The silver jubilee

Q: We would like to ask about a phenomenon that has spread at this time which is the celebration of the twenty fifth birthday which is sometimes called "The Silver Anniversary", the fiftieth one which is called "The Golden Anniversary", in addition to the seventy fifth which is called "The Diamond Anniversary" and so on. This also happens on some other occasions, such as the openings of some departments, companies or organizations, as they celebrate the mentioned anniversaries, and this is a prevalent phenomenon. However, in this virtuous country and under the protection of the government of Tawhid (belief in the Oneness of Allah/ monotheism), may Allah (Exalted be He) guide it, our scholars amongst Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) tend to fight this Bid`ah (innovation in religion) under the umbrella of the government of Al Su`ud. I hope that your Eminence will answer us whether such celebrations are Bid`ah or not, so that we can acquire sure knowledge in this regard. (Part No. 2; Page No. 262

A: It is impermissible to hold celebrations, distribute presents and other things on the occasion of a person's birthday, or an opening of a shop, school or a project, for this includes generation of Bid`ah-related feasts in Islam. It also involves resembling the Kuffar (disbelievers) in such acts. Therefore, this act should be abandoned and people should be warned against it.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.