Islamic perspective on New Year (Gregorian) CelebrationThe celebration of Gregorian Calendar's New year has become a norm around the world including some benighted Muslims who ignore the clarion calls issued to them by Islamic Scholars worldwide. Various liberal countries have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia.
Nowadays, most New Year’s festivities begin on December 31 (New Year’s Eve), the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue into the early hours of January 1 (New Year’s Day). Customarily, the celebration of the New year includes attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the new year and watching fireworks displays, while in some parts of the world like Nigeria, Christians and some heretic Muslims hold Vigil a day to the new year.
It's pertinent for Muslims, most especially the benighted and heretic to widen their horizon as regards the Prohibition of joining the bandwagon of the non-believers even if one's parents, ally or Misguided Scholars opine such.In a narrative, Ibn ‘Umar said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever imitates a people is one of them.’” (Narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Libaas, 3512 Al-Albaani said in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
Al-Qaari also said whoever imitates the kuffaar, such as in how one dresses or imitates the evil and immoral people, or the Sufis or the righteous, is one people whom he imitates, whether they are good or shoddy.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said in al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem: Imaam Ahmad and others quoted this hadeeth as evidence. This hadeeth at the very least implies that it is haraam to imitate them, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):“... And if any amongst you takes them [Jews and Christians] as Awliyaa’ [friends, helpers]), then surely, he is one of them…” [al-Maa’idah 5:51]The afore stated hadith and Qur'an verse emphasized on the need to avoid Imitating the ways of the non-muslims which encompasses new year, Christmas, Easter and other trifling razzmatazz.Besides this, extending greetings to them, dealing in products, gift items and other symbols of the celebration of the disbelievers' festivals.In a statement issued by the scholars of the Standing Committee concerning joining in celebrations of the Millennium, they said:
… It is not permissible for a Muslim to cooperate with the disbeliever in any way regarding their festivals, such as announcing and publicizing their festivals, promoting them by any means, whether that is via the media or by setting up a clock to “count down” to the Millennium, or making clothes or other items that commemorate the occasion, or printing greeting cards or stationery marking this occasion, or offering special discounts or prizes on these occasions, or holding sporting events or producing special logos for them.
In conclusion, it is noteworthy for Muslims, both the whippersnapper and the long in the tooth to inform the Ignorant Muslims of the importance of conforming with the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).
Bakre Hassan Temitope