​Greeting each other on this new Islamic Year 1438


The Islamic year of 1438 Hijriyya has now begun, it is well known the traditions of the world in celebrating and congratulating upon the arrival of the new year [AD], however what is the Islamic ruling on congratulations for the new Hijri year.
Shaikh al-Fawzaan (حفظه الله),
“This is an innovation, congratulating for the new year, it is an innovation; or commanding of fasting or charity [for the purpose of the new year] all of this is innovation, Allah has not revealed evidence upon it”
 [Al-Muntaqa min Akhbaar Sayyid al-Mursaleen – 39]
Shaikh ibn ul-Uthaymeen رحمه الله 
“If someone congratulates you then reply [i.e. make dua that Allah makes it a good and blessed year], but do not do it yourself [i.e. do not begin it yourself by congratulating someone initially]
I do not know that the Salaf used to congratulate each other for the arrival of the new year of Hijra…”
 [Silsilatul Liqaa as-Shahry 20/44]


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