Celebrating Birthdays

Fatwa #1025 Category: Miscellaneous Country: Zambia Date: 24th January 2024
Fatwa #1025 Date: 24th January 2024
Category: Miscellaneous
Country: Zambia


What is the ruling on celebrating birthdays in Islam?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The custom of celebrating birthdays is a hallmark of non-Muslims and is therefore impermissible. As Muslims, we are concerned about the hereafter. The prospect of ones looming death is cause to ponder over ones life and what one has prepared for the hereafter, not merriment and excess.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best 

Mufti Bilal Pandor

Concurred by
Mufti Muhammad Patel

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah
Lusaka, Zambia