(Query from Russia) How we should treat to Norooz (Persian New Year) holyday? In Russia a lot of Muslims celebrate this day because people believe that it is an Islamic holiday.
The holiday of Norooz originated from the Persian fire worshippers and Zoroastrians and has no significance in Islam. It is not permissible to pay any type of religious significance to the Norooz Holiday or to celebrate on this occasion.
Allaamah Zayla’ee (rahimahulla) states in Tabyinul Haqaa’iq with regards to Norooz:
It is Makrooh (severely disliked) to fast on the day of Norooz and Mahrajan for it leads to paying respect to days that we have been prohibited from paying respect towards. (Tabyinul Haqa’iq, Vol: 1, Pg: 332)
The above text makes it clear that the Fuqahaa prohibited paying any religious significance to the day of Norooz.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians