Year's eve. Actually New Year's eve is still more outrageous.  Shameful scenes of booze and chaos are seen just about everywhere in American, British, European, Indian and other non-Muslim cities on the night of Dec.31 which is declared as the MOST DANGEROUS NIGHT OF THE YEAR.  Since Christmas is largely taken as a family event, people usually stay home.  But 31 December is seen as an outdoor event and people get drunk and loud on the streets.  Police are widely seen patrolling on this evening.  Law enforcers advise people to use public transport not just to avoid traffic jams but mainly for the safety of their lives to avoid driving.  By the time they decide to return home it's around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. in the morning and they are so intoxicated that they don't know where there heads are.  Fatal accidents on the night of Dec.31 and January 1st are no rarities.   

http://muslimvilla.smfforfree.com/index.php?topic=2325.0
Dr. Abdul Hakeem Quick's very useful lecture for a clearer understanding of the truth.

 Also please read this article "Four reasons why Muslims should not celebrate New Year's Eve."
(1) It's technically inaccurate and pagan.
(2) What exactly is there to celebrate?  Any celebration by Muslims needs to be put into context of the local and global situation of the Ummah.
(3) It usually involves un-Islamic practices.
(4) It is against the spirit of Islam

http://muslimmatters.org/2012/12/28/4-reasons-why-muslims-should-not-celebrate-new-years/


Compare the images below, ancient Roman celebration of new year and modern-day celebration of the same.  Both just as horrible and disgraceful !!

 

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 05:42:18 am »

Thank you sister.  Very clearly explained and exposed with facts, logic, factual images and some useful references.  This new year's eve is a big nuisance, to be honest.  Especially if one is living in a non-Muslim country or in a so-called secular Muslim country.  It's definitely not safe to go out at night.  Not just that, but one is also apprehensive about some drunk knocking at your door after midnight either coming into the wrong house or just wanting to make trouble. 

The second problem is that Muslim kids hear so much at their school on plans for new year's eve that Muslim parents need to work hard to prevent their young impressionable minds from getting trapped into this curse.  Well, what to talk about kids, even many Muslim adults cannot see the reason why indulging in it is a bad idea.

Furthermore, it's awfully pathetic to read how lightly the media takes this foul behavior of drunken revelry, as if it's a joke. 

This is the article heading that appeared in Yahoo News on January 1st, today.




There was just one comment to this article that expressed dislike and repugnance for this lowly tradition.  It shows that even among Westerners there are some who realize and detest this tradition.


The article got one thumbs-up which was from me.
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 06:10:27 am »

I hope our readers send this truly informative piece around.  Verse 5:70 is the answer for those who resent being told that it's wrong.  The fact that this festival has such a direct pagan link, that observing it even without drinking or dancing cannot be called Halal because the theme of this party springs directly from two Haram polytheistic stories of Saturnalia and Janus.  It's much the same reason why celebrating Nauroz would be Haram which too props up from pagan ideas. I've known many Sunni Muslims avoiding Nauroz celebrations, which is right, but the same ones find nothing wrong with joining New Year celebrations. The biggest problem is ignorance. The West has blacked out many parts of history which it knows will tarnish its image. I think it's time for educationalists around the world to include the history of Christmas and New Year in the syllabus of secondary schools and colleges so that people can read and know the truth.  It's very likely that after that a lot of Muslims and even many Christians will quit celebrating this bullshit.

For my family, yesterday evening was like any other.  Evening shower, some bit of TV and computer, family chat, dinner, doing the dishes, Isha prayers and then off to bed everyone  Smiley   Alhumdulilah.  Every morning you wake up for Fajr, alive and healthy, thinking of a Halal, clean and productive yesterday, is a blessing.   

Thank you for this very straightforward information.  I repeat, hope our readers take the trouble to send this thread around.  It might help some people who are truly interested to find guidance, InshAllah.
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 06:28:01 am »

I hope our readers send this truly informative piece around.  Verse 5:70 is the answer for those who resent being told that it's wrong.  The fact that this festival has such a direct pagan link, that observing it even without drinking or dancing cannot be called Halal because the theme of this party springs directly from two Haram polytheistic stories of Saturnalia and Janus.  It's much the same reason why celebrating Nauroz would be Haram which too props up from pagan ideas. I've known many Sunni Muslims avoiding Nauroz celebrations, which is right, but the same ones find nothing wrong with joining New Year celebrations. The biggest problem is ignorance. The West has blacked out many parts of history which it knows will tarnish its image. I think it's time for educationalists around the world to include the history of Christmas and New Year in the syllabus of secondary schools and colleges so that people can read and know the truth.  It's very likely that after that a lot of Muslims and even many Christians will quit celebrating this bullshit.

Very correct Sister Ruhi.  Ignorance is the main problem.  Many Muslims (especially non-Iranian Muslims) have heard enough about nauroz being linked with kuffari so they avoid it.  But the reason those same Muslims are comfortable with new year is because they have been kept in the dark about its history so they think it's just a social western festival.  It also saddens me to say that a lot of Iranian Muslims do know about the Haram origin of nauroz, yet they think it's fine.  To justify it, they put a copy of the Quran on the table with the food, and have also concocted false stories about the imams connecting them with nauroz.  But if you ask them where in the Quran does it say to follow nauroz or any similar false practices from pagan eras, they will have no answers and will start getting angry.


For my family, yesterday evening was like any other.  Evening shower, some bit of TV and computer, family chat, dinner, doing the dishes, Isha prayers and then off to bed everyone  Smiley   Alhumdulilah.  Every morning you wake up for Fajr, alive and healthy, thinking of a Halal, clean and productive yesterday, is a blessing.   

Subhan'Allah.  Couldn't agree more.   May Allah Almighty shower His blessings on your family and all who follow His guidance without deviating one way or another for selfish purposes. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014, 07:27:04 pm »

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very comprehensive and educative one 10/10  well explained,  So what if we are using Gregorian calendar due to circumstances beyond our control ? Or is there any law that we must celebrate pagan root festivals ? non muslins events including new year eve ,?In fact  caliph Umar 's made islamic calendar is clear rejection of copying non-Muslim celebrations, how sad Millions muslims too keep New Year's without knowing why or where it originated jazak Allah Thank U so much  sis zeynab &  MV for being so helpful at every discussion ,ohh it was much need at that time @ but due to error on server or what i don't know i couldn't sign up ? we were trying to convince many teenagers to not to participate in this ridiculous event ! what a brain choking discussion we had with youngsters, teenagers , including stupid ,fool girls,freedom lover's those who are crushing islamic values in the battle of equality for nothing and thinks !  so what if we do the same,just going out with group of friends ,not doing any harm, so it shouldn't be forbidden  Shocked what's wrong with todays youngsters both boys and girls , they don't wanna compromise on their wandering /آوارہ گردی /Awara Gardi, Ya Allah how to dicrese such misguidance  Sad from them  further given example was a torture!!  Why u guys spoiling our eve plans ,few of them said , see how unlucky we are i wish we could go to Dubai ,very nice , full of fun , multicultural ,muslim country , and if its haram then why they celebrate new year eve ? Ahh  Ummah have deep influence of kuffar and muslim kuffar of Dubai /UAE are huge unfortunate of islam and great misguidance for ummah i have seen how they glitter such kuffar Celebrations ,non muslim. holidays and the occasions to encourages all haram acts but believer should not fall for this because it is the festivals of others,believers must not join such celebrations they leads us to evil path,even just for enjoyment alone ur  presence in any non muslim party itself a wrong decision ,it's like u going on a slippery slope, u can slip any time , Q: What is the charm in these senseless new year celebrations ? Counting ,firework , shouting , hugging ,kissing , drinking , loud music ,dancing ,Taking alcohol and mixing with Girls /women in order to commit zina ? Which is never be halal ,and then what ? Above images are proof of haram tradition, getting drunk and being naked ,then obviously zina ' is a tradition and perpose of this haram roman celebration ,New Year's Eve Celebration are Full fahashi , behayahi , even wors its hard to accept if some of so called muslims youngsters justify their funfilled nights went through without consuming any haram Q:, my question is so if you are not intent to do any haram isn't better to stay at home ?why take a risk just for free drinks ?or free chocolates? Free fries cooked in haram pig fat oil? @ dear new year nights free soft drinks ,even free chocolates are filled with wine syrup ,what about that ? Is this a descent islamic way of any celebrations ? Not at all ,it is Not permissible for muslims  to do exhibitionism, act shameless, even behave wild , staying up all night to spend time in vain or for nothing in the name of celebrating at 31st ,it  is waste of time ."And Allah has made the night for rest ,not to awake all night, except when there are suggestions for night prayers.Then forbids the celebration of New Year's Eve for Muslims is an effort to prevent and protect the Believers from the bad influence that experts commonly done immoral.Allah says in Quran cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression.

but help ye one another unto righteousness and pious duty. Help not one another unto sin and transgression 5:2

Also how could any muslim do this ? is there any reason for such celebrations ?  When the many muslims brothers ,sisters, and children's are suffering  With great sorrow and broken hearts? we witness the killing, rape and the expulsion of Muslims throughout the world, at the hands of the Western enemies of Islam.How terrible At the same time muslims expressing their loyalty to the West and being fascinated with its culture, cerebrating their occasions for false happiness  Cry
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For my family, yesterday evening was like any other.  Evening shower, some bit of TV and computer, family chat, dinner, doing the dishes, Isha prayers and then off to bed everyone  Smiley   Alhumdulilah.  Every morning you wake up for Fajr, alive and healthy, thinking of a Halal, clean and productive yesterday, is a blessing.   
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2014, 06:26:39 am »

Many thanks sister Muslima for your views and additional facts that Muslims need to remember.   Btw, you're absolutely right. Christmas and New Year desserts are often, almost always, laced with rum and wine.  Therefore Muslims going on joy rides with cousins and friends and eager to follow the crowd need to seriously think where they're heading. 

As a Muslim brother correctly said, can someone  ask the, what precisely is there to celebrate from a logical perspective?  They claim December 31 is the last day of the current year, and the calendar setting of that date is one of its kind which will never repeat itself.  From that perspective, doesn't every single day of every current year have its own unique calendar setting which will never repeat itself?   For example, today is January 4th 2014.   Will this specific day of this specific year every repeat itself?   No it won't.   December 31 is logically no different. The Roman pagans observed it in remembrance of their idols.  The Roman rulers, after the conversion of Romans into so-called Christians, couldn't abolish pagan feasts of Saturnalia and Janus because these festivals were very popular among the newly converted Christians and eradicating these two ceremonies would annoy them who would most likely slip back to paganism.  That's why these kuffar traditions had to be retained in different names.  Since the Christians today feel embarrassed to say they follow pagan gods, so they replace that with birthday of Jesus, son of Virgin Maryam and New Year.   And many naive Muslims blindly follow such merry-making. 
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2016, 05:10:44 pm »

Many so-called Muslim teenage critters whose parents haven't taught them the code of life asserted by the Noble Quran think blind assimilation outside of Quranic values to be a sign of modernity and intellectual development.  Some such chits and guttersnipes created quite a ruckus at our Muslim community center last week, scrambling to get an "okay" for joining the bang-bangs in this monstrous celebration.  Several of us told them it's definitely Haram.  If they wanted to be a part of the orgy, it's their responsibility for which they'll have to answer to Allah.  But they cannot spin around the facts and try to make it Halal.  Then they wanted some reading material.  So today, Dec.31 afternoon of 2016 ... I just finished sending this piece to at least 8 families.  Three responded they agreed, that the matter was clear to them.  The rest were silent.  The job of a true Muslim is only to inform.  Those who grasp the truth help their own souls, otherwise they hurt their own souls in the Hereafter.  We, who follow the Truth, lose nothing from their blurry vision.

Many thanks Sister Zeynab.  Super piece and great feedback by brother TS, Sis Ruhi, Sis Muslima.
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2016, 05:23:13 pm »

 Cheesy yeah sis Heba, those cheeky little "guttersnipes" ...... some of those brats are such goners that it's pointless talking to them. Their parents feel they can do nothing.  Of course at this stage they can do nothing, but initially those parents never worked to build a healthy foundation for their kids and so now have to bear with the heartache of watching them turn into guttersnipes.   Grin spot on description ......

We must offer tons of thanks Allah Almighty that our kids are the exact opposite.
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2016, 05:36:19 pm »

True Sis.  And Allah always bestows on every person the fruits of their toil.  We worked hard and sacrificed much to impart proper orientation to our kids with the Quran-alone as the Benchmark.  Allah, The Greatest, takes everything into account.  If one wants a healthy family atmosphere, they have to work to establish it.  Only then will Allah help them ... and it's such a pleasure to thank Him for His guidance which He has bestowed on us and our family.  Ameen ya Rab-al-Alameen. 
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2016, 05:38:29 pm »

Agree 101% dear Sis.
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