A Sister from Madinah Munawwarah writes:
A short audio clip by Maulana Umer Palanpuri Saheb is being forwarded on a large scale on whatsapp in which he says that tonight on 31st December, instead of going out, take a tasbeeh and at 11.55 pm start doing zikr of Allah and keep doing it till 12.05 a.m. In this way Rahmaan will become raazi (pleased), and shaitaan will be defeated. This is very surprising, I told a lady who sent me the audio that this is a clear bid’at. This was never the way of Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم, the Sahaaba رضی اللہ , the Salf Saleheen or our Akaabreen. She said Maulana Umer Palanpuri Saheb has said do this. I told her this is a bid’at, but she still said Maulana Saheb has said don’t celebrate the new year. Do this instead to please Allah. Is Maulana Umer Palanpuri Saheb right? Wassalaam
ANSWER AND COMMENT (BY MUJLISUL ULAMA):
The Maulana Saheb has grievously erred. He has failed to apply his mind. He failed to understand that, despite his good intention, he has advised Muslims to emulate the kuffaar in their custom of celebrating the initiation of the new solar year. This is an evil bid’ah (bid’ah sayyiah).
It is haraam to ‘celebrate’ or observe the kuffaar New Year’s occasion with Thikrullaah. It is indeed an evil bid’ah (bid’ah sayyiah). The Maulana Sahib has fallen into error. He is encouraging Muslims to emulate the custom of the kuffaar with Thikr. Indeed, shaitaan is a cunning ustaadh who succeeds to deceive even the Ulama.
It is not permissible to act according to the advice of the Maulana Sahib. His advice effectively means upholding a shaitaani practice with Thikrullaah. While the kuffaar will be celebrating their new year with raucous behaviour and immorality, the Maulana Sahib advises emulation of the kuffaar albeit with Thikrullaah. This is haraam. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Whoever imitates a people is of them.”