Now Ruz Day 2018 is on Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Muslims only, What days of the year besides our 2 Eids are we not allowed to fast?
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 is Now Ruz Day 2018.
Assalamu alaikum wa ramatullahi wa barakatahu.
The answer to your question varies depending on what madhab you follow. I strongly suggest you consult with an Alim within your specific madhab as to make sure you do not go astray. But here is a brief overview...
All the schools except the Hanafi concur that fasting on the days
of 'Id al-Fitr and 'Id al-'Adha is prohibited (haram). The Hanafis
observe: Fasting on these two 'Ids is makruh to the extent of being haram
The Imamis say: Fasting on the days of Tashriq is prohibited only
for those who are at Mina. The days of Tashriq are the eleventh, twelfth
and thirteenth of Dhu al-Hijjah.
The Shafi'is are of the opinion that fasting is not valid on the
days of Tashriq both for those performing Hajj as well as others.
According to the Hanbalis, it is haram to fast on these days for those who
not perform Hajj, not for those performing it. The Hanafis observe: Fasting
on these days is makruh to the extent of being haram.
The Malikis state: It is haram to fast on the eleventh and the
twelfth of Dhu al-Hujah for those who do not perform Hajj, not for those
All the schools excepting the Hanafi concur that it is not valid
for a woman to observe a supererogatory fast without her husband's consent
if her fast interferes with the fulfillment of any of his rights. The
Hanafis observe: A woman's fasting without the permission of her husband
is makruh, not haram.
The Doubtful Days:
There is consensus among the schools that imsak is obligatory upon
one who does not fast on a "doubtful day" ( yawm al-shakk) that later
turns out to be a day of Ramadan, and he is liable to qada' later.
Where one fasts on a doubtful day that is later known to have been
a day of Ramadan, they differ as to whether it suffices without requiring
The Shafi'i, Maliki and Hanbali schools observe: This fast will
not suffice and its qada' is wajib upon him. In the opinion of the
Hanafis, it suffices and does not require qada '.
Most Imamis state: Its qada' is not wajib upon him, except when he
had fasted with the niyyah of Ramadan.
Fasting is considered mustahabb on all the days of the year except
those on which it has been prohibited. But there are days whose fast has
been specifically stressed and they include three days of each month,
preferably the 'moonlit' days (al-'ayyam al-bid), which are the
thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth of each lunar month. Among them is
the day of 'Arafah (9th of Dhu al-Hijjah) Also emphasized are the fasts of
the months of Rajab and Sha'ban. Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays has also
been emphasized. There are other days as well which have been mentioned in
elaborate works. There is consensus among all the schools that fasting on
these days is mustahab.
Reprehensible (Makruh) Fasts:
It is mentioned in al-Fiqh 'ala al-madhahib al-'arba'ah that it is
makruh to single out Fridays and Saturdays for fasting. So is fasting on
the day of Now Ruz (21st March) in the opinion of all the schools except
the Shafi'i, and fasting on the day or the two days just before the month
It has been stated in Imami books on fiqh that it is makruh for a
guest to fast without the permission of his host, for a child to fast
without the permission of its father, and when there is doubt regarding
the new moon of Dhu al-Hijjah and the consequent possibility of the day
being that of 'Id.
What else is celebrated on easter day?
Customs and Holidays around the March Equinox. Usually falling on March 20 or March 21, it is a time when the sun shines directly on the equator and day and night are almost equal across the world. It is also a time when many cultures observe rituals, customs or holidays, especially in the northern hemisphere where it is spring.
In the northern hemisphere the March equinox marks the start of spring and has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth. It is an ancient Chinese custom to balance eggs – a symbol of fertility – on the day of the March equinox to bring good luck and prosperity.
Higan, or Higan-e, is a week of Buddhist services observed in Japan during both the spring and autumn equinoxes when day and night are equal at length. Both equinoxes have been national holidays since the Meiji period (1868-1912). Before World War II, they were known as koreisai, or festivals of the Imperial ancestors. After the war, when the national holidays were renamed, they became simply spring and autumn equinoxes.
The Iranian start of the New Year (Nowruz, No-Ruz, No-Rooz or No Ruz) occurs during the time of the March equinox, in accordance with the Persian astronomical calendar The No-Ruz celebration of spring lasts for about 12 days and dates back to pre-Islamic times. Preparations begin well in advance and include purchasing new clothes for all family members and thoroughly cleaning homes. Wheat or lentil representing new growth is grown in a flat dish a few days before the New Year and is called Sabzeh (green shoots). Decorated with colorful ribbons, it is kept until the 13th day of the New Year, and then disposed outdoors. Oil Nationalization Day in Iran also falls on March 20.
In Tunisia, March 20 is Independence Day. Following World War II, Tunisia experienced a surge of nationalism and in 1956 France signed a treaty to recognize the country’s full independence.
The Bahá’í New Year is also celebrated on March 21, which is the date of the March equinox in some years, such as 2003 and 2007. The Hindi Holi celebration, one of India’s major festivals, is also celebrated around this time of the year in 2008.
One of the greatest Jewish festivals, Passover commemorates the miraculous escape of the Jews from the clutches of the Egyptian Pharaoh, Rameses II over 3,000 years ago. Traditionally celebrated for 8 days (7 for Reform Jews), Passover always begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan.
Although the Feast of Unleavened Bread is quite distinct from the Passover Feast, it is celebrated at the same time and lasts for a full seven days, from the 15th through the 21st day of Nisan. During these seven days, Israel is to eat bread without leaven (leaven symbolizing sin) in remembrance of the time they baked unleavened bread in their haste to escape Egypt. Jews in both Old and New Testament times usually treated the first day of Unleavened Bread and the Passover as one.
Some organizations schedule Earth Day for March 20, while others set the date for April 22. For some, Earth Day is when people from all nations, religions and cultural backgrounds celebrate their similarities: living on earth. For others, Earth Day is observed to promote the protection the natural environment from pollution and other destructive forces. Earth Day activities include planting trees, cleaning roadside rubbish and conducting recycling and conservation programs. Earth day was first observed in 1970.
Now as for me I celebrate "Resurrection Sunday", not Easter Sunday, in memory of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God used the timing, which occurred just after "Passover" and during the "Feast of Unleavened Bread" mentioned above, to illustrate the ultimate sacrifice He made for sinners.
can someone pls translate this farsi for me? thanks -faghan tavajoh kardam, har chi bashe ruze?
It doesn't seem very meaningful!
faghat tavajoh kardam : I only paid attention
har chi bashe : whatever
ruz : day