Is it permissible to attend birthday parties?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

January 2009

Q: I wanted to know that if a relative invites me for a dinner party which is for celebrating his son’s birthday, then should I avoid the invitation or could I join the dinner party and avoid the birthday celebration?



There is no basis for the celebrations of Birthdays in Islam. Hence, you should avoid attending this gathering especially when many commands of the Shariah are generally violated at such gatherings.
Mufti Shafiq Jakhura
Iftaa Department, Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre
I concur with the answer:
Mufti Zubair Bayat

Ameer, Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre

This answer was collected from It’s the official website of Darul Ihsan, which is an Islamic organisation (PBO) based in Durban, South Africa.

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