Is it permissible to watch the new year fireworks?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
In new year fireworks they "burn" hundreds of thousands or even millions of tax dollars in just several minutes, all for the sake of "celebrating" the fact that one year has passed and another year has begun. How many empty and starving stomachs could that amount of money have filled? Can such extravagance and wastage be permissible in Islam, which has declared that it is extravagance and prohibited to even unnecessarily wash a limb four times during ablution, and which teaches that when cooking one should add extra gravy in order to share the food with the hungry neighbours? If the answer is no -- and indeed it is no -- then how can a person with integrity and conscience support such an extravagant, thoughtless and insensitive act by watching and enjoying it? Furthermore, what exactly is there to celebrate in the fact that one year has passed and another year has begun? Every year, month, day and minute that goes by takes us closer to our graves and to our eternal and real life. Upon the end of every day, month and year a Muslim ought to ponder and take account of his actions, how he spent that day, month or year and what consequences he is liable to face in the life hereafter for those actions, and what he can do to avoid repeating his reckless/sinful actions and how he can do more of the actions that please Almighty Allah. Umar Ibn al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) used to say "Take account of yourselves (i.e. your actions) before your account is taken (by Almighty Allah on the Day of Judgement)".
May Allah Ta'ala protect us from blindly following the reckless, irrational and insensitive customs and may He enable us to do acts that please Him. Ameen.
And Allah Ta'ala knows best
Mufti Faizal Riza
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