Ruling on celebrating Qurayqa’an Festival in the middle of Ramadaan?

Question 484: It is a custom in the Gulf countries and the East of the Kingdom to hold the Qurayqa`an Festival before or in the middle of Ramadaan. Children knock at the doors while singing and some people give them sweets, nuts, or money. In the past, there was no control over this festival, but in the present time, governments started organizing it in special places and at schools, people celebrate it and not only children, and money is collected for it.

Answer: The celebration of the fifteenth of Ramadaan of Qurayqa`an Festival is a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) that has no origin in Islaam, and every Bidd`ah is an error. Therefore, this festival should not be attended and people should be warned against it. It should not be organized at schools or institutions, etc. In Ramadaan, after performing all the obligatory acts, people should do their best with regard to Qiyaam-ul-Layl (optional Prayer at night), reciting Qur’aan, and Du`aa’ (supplication) more here.