BY:MUFTI MOHAMMED NADEEM UDDIN QASMI.In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.Allaah has perfected his religion and completed his Favour, and chosen for us Islam as our religion, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion”[al-Maa’idah 5:3]Therefore, we do not need to take any thing from others ,becous Islam forbids the Muslims to imitate the disbelievers ﻗﺎﻝ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠم : “ﻣﻦ ﺗﺸﺒﻪ ﺑﻘﻮﻡ ﻓﻬﻮ ﻣﻨﻬﻢ.”The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:“Whoever imitates a nation then he is from amongst them.” [ ﺭﻭﺍﻩ ﺃﺑﻮ ﺩﺍﻭﺩ ]This hadeeth indicates that it is haraam to imitate the Jews and the Christians ,but our youth Muslims celebrate all festivals With joy and perform all forbidden deeds, As Valentine’s Day ,Christmas, Mother’s Day and Fathers Day are celebrated by musalims , Now the New Year is coming up in a few days, one year of life is coming to an end, The completion of one year and the beginning of the second year is an open message that one year has passed in our life and we are getting closer to the end of our lives.So we need to think more deeply and we should very seriously calculate our lives and our time to find out what is lacking in us but Lots of people around the world celebrate and dance on New Year’s celebrations, alcoholism is commonplace, women and men are raped, and everything is not allowed in any religion and rooms in nightclubs and hotels are pre-booked. Where all kinds of facilities are available,Our Muslim youths also celebrate it and they perform all the things which are forbidden in the Shariah,According to Islamic history, we cannot find that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions celebrated the New Year or the 31st Night. This is also not the Islamic culture and heritage. Islamic cultures are confined by the directions of the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). ﻗﺎﻝ ﻋﻤﺮ ﺑﻦ ﺍﻟﺨﻄﺎﺏ ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ : ﺍﺟﺘﻨﺒﻮﺍ ﺃﻋﺪﺍﺀ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻓﻲ ﻋﻴﺪﻫﻢ .Umar bin al-Khattab ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ said:“Avoid the enemies of Allah during their festivals.”من کثر سواد قوم فھو منھمWhoever increases the number of a people, on the Day of Resurrection will be raised with these peopleAnd in one narration with addition:“… For the Wrath of Allah descends upon them during it.” [ ﺗﺎﺭﻳﺦ ﺍﻟﻜﺒﻴﺮ ﻟﻠﺒﺨﺎﺭﻱ ]“ﻗﺎﻝ ﻋﺒﺪﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺑﻦ ﻋﻤﺮﻭ ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ : ﻣﻦ ﻣﺮ ﺑﺒﻼد ﺍﻻﻋﺎﺟﻢ ﻓﺼﻨﻊ ﻧﻴﺮﻭﺯﻫﻢ ﻭ ﻣﻬﺮﺟﺎﻧﻬﻢ ﻭ ﺗﺸﺒﻪ ﺑﻬﻢ ﺣﺘﻰ ﻳﻤﻮﺕ ﻭ ﻫﻮ ﻛﺬﻟﻚ ﺣﺸﺮ ﻣﻌﻬﻢ ﻳﻮﻡ ﺍﻟﻘﻴﺎﻣﺔ .”Abdullah bin Amr ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ said:“Whoever settles in the land of the non-Arabs (i.e. non-Muslims) and celebrates their new year and festival and imitates them until he dies while he is in that state, will be gathered with them on the Day of Resurrection.” [ ﺃﺧﺮﺟﻪ ﺍﻟﺒﻴﻬﻘﻲ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻜﺒﺮﻯ ]Ibn Taymiyyah said:“Muslims should not celebrate any festival of the disbelievers.” [ ﻣﺨﺘﺼﺮ ﺍﻗﺘﻀﻬﺎالﺮﺍﻁ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﻘﻴﻢ ١٧ – ١٨ ]It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you hand span by hand span, cubit by cubit, to the extent that if they entered the hole of a lizard, you will enter it too.” We said: “O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said: “Who else?” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1397; Muslim, 4822. This hadeeth indicates that it is haraam to imitate the Jews and the Christians۔But now the question is what to do at the time of new year?1:This life we have been given only to prepare for the eternal life of the Hereafter so that we can improve the life that comes through it and improve our actions.Allah has brought us the year and given a chance to be thankful to Him once again,therefore We must do our own calculations that how we spent last year,Where do we get mistakes in the field of worship, affairs, actions, lawful and forbidden, the payment of the rights of Allah,this is why heﷺ said ”حاسبو ا انفسکم قبل ان تحاسبوا“(کنزل العمال:۳۰۴۴)Do your own calculations, before you can be calculated۔We should can do good deeds and recite the Qur’an, pray few raka’at salat, pay charity among the poor and needy people and perform some other permissible and good activities as per Islamic concepts.2 :Plan aheadWe all are familiar with the most famous proverbs “Time is money” and “Time is Gold”. Time has great importance in the life of human being. Humanity has always been anxious with time, the passage of time, the measurement of time, and the scientific qualities of time. Time is a blessing on all of us. We should concentrate on how we use time according to Islamic perspective. Allah Almighty has clearly stated the value of time in Quran. We should make the use of time wisely to increase our faith in this life and the hereafter too.عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ اغْتَنِمْ خَمْسًا قَبْلَ خَمْسٍ شَبَابَكَ قَبْلَ هَرَمِكَ وَصِحَّتَكَ قَبْلَ سَقَمِكَ وَغِنَاكَ قَبْلَ فَقْرِكَ وَفَرَاغَكَ قَبْلَ شُغُلِكَ وَحَيَاتَكَ قَبْلَ مَوْتِكَ9575 شعب الإيمان للبيهقي الحادي والسبعون من شعب الإيمانIbn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Take advantage of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your riches before your poverty, your free time before your work, and your life before your death.”Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 9575And on another place The Prophet said: “The feet of a slave will not move on the Day of Judgment until he has been questioned about four things: his life – how he spent it; his youth – how he consumed it; his wealth – from where he earned it and how he spent it; and his knowledge – how he acted upon it.”There for ,We should worry about rectifying our mistakes and try to please God before the death ,especially in the current situation in India .3:Following the Messenger of AllahAvoid to imitate the disbelievers ,and follow the Messenger of allah because Allah said :لقد کان لکم فی رسول اللہ اسوۃ حسنہ Certainly, you have an excellent model in the Messenger of Allâh for one who hopes (to meet) Allâh and the Last Day and who remembers Allâh again and again.4:Avoid extravaganceSome young muslims waste alot of money on drinking and dancing etc at the time of new year,Allah says in the holy Quran:يَا بَنِي آدَمَ خُذُوا زِينَتَكُمْ عِنْدَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ7:31) O children of Adam! take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.In the end ,we just think deeply how we celebrate the festival (the new year )of those who kill many muslims of philistine, Syria and Iraq?Why we celebrate the new year?is it because, the BABRI masjid has been left by us,?is it because, our enemies are planning to get out of India,do they(disbelievers )celebrate our festivals like Ramadan etc so how we celebrate their festivals?.Think and Think and more think.and it isn’t islamic new year, it starts from Moharram.
MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS:Avoid actions that cause God and Mohammedﷺ’s displeasure,at the time of new year.May Allah give us taofeeq to respect this year .Ameen!