In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful…
At the end of Thul-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, some Muslims begin sharing messages with each other, with reminders to end the year with good deeds and begin the new year with obedience. Some observe the time as an opportunity for repentance and “setting things right”, similar to how the non-Muslims enter their new year by making “New Year’s resolutions”. Others may even go so far as to celebrate the event with special greetings, acts of worship like fasting, or festive gatherings.
THE ISLAMIC RULING ON OBSERVING THE ISLAMIC NEW YEAR
A question was posed to the Standing Committee for Fatwaa in Saudi Arabia about this issue, and their response was:
لا تجوز التهنئة بهذه المناسبات؛ لأن الاحتفاء بها غير مشروع
“It is not permissible to congratulate people on these occasions, since observing/celebrating them is not legislated.” 
Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan, one of the committee’s long-standing members, and widely recognized senior authority in Islamic verdicts, was asked Continue reading →