As a Muslim, What is Islam’s View of New Years?

السلام عليكم ورحمتُ الله وبركاته 

بِسْم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

Have we ever stopped to think where the origins of such celebrations that are not implemented in the religion come from? Do we know why January 1st became the New Year? What are the Islamic rulings for this celebration?

As Muslims it is our responsibility to know what we are doing. I would like to share the article below to answer a few questions further:


Celebrating The New Year – By Dr. Bilal Philips

January is named after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gateways. He was commonly depicted in statues, carvings and paintings as a two headed man with one head facing forward and the other head facing backwards. In 46BC Julius Caesar chose January 1st as the first day of the New Year as Janus symbolically represented the door to the New Year. Wild parties and orgies were held on the night before the New Year’s Day as a re-enactment of the chaos which Roman mythology depicted as preceding the cosmos or the ordered world whose organization was set by the gods. Furthermore, by that time, Janus had become, in practice, the highest god receiving the ritual sacrifices of Roman worshippers before the other gods, including the chief god, Jupiter.[1]

Thus, in its essence the celebrations of the New Year on January 1st and New Year’s Eve, the night before, are a part and parcel of pagan religious rituals based on idolatrous beliefs in false gods. Consequently, it is completely Haraam (sinful and forbidden) for Muslims to participate in or adopt any of its related rituals, customs and symbols. 

If a non-Muslim greets a Muslim, “Happy New Year”, the Muslim is not allowed to respond in a similar manner or say, “Same to you.” Instead, in order not to offen or hurt the feelings of non-Muslim friends or acquaintances, one may say instead, “Happy holiday.”

As for celebrating the New Year according to the Islamic calendar which begins with the month of Muharram, this is also not permissible from a number of perspectives. First and foremost, if one does so believing that it is pleasing to Allah to do so, thereby transforming it into an act of worship, it becomes a Bid‘ah or cursed innovation in the religion about which the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Every innovation in religion is misguidance and all misguidance leads to the Hellfire.” If one does so merely as a custom, it is still impermissible as it falls under the prohibition of imitation of pagan customs about which the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Whoever imitates a people becomes one of them.”


[1] Pope Gregory 13th who set the modern calendar, the Gregorian calendar, also officially fixed the first day of the year for Christian Europe as January 1st in 1582.


Article linked from:

Islamic Online University- Celebrating the New Year

Allah Knows Best.

جزاك الله خيراً 

A few words that went a long way

Asalamualaikum! I haven’t been on here for a while but I have been reading several posts on different blogs, and I came across this one, and I think this blogger posted a beautiful reminder- a warning about listening to Music which is very common amongst Muslims today, May Allah protect us from this. Also if you would like to learn how music began from the time of Adam, Go on to the YouTube channel: The Merciful Servant and look up: The Story of Sheeth

The post I reblogged is by: identity17
✨ جزاك الله خيراً ✨ 😄😄☺️


Okay Salaam everyone! I’m supposed to be working right now but sometimes you need a decent break (ignoring the fact that I’ve been on break for quite a while now). I’ll use this, though, to jot down some things I heard last week.

I went to this Islamic lecture, there were two absolutely amazing speakers there mashaAllah, didn’t let me even want to look away once through the whole seminar, I wanted to stay focused on all they said. They spoke on two different topics, unrelated to each other, but both of them had quite a strong impact – I speak for myself but I think the audience there would probably agree.

One of them talked about music for a while. His talk was about Jinns, but he wanted to tell us when jinns find us fragile enough to harm us, and music was one those weaknesses. He related his…

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Be Proud of your Muslim Identity

“I feel so bad for her, her religion makes her wear that stuff.”

Towards the end of my junior year at high school I was walking down the steps in the 400’s because we were switching classes and behind me I heard two girls talking and one of them said : “I feel so bad for her, her religion makes her wear that stuff.” I smiled knowing that seeing someone wearing the hijab and modest clothing was probably strange for them. I knew I was the lucky one because I had Islam. If I had time I would have turned around and probably gave them an answer to their misunderstanding.  – but because the bell was going to ring for my next class I couldn’t.

Several people and almost everyday when I’m out with the public I get asked questions about : 

  • My hijab
  • My clothing
  • Why I don’t listen to music
  • Why I don’t have guy friends
  • Islam in general
  • Why Muslim is not to be pronounced MuZlim!
  • And generally a lot of questions..

They’re interested in what they hear, and usually say thing like that’s so nice, or when I show them a recitation of the Quran — they’re usually like that’s so cool, and the reciter has a beautiful voice! Just recently last school year I had to do a junior research paper and I couldn’t think of what to do, so in the last week I decided to write about Muslim Morals, and in sharing that with some of my teachers and some students, they learned to understand my religion more, and that it is not what the media portrays. Just last week when I shared my paper to one of my teachers and explained the right way to say “Muslim” she asked me :

  • What do Muslim students like you do when teachers put you in a group with guys?

               I said : I ask the teacher to move me because my religion does not permit me.

  • So about the lowering of the gaze what if you have a male teacher?

            I said: I still try to lower my gaze but I quickly look up to make my point and then look down. 

My teacher even said she shared what she learned to her husband, students in other classes, and some other teachers; saying she plans to share it in the teacher meetings. She even told her class when they were watching Student CNN News that they said Muslim wrong!  My teacher is not Muslim, but she is spreading dawa, saying she loves learning new things.

Take advantage of spreading the deen, having  good morals and dressing appropriately -both guy and girls- saying good things, will show that the Islam is really a peaceful religion unlike what others believe.

Be proud to be a Muslim! And never hold back on your Religon Islam, stay strong, have patience, and strive to be better In Shaa Allah. 

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge- Day 1

Asalamu alaikum!

Alhamdulilah I was nominated by Arfa to participate in a 3 Day, 3 Quote Challenge, a long time ago, but i didn’t have time because this is my senior year of high school, and applying for colleges, and scholarships plus taking college classes is something that is very time consuming, but alhamdulilah here I am :).

Since today is the first day, I decided to share a quote that is important to me, and something that I remind my self during hard times. This quote is about patience, I decided to share a few because they were similar, and I like them all. It reminds me that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’la) will always be there, and that there is something always good at the end in shaa allah. Jazak Allahu khayran:)


The rules of the quote challenge are:

  • Thanks the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote each day for 3 days.
  • Each day nominate 3 bloggers to take part.

Today In shaa allah I nominate the following people:

  1. Christal Blogs
  2. Indian Reverted Muslimah
  3. Striving Muslimah

May Allah Forgive us, and grant us Jannah in shaa allah: ) Ameen.

Liebster Award


Asalamu alaykum warahmatu lahi wabarakatuh Alhamdulilah I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Haya on her awesome blog  1newleaf blog . To learn more about  the Liebster Award  click here. It is a way to connect with other bloggers.

When you are nominated, you are asked a bunch of questions, and then you nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions and write 11 facts about yourself. Questions I was asked by Haya:

  1. Why did you start a blog? I wanted to share my thoughts. and it was also started for a school project that I decided to do on Muslim Morals.
  2. What do you like in my blog? I like your Islamic reminders, poems, and stories 🙂
  3. What’s the most important thing in your life? My deen Islam!
  4. How do you cheer yourself when you are sad? I’m not really sure, guess it depends on the time or place.
  5. What do you generally gift others? I don’t usually give gifts, but I try to do nice things for people or bake something for them.
  6. Whose company do you enjoy? Why? Close Muslim friends, because we remind each other about the deen, and have fun together! ( with my sisters as well) 🙂 Even though my sisters and I make friends that are usually older or younger by a few years.
  7. Who is your favourite Quran reciter? Oh I have a lot and it keeps on changing: Nabil Al Rifay , Khalid Al Jalil, Sheick Abdelkerim Edghoch, Yasser Al- Faylawaki  are a few I’ve been listening to recently. My favorite right now being Nabil Al Rifay. 😉
  8.  Which surah/surahs you love to listen? why? I don’t have an actual surah, sometimes I pick certain surah’s that I like based on how the reciters read. I like surah Dhariyat, Qamar, Nuh, and Waqiah- it talks about Jannah! 🙂
  9. Where do you long to go on a visit? Why? I long to visit Makkah, Saudi Arabia again, it’s been 2 years since my family and I has gone. And I miss it already, I also miss my family there.
  10. What are your hobbies? Reading Islamic Books on Wattpad, baking sometimes, playing Soccer, blogging currently, even though I have been slacking lately. 
  11. If you start another blog, what will it be about? I already have another blog its called: . The Humble Pearl .

Facts about Me:

  1. My name is Safa.
  2. I have 3 sisters.
  3. I am a hijabi and plan to wear niqab one day in shaa allah
  4. I live in the United States.
  5. I will be a senior in high school this year in sha allah.
  6. I like talking about my religion to non-muslims, especially about the hijab.
  7. Most of my visitors are from 1) U.S.A. 2) Saudi 3) Pakistan
  8. I am Ethiopian/ Eritrean my parents came from over there and I was born here.
  9. I volunteer at the children’s hospital.
  10. I don’t know how to swim, even though the masjid holds a monthly swimming for sisters.
  11. I want to be a sonographer ( ulrasound technician) in shaa allah.
  12. I like reading Islamic books on Wattpad my profile: hijabimuslimgirl

Here are my questions: I pretty much did the same as Haya, but changed a few questions.

  1. Why did you start a blog?
  2. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
  3. What’s the most important thing in your life?
  4. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  5. What’s your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?
  6. If you could speak another language, which would it be and why??
  7. Who is your favourite Quran reciter?
  8.  Which surah/surahs you love to listen? why?
  9. Where do you long to go on a visit? Why?
  10. What are your hobbies?
  11. If you start another blog, what will it be about?

Blogs I nominate for the award:


When you are nominated, you are asked a bunch of questions, and then you nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions and write 11 facts about yourself.

Jazak allahu khayran for nominating me Haya ,I was kind of late like two months after you nominated me I finally posted it alhamdulilah. I hope the people that I nominated will accept the award and answer the questions! 🙂

It is not prescribed to wipe the face after making du’aa’.

Usually after the imam says a dua’a in jumah prayer or in any other occasions I’ve noticed people would wipe their faces after finishing a dua’a. I would usually be hesitant to wipe my face wondering if it was allowed or not. Have you ever wondered? I re blogged a post by a wonderful blogger who spreads a lot of Dawa’ Alhamdulilah ( Dawah for the sake of Allah) and it explains witch hadeeth about it not being prescribed to wipe the face after making dua’a.

Jazak allahu khayran, and sorry for late posts I’ve been very busy in Shaa Allah more to come: ( an award, school experience, mixing youth and the hijab, and hopefully a recipe)

Dawah - For The Sake of Allaah


It is not prescribed to wipe the face after making du’aa’. 

There are many ahaadeeth which describe how the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) called upon his Lord in du’aa’, and there is no proven report that he used to wipe his face after making du’aa’.

As for the views of the scholars who say that it is not allowed to wipe the face, they include the following:

1 – Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal said: It is not known that anyone used to wipe his face after making du’aa’ except al-Hasan. Al-‘Ilal al-Mutanaahiyah, 2/840, 841

2 – Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said:

With regard to the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) raising his hands when saying du’aa’, there are many saheeh ahaadeeth concerning this, but as for his wiping his face with his hands, there are only one or two hadeeths concerning that, and they cannot be taken as…

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A Checklist for Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak to all the Muslims brothers and sisters in the world! May Allah bless us and help us complete the whole month of Ramadan with high Iman.

Muslim Words

1. Ask Allāh (ﷻ) to enable you to reach Ramadan and to get the most out of it as the Salaf (early generation of pious people) used to do.

2. Intend to fast every day with Iman and pure intention seeking the reward from Allāh (ﷻ) alone. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever fasts in Ramadan with Iman and seeking reward (from Allah) his past sins will be forgiven”. (Bukhari)

3. Read the whole Qur’an at least once as the Prophet (ﷺ) did.

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High School Bustop Dilema

About a month or two ago while my peers, sister and I were waiting for the school bus standing outside in the warm April  weather,  a student namely a guy  that I did not know walked up to different people and talked to them. He then came up to me and asked if the girl beside was my sister, and with only the two of us wearing hijab it was kind of obvious. 

 I replied “yes”.

He nodded his head in acknowledgement and brought his and out in order to shake hands with me. Immediately an alarm went off in my head… And the haram police sneaked up on me.

I gently smiled and pressed my right hand against my chest and while shaking my head replied, ” I’m sorry in my religion Islam I was brought up that I as a Muslim girl am not to shake hands with a man that is not a Mahram or someone that is unlike : a brother, uncle, father and etc. 

He loudly asked “Why? It’s just a hand shake, it’s not like I’m asking you about getting into a relationship.”

I said, ” In my religion we also can’t be in relationships, you see it all starts with little things it may start as just shaking hands, and then to just talking, becoming friends, and then more .

He answered back surprised saying: ” Duude!.. Wait so you guys can’t even date?”

“Nope Dating is forbidden you can’t do it. We keep everything till marriage, That’s why we as Muslims must lower our gaze, wear modest clothing and barley have contact with men and vice versa. It keeps you pure for the person you are going to spend your life with.”

” If I were you I would just marry right now and divorce and then marry again, I don’t know how you guys can do that!” He answered back.

“Trust me it’s not hard, the rewards are better in the end and you keep yourself pure. Besides I don’t have to deal with any drama and if someone cheated or etc.” I answered back.

” So you guys have arranged marriages ?”

” Forced Marriages are not allowed because the people in the marriage would not have agreed to be together, arranged marriages on the other hand is allowed as long as both sides are happy with it, the marriage might turn out well in the end. You can marry who you like for its not always arranged.”

He nodded his hand and was like ok and stuck his hand out again smiling. I smiled back shaking my head and said “no, remember?” 

He answered, ” I know , I know I was just trying to see if you changed your mind..”

He turned to my sister and asked for a hand shake and she also said no.

“It’s ok! You can shake my hand! God can still forgive you and your parents won’t know… You can start new thing : shaking hands. 

My sister then replied, ” It doesn’t matter that my parents can’t see, but God can see me and I don’t want to get sin besides why  should I start a new thing?” 

He shrugged his shoulders and smiled saying ” I was just testing ya” and walked to his friend.

–Surprisingly on that day the bus came late so that talk took about  five to seven minutes and a lot was shared about the religion alhamdulilah. There were about 25 students waiting for the bus that morning, and I was surprised I spoke up about it knowing that I was someone that usually kept quiet. Even my sister was suprised – something she didn’t think I would have done.

So alhamdulilah it was by allahs grace that’s he helped me answer those questions to my ability and spread a little more of the message Islam. ” everyone turned around an listened to the conversation I was kind of nervous.. 😅

It is not permissible for a man who believes in Allaah and His Messenger to put his hand in the hand of a women who is not permissible for him or who is not one of his mahrams. Whoever does that has wronged himself (i.e., sinned). 

It was narrated that Ma’qil ibn Yassaar said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “For one of you to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle is better for him than that he should touch a woman who is not permissible for him.” 

So my dear sisters in Islam and brothers if you’re there too… 

Fear Allah, stand up for what is right, if a non-Mahram offers you a handshake  don’t accept it and explain why, maybe one day they’ll be guided or they may gain more knowledge about the religion based on its real beauty instead of relying to what is protrayed on today’s media. 

Don’t get worried that they might think of ou differently remember in the end you are doing everything for the sake of Allah! 

Islamic Joke

* tributes to book: Problems every Muslimah Goes through on Wattpad

May Allah grant us Jannatul Firdous .

May Allah make us utter our last words as the shahada.

May Allah help all our Muslim brothers and sisters in Islam all over the world.


Jazak allahu khayran –

 ✨ جزاك الله خيرن ✨ 

Don’t shake hands woth a Non-Mahram

Visiting Madina, Saudi Arabia

July 24, 2013- Madina, Saudi Arabia

After three days of traveling  we got back to Makkah. After one week we decided to go to Madinah for five days.

We are at the bus station in Makkah, and waiting to get on the bus  to Madinah.  In about ten minutes they call us for departure, and we head to the bus. It is not like any bus. There are comfortable seats, air conditioning, and curtains for the window. I sit up in the front and sleep most of the time, letting my sister Yusra lay on my lap because seats by the window were really cold since there was air-conditioning. After five hours we reached Madinah. We got a hotel and laid our luggage there. 

We walked past the little shops that were close by the mosque. It was amazing to see things you don’t typically see in America. 

Next we left to go to the Prophet’s mosque, and just from the entrance it was beautiful. 

Outside of the entrance were carts with Madinah dates that looked ripe and fresh. In front of us stood a special type of umbrella that they designed. It gave us the shade from the hot sun. With the sun looking directly at you you almost couldn’t see. It was that bad. We rushed to go inside to the air-conditioned area, and more surprising structures awaited us. There were arcs that looked egyptian style, and domes that were colorfully oriented which opened up in the night, and early morning. 

It was beautiful as so was the rest of Saudi Arabia.

We visited the prophets grave but we couldn’t get close to it. It was so crowded because so many women wanted to get closer. As we left that area we passed my the green dome, and more umbrellas. After isha prayers and taraweeh we walked around and saw a man that was selling bracelets and saying يا بلاش!!😄 . 


As it came to our last day in Madina we decided to do a little sightseeing. A tour guide said he could show us some places , so we visited more mosques, graves, mountains, and a date market (Tamar market). 

It was time for us to go back to Makkah and we got back on the bus. A little girl sat beside me, and I smiled at her. Her mother and her little sister was sitting across from me. They only spoke arabic, and with what I knew I tried to communicate. They were so cute. I was about to fall asleep but she kept on waking me up to talk to me even though I didn’t understand what she was saying. We had left at night, and by the time it was four a.m. the driver stopped by at an outside restaurant so we could have suhur ( food before we fasted). My dad took us to a part of the restaurant that was only for family’s. There was no light in that part and I would not dare to sit. Then I saw a bug run across the floor. I jumped and almost ran out but then not to make a fool of myself I walked out calmly  with Somaya. (the little girl that sat beside me). She wanted to go to the bathroom, but as we headed there we noticed it wasn’t that sanitary, because people rarely came. I left instantly and went back on the bus. 

It was time for everyone to head back on the bus after we prayed Fajr. In the five tiring hours that I barely got to sleep a lady gave me an orange to peel, but I didn’t know that because she spoke in urdu. So I shared the orange with my family and ate it. Later she asked me where the orange was by gesturing with her hand. I gasped in discovery and told her we ate it. She wasn’t very happy. It was seven a.m. by the time the bus reached Makkah.