History & Truth about New Year (Must Read)
Many Muslims have been led astray by the dazzling attractions of the non-Muslim festivals such as the Christian New Year. They will also take part in these celebrations on the basis that it is an international event. Christian denominations celebrate New Year's Eve because they believe that was when Jesus Christ was circumcised.
The matter is made more serious by the media which can transmit everything with sound and living pictures from the farthest corners of the earth. In many places, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. The fact of the matter is that all of these actions represent a comprehensive imitation of western culture and can only be the result of very low levels of faith or indeed a total lack of it; to exhibit this type of behaviour is to strip oneself from the distinction and superiority of Islam and it is also an evil which makes Muslims who partake in such celebrations be included in the saying of the Prophet Sallallaahu Alayhi wa sallam : “He who imitates a people will be from among them (on the Day of Judgement).” [Abu Daawood] And in another narration, he Sallallaahu Alayhi wasallam said: “The one who imitates people other than us (i.e., in faith) is not from us. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians.” [Tirmithi]
Some parents even participate in this by purchasing items for the parties and by making their own plans for that night with their friends and relatives so that the way is paved for their children to spend the night with their girlfriend or boyfriend by listening to music, dancing, intermixing with the opposite +++ and many other acts that Allaah has prohibited and which would make morality shed tears and chastity protest.
Muslims waste their hard-earned money in buying fire for themselves in the form of firecrackers and varieties of fireworks. Setting off the fireworks is no doubt, wastage of money and extravagance; therefore this act is Haram and impermissible. Likewise production, selling and purchasing of fireworks are all prohibited as per Sharī’ah.
Therefore alcohol is categorically unlawful (haraam) and considered impure (najis). Consuming any amount is unlawful, even if it doesn’t create any drunken effects.
The Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Intoxicants are from these two trees,” while pointing to grapevines and date-palms. Alcohol derived from dates or raisins is also prohibited, again regardless of the amount consumed
Such parents seem to consider these actions as normal, despite the fact that they will certainly be held to account for the cultivation and upbringing of their children. Allaah Says what means: “O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones…" [Quran 66: 6] Did such fathers, who did not prevent their children from celebrating the New Year protect themselves and their children from the Hellfire?
Congratulating non-muslim for thier fastival is haraam, whether they are taking part with them in that or not. If they congratulate us on the occasion of their festival, we should not respond, because it is not our festival and because these are festivals with which Allaah is not pleased, because they are either innovated in their religions, or they are prescribed, but they (their religions) have been abrogated by the religion of islam, with which Allaah sent Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to all of mankind. And Allaah says concerning islam (interpretation of the meaning):
“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:85].
Fear Allaah and thank Him for having guided you to Islam and for making you distinct and superior by sending Muhammad sallallaahu alayhi wasallam, the Prophet of mercy, especially for you. Allaah has made you the best nation that was ever sent to mankind, provided you adhere to Islam and follow the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam. May Allah Guide Us All To Truth and Keep Us On The Straight Path n let us follow every step our prophet Mohammad sallallaahu alayhi wasallam use to do Inshaa Allah.
History of Gregorian calendar
The Gregorian calendar, also called the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is internationally the most widely accepted and used civil calendar. The calendar was a reform in 1582 to the Julian calendar. It was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom the calendar was named, by papal bull Inter gravissimas dated 24 February 1582. The motivation for the adjustment was to bring the date for the celebration of Easter to the time of the year in which the First Council of Nicaea had agreed upon in 325. Although a canon of the council specified that all Christians should celebrate Easter on the same day, it took almost five centuries before virtually all Christians achieved that objective by adopting the rules of the Church of Alexandria.
Four Catholic countries—Spain,Portugal, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and most of Italy—implemented the new calendar on the date specified by the bull, with Julian Thursday, 4 October 1582, being followed by Gregorian Friday, 15 October 1582. The Spanish and Portuguese colonies adopted the calendar later because of the slowness of communication.
1 January is Beginning of the year
In common usage, 1 January was regarded as New Year's Day and celebrated as such, but from the 12th century until 1751 the legal year in England began on 25 March (Lady Day). So, for example, the Parliamentary record lists the execution of Charles I on 30 January as occurring in 1648 (as the year did not end until 24 March), although modern histories adjust the start of the year to 1 January and record the execution as occurring in 1649.
Most Western European countries changed the start of the year to 1 January before they adopted the Gregorian calendar. For example, Scotland changed the start of the Scottish New Year to 1 January in 1600 (this means that 1599 was a short year). England, Ireland and the British colonies changed the start of the year to 1 January in 1752 (so 1751 was a short year with only 282 days) though the tax year has stayed as 25 March to this day (being 6 April in the new calendar). Later that year in September the Gregorian calendar was introduced throughout Britain and the British colonies. These two reforms were implemented by the Calendar (New Style) Act 1750.
The origins of English naming used by the Gregorian calendar:
January: Janus (Roman god of gates, doorways, beginnings and endings)
February: Februus (Etruscan god of death) Februarius (mensis) (Latin for "month of purification (rituals)" it is said to be a Sabine word, the last month of ancient pre-450 BC Roman calendar). It is related to fever.
March: Mars (Roman god of war)
April: "Modern scholars associate the name with an ancient root meaning 'other', i.e. the second month of a year beginning in March."
May: Maia Maiestas (Roman goddess of springtime, warmth, and increase)
June: Juno (Roman goddess, wife of Jupiter)
July: Julius Caesar (Roman dictator) (month was formerly named Quintilis, the fifth month of the calendar of Romulus)
August: Augustus (first Roman emperor) (month was formerly named +++tilis, the sixth month of Romulus)
September: septem (Latin for seven, the seventh month of Romulus)
October: octo (Latin for eight, the eighth month of Romulus)
November: novem (Latin for nine, the ninth month of Romulus)
December: decem (Latin for ten, the tenth month of Romulus)
Adoption of the Gregorian Calendar
The Gregorian reform was not adopted throughout the West immediately, Other Catholic countries soon followed.
1582 - Catholic states of Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Holland, France and Poland
1584 - German and Swiss Catholic states
1587 - Hungary
1700 - German, Swiss, and Dutch Protestant States, Denmark, and Norway
1752 - Great Britain and its possessions (including the American colonies)
1873 - Japan
1875 - Egypt
1918 - Russia
1924 - Greece
1926 - Turkey
1949 - China
Today, the vast majority of countries use the Gregorian calendar as their sole civil calendar. Countries which have not adopted the Gregorian calendar include Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Iran and Afghanistan. Some countries use other calendars alongside the Gregorian calendar, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Israel and Burma; and other countries use a modified version of the Gregorian calendar, including Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, North Korea and Taiwan.
Last edited by shaikh_samee; 31-12-2013 at 04:23 PM.
Very interesting and informative read. Jazak ALLAH Khair.
first of all i want 2 appreciate ur knowledge bt we are unfortunately living among partially un educated people or living in those kinda people who adopt every thing as fashion not knowing the history,as our new year starts with muharram n i wish if people don't celebrate it,at least should remember it.
Mere post ka yahi maqsad hai ke aaj hum jo bhi celebration karte hai pehle uski haqiqat jaan le. Aur decide kare ke hum jo kar rahe hai wo sahi hai ya galat. Aap jo Muharram ke waqt sab ko wish karte ho, it's good... because humare bhai-behno ko pata chale ke Muharram se humara naya saal shuru hota hai.
Originally Posted by shazia rana
History & Truth about New Year (Must Read)