New Year Celebrations: Halal or Haram? A Comprehensive Guide

Syed Bukhari

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Is It Haram To Celebrate New Year’s Eve Or Day?

New Year Celebrations -The Religious Take Muslims should not celebrate or exchange New Year’s greetings on January 1st according to the Gregorian calendar.

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

 “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” 

(Narrated by Abu Dawud, 4031; classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih Sunan Abi Dawud)

Moreover, offering greetings on this day that comes back each year comes under the heading of celebrating it and taking it as a festival, which is also forbidden.

Muslims follow the Islamic calendar which has different cultural holidays and celebrations than the Gregorian calendar.

is it haram to celebrate new years eve or day?

Yes, celebrating New Year’s is haram (forbidden) for Muslims. The Islamic calendar has its own holidays, so Muslims should avoid participating in celebrations based on other calendars that have pagan origins. Though some argue it’s permissible if done modestly, it’s safer to avoid entirely.

New Year Celebrations: Halal or Haram? A Comprehensive Guide

Why It Is Haram To Celebrate New Year?

There are many reasons why it is haram to celebrate New Year. Some of the reasons are as follows:

1) Not Mentioned in Quran or Hadith

The main reason why we don’t celebrate New Year’s is that it has nothing to do with Islam. Neither the Quran nor the Hadith mention anything about it. So, it is not part of our faith or practice.

2) Is a Pagan Holiday –Non-Islamic Traditions

A second reason why we don’t celebrate New Year’s is that it is a non-Islamic tradition. It started as a Roman festival for their god Saturn, and then the Christians took it over and called it New Year’s. It has nothing to do with our history or culture.

3) In Islam We Already Have Hijri New Year

We already follow a different calendar in Islam, which is called the Hijri calendar. The first month of this calendar is Muharram, and that is when our New Year begins. So, we don’t need to join in another New Year celebration.

4) Is a Time of Wastefulness and Debauchery

People Do Bad Things on New Year’s One more reason why we should avoid New Year’s is that it is a bad influence on us. Many people use this time to do things that are forbidden in Islam, like drinking alcohol and doing wrong things.

5) Is a Time of Superstition

People Believe in False Things on New Year’s is the  reason why we don’t celebrate New Year’s is that it is a time of false beliefs. Many people think that they can make their own luck by doing some things on New Year’s Eve or Day. This goes against what Islam teaches us.

6) Is a Time of Worshiping False Gods / New Year Resolution

It Goes Against Our Faith New Year’s is not just a date on the calendar. It is also a time when many people forget about Allah and follow their own desires. They make plans and promises for the future without relying on Allah’s guidance. They worship things other than Allah, such as money, fame, or power. This is not what Islam teaches us. Islam teaches us to worship Allah alone and to trust Him in everything we do.

7) Is a Fitna (Trial) –Leads People Astray

It Tempts Us to Sin New Year’s is not a harmless celebration. It is a dangerous temptation that can make us lose our faith. It can make us forget about Allah and His commands. It can make us follow the ways of the disbelievers and the hypocrites. It can make us do things that are haram (forbidden) and displeasing to Allah. This is not what Islam wants from us. Islam wants us to stay on the right path and to avoid anything that can harm our souls.

8) Is a Time of Making Music and Singing

It Disobeys Allah’s Rules New Year’s is not a time to praise Allah. It is a time when many people disobey Him. They make music and sing songs that are not pleasing to Him. They distract themselves from His remembrance and His worship. They break His rules and His limits. This is not what Islam allows us to do. Islam tells us to obey Allah and to avoid anything that can anger Him.

9) Is a Time of Disobeying Allah and His Messenger

It Goes Against Our Religion New Year’s is not a time to follow Allah and His Messenger. It is a time when many people ignore them. They do things that are not good for them, such as sleeping too late, mingling with the opposite sex, and wasting their time and money on things that are not important. This is not what Islam teaches us.

 Islam teaches us to respect Allah and His Messenger and to avoid anything that is haram. That is why we should not celebrate New Year’s at all.

What Muslims Should Do On New Year’s?

New Year’s is not a special occasion for us. We have our own Islamic calendar and festivals. We do not need to join the celebrations of others. Instead, we can use this day to do good deeds and worship Allah. Some of the things we can do are:

  • Fast on that day to earn extra rewards and purify our souls
  • Read the Quran and learn more about our faith and history
  • Bond with our families and loved ones and show them our care and gratitude
  • Help those who are in need and share our wealth and happiness with them
  • Pray to Allah and ask Him for His forgiveness and guidance in the coming year

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FAQ – New Year Celebrations 

Q: Is It Haram To Celebrate New Year?

A: Different groups have different ways of celebrating the Islamic New Year. Shia Muslims remember the Prophet Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law Ali and grandson Husayn by mourning and fasting for 10 days. Sunni Muslims start the year with prayer and family time.

Q:What celebrations are haram in Islam? 

A:Birthdays are not allowed in Islam according to the Quran and Sunnah, and the reasons given before. If we copy a religious practice of another people, we are like them, and we are not following Islam as our religion. So, celebrating birthdays is haram.

Q:Is it a sin to say Happy new year in Islam?

A:Most Muslims around the world don’t mind if someone says “Happy New Year” to them, because there is nothing haram in that. It is just a nice greeting.

Q:How do you wish for Happy new year in Islam? 

A:You can say something like this:

  1. “May the Islamic New Year bring you peace, happiness, and success in everything you do.”
  2. “As we start a new Islamic year, may Allah’s love and guidance light up your way and make your life full of joy and prosperity.”

Q:Is it haram to watch Fireworks on New Year? 

A:Islam does not forbid using fireworks in some events, such as the New Year, as long as they don’t harm anyone. But celebrating the festivals of other religions and beliefs can be seen as

Q:Do Muslims celebrate new year on January 1st?

A: Most Muslims mark the first day of the Islamic year on the first day of the month of Muharram.

Q:What does the Quran say about new year?

A:The two eids in Islam are about praying, making duaa for those who are suffering, and giving alms to the poor. But celebrating the New Year is not like that. It is a celebration that follows the western culture and not the will of God. It is not for worshipping God, but for having fun and doing things that are not good.

Q:What is the new year of Islam?

A: The Islamic New Year starts on the 1st Muharram, which will be on the 19th July 2023 (depending on the moon sighting). The Islamic New Year is based on the Um al-Qura calendar, which follows the moon cycles.

Q:Do they celebrate new year in Saudi Arabia? 

A:Saudi Arabia does not officially celebrate New Year’s Eve, but some people like to have parties, fireworks, and gatherings on that night. Some others prefer to celebrate the new year with their family and friends.