Islamic State terrorist channels have begun to circulate a meme urging Muslims everywhere to ignore New Year’s Eve 2016 because celebrating it is “practicing idolatry.” The meme was circulated on English-speaking terrorism channels hours before much of the Western world is set to usher in 2017.
An accompanying statement with the meme reads:
To celebrate New Year’s Eve with the kuffar is to embrace their idolatry and paganism and to shun the rulings of our Lord.
Allah says: “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliya’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Auliya’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Auliya’), then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust)” (Al-Maidah 51).
There is nothing to celebrate. The Gregorian calendar is rooted in kufr and blatantly ignores the lunar calendar and that introduced to follow the Hijrah of our honorable Prophet (SAWS).
We also do not celebrate the start of a new year. Rather, we consider sacred the month of sacrifice and the ‘Eids, which are also times to consider our Muslim brothers and ourselves.If a Muslim finds himself amid such a celebration, the kuffar commit all kinds of sin – imbibing of alcohol, fornication, and debauchery – that must be avoided.
The warning cites Quranic verses to dissuade Muslims from celebrating, with heavy focus on the origins of the Gregorian calendar the pagan god that “January” is named after.
Earlier this month, ISIS threatened New Year’s celebrations around the world. However, with nearly half the world having already rung in 2017, there has yet to be a New Year’s attack committed by the Islamic State.