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Is New Year Celebration Haram in Islam? | 3 Reasons

By December 2, 2022No Comments
Is New Year Celebration Haram in Islam

New year in Islam has no value truthfully. On the eve of the New year, we are getting messages of warm wishes about the New Year celebration. Being Muslim, we overlook Allah’s Hukam about celebrating the events. So we blindly follow the path of non-Muslims without knowing if it is a haram or halal act. It is an alarming situation for us. Being Muslim we should seek advice from scholars or consult books, and explore the internet that is our access. 

What does New Year’s Eve Mean to Muslims?

In truth, it means nothing. Our prophet Hazrat Muhammad SAW: he gave us the days of celebrations. He gave us Eid-ul-Fitr which comes after the days of Ramadan. Secondly, the Eid-ul-Adha, which is just after Hajj. Also, we have it every single Friday. Which is the day of the JUmmah, the Khutba day. This is also an Eid and a celebration for the believer. 

Why Celebrating New Year In Islam Is Haram?

According to known scholars, to celebrate the events according to the Gregorian Calendar is Haram. It is not permissible to greet and celebrate the event, because it is a copy of another non-Muslim religion. And it’s not part of Islamic teachings. 

According to Islam, the practice of celebration with the Georgian calendar is Haram. It is obvious that at this event everyone is decorating their houses, flashing lights in the house, and organizing a big get-together for welcoming the new year. But for Muslims, it is not their day. In Islam, virtually this day has no existence. Islam has its Calender. So it is pointless to practice with other religions’ events. 

In Islam, there is a lot of preaching stating that imitating Jews and Christians other than Islam is not permissible in Islam. 

Our beloved prophet Hazrat Muhammad SAW said: 

“Whoever imitates a person is one of them.”

(Saheeh Abi Dawood, (it is) Hasan Saheeh. No. 3401). (source)

According to these hadith, it is clear-cut that the Muslim celebrations of other religions are pointless. But, there is also a provision that you can join the close friend party on this day, making sure that it won’t affect your belief. It is fine to be there without having any alcohol, weeds, and other prohibited items

Some Reasons Why Muslims Should Not Celebrate the New Year

It is prohibited to cross the threshold that Islam has structured for us. If you do so, you will be minus from the circle of Islam. Likewise, celebrating New Year which is Jews Calender will be a minus from Islam. 

  • It is technically Inaccurate 

Being Muslim we have our own Muslim Hijri Clender that is constantly in use for 1400 Years. Unless we can control ourselves by using the Gregorian Calendar as it is the Jews’ control. Also, we know fact, Allah has ordained us the lunar calendar for us in our worship. According to our Hijri calendar that was first started by Hazrat Umar. the Muslim New year just started from 1st Muharram ul Haram. 

On the other hand, the Gregorian calendar mentions the starting of the new year on 1st January. Since it is the celebration of the circumcision of Jesus. That lies under pagan roman festivals. Associated with Janus. 

  • Unislamic Practice 

This is another biggest reason that Islam is not permitting one to celebrate new year’s eve. Honestly, many practices come together on the night of the new year celebrations. How could one celebrate this event by adopting non-Muslim manners like drinking alcohol, dancing with Na Mehram, and getting wishes like that? These acts will deviate you from the cycle of Islam. It is an Islam-free zone, from which Allah has forbidden us. And our beloved Prophet has never celebrated this event and their sahaba as well. 

  • It is against the spirit of Islam

Some scholars agree on a point of celebrating the new year in Islam. But those are found in minorities. But the fact is, it is not an Islamic year. Celebrating non-Muslim religious festivals, and feasts, and practicing them in our culture is not permissible in Islam. It is haram and a major sin. Please don’t listen to people, so-called scholars of America who dilute things and say it’s a cultural thing now. Listen, it’s not a religious thing. Those are playing with Allah’s religion. so this is sinful to add it to culture, wishing someone a happy new Year is prohibited in Islam. 

Is Wishing Someone New Year Haram In Islam?

It is not permissible for Muslims to especially go to non-Muslims and wish them a happy new year. It is haram to wish others a happy new year in Islam. This is because the celebrations don’t relate to Islam. While the Muslims deviate from the rule of Muslims of practicing their new year on the 1st Muharram. Muslims are forbidden to imitate other religious festivals, events, and days. The rulings support the evidence from Quran and sunnah that we will discuss in the next point

Fatwas are About celebrating New Year in Islam 

According to the Quran and Sunnah, they say clear-cut to not practice what relates you to other non-Muslims. The proofs from the Quran are here that will support this line. 

{And [they are] those who do not testify to falsehood, and when they pass near ill speech, they pass by with dignity.}[Quran 25:72]

This verse clearly defines, that if someone celebrities non-Muslim events are disbelievers. 

According to Ibne Sareen said: 

The word ill speech found in this verse is referred to as sha’aneen Palm Sunday. Is Christmas Eve celebrated on the Sunday before easter? Christians celebrate their eve by carrying palms. It symbols the Jews while entering Jerusalem. The evidence is there, Allah will praise those who will not enter the celebration. 

According to sunnah:

Anas ibn Maalik explained that the Prophet, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam, disapproved of the two days that the people in Madeenah used to celebrate and told them that Allaah had substituted these two days with the two ‘Eeds of Islam: Al-Fitr and Al-Adha. [Abu Dawood, Ahmad, An-Nasa’i: Saheeh (Authentic)].


Is New Year Haram In Islam? Yes! The Muslims are prohibited to adopt the non-Muslim practice and attend their new year celebration parties. According to the Quran and Sunnah, it is a sinful act that Allah has forbidden the new year celebration in Islam. We should get attached to our religions and not listen to those who say that it’s okay to join them in celebrations. Those are not on the right path of virtue that will ruin you in the world and akhirah. Hopefully, this article will help you in getting a change in life. 

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