Can We Celebrate Hijrah?
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Can We Celebrate Hijrah?

Questioner

Nicholas

Reply Date

Sep 21, 2017

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. Can we celebrate Hijrah?

Mufti

Answer


Can We Celebrate Hijrah?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

1- If you mean to say whether are allowed to commemorate this most momentous event in the Islamic history and celebrate it without establishing any new religious rituals, the answer is most affirmative.

2- Since we are not allowed to institute rituals of worship, we must never do so as a religious act; rather as a custom, albeit a good one.


Answering your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

It all depends on what we mean by celebration. If you mean to say whether are allowed to commemorate this most momentous event in the Islamic history and celebrate it without establishing any new religious rituals, the answer is most affirmative.

Nations celebrate their historical moments to deepen their sense of community as a source of inspiration and instruction for their future generations.

Allah tells us in the Qur’an to rejoice in God’s blessings and favors, and the Prophet is ordered to remind them of the Days of Allah. And the believers also celebrated the arrival of the Prophet in Madinah with fanfare and music (i.e., songs). Anas b. Malik – a young boy at the time – fondly remembered it as the Prophet’s arrival in Madinah as the greatest moment of joy and celebration the like of which he never experienced in his life.

So, how could fail to celebrate this great event?

The precedent for it was already set by the Caliph `Umar and the companions by choosing it to mark the Islamic calendar?

Therefore, we ought to continue this tradition while at th3e same time purging such celebrations of innovations.

We ought to use the occasion for education, instruction, and inspiration.

Here are three ways to do so:

1- Hold seminars and symposium on the Hijrah and its lessons

2- Keep celebratory events with nasheeds, and competitions in poetry, speeches, and essays involving children, youth, and adults.

3- Hold public programs in the model of the campaign launched by some British Muslim artists labeled as “Inspired by the Prophet’ to let the world know of the Prophet who is a Mercy to the worlds.

4- Let our preachers and khateebs chose themes from Hijrah to educate and inspire the community.

Since we are not allowed to institute rituals of worship, we must never do so as a religious act; rather as a custom, albeit a good one.

 Almighty Allah knows best.




About Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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