Originally Posted by syed1
Akhi, are serious when you say this?
If so, all I can say is: Wake Up please, and look around you.
the above statements have no merit here... those are religious or holy days, ex. example easter and Eid where as new years is a tradition, it is cultural so please don't compare the two..
Akhi, again.....please consider what u are actually saying.
The examples I have given above is the sad reality of the state of the ummah.
Yes - its SAD that we find ourselves imitating the kuffar in just about EVERYTHING in life.
What we eat, the way we dress, the activities we engage ourselves in.....if a muslim was to walk down the street, we no longer can even recognise him as such - as a MUSLIM - reflecting the sunnah of our Nabi (sallahu alaihi wasalam).
And now we have muslims who say, 'so what if we are imitating them and making a resolution......'
The problem is not making a resolution.
The problem is imitating them.....we have lost our identity as muslims in just about everything else in life.
And do not under-estimate seemingly 'small' things such as this.
Every sin starts off as something 'small'.....this is how Shaytaan works.
And it is bit by bit that our imaan gets eroded in the process.
What sounds like a small/ insignificant deviation from the practises of Islam, holds the cards to many other fitnahs <-- Please contemplate on this, insha Allah.
And lastly, New Years day does indeed have its foundations deeply rooted in paganistic beliefs......if only we but knew, before we went about whistling 'Happy new year' to everyone.
The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings.
After Julius Caesar reformed the calendar in 46 BC and was subsequently murdered, the Roman Senate voted to deify him on the 1st January 42 BC  in honour of his life and his institution of the new rationalised calendar.
The month originally owes its name to the deity Janus, who had two faces, one looking forward and the other looking backward.
This suggests that New Year's celebrations are founded on pagan traditions.
Some have suggested this occurred in 153 BC, when it was stipulated that the two annual consuls (after whose names the years were identified) entered into office on that day, though no consensus exists on the matter. Dates in March, coinciding with the spring equinox, or commemorating the Annunciation of Jesus, along with a variety of Christian feast dates were used throughout the Middle Ages, though calendars often continued to display the months in columns running from January to December.
Among the 7th century pagans of Flanders and the Netherlands, it was the custom to exchange gifts at the New Year.
This was a pagan custom deplored by Saint Eligius
(died 659 or 660), who warned the Flemings and Dutchmen, "(Do not) make vetulas, [little figures of the Old Woman], little deer or iotticos or set tables [for the house-elf, compare Puck] at night or exchange New Year gifts or supply superfluous drinks [another Yule custom]." The quote is from the vita of Eligius written by his companion, Ouen.
Most countries in Western Europe officially adopted January 1 as New Year's Day somewhat before they adopted the Gregorian calendar. In England, the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, was the first day of the new year until the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. The March 25 date was known as Annunciation Style; the January 1 date was known as Circumcision Style, because this was the date of the Feast of the Circumcision, being the eighth day of Jesus' life, counting from December 25 when he was believed to be born. This day was christened as the beginning of the New Year by Pope Gregory as he designed the Liturgical Calendar.
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