People congratulating one on one’s birthday

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Q: Before I had an idea about not celebrating birthdays, but on my first birthday in university, I gave a treat thinking that to feed someone is good, but I don’t know if it’s correct or wrong! Now, my second birthday is about to come and I don’t know what to do if they greet me on my birthday, Alhamdulillah this year it’s Sunday (I’ll be on leave) but what reply must I give to the messages and phone calls from people who greet me (as I don’t want to celebrate/give a treat in the name of a birthday), could you please tell me?


A: If anyone greets you, then you should mention to them that you do not celebrate birthdays.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)