As usual, many people will gather to celebrate new year’s day. There will be text messages, greetings, parties, fireworks, exchanges of gifts and other innovations that are done during this day. Whatever those are, having even a small intention to celebrate this day or to accept it as a holiday even though it is an outcome of practices that are against Allah, is supporting this blasphemy.
To celebrate or not to celebrate should not be a debate. It is clear that there are only two festivals that Muslims are encouraged to celebrate. Those are Eid al fitr and eid al adha. Festivities and parties other than those two are considered innovation and unnecessary. Such as Birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s day and New Year’s Day. Joining others during new year’s eve will result to weakening of faith because these holidays includes unnecessary and harmful practices.
“Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity. It is only as regards those who fought against you on account of religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and helped to drive you out, that Allah forbids you to befriend them. And whosoever will befriend them, then such are the Zalimoon (wrong-doers those who disobey Allah).” (Surah al Mumtahanah; 8-9)
Keep in mind that although they have different beliefs and practices, we should treat others justly and we should not harm them. We can let them celebrate freely, but we should preserve our Islamic identity and beliefs by not imitating others and by not joining them.
What to do instead?
Maybe you are one of the following:
- Someone who lives in a place where most people celebrate New Year by staying up late night, drinking, dancing and singing with a circle of friends.
- Working in a company or studying in a school that encourages (or requires) everyone to join the new year’s party
- Having friends who will force you to join them to party all night or else you’ll be considered someone who don’t belong or boring person
Whatever situation you have, you should keep in mind that pleasing Allah, not pleasing other people, is what will truly fulfill the desires of your heart. Keep yourself away from such people and events and trust Allah, surely you will be guided.
Avoid going out this day to avoid getting involved (or getting trapped), instead stay at home and do what you usually do. If you prefer to pray during the last third of the night just like you are encouraged to do in any other days, do it without the intention of doing it because it’s a brand new year. Pray and thank Allah for all the blessings and trials just like how you should do each and every day.
Avoid encouraging your family, especially the little ones to participate in such activities. At an early age, they should be taught of what is Islamic and what is not and to teach them that despite the differences, they should respect and treat others justly. Keep on spreading awareness about why we should not get involved unnecessary holidays or celebrations.
It’s alright to reflect and to evaluate your year but make it a practice not to let a year pass by to evaluate your self and actions. We should evaluate ourselves every day and doing it during the last third of the night is one of the best time to do it because it is peaceful and silent. We should be aware of ourselves, of what we have done and what we have become every day so that we know if we need immediate action.
Lastly, we Muslims have different opinions regarding whether it’s alright to celebrate or not. But, whatever our differences are we should not hate and fight with one another. Conveying our beliefs does not require being harsh towards others.
May Allah bless each and everyone of us a healthy and blessed life and guide us towards righteousness.