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Restaurants earning money through arranging birthday parties

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Q: I have often heard that celebrating birthdays is strictly prohibited and haraam in Islam. Now what about those owners of hotel and restaurants which are earning money for arranging these birthday parties. Is this amount haraam for them too? Please provide a detailed description with reference.


A: They should refrain from this. Celebrating birthdays is a custom of the kuffaar. As Muslims, we are commanded to refrain from emulating the kuffaar as well as adopting their ways. Earning in this way is indeed very shameful for a Muslim.

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 MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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