Fatwas on Birthdays and Festivals
Q1453: Is it permissible to strike "The pact of brotherhood" on days other than the ‘Īd of Ghadīr Khum?
A: It is not known that concluding such a pact is confined to the occasion of celebrating "the ‘Īd of Ghadīr Khum", although it is advisable and, as a caution, to confine it to that.
Q1454: Should "The pact of brotherhood" be concluded in accordance with the handed down format, or can it be done in any other language?
A: Although adhering to the transmitted formula is better, yet it does not have to be followed.
Q1455. What is your opinion with regard to the festival of Nawrūz (the celebration of the Iranian New Year)?
In other words, is there any basis in the precepts of divine law that it has to be celebrated in parity with such festivals as ‘Īd of Fiṭr and ‘Īd of Aḍḥā, or is it a blessed day as any other holy day such as Friday, etc?
A: There is no reliable report to the effect that Nawrūz is considered among religious festivals or holy days. However, there is no harm in celebrating or visiting one’s relatives on this day, rather, as it reinforces the ties among blood relatives, it is recommendable.
Q1456: Is there any truth in what has been reported of the lofty position of the Day of Nawrūz and the great reward that could be reaped for engaging in acts of worship on that day? Is it permissible to engage in these acts of worship as really desired in Islam?
A: Doing so with the intention of being really reported in shar‘ is problematic and a matter for contemplation. However, there is no harm in engaging in these acts of worship in the hope of being mustaḥabb in Islam.
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