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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Celebrating Eid Milad-un-Nabi

Allah The Exalted warns us in Surah Nur verse 54:
Say: "Obey Allah and obey the Messenger, but if you turn away, he (Messenger Muhammad) is only responsible for the duty placed on him (i.e. to convey Allah's Message) and you for that placed on you. If you obey him, you shall be on the right guidance. The Messenger's duty is only to convey (the message) in a clear way (i.e. to preach in a plain way)."

The Prophet(Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) warned:
“He who does an act which our matter (i.e. our religion) is not in agreement with, will have it rejected.” [Al Bukhari]

Alhamdulilah we are now in the month of Rabi Al Awwal. It is around this time of the year that some Muslims, in their mistaken belief, celebrate the birthday of the Noble Prophet(Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). This is BID'AH (Innovation)!

A certain channel on SKY TV here in the UK heavily promotes many deviant practices that have no basis in Islam. One of these is Milad-un-Nabi. What is particularly worrying is that non-Muslims who watch this channel and thinking of becoming a Muslim and entering Islam, are given the wrong impression.

The celebration of birthdays has no place in Islam and some Muslims still refuse to let go of that concept. The Prophet(Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) warned us to not imitate the Christians and the Jews and follow him(Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). In fact this advice is in the following hadith:

Narrated Abu Huraira The Prophet said, "Leave me as I leave you, for the people who were before you were ruined because of their questions and their differences over their prophets. So, if I forbid you to do something, then keep away from it. And if I order you to do something, then do of it as much as you can."
[Sahih Al Bukhari,
9:391]

Narrated Abu Sa'id The Prophet( Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) "Surely, you will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, in everything as one arrow resembles another, (i.e. just like them), so much so that even if they entered a hole of a sand-lizard, you would enter it."

They said, "O Allaah’s Messenger! Do you mean to say that we will follow the Jews and the Christians?"

He(Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) replied, "Whom else?"

[Al Bukhari, Muslim]

Imaam ash-Shaafi'ee, rahimahullaah, said,

"That a servant meets Allaah with every sin except Shirk is better than meeting Him upon any of the innovated beliefs."

[Reported by Al-Baihaqee in al-I'tiqaad (p.158)]

The evidence from the Qur'an and Sunnah are many and all warn against innovative practices. Allah The Glorious has stated in Surah Al Ahzab verse 21:

“Verily in the Messenger of Allah you have the best example for him who looks unto Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.”

The Noble Prophet(
Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Whoever obeys me, he obeys Allah, and whoever disobeys me, he disobeys Allah, and whoever obeys my ameer, he obeys me and whoever disobeys him, he disobeys me.”
[Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Honourable Prophet(
Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“All of my followers will enter Al-Jannah except those who refuse.” They said: “O Allah's Messenger! Who will refuse?” He said: “Whoever obeys me will enter Al-Jannah and whoever disobeys me is the one who refuses (to enter it).”
[Reported by Al-Bukhari]

Still insistent that the birthday of the Honourable Prophet(
Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) should be celebrated??? Do not be drawn into Bid'ah(Innovation) and corrupt your Deen(religion)! The Companions(May Allah be pleased with them all) who were the best of people after the Prophets(May Allah's Peace be upon them all), DID NOT celebrate the birthday of the Noble Prophet(Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) so why engage in something that has absolutely no basis in Islam?? We are not even close to the rank of the Companions(May Allah be pleased with them all), yet some Muslims have deviated from the correct teachings of this beautiful Deen and have turned it into something else.

Some of these Muslims will argue that celebrating Milad-un-Nabi is a long standing tradition in their families and communities. Allah says to these people in Surah Surah Al Baqarah verse 170:
"When it is said to them, ‘Follow what Allah has sent down.’ They say, ‘No! We shall follow what we found our fathers following. What! Even though their fathers were void of knowledge and guidance?’

Jaabir narrated the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "To proceed: The best speech is the Book of Allah and the best guidance and example is that of Muhammad, and the worse of all things are the newly invented things (in the religion), for every innovation is a error and a misguidance."
[Sahih Muslim]

And in Tirmidhi the extra wording is added:
"…Every innovation is a going astray and every going astray is in the fire." [AlTirmidhi]


Allah The Majestic warns in Surah An Nur verse 62:
"And let those who oppose the Messenger’s way beware, lest some conflict befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them."

Are the above verses and hadiths not sufficient evidence and a stern warning to us all? The only evidence of the Prophet(
Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) celebrating his birthday... and it is NOT what you think, read carefully before jumping to a conclusion, is found in this hadith:

Abu Qatada al-Ansari narrates in Sahih Muslim, Kitab as-siyam, that the Prophet(Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about the fast of Monday, and he answered: "That is the day that I was born and that is the day I received the prophecy."
[Sahih Muslim]

The Sahaba (May Allah be pleased with them all) loved the Prophet(Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) very dearly and so followed the Sunnah by fasting on a Monday and Thursday. In fact Usamah ibn Zayd narrated:

"
The client of Usamah ibn Zayd narrated that he went along with Usamah to Wadi al-Qura in pursuit of his camels. He would fast on Monday and Thursday. His client said to him: Why do you fast on Monday and Thursday, while you are an old man? He said: The Prophet of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast on Monday and Thursday. When he was asked about it, he said: The works of the servants (of Allah) are presented (to Allah) on Monday and Thursday."
[Abu Dawood,7:2430]


If you love the Prophet
(Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), follow his example! Shun the innovation! Fast Mondays and Thursdays for the reward is immense!

Abu Hurayrah
narrated: "Rasool Allah said: 'Deeds are presented (before Allah ) on Mondays and Thursdays. I desire that my deeds be presented whilst I am fasting'".
[Tirmidhi 42:008]


So hold those decorations, cakes, get togethers, the singing and poetry and instead fear Allah, repent and follow the Sunnah of the Beloved Messenger(
Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)!

Lastly, i leave you with the advice of the Beloved Messenger(
Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) :
"Do not over praise me as the Christians over-praised the son of Mary. I am His slave so say: 'Allah's slave and messenger'
[SahihAl-Bukhari and Muslim]




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Anonymous said...

so are you trying to say celebratin milad-un-nabi is wrong? i think it isnt wrong cuz we do this becasue our prophet was born on this day adn without him us muslimgs wouldnt be muslims .and is you say our prophet passed away on this day as welll...well its all about intension...we make the intension we are doin this to celebrate his birth not death.and goin in strets is ryt...becuz were showing peeple..look this is wat we beleva and this is how much we love our prophet muhammed(peace be upon him)

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

Isn't it better to show that you love the Prophet (S) by following it rather than going out on streets? Also, the Sahaba also loved the Prophet. They never disobeyed him but did they ever celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi?

Anonymous said...

thank you very much for this article. I have been doing this celebration since childhood (29 now) but that was because I was lead into it as a child.

I have been reading about it and searching for proves .. now, I know what to do and what not to do.

Also, it should be noted that this festival (is it wrong to call it festival .. that's what Muslims have turned it into) started only FOUR hundreds years AFTER our Prophet (pbuh) passed away. So for four centuries, there was no such thing. How did it start? The most accurate and logical explanation is around that time, Muslims, travelling to Christian countries, saw them celebrating Christman. Upon asking them, they found out that they celebrate Christman for Jesus.

Muslims decided to have something like that for 'Islam' too. They added this to Islam. But remember .. Add/delete from Islam does not equal to Islam anymore.

Some people called it haraam then but some followed the practice because they said 'atleast that way, people will come to Mosque and do prayers' .. Well, tomorrow, I will say that every one that comes for a prayers will receive 1000 dollars .. people will be queuing outside .. but will that be Islam?

Think before it's too late. Thanks once again for the article. I am looking for more evidence to show to my family :) One good article is not enough for them .. GRrrr

Anonymous said...

You verify Lailatul Qadr but repute the Milad? Allah says that Lailatul Qadr is a blessed day. He says the same for the birthdays of several prophets (peace be upon them all). If excesses --shirk in worship-- are avoided there is no basis for calling the celebration of Milad haram. It is bid'a hasana --a good laudable innovation in the same way the compilation of Qur'an and the codification of law. Rasuli Akhram, peace be upon him, is reported to have been asked why he fasted on Mondays and among the reasons he listed was that it was the day he was born. The rants against the milad celebrations and other free styling interpretations of deen are inspired by the kuffar and are in fact are a plot against islam. They aim to destroy it from the inside by lessening the attachment and love of the people for their Blessed Prophet, peace be upon him, and instigating them turn against each other--to call each other kufr and declare each other's blood lawful. They have been largely successful. Our whole ummah is in shambles. We have to continue to guard ourselves against these attacks. Astagfirullah.

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

I meant that instead of celebrating by holding milads, isn't it better that you spend the day in worshipping and sending durood etc.?

Anonymous said...

WHY WE CELEBRATE MILAAD-UN-NABI
When we celebrate Milad, we gather, in order to send salutations (Esal-e-Swaab) to the Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace], give charity to the poor (Sadaqah Khairat) and remember wilaadah(Birth) and virtues of the Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace]. on 12 Rabee’-ul-Awwal, in fact it can be celebrated at anytime of the year.

Evidence of Milaad-un-Nabi from the Qur’an
Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’an:
Say: “In the bounty of Allah, and his mercy;- Therein let them rejoice.” That is better then what they Amass. (Yunus, 58)

In this verse, Allah Almighty tells us that we should be happy when we receive blessings and mercy from Him. Without doubt, the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace] is the greateset mercy and blessing of Allah Almighty

Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an:

“And we sent not to you but a mercy for all the worlds” (Al’Anbiyaa’, 107)

AllahAlmighty says in the Qur’an:

Oh Prophet! The communicator of unseen news. We have sent you as a present beholder and bearer of glad tidings and a warner.

And an inviter towards Allah by His command and a brightening sun.
And give glad tidings to the believers that for them is great bounty of Allah. (Al-aHzaab, 44-47)
AllahAlmighty says in the Qur’an:
…remind them of the day of Allah…(Ibraaheem, 5)

Hafidhh Ibn Kathir and Qadi Shawkani write that:

“the day of Allah” refers to the day on which AllahAlmighty has done a favour on mankind. For example, the freedom of Bani Isra’il from the slavery of Fir’awn.
[Tafsir Ibn Kathir, and Fath-ul-qadeer, by Hafidhh Ibn Kather and Qaadee Shawkaanee]

Allah’s gratest favour on mankind was the birth of the Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace]. This means that the Milaad of the Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace] is a “day of Allah”, therefore we should remember it.

Hafidh Ibn Rajab writes that:
It is recommended to fast on those days on which Allah Almighty has sent blessings on us. The greatest favour which AllahAlmighty has bestowed us with, is the sending down of the Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace]. Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an:

“I have favoured among nations and sent to you a Prophet from among you”(ltaa’if-ul-ma’rif, page 111, by Hafidh Ibn Rajab)

Anonymous said...

Some other evidences of Milaad
Our Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace] celebrated the birth of his son Ibraaheem by freeing a slave. (Tareekh Ibn Kathir, “Birth of Ibraaheem”).

Imam Muslim writes that the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace] was asked about the fast on Mondays, which he used to keep, the Prophet replied “This is the day of my birth”. (Muslim, “Kitaab-us-Sawm”)

This proves that the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace] kept fast on Mondays to show gratitude for his birth.

Imam Bukhari writes that:
when Abu Lahab died, someone from his household saw him in a dream, they asked him what happened in the grave he said “I am being punished severely, but on Mondays, I get water from my finger with which I am freed Thuwayba,
(Bukhari, “Kitaab-un-Nikaah”)

Same Narated by Ibn Kathir (Sirat-un-Nabee, “Birth of Prophet May Allah bless him and grant Him peace]”, by Hafidh Ibn Kathir)
This proves that a kaafir, Abu Lahab, was happy on the day of the birth of the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace] and was rewarded by having his punishment reduced. If this is true, then indeed Allah will bless a Muslim who rejoices the birth of the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace]. This Hadith has been used by many ‘Ulamaa’, to justify the celebration of Milad.

Allama Ibn Hajr Asqalani writes that Sohaily said that Abbaas Radi-Allahu-unhu, who was the uncle of the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace], had the above dream. Apart from this, other Muhadditheen have also attributed this dream to Abbaas Radi-Allahu-unhu. (Fath-ul-baari, “Nikaah”, by Hafidh Ibn Hajar Asqalaanee)
A person may ask, “When did Abbaas Radi-Allahu-unhu have this dream? Was it before or after he embraced Islam?” The answer to this is that he had this dream after coming into the fold of Islam (Seerah-Ibn-Hashaam) Abu Lahab died after the battle of Badr before which Abbaas Radi-Allahu-unhu embraced Islam.
Fatwa of Scholars for Milad
Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyyah writes:

“Those people who celebrate Milaad through the love and respect of the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace], will be rewarded by Allah. [Iqtidaa’ us-siraat-il-Mustaqeem, page 294]
He also writes that:
If someone celebrates Milaad with the love and respect of Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace], he will have a “big reward”. He says that in Muslim communities, Milaad-un-Nabi gatherings are only done with the respect and love of the Muslims for the Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace]
[Iqtidaa’ as-siraat-il-Mustaqeem, page 297, by Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyyah]

Anonymous said...

Hafidhh Ibn Kathir wrote that:
There was once a King, Abu Sa’eed Malik Muzaffar - a man of good deeds. In his kingdom, wherever he saw a lack of water, he would build a well. He also established many Islamic study centers. Every year, he would spend half a million dinars on hosting a gathering of his people to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace]
[Tareekh Ibn Kathir, see story of King Abu Sa’eed, Volume 13]
Some people have the opinion that King Abu Sa’eed introduced the celebrating of this occasion. This is not true because Hafidh Ibn Kathir states that in the 5th Century hijree, a King named Malik Shah celebrated it also with a gathering
[Tareekh Ibn Katheer biography of Malik Shah]


Muhammad Ibn Is-haaq states that the Prophet was born on the 12th of Rabee’ul-Awwal.
(Seerah Ibn Hashaam, “Chapter Birth of the Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace]”)
Ibn Is-haaq was a Taabi’ and was born in 75 Hijrah. His book is the oldest book available of seerah in Islamic history. The first book of Seerah was written by Musa bin Uqba. This book is no longer avaiable for reference.

Hafidhh Salaahuddeen Yoosuf [A great follower of Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyyah and Shaikh Najdee] writes:

On the birth date of the Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant him peace], to give charity to the poor or to build a Masjid. We agree in this type of celebration of Milaad.
(Milaad-un-nabi, by Hafidhh.Yoosuf, page 92)

Hafidh Ibn Kathir writes: “On the day of the birth of Prophet[May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace], Shaytaan cried a lot.”

(Sirat-un-nabi, “Birth of the Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace]”, by Hafidh Ibn Kathir)

Some questions raised concerning the Milaad
Although the Prophet was born on the 12th of Rabee’ul-awwal he also died on the same date. How then can the 12th of Rabee’ul-awwal be a happy day?

Mourning for someone’s death should not be more than three days, except for a woman, who has lost her husband. Even if the period of mourning for the Prophet’s [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace] death exists, all the actions reciting the Qur'an, remembering his merits, giving alms, and making du’a for him mentioned when people gather for Milaad-un-nabee.
How can there be an Eid Milaad-un-nabi when there are only two Eids (Al-Fitr and Al-AdhHaa)?

Imam Tirmidhee writes
“Abdullah-bin-Abbaas was reciting verse 3 of surah maa’ida, from the Qur’an. A Jew, sitting close-by heard it and said to Abdullah “If that verse which you recited, was revealed to us, we would make that day an Eid day”. Abdullah-bin-Abbas replied “When this verse was revealed, there were two Eids on that day. One of them was the Hajj day and the other Friday”.
[Tirmidhee , “Tafsir”, and also Tafsir Ibn Kathir, surah 5, verse 3]
Imam Waaqdi (A second century Scholar) also wrote a book entitled “Milaad-un-Nabi”. The original copy can be found in Cairo.

Allama Ibn Al-Jawzi, wrote a book called “Milaad-un-Nabi” in which he gives very strong proofs permitting the celebration of Milaad.

Messenger of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has said: "Whoever introduces a good innovation into the religion of Islam, will be granted due reward for it and the reward of those who acts upon it without any reduction in their deeds".

Anonymous said...

Imam Shafi'i (radi Allahu anhu) said: "Anything which enjoys the backing of Shari'ah cannot be an innovation even if the Companions did not practice it, because their abstention from doing something may have been due to a particular reason which was there at that time, or they have left it to something which happens to be better, or perhaps news about a particular them did not reach them all".
Even Ibn Tay'miah said in his book "Necessity of the Right Path", p. 266, 5th line from the bottom of that page, published by Dar Al-Hadith, the following: "As far as what people do during the Meelad, either as a rival celebration to that which the Christian do during the time of Christ's birthday or as an expression of their love and admiration and a sign of praise for the Noble Prophet, Allah will surely reward them for such Ij'tiha". He then said: "Although Meelad was not practised by (Salaf), they should have done so since there was no objection against it from the Shari'ah point of view".

Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar (radi Allahu anhu) was asked, same reference of Imam Suyuti (radi Allahu anhu), about Meelad Shareef. His reply was: "Meelad Shareef is, in fact, and innovation, which was not transmitted from any pious predecessor in the first three centuries. Nevertheless, both acts of virtue as well as acts of abomination are found in it (i.e. sometimes acts of virtue are found therein and sometimes acts of abomination). If in the Meelad Shareef only acts of virtue are done and acts of abomination are abstained from, then the Meelad Shareef is a Bid'ah Hasanah (good innovation), otherwise not." He then added "... to do any virtuous act and to observe it annually as means of recollection for any special day on which Allah Ta'ala has bestowed any favour or removed any calamity is a form of showing gratitude to Allah. Gratitude to Allah Ta'ala is expressed through different kinds of Ibaadah (worship) -prostration and standing in prayer, charity and recitation of the Holy Qu'ran. And what is a greater favour from Allah can there be than the appearance of the Prophet of Mercy (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) on this day (i.e. 12th of Rabbi-ul-Awwal)?"

Some people do not limit it and celebrate the Meelad Shareef on any day of Rabbi-ul-Awwal. Nay, some people have extended it even more and increased the period to the whole year. According to the latter, the Meelad Shareef can be celebrated on any day of the year. The objective here is the same, i.e. to rejoice at and celebrate the Holy Birth of the Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
It is alleged by those people who disagreewith Meelad that Imam Ibn Kathir (radi Allahu anhu) stated in his book "Al-Bi'dayah Wa Ni'hayah" in Vol.11, p. 172 the following: "It was the Fatimy Government which ruled Egypt from 357-567 who was responsible for the celebration of Meelad".
We say in reply to the above that after having consulted the above reference we found that it was a sheer lie, for we read that page and we found that the above is but allegations, deceit and dishonesty when quoting the renowned scholars of Islam. However, if they insist on the above, we demand that they produce it before us if there is any truth in what they allege!

Imam Abu-Shamah, The Sheik of Al Hafiz Al Nawawi (radi Allahu anhuma), said: "The best of the innovations of our times is what is carried out on the day of corresponding to the birthday of our Beloved Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), where people give out donations, practice what is right, express their joy and happiness, in doing so is surely a sign of love and admiration for the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)".

When the questioner wanted to find out about fasting on Mondays, the Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) replied: "That is the day on which I was BORN"

Anonymous said...

Imam Al-Hafiz Al-Nawawi (radi Allahu anhu) said in Vol.6, p.21 in his "Commentary on Sahih Al-Bukhari": What the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) meant when he said "very" or "all" innovations, is that it is general but restricted, i.e. that most innovations are "evil" but not "all". In "Tahdhib Al-Asma wal Lugat" Bid'ah is explained as follows:

"Bid'ah in Shari'ah is the invention of that which was not there in the period of the Messenger of Allah, and it is divided into two categories Hasanah (or good) and Qabihah (or evil)".

Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani (radi Allahu anhu) who explained Sahih Al-Bukhari said: "Every action which was not in practice at the Prophet's time is called or known as Innovation, however, there are those which are classified as 'Good' and there are those which are contrary to that".

Imam Abu-Na'im said that he heard Imam Ibrahim Al-Junaid say that he heard Imam Shafi'i (radi Allahu anhuma) say: "The new things that are brought about are two kinds. One kind is that which brought about, inconsistent with something in the Qur'an or the Sunnah or with some Athaar or I'jma. This the category of Bid'ah Dalalah (heretic innovation). The second kind is that which is brought about from good things which are consistent with any of the above".

Imam of Imams Izzuddin Ibn Abd al-Salaam (radi Allahu anhu) writes in his book "Al-Qawa'aid": "Bid'ah is divided into Wajib, Haram, Mandub, Makruh and Mabah. And the way to know which category it belongs to, is to examine it together with the laws of Shari'ah. If it falls in with the laws that deal with what is Wajib, then it is Wajib. If with those laws that deal with Haram, then it is Haram. If with the laws dealing with what is Mandub, then it is Mandub. If with the laws dealing with what is Makruh, then it isMakruh. If with the laws dealing with what is Mubah, then it is Mubah".

Anonymous said...

Following the examination of the statements of these highly renowned scholars of Islam, we ask: How is it then that what is alleged that the word "Kul" or "every" includes all kinds of innovations or "Bid'ah" regardless? And where in the religion of Islam is it stated that there is no "good Bid'ah" or "good innovation". Hence, the Messenger of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has said: "Whoever introduces a good innovation into the religion of Islam, will be granted due reward for it and the reward of those who acts upon it without any reduction in their deeds".


From this hadith we find that every Muslim is entitled to introduce a "good Bid'ah or innovation" as long as it conforms with the test mentioned earlier, even though the Messenger of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) did not do it, preach it or practice, in order that he/she could increase the deeds of goodness and rewards.

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

Actually, what I meant to show was that first you start following the sunnah of the Prophet (S).

Anonymous said...

Why are you guys arguing with this 17 year old. He does not know religion . All he is doing is copying and pasting information from different sites. He is condemming people on different acts. But Mr. blogger have you done any research on the above quotes.
Sa`d Ibn Abi Waqqas said that they were keen on telling their children the stories of the Prophet’s battles just as they were keen on teaching them the Qur’an. Therefore, they used to remind their children of what happened during the Prophet’s lifetime so they did not need to hold such celebrations. However, the following generations began to forget such a glorious history and its significance. So such celebrations were held as a means of reviving great events and the values that we can learn from them.

Sending salawaat on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is already enjoined in the Qur’an; praising the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is also an established tradition we have inherited from the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself; so no one can consider it a bid’ah or an innovation in religion.

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

Even though you might think that there's no use arguing with a 17 year old but remember Inshallah I will be of the new generation. As I said, first follow the Prophet Muhammad (S). Also, isn't it better to follow the practices of the salaf such as those that you mentioned?

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

Actually, what I meant to show was that first you start following the sunnah of the Prophet (S).

Anonymous said...

Imam Shafi'i (radi Allahu anhu) said: "Anything which enjoys the backing of Shari'ah cannot be an innovation even if the Companions did not practice it, because their abstention from doing something may have been due to a particular reason which was there at that time, or they have left it to something which happens to be better, or perhaps news about a particular them did not reach them all".
Even Ibn Tay'miah said in his book "Necessity of the Right Path", p. 266, 5th line from the bottom of that page, published by Dar Al-Hadith, the following: "As far as what people do during the Meelad, either as a rival celebration to that which the Christian do during the time of Christ's birthday or as an expression of their love and admiration and a sign of praise for the Noble Prophet, Allah will surely reward them for such Ij'tiha". He then said: "Although Meelad was not practised by (Salaf), they should have done so since there was no objection against it from the Shari'ah point of view".

Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar (radi Allahu anhu) was asked, same reference of Imam Suyuti (radi Allahu anhu), about Meelad Shareef. His reply was: "Meelad Shareef is, in fact, and innovation, which was not transmitted from any pious predecessor in the first three centuries. Nevertheless, both acts of virtue as well as acts of abomination are found in it (i.e. sometimes acts of virtue are found therein and sometimes acts of abomination). If in the Meelad Shareef only acts of virtue are done and acts of abomination are abstained from, then the Meelad Shareef is a Bid'ah Hasanah (good innovation), otherwise not." He then added "... to do any virtuous act and to observe it annually as means of recollection for any special day on which Allah Ta'ala has bestowed any favour or removed any calamity is a form of showing gratitude to Allah. Gratitude to Allah Ta'ala is expressed through different kinds of Ibaadah (worship) -prostration and standing in prayer, charity and recitation of the Holy Qu'ran. And what is a greater favour from Allah can there be than the appearance of the Prophet of Mercy (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) on this day (i.e. 12th of Rabbi-ul-Awwal)?"

Some people do not limit it and celebrate the Meelad Shareef on any day of Rabbi-ul-Awwal. Nay, some people have extended it even more and increased the period to the whole year. According to the latter, the Meelad Shareef can be celebrated on any day of the year. The objective here is the same, i.e. to rejoice at and celebrate the Holy Birth of the Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
It is alleged by those people who disagreewith Meelad that Imam Ibn Kathir (radi Allahu anhu) stated in his book "Al-Bi'dayah Wa Ni'hayah" in Vol.11, p. 172 the following: "It was the Fatimy Government which ruled Egypt from 357-567 who was responsible for the celebration of Meelad".
We say in reply to the above that after having consulted the above reference we found that it was a sheer lie, for we read that page and we found that the above is but allegations, deceit and dishonesty when quoting the renowned scholars of Islam. However, if they insist on the above, we demand that they produce it before us if there is any truth in what they allege!

Imam Abu-Shamah, The Sheik of Al Hafiz Al Nawawi (radi Allahu anhuma), said: "The best of the innovations of our times is what is carried out on the day of corresponding to the birthday of our Beloved Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), where people give out donations, practice what is right, express their joy and happiness, in doing so is surely a sign of love and admiration for the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)".

When the questioner wanted to find out about fasting on Mondays, the Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) replied: "That is the day on which I was BORN"

kkk786 said...

no...no....allah says in the quran that when i give you a blessing/mercy then celebrate.....so you know....when the prophet (saw) was born,was that something bad or was it khushi for the muslims?of course it was some good news,so obviously were meant to celebrate.

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