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Is saying “Ramadan Mubarak” considered to be bidah?

 

Praise be to Allaah.

 
There is nothing wrong with congratulating one another at the beginning of the month. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to tell his Companions the good news of the onset of Ramadaan, and urge them to make the most of it.

 

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:

“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said,

‘There has come to you Ramadaan, a blessed month. Allaah has made it obligatory on you to fast (this month). During it the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are locked, and the devils are chained up. In it there is a night that is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is deprived indeed.’”

(Reported by al-Nisaa’i, 4/129; Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1/490)
And Allaah knows best.

[Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid]

 

 

By Shaikh Abdullah Nasir al-Sulami, professor at the Higher Juridical institute.

 

The preferable opinion in this regard is to say that salutations among Muslims for `Id and Ramadan do not come under the category of worship but under that of general customs. this was the opinion of late Sheikh `Abd al-Rahmân b. Sa`dî. 

Sheikh Ibn Bâz went further and said that it is a preferable practice and cites a hadîth that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Ramadan is approaching you. It is a blessed (mubârak) month”. It was narrated in this context by al-Tirmidhî and Ahmad from the hadîth of Abû Hurayrah. The hadîth itself is actually in the form of a salutation. This hadîth, however, is weak. 

Nevertheless, we could say that offering salutations to others is permissible even if there is no authentic hadîth from the Prophet (peace be upon him), because the one who does this is merely offering a short supplication for his fellow Muslim. 

It is authenticated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) congratulated Ka`b b. Mâlik for Allah accepting his repentance. This would prove that it is alright to congratulate someone who gets something good. The Prophet (peace be upon him) congratulated Ka`b b. Mâlik by saying “Be happy with Allah’s acceptance of your repentance.” 

The arrival of the month of Ramadan is a cause of great happiness for Muslims and an occasion for salutations to be exchanged. 

And Allah knows best.

 

 

 

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