Is it halaal to eat birthday cake?
When I ask this question, I do know that celebrating birthdays is a practice of non-Muslims and so we aren't allowed to celebrate it. However, that is not the aspect of this matter that I am talking about. Also, the cake itself is of halaal ingredients, so that too is not the question.
Rather, a friend once told me that when we sing "Happy birthday to Ahmed" (assuming it's Ahmed's birthday), it is as if Ahmed's name has been invoked upon the birthday cake as it is being cut. This thing itself makes the cake haraam since a name other than Allah has supposedly been invoked upon it.
This question is very relevant to my situation because, though my wife and I never celebrate birthdays (we are reminded by phone calls from family and friends that it's our or our kids' birthday), in many of the companies that I work in birthdays are celebrated with much gusto. After the cake-cutting the entire staff is given a piece of the cake (including myself). I avoid eating the cake owing to this issue, though I do not mind eating any of the other food on the plate other than the cake. However, I would like to have more accurate information on this.
I would be grateful for any information about this matter. Jazakaalhu khairan!