Birthday party

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Q: I was an orphan and was brought up by my father’s brother. My cousins are planning to give a surprise birthday party calling all his close people like friend’s, relatives, etc. I normally don’t attend birthday parties but now I’m confused. I don’t want to attend the party but at the same time I feel bad because they will feel bad since we were all brought up in the same house like his own children. In recent times our relationship has distanced to some extent, I’m in a dilemma that if I don’t attend will our relationship further worsen. 


A: Tell them that you appreciate all that they have done, but because this is not a sunnat therefore they should excuse you.

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


Answered by:

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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