QA 384: How Can We Welcome the New Hijri Year

How can we welcome the new Hijri year in Islam, can we wish ourselves happy hijrah celebration or can we fix special program to commemorate this period?

Praise be to Allah; may the blessing and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah.

To proceed:

The truth of the matter is that the Hijri calender was not introduced by al- khaleefah Umar and the other companions so as to be celebrated as an ‘eid. Rather it was used as a way of calculating and dating and knowing other events contrary to what used to be operational wherein they would use different happenings such “the Year of Elephants” ” the Day of Bu’aath” etc to date other events.
Hence, celebrating the hijrah of the Prophet, sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallama, is an innovation in the deen which was never practised by the companions, may Allah be pleased with them all. And it is not hidden that we only have two ‘eids in Islam namely, eid al-Fitr and ‘eid al-Ad-haa as said by the Messenger of Allah, sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallama, in a hadith reported by Abu Daawud.
Hence, greeting people for a new hijra year is strange and it was never practised by the Righteous Predecessors and it should be avoided. And this is the favoured opinion of most of the senior scholars of Sunnah in our time.
Wallahu A’lam.

Answered by: Ustadh Abdulghani Jumat