The New Year is an event that is celebrated by the most individuals all around the world. People of all different countries celebrate the New Year event according to their culture, traditions and religious features. Usually, most of the individuals follow the Georgian calendar and consider January 1st as New Year’s Day. Different religions celebrate the New Year according to their traditions, culture and customs, some light fireworks and party while some observe prayers and fasts. The followers of different religions celebrate various events and occasions according to their religious features. As Muslims, we must need to follow our Hijri calendar and all events according to this Islamic calendar.
According to the teachings of Islam, we are not allowed to participate in the various occasions celebrated by the individuals of religions other than Islam. New Year’s celebrations, Christmas and Chanukah are not Islamic events. They are celebrated by the Christians and Jews. We just need to celebrate our Islamic events such as Eid Ul Fiter, Eid Ul Adha and New Year celebrations on the 1st Muharam. Our Islamic calendar start from the Islamic month Muharam so must need to celebrate 1st Muharam as a New Year rather than January 1.
Some people argue that there is no harm to celebrate January 1 as New Year’s day, remember that there is no any logic in Islam regarding the celebrations of 1st January. If we are to celebrate 1st January then we must need to celebrate al other occasion according to the Gorgonian calendar. Then we must celebrate December 25, as Christmas day, ‘’the date of birth of God’s son,’’ according to the teachings and point of view of Christians.
Muslims celebrate 1st Muharam as a New Year day, and they celebrate this day totally different from the various occasions celebrated by the individuals of religions other than Islam. Muslims usually gathered in mosques, offer special prayers, observe fasts and listen to various Islamic teachings as well as read from the Holy Quran. Various Muslims also send greeting cards to each other on the celebrations of New Year’s day. They also cook various delicious foods and distribute them among the poor individuals in order to make them happy on that day. The Islamic calendar that Muslims follow is guided by the injectory of the moon. The New Year’s day, 1st Muharam, reminds the Muslims of the migration of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) from Mecca to Medina.
Thus, as Muslims, we are not allowed to celebrate January 1 as a new year but we must celebrate 1st Muharam as a new day of the new Islamic year according to our teachings of Islam.