>> Saturday, December 17, 2011
Assalam-o-alaykum Little Aunties =D Even though I was born into a Muslim family, living in an Islamic country, I grew up celebrating birthdays like most of my friends. But now that I am all grown up and more mature and-Alhamdulillah-getting closer to the Deen, I've been trying to give up all the extra practices we have picked up from the Western culture, birthday celebrations being one of them. The problem is people just DO NOT get WHY I have an issue with birthdays. According to them, its 'just a bit of harmless fun' and 'its not like there are any religious connotations' and 'its okay as long as you're just having lunch with friends or family and not throwing extravagant bashes' I have already exhausted the following lines of argument: a) The only days of celebration in Islam are the Eids, who are we to take up extra practices b) By following a people you are putting yourself at risk of being raised up with them on the Day of Judgement
c) It has NO intellectual basis, like what exactly are you celebrating?? =s
(It was one of my friend's birthday today and I told her to give me one good reason to celebrate them and she said there wasn't one but 'it doesn't hurt to have harmless fun' and well I sent her a long text about mindless following of consumerist societies and how being people of reason we should look for reasons for every action of ours etc etc. Needless to say, I didn't receive a reply :D )
Anyway so I was wondering if you could just give me other reasons I can give people and how I can stop people from wishing me and not wish people without offending them (ESPECIALLY aunties in the family who are already wary of my growing 'extremist' practices -_-) JazakAllah Khayr in advance! And *hugs* for the awesome job you guys do!
Tired of Mindless Celebrations