How Do Muslims Celebrate Birthdays?

Muslims celebrate birthdays in many different ways, depending on their beliefs, traditions, and other parts of their culture. The Times of India says that some very traditional Muslims don’t celebrate birthdays, neither their own nor those of other people. They do this because they think it’s against Sharia Law.

In 2011, the leader of Muslims, Darul Uloom Deoband, told Muslims not to celebrate birthdays because Islam doesn’t allow such Western-style celebrations. So, some Muslims, especially those who are thought to be very religious, don’t celebrate birthdays at all.

Some Muslims celebrate birthdays the way Americans do because, they say, there’s nothing in the Quran that says that’s wrong. According to New Religion, the Quran also doesn’t say that people can’t adopt Western ways of life.

Some people think that Islam tells Muslims not to celebrate the birthday because the religion tells its followers to celebrate and give thanks every day of the year, not just on the birthday, which could be seen as pagan.

Many Muslims celebrate the birthday of the prophet Mohammad, but the Times of India says that this is not done at the Islamic seminary. IslamQA says that orthodox Muslims also choose not to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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