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Exchanging Greetings and Well-Wishes for the New Year

I was sure it wasn't from the Sunnah to greet/well wish for the new year, but I did not know how to respond so this was beneficial.

via Salaf-us-Saalih.com
http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2011/01/01/exchanging-greetings-and-well-wishes-for-the-new-year/

Question: Is it permissible for a person to initiate the well-wishing for the new year to someone?

Response: If someone wished you well, then return the greeting to him, but don’t you be the one to initiate the well wishing to anyone – this is the correct position in this matter.

If for example someone said to you ‘we wish you well for this new year’, you should say “may Allaah greet you with good and may He make it a year [filled with] good and blessings”, however, don’t you initiate [the well-wishing] to the people. [This is] because I do not know anything from the Salaf that they used to greet [the people] with well-wishes for the new year. Rather, know that the Salaf did not adopt Muharram as the beginning of the new year until the caliphate of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu).
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
I’laam al-Mu’aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Page 372
http://salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=16&Topic=5125

(In the above link from salafitalk.net was an interesting post that looked at some kufaar traditions around the world for ringing in the new year. I thought this would make a great discussion on shirk as well.)




Congratulations on the new year or the occasion of Mawlid

The first question of Fatwa no. 20795
Q 1: Is it permissible to congratulate non-Muslims on the occasion of the new Gregorian year, the new Hijri (lunar) year, and the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday)?
A: It is not permissible to offer congratulations on such occasions; for it is not Mashru‘ (Islamically permissible) to celebrate them.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
source : http://www.alifta.com/Fatawa/FatawaChapters.aspx?View=Page&PageID=151&PageNo=1&BookID=10

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