(AhlulBayt News Agency) - “Nowruz is not an Islamic holiday; our main religious holidays in Islam are Ghadir and Eid al-Adha, Nowruz is not one of them; it’s a tradition dating back to pre-Islamic era; Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) has approved of preserving such good traditions including Nowruz.” said Ayatollah Alavi Boroujerdi.
Ayatollah Alavi Boroujerdi, a senior Shia scholar, addressed a group of clerics in Qom as he made remarks regarding Nowruz holidays (Iranian New Year’s holiday) and its historic background in pre-Islamic era in Iran. He said:
Nowruz is a nice tradition which dates back to pre-Islamic era and Zoroastrianism in Iran. But this does not mean we should associate all Nowruz traditions to Zoroastrianism. There’s no such thing as Nowruz in Islam, but our religion does not disapprove of celebrating it either. The main Islamic holidays are Eid al-Ghadir and Eid al-Adha which are celebrated every year according to Islamic calendar. Nowruz dates back to pre-Islamic era and is still celebrated to this date.”
Many of the pre-Islamic traditions and customs were later considered as good ones in Islam and thus were endorsed by Prophet Muhammad (sawa), so he approved of preserving them. Imam Ali (as) has also advised maintaining good traditions in his letter to Malik al-Ashtar.
There are also some Islamic narrations to endorse Nowruz as a worthwhile holiday; Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) has said, “On the first day of Nowruz, wear your finest clothes and perfume.”