There is nothing in the Sharī`ah against
celebrating birthdays or anniversaries. However, it is desirable to avoid show
and pomp at all functions and ceremonies, be they birthday parties or other
occasions of celebration.
The Prophet (sws), it is known, used to fast on his own
birthday. I think it would be nice to add this feature to birthdays. In the case
of young children, one or both parents can fast as an expression of gratitude to