I’m writing this blog post during the first day of 2015. Yesterday my FaceBook feeds as well as my Twitter timeline were full of Happy New Year greetings (and food photos). Our neighbours and family friends were sending their greetings too. I can see that the spirit of New Year is alive in many homes and I witness how huge the number of people celebrates it from all over the world. A large number of Muslims participated to this event too. They celebrate it, greet one another and exchange gifts which are unnecessary.
We should be aware that this practice cannot be seen in any hadith or Qur’an verse. We only have two festivals that we consider in Islam which are Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha, other than that are unnecessary. Celebrating New Year and making it a big deal is not Islamic. As Muslims we should know that we have our own calendar. Although we use Gregorian calendar in our daily living, our worship is based with lunar calendar. Celebrating the New Year in Gregorian calendar is based from some pagan beliefs that are beyond Islam.
I won’t write further about the pagan history of this practice and why it is an unnecessary event to celebrate but I will share about what to do during New Year’s Eve instead of celebrating it.
Perhaps you are living in a place where most people celebrate New Year by staying late night, drinking, dancing, and singing with a circle of friends, you are exposed to people who keep on greeting you Happy New Year and treating you with different food as to show kindness during new year or maybe your office mates or school mates are forcing you to join the new year’s party or else you’ll be considered as someone who don’t belong. Whichever situation you are in, you should be reminded that every New Year’s Eve is not something to celebrate rather a day like any other day that should be spent praising Allah (SWT).
During this day, we should be reminded that joining the disbelievers in such celebration is being among them. Do not introduce this event to your family rather during this day help spread awareness to others that celebrating this event is not a practice that will benefit us. If we keep on educating our brothers and sisters, more Muslims will stop celebrating New Year. Be a model. Spend the day like a normal day. Reflect upon the blessings you have been receiving and reflect upon how shorter your life gets as days pass by. Just like birthdays, new years should only be a reminder that we are getting older, and getting closer to our death. It is not something to celebrate but something to reflect upon.