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How To Decide Muslim Festivals. by Taamas111 (m): 4:01pm on January 13
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

How do we decided which festivals are
allowed to be celebrated by Muslims?

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

Perhaps the honorable questioner is asking
about the way one can judge whether or not
a certain occasion is considered to be Islamic
and thus Muslims are allowed to celebrate it.
If this is the case, then you should know that
festivals ('Eed) were determined by Sharee'ah
(Islamic Law) through the narrations
reported on the authority of the messenger
. Anas, may Allah be pleased with him,
narrated that when the Prophet, arrived
to Al-Madeenah, people had two days which
they used to celebrate, so he inquired:
"What are these two days" People said: 'These
are two days we used to celebrate during our
pre-Islamic era' , Thereupon, he said:
"Indeed, Allah Has replaced them with two
days that are better than them; 'Eed Al-Adh-
Ha and 'Eed Al-Fitr" [Abu Daawood].

No other days, other than the two mentioned
in the narration, were reported as festivals
('Eed) in Islam. Therefore, the fault of those
who imitate the disbelievers by celebrating
their festivals becomes evident. This also
applies to those who innovate new festivals,
such as Mother's Day, Birthdays …etc.
To conclude, Sharee'ah is the only source
from which one rules whether or not a
certain occasion is a lawful festivals to
Allah Knows best.


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