Archive for February, 2009

Some companies or administrations celebrate 25 years since the founding, and they call that a silver jubilee. They also celebrate after 50 years, and call that a golden jubilee, and after 75 years they call it a diamond jubilee and so on. Are these celebrations Sunnah or an innovation? 

 Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible to hold parties and give gifts and so on, on the occasion of a number of years having passed since the opening of a store, school or any other kind of venture, because this is introducing innovated festivals into Islam, and because it is an imitation of the disbelievers who do such things. It is essential not to do that and to avoid it. End quote. 

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 2/261 

Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd said in his book ‘Eid al-Yoobeel (Jubilees), p. 25: 

Celebrating jubilees of various kinds and with various aims is a celebration that has been introduced into the religion (an innovation) and is contrary to the command of the Lord of the Worlds, and is an imitation of the disbelievers and venerating that which they hold sacred. 

Those who forbid and speak against innovated celebrations — including celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), the night of the Isra’ and Mi’raaj, the new hijri year, and other innovated celebrations observed by some Muslims which have been introduced by those who seek to misguide others — their first priority must be to announce the prohibition on celebrating jubilees, whether they are silver, golden, diamond, eightieth, for any length of time, for any place, for any person, for any occasion. Whoever does not do that is confused and contradicting himself, whether he likes it or not, and this comes under the heading of following whims and desires. End quote. 

And Allah knows best.

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The imam of our mosque said in a Friday khutbah that we should not be strict in following the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) because the Sunnah divides Muslims and we must be united. He quoted as evidence the fact that a Bedouin came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: O Messenger of Allaah, tell me of an action which, if I do it, I will enter Paradise. He said: Worship Allaah and do not associate anything with Him, establish the prescribed prayers, pay the obligatory zakaah and fast Ramadaan.” He said: By the One in Whose hand is my soul, I shall never do anything more or less than that. When he turned to leave, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever would like to look upon a man who is one of the people of Paradise, let him look upon this man.” 
Is this correct? Please note that we are followers of the Sunnah, and he calls the one who follows the Sunnah an extremist. 
Please advise us, may Allaah bless you.

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