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What is the history behind celebrating basant?

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what is the history behind celebrating basant?

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Celebration of Basant

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Basant is the traditional and cultural celebration of the arrival of spring in some nations and cultures, especially those from the Indian sub-continent. Provided the laws of Islam are not violated, there is absolutely no harm in participating in such cultural festivals, if one wishes to do so.


In light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, the jurors in Islam have listed four categories which would make this or any celebration or gathering forbidden:

  1. The celebration should not be a pagan religious festival.
  2. The celebration should not involve any shirk.
  3. The celebration should not involve or encourage fahisha or indecency.
  4. The celebration should not indulge in excess spending.


If one were to evaluate the celebrations of the advent of spring season or what is known as basant today, one would see that its celebration absolutely encourages fahisha and indulges in excess spending; and if one is unable to honor the limits of Islam during its celebration, it would be best and purest to abstain from such occasions.


In the nation of India, what is known and celebrated as basant in the surrounding nations, is one amongst their religious festivals which they celebrate with the splashing of colors on each other and is known as holi. They celebrate this festival in commemoration of one of their god-incarnates known as Prahlaad who was miraculously saved after being thrown in the fire! Because the essence of their celebration arises from their pagan religion, it would be absolutely impermissible and forbidden for the believers to take any part in such celebrations.


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