Topic: 'Good Luck' for New Year

ibrahim.bukhari    -- 30-12-2005 @ 4:47 PM
  'Good Luck' traditions of the Kufaar
to Beware of during the Christian New Year

Around the globe, people celebrate the coming of a new year with traditions specific to their country. Although the celebrations are not always held on the same day, they often include religious ceremonies, costume parties, parades, and good luck charms said to bring fortune, luck and love in the new year.

Good Luck Customs and Superstitions Around the World...

Wear yellow underwear for good luck. Venezuelans also write wishes in a letter and burn it so they come true.

Jump seven ocean waves and your wishes may come true. Citizens of Rio de Janeiro also throw flowers into the water as an offering to the Goddess of the Seas.

Eat 12 grapes and make 12 wishes (one for each gong on the clock at midnight.) And if you're looking for love, Mexicans opt for red underwear.

To forget the old year, people create a dummy and stuff it with old newspapers and firecrackers. At midnight, each family lights the dummy on fire and as it goes up in smoke, the firecrackers also go off to add to the festivities.

South America:
On New Year's Day, most people make a habit of eating black-eyed peas and turnip greens (to bring good fortune and plenty of money.)

Single women put 12 men's names on slips of paper, plus one blank slip of paper under the pillow. When they wake up the following morning, they select one of the slips of paper, which means that is the person they will marry.

Sicily, Italy:
Eating pasta in Italy doesn't sound very unusual, but many Sicilians ring in the new year with a plate of lasagna for good luck.

The first visitor on New Year's Day will bring you luck ? good or bad.

Many Danes horde old plates to throw at friends' houses. They believe that broken china means more friends.

There's a fair amount of champagne drinking and screaming on New Year's Eve, but for many French people the new year officially begins by eating king cake, "Galette des Rois," on the holiday known as Epiphany. Epiphany, which celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings to pay homage to Baby Jesus, is honored in most parts of France on the first Sunday of January. The almond-paste round cake is cut into pieces and distributed by a child hiding under the table. Whoever finds "la fve" ? the charm hidden inside ?is king or queen for the day and can choose a partner.

Vancouver, British Columbia:
Take a dip in the English Bay with the Polar Bear Club to wash the year's sins away.

On New Year's Eve, bells are rung 108 times to chase away 108 troubles. The Japanese all laugh after the gongs because it's believed that sharing a chuckle will drive away the bad spirits.

The Chinese New Year (slated for Jan. 29, 2006) is the first day of the lunar calendar, so it is also called the Lunar New Year. This holiday trumps all other holidays in China, and the festivities last 15 days. New Year Eve's dinner has lots of symbolic meaning. Eating dumplings implies wealth because they have the shape of ancient Chinese gold or silver ingots. Everyone, even kids, drinks a little liquor, which is a symbol of longevity. People also give each other red envelopes with money in it, a symbol of luck and wealth.

United States:
Wild cheers at the stroke of midnight is believed to ward off evil spirits. Chase the bad away and ring in the new year. Kissing your loved one ensures that friendly ties will grace you and the person for the next 12 months.

Ibrahim Bukhari
Ibn Sharefah Abdul-Qawiyy al-Michiganee

abu.jameelah.m    -- 04-01-2006 @ 6:17 PM
  Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Wa salaatu wa salaamu ala arasoolullaahi wa ala alihe wa ashabihe ajma'een:

Brings to mind the dua'a in al Fatiha:

"...You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). Guide us to the Straight Way.  The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace , not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians)..." Al-Fatiha(1:5-7)

Wallahul Musta'an

as salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

min 'abdillah:
Abu Jameelah Michael Latham

dksadiq    -- 07-12-2010 @ 9:51 PM
Congratulating other in the new solar or lunar years or the Mawlid

Moosaa    -- 13-12-2010 @ 1:09 PM
  "Those Moslems are their wacky culture...!" says your average Western armchair critic of the Lord's true religion.

They hold hands, close their eyes, and bow their heads and pray in front of a served meal, soemtimes with a lengthy prayer, while the food gets cold, and children can barely keep their eyes off the food!

The "wacky Moslem culture"?  We eat the food when it is served, saying, "In the Name of Allaah (we eat)"

They see black cats and their hearts sink, fearing bad luck.  They throw salt over their shoulders when eating if they spilled it, they make tawaaf around their house if they put their shirt on backwards by mistake, they hang horseshoes over their doors for luck, knock on wood, etc.

The "wacky Moslem culture"?  We place our trust in the Almighty and pay no attention to what the people fear will bring bad luck.

For the new year they kiss people for good luck, count down the seconds to... well to nothing actually.  They shout and scream because the clock started over for a new day and a new year.  They make resolutions they break within a week!  And read above for some of the world's practices for the entrance of a new year.

The "wacky Moslem culture"?  We turn the page of our calender (if we have one!).  

(Muslims give no religious significance to the beginning of a new year.)

ibn John


zejd.peqin    -- 01-01-2011 @ 3:43 PM
  Exchanging Greetings and Well-Wishes for the New Year

Question: Is it permissible for a person to initiate the well-wishing for the new year to someone?

Response: If someone wished you well, then return the greeting to him, but dont you be the one to initiate the well wishing to anyone this is the correct position in this matter.

If for example someone said to you we wish you well for this new year, you should say may Allaah greet you with good and may He make it a year [filled with] good and blessings, however, dont you initiate [the well-wishing] to the people. [This is] because I do not know anything from the Salaf that they used to greet [the people] with well-wishes for the new year. Rather, know that the Salaf did not adopt Muharram as the beginning of the new year until the caliphate of Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radhi-yAllaahu anhu).

Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen
Ilaam al-Muaasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn Uthaymeen Page 372

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