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Abdul-Raouf
11-03-2006, 01:24 AM
Tell how u spent.. in the past... and how ur going to spend in the future
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MT2
11-03-2006, 01:37 AM
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Nothing special. In Islam, you are not suppose to celebrate your birthday here's an article that explain's it

Celebrating Birthdays

By Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaq
Posted: 11 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1422, 3 June 2001
Q.) What is the Islamic ruling regarding celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries? Some people say that celebrations like giving a party or cutting a cake is prohibited, while just wishing the person (Happy birthday etc) and reciting Qur'an and making dua is permissible. [Safeer]

A.) The tell-tale sign that the birthday celebrations in our times are a western development are the song words without which this function is not complete viz. "Happy birthday to you." No one says, "Happy birthday celebration" or "Happy Blessed birthday" or any other words of this kind. This disease of celebrating birthdays was never prevalent among Muslims before, but it was brought to them, like other cultural influences, during the period of colonialism.

Birthdays are celebrated to mark the completion of another year in one's life. Now just ponder, what wisdom is there in celebrating and showing happiness when a year has decreased in one's life. During a birthday celebration, candles are lit on a cake, amounting to the years of the one's life. He extinguishes these candles by blowing them out and all present clap their hands. Hands are clapped at two occasions only, one at the time of joy for some achievement of his. Secondly, when someone acts foolishly, then to mock at him. Here a person is extinguishing the rays of the years of his life by blowing them out himself. Then this is no happiness, nor is it any achievement. So the clapping of hands--- though the participants do not realize it --- is only for mocking at this person's stupidity.

To understand the nature of this foolishness, consider the example of a king who sent a few people to a room full of his treasures saying that shortly he will call them back. At that time whatever they will be possessing will be their property. Inside the treasure room, on one side there are heaps of gold and silver, on another side are laying pearls and jewels, then at another place in the room, delicious food and soft beds are arranged. Now some people think that the king may send them out any minute. They quickly gather the gold, silver, pearls and gems. They feel they will go out from there and organize the food and beds for themselves afterwards.

There is another group of people who think that they have just arrived. They say to themselves, "Let us enjoy the food, and then lay down to rest. After that we will take from the treasures. There is ample time." So they eat, sleep and pass their valuable time without taking from the treasures. Suddenly the king sends everyone out. Now those who had collected the valuables can enjoy their lives eating and sleeping while those that wasted their time and did not accumulate anything will begin to regret.

Birthdays are celebrated to mark the completion of another year in one's life. What wisdom is there in showing happiness when a year has decreased in one's life?

Every moment of this worldly life is very valuable. Here we have to earn for the long and everlasting life of the Hereafter. Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam has said that after entering into Jannah, the people of Jannah will not be sorry about anything of this world, except for that moment which was spent without the remembrance of Allah. It is apparent that when reward will be granted for remembrance of Allah in this world, which is a place for actions, then one must surely feel very regretful, that if they should have spent more time in the remembrance of Allah, they could be worthy of more rewards. How can it be permissible to waste time by celebrating birthdays and becoming happy that a big slice of one's life is gone?

This world is a prison for the believer and a Jannah for the disbeliever. Allah has bought the life and wealth of the believers for Jannah. This life is a trust of Allah with us. Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, "A person will not be able to move from his place, until he replies to five questions:

1. How did you spend your life?
2. How did you spend your youth?
3. Where did you earn your wealth from?
4. Where did you spend your wealth?
5. How much did you act upon your knowledge?"

A person who is concerned with replying to these questions, how can he show happiness for the decrease in the remaining years of his life?

Besides, Islam does not permit waste. This is the reason that the poor of this Ummah will enter Jannah 500 years before the wealthy, because the wealthy will be delayed as they will have to first give an account of their wealth.

By spending on birthday parties, there is no benefit to Islam nor to the poor. It is stated in a Hadith, the worst Valima feast (wedding party) is the one in which the poor and destitute are left out and the wealthy only are invited.

Another object of the birthday parties is showoff. Islam encourages simplicity. By this attitude of showoff, the poor feel inferior and deprived and the rich have a superiority complex. Also, in these gatherings, music, singing, video filming and the taking of photographs and other un-Islamic and forbidden acts take place.

May Allah Taãla guide us and protect us from all these evils.

http://www.albalagh.net/qa/birthday.shtml


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Woodrow
11-03-2006, 01:41 AM
About all I do is get older. It is just a typical day of no significance.

The only Birthday party I ever recall having was on my 13th birthday. I believe that was the only time I ever celebrated my birthday.

It was celebrated as a picnic with several of my cousins. I got to choose the location and I picked a small sand island nearby, in salmon brook. Was a picnic and a fishing outing. It was the first time I had gotten a real store bought toy. A model car with wheels that actually turned. I kept that car until I went into the USAF. I believe after my sister got married she eventually claimed it as a toy for her first born son.
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Abdul-Raouf
11-03-2006, 01:52 AM
.....i Never Celeberate It..... And I Will Not Forever (insha'allah)..... Just Wanna Know How U Guys React To That Day.
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DigitalStorm82
11-03-2006, 01:55 AM
I don't celebrate it either... but my family always does bbq in backyard
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InToTheRain
11-03-2006, 02:58 AM
Just like any other day and I also get :mad: if someone reminds me of it on the day like it's got some significance.

Dont wanna change the topic but also add in what do you guys think of giving presents during that day? I think present is best given when the person least expects it, it also shows more gratitude when the person doesn't give the present because of the pressure of having to do so due to traditions or customs.
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habiibti
11-03-2006, 03:02 AM
I usually never celebrate birthdays,but when i was in ma final year of elementary school,ma classmates(who most were christians) made a little party in ma class,they made da cake and all that.that was da 1st and last clelebrated of mine.
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Asyur an-Nagi
11-03-2006, 03:06 AM
i don't really agree that NOTHING special in our birthday. sure we don't have to celebrate it, but can't we ponder and take a journey to the past to see our deeds, and see what we'll be in the forthcoming full year?

not celebrating it does not necessarily mean that we should act and think shallow.
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maryamjp
11-03-2006, 03:07 AM
I don't celebrate but sometime I cook somoe good dishes to please my family(especially kids). I don't encourage my kids to celebrate one's birthday like others do. Because we should give thanks to Allah who gives us life but not collect the presents and eat cake.
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Umar001
11-03-2006, 03:13 AM
What's a Birthday?
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Nσσя'υℓ Jαииαн
11-03-2006, 03:15 AM
I used to have my birthday celebrated a lot. My mom told me we rnt supposed too, so im like then why we doin it? So i stopped after it. Actually we dont anymore since i found out and made mention of it. So no more of that, Alhumdulillah.
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Umar001
11-03-2006, 03:19 AM
Originally Posted by Tayyaba
My mom told me we rnt supposed too, so im like then why we doin it?
Wait am confused, so yall had b-days and then your mom told u u aint meanto so u told her why we doing it?

Am confused, do you mean like your whole family used to do it? Or you just done it alone?
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Nσσя'υℓ Jαииαн
11-03-2006, 04:11 AM
LOL my whole family. Sorry if that was confusing..:)
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S_87
11-03-2006, 09:15 AM
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i get called old thats about it. everything else is the same
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Muezzin
11-03-2006, 09:22 AM
My birthday was last week. I had some paracetemol. I had the 'flu you see.
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MinAhlilHadeeth
11-03-2006, 10:11 AM
Originally Posted by Asyur an-Nagi
i don't really agree that NOTHING special in our birthday. sure we don't have to celebrate it, but can't we ponder and take a journey to the past to see our deeds, and see what we'll be in the forthcoming full year?

not celebrating it does not necessarily mean that we should act and think shallow.
Well, we should think about that everyday.

So I don't do anything special or different on that day. I just know i'm closer to my death, to my grave, and returning to my Lord. But like I said, we should think about this every day.

:wasalamex
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IbnAbdulHakim
11-03-2006, 10:19 AM
i start singin carols ;D ;D


naa for real i dont really realise till someone says, ISNT IT UR B'DAY TODAY? den im like ooooh yeeee.... *carries on wiv LI* ;D
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Pk_#2
11-03-2006, 11:48 AM
yeah hav parties sumtimes, sumtimes do nuffin, get presents and b happy,

wnt b celebrating in the future inshaAllah :)
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Muhammad
11-03-2006, 11:54 AM
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http://www.islamicboard.com/basics-i...y-parties.html

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