Is it permissible for Muslim people to accept birthday presents? Is it permissible to celebrate birthdays?
In the name of Allah, The Most Wise.
The Prophet (pbuh) said in authentic Hadith: "you will follow the footsteps of those who were before - Christian and Jews- , foot by foot, arm by arm; and even if they went to a hole of a Dub (small animal) you will try to follow them anywhere they would go”.
This Hadith has a lot of meaning in our daily life. For instance: acting like them, following their hair cuts, styles, their clothes, their celebrations, etc.
Gifts: try not to harm anyone who greets you by giving if this gift doesn’t violate the Islam’s Shareah. You should try to explain to him or her that you are Muslim and celebrating of birthdays is not a desirable action in Islam.
Allah knows best and may He save us.