WHO WROTE THE BIRTHDAY SCRIPT?
It was a beautiful day. I got out of bed without switching off the alarm, made it to the gym, went to dinner, and enjoyed good food & company. I smiled so much that my face hurt. I was wary not to do anything that would dampen my mood. I felt compelled to uphold my high spirits. I felt pressured to do everything I could to have a memorable day; then, I did the GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY. The next day was quite the opposite. It was raining, I was sluggish & bored. It wasn’t special, so I didn’t feel obliged to make it memorable. This made me wonder: To what extent do we act and think differently on our birthdays? The way we feel about our birthdays evolves as we hit the different milestones in life. As a child, birthdays mean presents/gifts. At 18yrs; it’s legal adulthood, you can vote, sign a contract, legally purchase alcohol, tobacco & free to do every stupid thing. 21 is the big one & the game changer.
A Swiss study in the Annals of Epidemiology found that people are about 14% more likely to die on their birthdays than other days. Birthdays are stressful for older people (heart problems, strokes, suicides &accidents), Alcohol & “birthday blues”. Someone has constructed a script he wants us to follow & the birthday industry has monetized on the birthday feeling. Its pop culture, movies & cards largely tell us how we should feel on our birthday. Cake & candles are always involved. We must party & give out party favours, we must get drunk & have illicit sex on our 18th & 21st birthday, we must announce it on Face book so that friends can comment e.g. a card reads “Another birthday? Well, look in the mirror! Do you see wrinkles? Do you see grey hairs? Of course you don’t!” Inside, it reads: “Your eyesight’s gone!” We pay no heed to the fact that these are warning signs of death day & have nothing to do with birthday. The “many happy return wishes we get from our family & friends are actually false because every birthday in reality gets us closer to death; there will be lesser such returns not many.
As kids, we grow wishing we would grow up faster until a certain age when we wish life would slow down. Then, each birthday becomes dreaded. Why? — getting closer to the grave. Scary? Birthday is indeed a celebration of closeness to death & a futile attempt to ignore the reality of death. We are pressured to celebrate & feel good about ourselves. When people can’t reach that expected level of happiness & feeling of goodness, they actually become sadder, because of an unfulfilled expectation that they’re supposed to be happy; it is called — “BIRTHDAY BLUES.” Your birthday is the same as other days. There are still 24 hours in that day & the Universal laws of Allah are still same. Birthday is of PAGAN ORIGIN & ALIEN TO ISLAM! The World Book — Childcraft International says regarding “Holidays and Birthdays,” “For thousands of years people all over the world have thought of a birthday as a very special day. Long ago, people believed that on a birthday a person could be helped by good spirits, or hurt by evil spirits. So, when a person had a birthday, friends and relatives gathered to protect him .And that’s how birthday parties began.” Why do people say, “Happy birthday!” to each other? “For the good wishes of our friends & relatives are supposed to protect us from evil spirits.”. Artemis was the goddess of the moon. The Greeks celebrated her birthday once each month by bringing special cakes to her temple. The cakes were round like a full moon. And, because the moon glows with light, the cakes were decorated with lighted candles.” The origin of the birthday candles. People the world over attach a certain magic to their actual date of birth . We may wear a ring with our birthstone in it for good luck. And when we blow out the candles on our birthday cake, we are careful to keep what we wished a secret. If we tell, of course, our wish won’t come true. We do these things mainly for fun. But it is also possible that there is something deep inside us that wants to believe.”
It is a tradition to give the birthday child pinches, smacks, spanks, thumps, bumps, or punches. Even though they may hurt a little, they are said to be very lucky & spank away any evil. Party snappers, horns, bursting balloons, firecrackers, and other noisemakers are just one more way of trying to scare off any bad-luck spirits that may be hovering about. The games we play at birthday parties are often a symbol of trying to know the unknown. e.g. “Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey”. Birthday & all the customs & traditions connected with its observance have pagan origin & have to do with guessing the future, good wishes for the future, good luck charms against evil spirits etc. A true Muslim should never indulge in birthday celebration whether for self, children or for Prophet Muhammad, just because it seems so attractive, fun, and harmless. It turns people away from the reality of death, truths of Allah & idolizes the SELF. SO, WHO WROTE THE BIRTHDAY SCRIPT? SHAYTAN DID! Tap link for Pagan origin of Birthday Dr. Bilal Philip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXEHrNBaoOo
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