Holding birthday parties for children

Question 25: Some of our Muslim brethren hold birthday parties for themselves and their children, what is the ruling on such festivals?

Answer: The basic principle regarding acts of `Ibaadah (worship) is that they are Tawqeefee (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion), and as such, no one is allowed to worship Allaah in a way other than which He ordained, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said in the Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth... read more here.