Nothing Wrong with A Muslim Celebrating Birthdays, says The Saudi Scholar

Dr. Qais Al-Sheikh said that there is nothing wrong with Muslim celebrating any festive occasion, such as, birthday of himself or loved ones.

Riyadh — Dr. Qais Bin Muhammad Al-Sheikh Mubarak is a former member of Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars. Dr. Qais said that there is nothing wrong with a Muslim celebrating any festive occasion, such as the birthday of himself or his loved ones.

He said it the same for anniversaries, celebrating one’s achievements, graduation from university, or such occasions.

According to Al-Mubarak, the basic thing in the above celebrations is permissibility and not a prohibition based on any religious text. He considers these celebrations as traditions and customs and are not religious taboos.

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Al-Mubarak pointed out that these are not included in religious rituals where it is not permissible to add or remove anything.

Therefore, scholars have unanimously agreed to forbid a new ritual of worship that is more than the worship stipulated in the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah. Sal-Mubarak said, such as adding a sixth obligatory prayer to the five daily prayers.

Dr. Qais emphasized that there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of an event as a reminder; direction, and guidance for Muslims in their day-to-day life.

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