My friend and myself were shocked. She thought maybe they weren't Muslim, coming to the mosque uncovered and with birthday balloons.
I went up to the Muslim children and explained to them they should get rid of the birthday balloon, that birthdays are Haram and it's Ramadan especially. They said they knew they just didn't want to be rude.
I then found the women with the men by the office. My friend was trying to speak to them. I told one of the women what they were doing was wrong and also a bad influence on the children. The man said, "Balloons aren't allowed at a mosque?"
"No, birthdays are not allowed in Islam. And you are bringing these balloons to the mosque. "
I asked the girl where she was from and if they were Muslim. She said yes they were and they were from Pakistan. I said" You're from Pakistan and you don't know this." I was shocked. "My ex is a Hafiz from Pakistan."
The man said, "Show me proof birthdays aren't allowed."
A lady from the office came to open the door for them.
I said to her, "Tell them what they are doing is Haram. They want proof birthdays aren't allowed in Islam."
She said, "They have come to donate for the kids.. leave it alone."
When the man went inside I showed the woman a fatwa on my phone on birthdays http://islamqa.info/en/1027 . She thanked me as they left.
I am very disappointed in this mosque. Does this mosque except bid'ah because it is free or a donation. What are they teaching the children, especially during Ramadan? And what kind of example are they setting for others?
By Andrea Karshan