Birthday parties against Islam says top Saudi cleric
Riyadh, August 21, 2008
Celebrating anniversaries, birthdays or mother's day is against Muslim 'righteousness', Saudi Arabia's top cleric has said.
He was speaking after suggestions by a colleague that Islam permits personal celebrations.
Media savvy cleric Salman Al-Awdah told viewers during a call-in television show last week that celebrating birthdays and wedding anniversaries was not against Islam, sparking a debate in the kingdom and prompting the mufti to weigh in.
Grand Mufti Abdul-Aziz Al-Shaikh said celebrating such events would make Muslims like followers of other faiths including Jews and Christians, Al-Madina newspaper reported.
'A Muslim should thank almighty Allah if his children are healthy and if his married life is stable as the years pass by,' the paper quoted Shaikh as saying.
Two occasions call for celebration in the Muslim world, Shaikh said: Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the annual haj pilgrimage. - Reuters