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


Many people view the issue of refutation as fitnah to the ummah….. Sincerely, the main fitnah are those hiding under the umbrella of salafiyyah, sympathizing with the innovators (The muslim brotherhood) …..

If we didn’t get the concept of aqeedah and manhaj rightly,we may be lead astray if care is not taken …..

Aqeedah means creed what you believe in (àdi sokàn) while manhaj means methodology I.e path …… The two are in pari-pasu, your manhaj (path) will let people know your aqeedah …..

We found ourselves in an era where people sympathize with ikhwanu-l- muslimoon and they see the salafiyyoon as extremist (please let be sincere)….. They find it easy to accommodate those ikhwaan than the salafiyyah ……

Infact, the word salafiyyah sounds irritating in some people’s hear والعياذ بالله ……have you forgotten that the prophet was the one who ascribed the word salaf to himself.
The Hadith below expatriate the aforementioned point

« أَنَّ جِبْرِيلَ كَانَ يُعَارِضُهُ الْقُرْآنَ فِى كُلِّ سَنَةٍ مَرَّةً وَإِنَّهُ عَارَضَهُ الآنَ مَرَّتَيْنِ وَإِنِّى لاَ أُرَى الأَجَلَ إِلاَّ قَدِ اقْتَرَبَ فَاتَّقِى اللَّهَ وَاصْبِرِى فَإِنَّهُ نِعْمَ السَّلَف أَنَا لَكِ »
The messenger – Sallallahu alaihi wa Salam – said: Indeed Jibreel used to listen to my recitation of the Qur’aan once a year, and he has now (i.e. this year) done so twice, and i do not see except that my appointed time is close, so fear Allah and be patient for indeed I am a blessed ‘salaf’ (Predecessor) for you”

To me any sitting of knowledge (religion) or any scholar that fail to always analyzed aqeedah, manhaj and taoheed needs to be checked …… This is our yardstick because, التوحيد أولا لو كانوا يعلمون

We are now using manners as an excuse….. Even if some brothers are making refutation with rudeness and harshness (which is not an excuse to rely on )

Are the scholars also refuting with rudeness ????

Take from the scholars and admonish the brothers and it will even be better for you as a speaker or writer upon the truth to come out and correct with manners, call to salafiyyah with manners and stop sympathizing with falsehood …..

A scholar that is afraid to offend people has already failed…..
فلا تخافوهم وخافون إن كنتم مؤمنين
We ask Allah to grant us more understanding of islaam and rectify the affairs of this ummah.

Writyen by: Bint Abdulganiy ummu Mujaahid

Calling yourself (Salafi) is sectarianism (مذهبية أو طائفية)!!!

It is not funny though, seeing fans whenever one of their deviants scholars vomits nonsense, the followers come out to defend him blindly, then a known matter in the deen will become unknown, they look for scholars that would say similar thing to back their deviants!

No one ever forces you to attach salafi to your name, and you have no right whatsoever to blame those who attach it to their names, but, the way of salaf is compulsory on everyone to trend!!

Automatically or manually you are a salafi as far as you take their way a lovely way to trend

What divides the Ummah is not the names but innovations, this is what should be a primary concern of a sensible scholar, he should be discussing and be treating this, if Salafiyyah is worthy of trending to you, and it is not a new way, it is a way of Sohaabah and those who came after them, how can being a salafi be a problem to you?

Calling carpenter a carpenter is not a problem to people, calling mason a mason is not a problem to people, they are called because of what they do!!!

Hiding behind the statement of Sheikh Uthaymayn is a sign of deviation without doubt, the scholars before Sheikh saw nothing wrong in doing so, they even encouraged that:

** Imam Dhaabi qualified Imam Ddaaraqutmi as Salafi in Siyar (16/457), he said:
“قُلْتُ: لَمْ يَدْخلِ الرَّجُلُ أَبداً فِي علمِ الكَلاَمِ وَلاَ الجِدَالِ، وَلاَ خَاضَ فِي ذَلِكَ، بَلْ كَانَ سلفيّ
“I said: the man (Imam Ddaaraqutmi) wasn’t involved in theology and wasn’t dived into it, but he was a Salafi.”

** And he (Imam Dhaabi) calls a serious one to be a salafi in the same book quoted (13/380):
“فَالَّذِي يحتَاج إِلَيْهِ الحَافِظُ أَن يَكُون تقياً ذكياً، نَحْوِيّاً لُغَوِيّاً زكياً، حَيِيّاً، سَلَفياً.”

“What Haafidh is in need of, is being a God’s fearing, brilliant, grammarian, linguist, intelligent, bashful, Salafi.”

** This is Sheikhul Islaam ibn Taymiyah, he said in Majmoo’ul Fataawa (4/149):
“لَا عَيْبَ عَلَى مَنْ أَظْهَرَ مَذْهَبَ السَّلَفِ وَانْتَسَبَ إلَيْهِ وَاعْتَزَى إلَيْهِ بَلْ يَجِبُ قَبُولُ ذَلِكَ مِنْهُ بِالِاتِّفَاقِ. فَإِنَّ مَذْهَبَ السَّلَفِ لَا يَكُونُ إلَّا حَقًّا.”

And even the scholars of his time saw nothing wrong in a person calling himself a Salafi.
** Sheikh ibn baaz answered a question, what is your take on calling oneself a Salafi and athary, is it a commendation?
The Sheikh said:
” إذا كان صادقا أنه أثر أو سلفي لا بأس به، مثل ما كان السلف يقولون: فلان سلفي، فلان أثري، تزكية لا بد منها، تزكية واجبة.” المحاضرة بعنوان “حق المسلم” ألقيت بالطائف.
“If he should be truthful that he is a Athary or a Salafi nothing is wrong with that, like what Salaf are used to call: so so person is Salafi, so so person is Athary, commendation is must, commendation is compulsory.”

Please, stop ruining after the innocent salafis, may Allah guide us right, and save us from the evils of deviants!!

Written by: Uztadh Abu Haneefah Tanimola, Hafidhahullah