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Can Muslims celebrate birthdays? Many views that there is no harm in celebrating birthdays while others say that it is against Islamic teachings.
Can Muslims celebrate Birthdays?
According to Dr. Qais Bin Muhammad Al-Sheikh Mubarak, a former member of Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars, there is no harm in celebrating birthdays in Islam.
There is nothing wrong if you celebrating your birthday, a wedding anniversary, or the birthday of your loved ones within the Islamic limits.
For example, celebrating a birthday is fine but playing music or having a mixed gathering is not acceptable in Islam.
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If celebrating your own birthday is within the limits of Islam, why celebrating Prophet Muhammad ﷺ birthday is wrong? We have covered this topic in this article in detail.
While celebrating your birthday, you do not have an intention of earning Thawab/Hasanat. However, while you are celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, you are doing it religiously.
Doing it religiously is biddah and not accepted in Islam. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Whoever innovates something in Islam that is not part of it, will have it rejected. – Sunan Ibn Majah 14
Source: Saudi Gazette