Celebrating birthdays

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Q: I have a question regarding birthdays. Can we as Muslims celebrate birthdays? I know the answer is no, but a friend of mine told me that if you just cut the cake and only invite one or two friends just to make your child happy, then it’s not gunaah and you wont be punished for it. So is this true? Can we celebrate our child’s birthday just the way she said?


A: Refrain from this. Celebrating birthdays is the way of the kuffaar.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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