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    Did Prophet Muhammad(saw) celebrate his Birthday?

    Did Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) celebrate his Birthday?

    In regards to celebrating the Prophet's Birthday, the legitimacy (authority, authenticity) is derived from a Hadeeth reported in Baihaqee from Anas (radhi allahu anhu): “The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) performed Aqeeqah for himself after his Prophethood.”

    As-Suyutee said concerning this Hadeeth: “Another primary text has occurred to me by which the legitimacy of the Mawlid can be derived, namely what is reported by al-Bayhaqee from Anas (radhi allahu anhu) that 'the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) performed Aqeeqah for himself after his Prophet-hood.'

    And it occurs that his grandfather Abdul Muttalib performed the Aqeeqah for him when he was a child of seven years, and the Aqeeqah is not repeated a second time. So, therefore this is to be taken to mean that what the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) did was to openly manifest gratitude for Allah making him the mercy for the universe and to legislate this for his Ummah, just as he used to do by his sending salaam upon himself.

    Therefore, it is recommended for us that we openly manifest gratitude for his birth." ('Husnul Maqsad' of as-Suyutee contained in his 'Haawi lil Fataawi').

    As-Suyutee quoted this hadeeth from 'Sunan al-Kubraa' (9/300) of al-Bayhaqee. Chapter: 'al-Aqeeqah Sunnah', yet it is strange that he did not quote the rest of al-Bayhaqee's words. He (Al-Bayhaqee) said: "Abdullaah bin Muharrar reported a munkar (rejected) hadeeth concerning the Prophet's performing Aqeeqah for himself …[quotes the hadeeth]…..”Abdur Razzaaq said, 'indeed they (scholars of hadeeth) abandoned Abdullaah bin Muharrar due to the state of this hadeeth and it is reported from another perspective from Qataadah and yet another perspective from Anas and it is nothing."

    ['Sunan al-Kubraa' (9/300) of al-Bayhaqee. Chapter: 'al-Aqeeqah Sunnah']

    When Imaam Maalik was asked about this hadeeth he replied, "Do you see the Companions of the Messenger of Allah, for whom the Aqeeqah was not performed in the days of Jaahiliyyah, performing Aqeeqah for themselves in Islam? This is from the rejected (narrations)" [quoted from him by ibn Rushd al-Maaliki in the 'Book of Aqeeqah' of his work 'al-Muqaddamaat al-Mumahhadaat' 2/15]

    Similar statements are reported from great scholars like; Abu Dawood in his 'Masaa'il Imaam Ahmad' Ibn Hibbaan said in his 'Kitaab al-Majrooheen' (2/29), An-Nawawee in 'Majmoo' Sharh Muhadhdhab' (8/330) of an-Nawawee chpt: 'Aqeeqah' | Ibn Hajr al-Asqalaanee in 'Talkhees al-Habeer' 4/147 of ibn Hajr chpt: 'al-Aqeeqah'. He also declares the hadeeth from all of it's various perspectives to be da'eef in Fath al-Baree.

    Therefore, to use this inauthentic Hadeeth to derive the legitimacy of Mawlid is not correct.

    #2
    ...they corrupt the religion and way of prophet by creating such things in islam and they call it loving the prophet ... what an over-rated idiots!



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      #3
      Dear Brothers, May Allah fill ur heart up with love for our prophet !.
      . THOSE WHO OPPOSE MEELAD SHAREEF CLAIM THAT IF MEELAD WAS PART OF "DEEN", THEN SURELY THE PROPHET (SALLAL LAAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM) WOULD HAVE DONE IT HIMSELF AND HE WOULD HAVE MADE IT CLEAR FOR THE PEOPLE TO CELEBRATE IT?

      THE REPLY IS:

      Not everything which the Prophet or his Companions did not do would ultimately make things "Haraam". Since the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) himself said: "He who introduces a new good Sunnah in Islam will be rewarded for it ..."

      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".

      Therefore, whosoever alleges that this thing is Haraam on the basis that the Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) did not practice it, then surely he has alleged something which has no foundation or backing in Shari'ah and thus his allegation is refuted and rejected.

      FINALLY

      It should be noted that, according to your allegations you have stated, i.e. That every person who innovates or brings about into action that which the Prophet or the Companion did not do, means that this person has in fact introduced something bad into the religion, will be interpreted that the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) did not fulfil "the Deen" for his "Umah" and the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) did not convey what was ought to be conveyed to the Muslims! and whoever believes in that is a "Kaafir".

      We say, "We condemn you from your own words", because you have brought and practised so many innovation which the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) or the Companions never practised nor preached, not even "Salaf" ever do them.

      To name just a few and not all:

      1. To gather collectively the Muslims to pray behind one Imam during "Tarawih Prayers", at the two Sacred Mosques and other Mosques.

      2. Reading the "Du's" at the conclusion of finishing the recitation of the Holy Qur'an during "Tarawih Prayers" and "Tahajjud Prayers".

      3. Allocating the 27th night of Ramadaan to recite the whole Quran at the two Sacred Mosques.

      4. The Caller for Azaan saying when announcing to the people the commencement of the Tarawih Prayers the following, "Raise up for Tarawih Prayers, May Allah reward you".

      5. Claiming that "Tarawih Prayers or Divinity" is divided into three Parts.

      Is this a Prophetic saying, or the saying of one of the Companions or of the Four Imams? And many other things such as the formation of the committees for "Enjoying what is Good and Forbidding what is Evil", establishment of universities, Association for memorisation of the Holy Quran, Offices of Dawah and "Special Week of Masha'yekh". Hence, we do not raise objections to these things since they are in place for serving Islam. Let us add that these things are all "Bid'ah" but we acknowledge that they are "good Bid'ah".


      It is alleged that since the Birthday of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is the same as his demise, therefore, expressing joy on that day is no better than expressing grieve over his demise and if the religion of Islam was to be applied on the basis of one's opinion, then we are bound to show grief during this day and not happiness!

      I will leave the rebut of such crooked argument to none other than Imam Suyuti (radi Allahu anhu) himself, where he said in his famous book "Al-Hawaii Lil-Fatawii", p. 193, the following: "The birthday of the Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is the greatest favour of Allah granted to us, and that his demise is the greatest affliction for us. However, Shari'ah has encouraged us to show gratitude for favours and has taught us to observe patient perserverence, silence and calm in the face of afflictions. The Shari'ah has ordered us to offer "Aqiqa" on the birth of a child which is an expression of happiness and gratitude for favours and has taught us to observe patience, silence and calm in the face of afflictions. But the Shari'ah has not ordered us to sacrifice an animal on the death of someone nor to do such action. On the contrary, it has prohibited wailing and lamentation. Thus, the laws of Shari'ah indicate that to exhibit happiness in this Holy month in connection with the birth of the Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), is better than showing grief at his demise."

      CONCLUSION

      The Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasalalm) foretold about the coming of such people in the Hadith narrated by "Abu-Yaa'li" on the authority of "Huzaifah" who said:

      The Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said: "What I fear most for you, is a man who reads the Qur'an until such time when the blessing of Qur'an is reflected on him and he takes Islam as his Cloak ... he then turns around and strips himself off from Islam and then tosses it away behind his back, then he heads quickly towards his neighbour with his sword unsheathed and he calls him a 'Mushrik'" I said: "O, Prophet of Allah! Who is more worthy of being called a Mushrik the one being attacked or the attacker". He replied, "It is indeed the attacker."

      To end this on a happy note let me draw your attention to the following Hadith: The Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has himself indicated the excellence of this great month and day in reply to a questioner. 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".

      PEACE To ALL Brothers

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        #4
        Why Should we celebrate MILAD ???. Brothers u need to know the history behind it .,The Holy Quran says: "And teach them to remember the days of Allah." (Surah 14: Verse 5)

        It is evident from this Quranic verse that the Days of Allah like Ashurah, Lailatul Baraat, and Lailatul Qadr are more important and better than other days. To talk about these days, to remember them and to remind others about them in accordance with the message of Allah is the important duty of the missionaries of Islam and scholars of Islam. In accordance with these instructions I, too, wish to draw your attention to such a day which, in every respect is more important and better than every other day. This day is the starting point for the guidance, salvation and success for all humanity.

        Almighty Allah says: "Verily, came towards you a light." Besides this verse, there are many verses in the Holy Quran which announce the physical arrival of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). One such verse reads: "I have sent you as a mercy unto the worlds." Another verse explains, "Verily, came towards you a bright and apparent proof." Yet another verse says, "Verily, a Prophet is sent to you from among you."

        Almighty Allah also states in the Glorious Quran that He has done a great favour to the believers by sending to them a Prophet from among them. There are various other Ayahs of this type and there is a also a Hadith in which is mentioned the blessed birth and arrival of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

        When explaining the coming of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) it was always mentioned in words such as these, "O Beloved! I have sent you," "The Prophet arrived," and "He was presented." If one carefully examines these phrases, one will realise that only that person arrives or is sent who has already been present and in existence before his arrival. Thus, it has to be accepted that our beloved Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the soul of the universe, the hope of the distressed, the Messiah towards the people, the mercy unto the worlds, Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was in existence before his physical birth!

        Before the dawn of this day, the Palaces began to tremble. The idols fell headlong. Angels, began to salute the status of mankind. This historical day, the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal, is the birthday of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), who has lit the light of Islam till the Day of Judgement. This honourable day is called EID MEELAD-UN-NABI which, without doubt, is the greatest day of the year. For those who really love the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), EID MEELAD-UN-NABI, is a more joyous day than Eid-Fitr or Eid-ul-Adha. Allah says: "In the Bounty of Allah, And in His Mercy - in that let them rejoice that is better than the (wealth they hoard)". (Surah 10, Verse 58) Therefore, it is Allah's Will, that mankind must show appreciation for His bounties. Undoubtedly, showing appreciation is a form of thanksgiving, which is a form of worship. No doubt, the greatest Bounty of Allah to mankind is the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who was not only sent as a Bounty but also as a Mercy to Mankind. Certainly it is the blessing of Allah that we are in the Ummah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). His Ummah is superior to all other Ummahs, and is called KHAIRUL UMAM (Best of Nations). We are the torch-bearers of the Holy Quran. Our Deen, Islam, is a complete and total way of life chosen by Allah Himself. We have unlimited Bounties. But remember, all these are through the Wasila of His beloved personality.

        And on the Day of Judgement, it will be through his KAUSAR that we will quench our thirst; and through his intercession we will gain salvation. Imam Malik (radi Allahu anhu) has stated that the Birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is superior to Lailatul Qadr, because on the night of Qadr the Holy Quran was revealed and during this night, the personality who introduced the Quran was born. Therefore, those who are the lovers of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and those who are hopeful for the intercession of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) must rejoice fully on the birth of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), so that not only our fellow Muslims, but also the non-Muslims must witness that Muslims are not ungrateful to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), but Muslims do have overwhelming contact, love and respect for him.

        Accordingly, prepare for Eid Meelad-Un-Nabi. On the eve of the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal, take a bath, if possible wear new or clean clothes, and use perfume. After Esha Salaah perform Khatam-ul-Quran, listen to Zikr-e-Rasool, give hearing to the Ulema who will talk on the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). For the rest of the night read Durood as much as possible. Also read Nafil Salaah. Make Du'a for yourself,for us and everybody all through the Wasila of the Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Pray to the fullest. Certainly Allah will accept our prayers. Beg of Him and ask Him for forgiveness. The Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was born before Fajr Salaah. The Durood and Du'a of this auspicious time is certainly accepted by Allah. Therefore, Durood and Salaam should be offered at this auspicious time in your home and in the Musjid. After Fajr Salaah, during the whole day, where ever we meet our Muslim brothers, greet them and bless them. Promote love and goodwill by embracing each other. On this day, giving charity on behalf of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and to invite each other and to accept invitation of each other are all acts of virtue. Believe that you will be rewarded by Allah and hope for the Mercy of Allah. If possible, fast on this day as this is the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Hazrat Abu Qatadah (radi Allahu anhu) said that the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to fast on every Monday. When he asked the purpose for fasting, then the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) replied that, he was born on this day and the Holy Quran was revealed to him on the same day.

        Before the arrival of Nabi Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the condition of the world was very delicate. Everything was in turmoil. Infidelity and polytheism was spreading from all directions. Alcoholism, gambling, the taking of interest and bribery was common. The streets were full of major corruptions such as adultery, homosexuality, jealousy, back-biting, enmity and hatred. Vulgarism, theft and murder was a part of daily life. There was not even the scent of love, respect and reverence among people. There was never any protection for the lives and property of individuals. Communities became so corrupt that fathers buried their children alive. In a time of such corruption and deterioration, hope for the helpless, a mercy from Allah, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was born, on the morning of the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic year.

        On the birth of Nabi Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the entire universe became enlightened, the pillars of infidelity began to crumble, the flame of Persia was extinguished, the Arcade of Choroes began to tremble and fourteen of it's blocks fell over, sweet winds of faith began to blow, the faith of humanity began to glitter, the flag of Tauheed was hoisted, the rays of Noor from the light of guidance began to spread and many who had once worshipped 360 idols now turned to the worship of One Allah.

        It is evident from "Hadith-e-Qudsi" that Almighty Allah states: "If Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and his Ummah were not created, then I would never have created the Heaven, Hell, the moon, the sun, the skies and earth, day and night, humans and Jinns, and Prophets and Angels." If the Prophet was not created, then nothing in the universe would have come into existence. Not only this, but it is the word of Allah that, "O beloved! If I had not created you, I would never have disclosed Myself."

        The Noor of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was created before everything. The Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has stated, "The first creation of Allah was my Noor." His Noor was created when there was nothing. This Noor of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was 4 000 years in a high pedestal close to His Creator. When the Almighty Allah intended to create, then He separated this light into four portions. With the first, He created the "Qalam" or Divine Pen, with the second, He created "Lawhe Mahfooz" or The Protected Tablet, with the third portion He created the "Arsh" or Throne and with the fourth portion He created the rest of creation.

        When Allah desired to send His Viceroy to earth, He created the mould of Adam (alaihis salaam) and placed on his forehead and back (spine) the Noor of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). The Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) himself said: "I was a Nabi when Nabi Adam (alaihis salaam) was between water and clay." Travelling from forehead to forehead, this Noor was embedded on the forehead of Hazrat Abdullah (radi Allahu anhu), the father of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). This Noor then travelled into the womb of Sayyadah Bibi Aamina (radi Allahu anha).

        She states that in the nine months of pregnancy, she felt neither any burden nor did she feel symptoms that are felt by any other pregnant women. She also states that during every month, she received glad tidings from various Prophets of Allah. Sayyadah Aamina (radi Allahu anha) states that as time for the birth of Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) arrived, the night passed and the day arrived. It was the during the early hours of a bright Monday morning that she saw a group of people descend from the skies. They had with them three white flags. They placed one flag in the courtyard of her home, one on the roof of the Holy Kaaba, and one on Masjidul Aqsa. She states that a few women then came to her. She questioned them about their identity. Then, one from among them answered that she was Maryam, the mother of Hazrat 'Isa (alaihis salaam). The second said that she was Aasiya, the wife of Firaun and the third said that she was Hajrah, the wife of Hazrat Ebrahim (alaihis salaam). All the rest of the women were maidens (Hoors) of Jannah. They said that they had come to serve her.

        After these events, the light of the worlds, Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was born. The Quran announced: "Verily came towards you from Allah a Light and a Bright Book." The distinguished Ulema have stated that the Shabbe Wilaadat is greater than Shabbe Qadr and that Rabi-ul-Awwal is more exalted that Ramadaan. The reason for this is that on Shabbe Qadr the Holy Quran was revealed and on Shabbe Wilaadat, the one on whom the Quran was revealed, was born. Shabbe Qadr is a means of blessings for the Ummah, whereas Shabbe Wilaadat is a means of blessings for humanity.

        The entire creation rejoiced on the birth of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and, Alhamdulillah, even to this day, the true lovers rejoice on this most joyous ocassion. However, there are those enemies of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who say that to make Niaz, etc is wasteful and lavish.

        To host the Meelad-un Nabi is a sign of love and respect for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). It is, without doubt, the love for Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who is the basis of Imaan. If a person claims to love the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), then in no way will he reject the Meelad. It must also be remembered that a person who loves to make the Meelad will also not turn away from the laws and obligations of the Shari'ah, such as Namaaz, Roza, Hajj and Zakaat.

        We should not only respect the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) by word of mouth, but we should also obey his commands and teachings by firstly performing our Salaah, which is the command of the Holy Quran and the Ahadith. It is through this that we will gain salvation in the Aakirah. Aameen.

        Regarding Eid-e-Meelad-un-Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) Allama Muh'iyyudeen Ibn Arabi (radi Allahu anhu) said that the good deeds which are done on this day of Meelad-un-Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) such as Sadaqah, charity, good feelings, is an expression of love for the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). With these good deeds the request of the needy are fulfilled. Remember that the most important thing in the life of a Muslim is the love of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Therefore, we pray that Allah grant us and all Muslims true love for the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and guide us to follow in his footsteps. Aameen.

        Brothers I wouldlike to close this reply of mine by quoting to you a few authentic books from the thousands available written in earlier centuries by very renowned Ulama and Muhadditheen of that period on the permissibility of the celebrations of Meelad-un Nabi. Some of these books are:

        1. Al Mouridil Raweefil fi-Maulideena Nabawee by Imam Mulla Ali Qari

        2. At-Ta'rif bil-Mawlidish 'sh-Sharif by Ibn Asir Muhammad al-Jazri (d.833 A.H.)

        3. Jameeul Aasaar fee Maulidin Nabeeul Muqhthar by Imam Hafiz bin Nasirudeen Damishqi

        4. Al Fazlur Raaiq fee Mauludi Khairul Khalaaik by Imam Hafiz bin Nasirudeen Damishqi

        5. Mauridil Saadi fi maulidil Haadi by Imam Hafiz bin Nasirudeen Damishqi

        6. Al mauludil Hanni fil mauludis Sanni by Imam Hafiz Iraqi (b.720 - d.808 A.H.)

        7. An Ne'matul Kubra by Imam Ibne Hajjar

        8. Hasanul Maqsid by Imam Hafiz Jalal ad-Din Suyuti

        9. Meelad-ul Mustapha by Imam Ibne Katheer

        10. Bayaanu Meeladin Nabi by Imam Ibn Jawzi

        11. Jami ul-Asaar fi Mawlidil-Muhtar by ibne Nasiruddeen ad-Damishqi


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          #5
          Sheeda bhai
          assalamu alaykum!

          May Allah reward you for your posting about the milad e paak of the Best of Creation and the Chief of The Universes (SArwar e Kainaat) sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam but despite zillions of proofs some square headed people will not accept it so it is not worth debating with them.

          If you are in the UK please email me as I love meeting brothers from Ahle Sunnah w'al Jama'at who are aashiqs

          Jis suhaanee ghaRee chamaka taiyyiba ka chaand
          Uss dil afroz saa'at pe laakhon salaam

          Ala Hazrat Imam e Ahle Sunnat Faazil e Bareilly Mawlana Ahmad Raza Khan al Qadiri radhi Allah anhu


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            #6
            There is nothing like Birthdays and Mawlood in Islam.

            WHen will these ignorant people understand they are commiting a sin, Bid`ah

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              #7
              Salam Asif Bhai
              I think u r right., no point arguing with these ppl. May Allah fill their heart up with love of our beloved prophet.

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              Ki Muhammad Se Wafa To Ham Tere Hein
              Jahan Cheez hai Kai Luh O Kalam Tere Hein
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                #8
                sheeda jigar dil tanda kar dithae

                very good post on the holy prophets
                (p.b.u.h) birthday
                i agree with everything u said
                take care
                allah hafiz

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                  #9

                  Author: Shaikh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah

                  Ibn Taymiyyah says, "…because the Eeds are legislated laws from amongst the laws, so it is necessary to follow them, and not to innovate them, and the Prophet (SAW) had many lectures, treaties, and great events that happened on a number of (documented) days such as the Day of Badr, Hunain, al-Khandaq, the Conquest of Mecca, the occurrence of his hijrah, his entry to Madeenah…and none of this necessitated that these days be taken as days of Eed. Rather this sort of thing was done by the Christians who took the days in which great events happened to Jesus as eeds, or by the Jews. Indeed the Eed is a legislated law, so what Allaah legislates is followed, otherwise do not innovate in this religion that which is not part of it.

                  And like this is what some of the people have innovated, either in opposition to the Christian celebration of the birthday of Jesus, or out of love for the Prophet (SAW) and in honour of him. And Allaah will reward them for this love and ijtihaad, but NOT FOR THE BID’AH of taking the day of the birth of the Prophet (SAW) as an eed - this along with the difference of the people as to when he was born. For indeed this (celebration) was not done by the salaf, despite the existence of factors that would necessitate it and the lack of any factors that would prevent them from doing so if it were indeed good. And if this was genuinely good or preferable then the salaf, may Allaah be pleased with them, would have more right to doing so then us, for they had more severe love and honour of the Prophet (SAW) in following him, obeying him, and following his command, and reviving his sunnah inwardly and outwardly, and spreading that which he was sent with, and performing jihaad for this in the heart, with the hand and upon the tongue. So indeed this was the way of the Saabiqeen al-Awwaleen from the Muhajiroon and the Ansaar, and those that followed them in good.

                  And you will find the majority of these (who celebrate the birthday) in ardent desire of these sort of innovations - alongwith what they have of good intention and ijtihaad for which reward is hoped for - but you would find them feeble in following the command of the Messenger, that which they have been commanded to be eager and vigorous in, indeed they are of the position of one who adorns the Mushaf but does not read what is in it or reads what is in it but does not follow it. Or the position of one who decorates the mosques but does not pray in them, or prays in them rarely…

                  And know that from the actions are those that have some good in them, due to their including types of good actions and including evil actions such as innovation etc. So this action would be good with respect to what it includes of good and evil with respect to what it contains of turning away from the religion in it’s totality, as is the state of the hypocrites and faasiqeen. This has what has afflicted the majority of the ummah in the later times. So upon you is two manners (of rectification):

                  that your desire be to follow the sunnah inwardly and outwardly, with respect to yourself specifically and those that follow you, and you enjoin the good and forbid the evil.

                  that you call the people to the sunnah in accordance to ability, so if you were to see someone doing this (celebration) and he were to not leave it except for an evil greater than it, then do not call him to leaving the evil so that he may perform something more evil than this….[a page omitted in which he explains this principle]

                  So honouring the mawlid, and taking it as a festive season (mawsam) which some of the people have done, there is a great reward in it due to the good intention and the honouring of the Messenger (SAW) because of what I have previously stated to you - that it is possible that something be good for some of the people and be denounced/considered to be ugly by the strict believer. This is why it was said to Imaam Ahmad about some of the leaders, that he spent 1000 dirhams upon the mushaf or similar to this. So he replied, ‘leave them, for this is better than them spending it on gold (jewellery).’ This despite the fact that the madhhab of Imaam Ahmad was that it is abhorrent to decorate the mushafs, and some of the companions (of Ahmad) interpreted this to mean that the money was spent in renewing the pages and writing. But this is not the intent of Ahmad here, his intention here was that this action had a benefit in it, and it also contained corruption due to which it became abhorrent. But these people, if they did not do this, would have substituted this for a corruption that contained no good whatsoever, for example spending upon one of the books of evil…" [Iqtidaa Siraat al-Mustaqeem 2/618+ my copy has the tahqeeq of Shaykh Naasir al-Aql]

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                    #10
                    He says in another place of the same book, "there is no doubt that the one who practices these - i.e. the innovated festive seasons - either the mujtahid or muqallid will have the reward for his good intention and the what the action contains of legislated actions, and will be forgiven for what it contains of innovation if his ijtihaad or taqleed contains one of the excuses (that would lift this sin from him)…."

                    He continues:

                    "But this does not prevent one from detesting and prohibiting it and to replace it with a legislated action containing no bid'ah.... Just as the Jews and Christians may find benefit in their worship because it is possible that their worship includes an aspect of what is legislated but this does not necessitate that you perform their actions of worship or you report their words because all of the innovations contain evil that outweighs their good, this due to the fact that if their good outweighed the evil then why would the Sharee'ah have disregarded it? So we depend upon the fact that it's sin is greater than it's benefit and this necessitates forbiddance."

                    He continues:

                    "And I say: it's sin is removed from some of the people due to the reason of ijtihaad or other than it, as the sin of usury and alcohol (from dates) which has been differed about (by the salaf) is removed from the salaf (who allowed it), then despite this it is necessary to explain it's condition and not to follow those that considered it permissible.... So this is sufficient evidence in explaining that these innovations include corruptions of belief or condition contradicting what the Messenger (SAW) came with, and that what benefit they contain is marjooh (not to be relied upon) and it not correct to use for objection"

                    He continues:

                    "As for what they contain - i.e. these innovated festive seasons such as the Mawlid - of benefit then they are opposed by what they contain of the corruption of innovations that outweigh the benefit, alongwith with what has preceded of the corruptions of belief and state - that the hearts become content with it at the expense of a large number of Sunnahs to the extent that you find that the elite and the general masses preserve this in a way that they do not preserve the Taraaweeh's or the five prayers...." mentioning many more cases.[al-Qawl al-Fasl (pg. 102) of Shaykh Ismaa’eel al-Ansaaree]

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                      #11
                      Ok My dear brother n siters,I think the issue of Mawled has been magnified here recently and often presented in a negative frame and made a tool misused to attack those who like this event and particpate in it preserving the laws of our fine Shariah, bounded by the rules of Quran and Saheeh of the Sunnah.

                      I will, insha-Allah, however, try to shed some light on this issue for you. Bear in mind, that since this issue has been magnified, I am unable to address every issue pertaining to it, however, please feel free to ask if you have any doubt. Before I start, I would like to remind you that what unites us, binds us, bound us, and regulate us is the Holy Qur^an and the Saheeh of the Sunnah.

                      We, Ahlus sunnah wal Jama^a, do not profess blind imitation to anybody scholar or otherwise, if it is indeed
                      contradictory with the fine teaching of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam.

                      Now, having this in mind, know -may Allah guide me and you- that in Islam there are two `Ids, `Id al-Adha
                      and `Id al-Fitr. Other celebrations, like Mawled, are neither obligatory nor forbidden. However, we have come
                      to a time in which we hear too much complaining about the remembrance of the Prophet's birthday, although
                      there are more important matters that concern Muslims nowadays.

                      We are living in a time when the enemies of Islam are destroying the Umma of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam, from within and without, without mercy, and there are now very few believers who are able to oppose them with adequate proofs from the Qur^an and the saheeh of Sunnah.

                      We have reached a time of semi-jahiliyya (ignorance) among the Muslims, so much so that the Truth has become a commodity and Falsehood has become the norm. Allah Almighty is ordering believers said which means: "Hold fast to the Rope of Allah and do not separate" (Ali`Imran 103).

                      Yet in this time, more than any other time, we are finding that the attacks of our enemies are not
                      the only cause of our suffering. Within our own home, the Umma is being attacked and harmed deeply by some
                      people, whom we don't like to name but who are well-known.

                      They are not happy to fight the enemies of Islam but instead find it necessary to fight Muslims and the community of believers throughout the Muslim world.

                      They spend money, allocate time and resources and go the extra mile to create division, chaos and confusion
                      among muslims. They take great pains to find anything that their scholars might consider doubtful as an excuse
                      to deride and denigrate the faith of Muslims, calling them names like: mushrik, kafir, mubtadi`. And they have
                      nothing better to do than to change what Muslim scholars have accepted as correct for 1400 years, and to call
                      it bid`a, shirk, and kufr!

                      Please be patient with me as I will -insha-Allah explain it backed up by solid and undoubtable proofs.
                      The birth of the Prophet of Islam, sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam, and the dawn of his prophethood was
                      not the birth of a Prophet alone, nor was it the rise of a new nation, nor yet the beginning of a new era, but it
                      was the genesis of a new world which is destined to last till te end of time.

                      The influence of his Prophethood is still visible in everything that the world now contains, the beliefs and patterns of thought, culture and civilization, the morals and models of living, the knowledge an learning, simply stated, all spheres of human endeavor.

                      When the Muslim world commemorates the coming to this world of the Prophet who surpasses all other
                      prophets, the Perfect Man, whose advent signified the end of ignorance and darkness and the coming of the
                      age of enlightenment and salvation not only for Muslims, but for all mankind instead.

                      To celebrate the Prophet's birthday is to celebrate Islam, because the Prophet is the symbol of Islam. Before going in-depth into explanations, I would like to present three statements:

                      Scholars of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama^a, such as Imam Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalaaniy, Al-Imam Assooyootiy,
                      Al-Imam Asubki, Nawawiyy..etc. and the recent ones such as our recent shaykhs Abdullah bin Assiddeeqq
                      Al-Ghumaari, Shaykhy wa Sayyidiy Yahya bin Muhammad nino Ar-Rifaaiyy Al-Husayny and
                      others….stressed and emphasized on the fact the Mawled is an innovation of guidance that is permissible and
                      moreover recommended given that: the gatherings at the Mawled are intended and done accordingly for the
                      reading of the holy Qur^an, learning the hadeeth of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam, hearing of
                      his Sira (Life) and listening to Madh (Praise) that has been written for him is acceptable, and that giving food to
                      poor people and bringing happiness to the Umma on that occasion is acceptable.

                      2. We say that the celebration of the Prophet's Mawled must not only be on the 12th of Rabi` al-Awwal, but
                      can and should be on every day of every month in every mosque, and in every house, in order for people to
                      feel the light of Islam and the light of Shari`a in their hearts. Remember the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi
                      wa sallam, did not just come for one day, nor to one nation, nor to one occasion. Instead, He, sallallahu alayhu
                      wa aalihi wa sallam, came to everybody and reliving His Sira should be everyday's mission and practice.

                      3. We say that Mawled gatherings are an effective and efficient means for the purpose of calling people to
                      Islam and educate children, that these meetings give a golden opportunity that must not be lost, for every
                      scholar and da`i to teach and remind the Nation of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam, of his
                      good character, his way of worshipping, and his way of treating people. This is a way to make children love
                      and remember their Prophet, by giving them food and juice and gifts to make them happy.

                      4- Last but not least, everything that is done at the Mawled MUST be done in STRICT accordance and
                      UNCOMPROMISED adherence to the Book And Saheeh of the Sunnah.

                      Having said this and set out the rules, I do not thing there a further need to clearify any more misconception,
                      misunderstanding, or confusion regarding this. Here is what some of the renowned scholars of Islam say
                      regarding Mawled.

                      Al-Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti said in his Hawi li al-fatawa: "The Sheikh of Islam and hadith master of his age,
                      Ahmad ibn Hajar (`Asqalani) was asked about the practice of commemorating the birth of the Prophet, and
                      gave the following written reply:

                      As for the origin of the practice of commemorating the Prophet's birth, it is an innovation that has not been
                      conveyed to us from any of the pious early muslims of the first three centuries, despite which it has included
                      both features that are praiseworthy and features that are not.

                      If one takes care to include in such a commemoration only things that are praiseworthy and avoids those that are otherwise, it is a praise worthy innovation, while if ones does not, it is not.

                      An authentic primary textual basis from which its legal validity is inferable has occured to me, namely the
                      rigorously authenticated (saheeh) hadeeth in the collections of Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet came to
                      Medina and found the Jews fasting on the tenth of Muharram (`Ashura '), so he asked them about it and they
                      replied: "It is the day on which Allah drowned Pharaoh and rescued Moses, so we fast in it to thanks to Allah
                      Most high," which indicates the validity of giving thanks to Allah for the blessings He has bestowed on a
                      particular day in providing a benefit, or averting an affliction, repeating one's thanks on the anniversary of that
                      day every year, giving thanks to Allah taking * any various forms of worship such as prostration, fasting, giving
                      charity or reciting the Koran...

                      THEN WHAT BLESSING IS GREATER THAN THE BIRTH OF THE
                      PROPHET, THE PROPHET OF MERCY, ON THIS DAY ? IN LIGHT OF WHICH, ONE SHOULD
                      TAKE CARE TO COMMEMORATE IT ON THE DAY ITSELF IN ORDER TO CONFORM TO THE
                      ABOVE STORY OF MOSES AND THE TENTH OF MUHARRAM, [but] THOSE WHO DO NOT
                      VIEW THE MATTER THUS DO NOT MIND COMMEMORATING IT ON ANY DAY OF THE
                      MONTH, WHILE SOME HAVE EXPANDED ITS TIME TO ANY OF DAY THE
                      YEAR, WHATEVER EXCEPTION MAY BE TAKEN AT SUCH A VIEW."

                      The list of evidences and testification of rightous scholars is longer that we can capacitate and the names are
                      more than we can count at this moment. Furthermore, according to the Mufti of Mecca Imam Ahmad ibn Zayni
                      Dahlan, in his book al-Sira al-nabawiyya wa al-athar al-muhammadiyya, "To celebrate the Mawlid and to
                      remember the Prophet is accepted by all the Ulama of the Muslims." Most of the following quotations are taken
                      from that work.

                      Al-Imam Al-Hafedth As-Subki said, "When we were celebrating the Prophet's birthday, a great uns
                      (familiarity) comes to our heart, and we feel something special."
                      >Imam Abu Shama, the sheikh of Imam Nawawi, said in his book on innovations entitled: al-Ba`ith `ala inkar
                      al-bida` wa al-hawadith:

                      The best innovation in our day is the remembrance of the Prophet's birthday. On that day, people give much
                      donations, make much worship, show much love to the Prophet, and give much thanks to Allah Almighty for
                      sending them His messenger to keep them on the Sunna and Shari`a of Islam.

                      Al-Imam Al-Hafedth Ibn Hajar al-Haytami said , "As Jews celebrated the day of `Ashura by fasting to thank
                      Allah, we also have to celebrate the day of Mawled," and he quoted the aforementioned hadeeth, "When the
                      Prophet came to Madina..." Ibn Hajar continues, "One gives thanks to Allah for the favor that He gave on a
                      particular day either through a great good, or through the averting of a disaster. That day is celebrated every
                      year thereafter. Thanksgiving entails various forms of worship like prostration, fast, charity, and recitation of
                      Qur'an, and what greater good is there than the advent of that Prophet, the Prophet of Mercy, on the day of
                      Mawled?"

                      Al-Imam Asalafi Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597) wrote a booklet of poems and sira to be read at Mawled celebrations.
                      It is entitled Mawlid al-`arus and begins with the words: al-hamdu lillah al-ladhi abraza min ghurrati `arusi
                      al-hadrati subhan mustanira: "Praise be to Allah Who has manifested from the radiance of the bridegroom of
                      His presence a light-giving daybreak..."

                      I rest my case of what these fine scholars of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama^a said and I entrust that you will find the
                      path of Ahlus Sunnah the most rightous as , indeed , evidenced.

                      There is a treatise (Itqaanus Sana^a fee tahqeeq ma^na Albid^a) in Arabic by the Shaykh of my shaykhs,
                      sayyidy Abdullah bin Assiddeeqq Alghumaari Alhasaniy, rahimahullah, explaining the permissibility of this
                      innovation of guidance as well as important details regarding the understanding and position of innovation (good
                      and bad) in Islam, it is a valuable book that every Muslim needs nowadays.
                      If more evidence on this are needed, please do not hesitate to contact.

                      Let us pray to Allah, The Exalted, to forgive us from any sins and ask Him for His pardon, praying for His
                      guidance and by the Will of Allah to strictly follow His Messenger. I pray to Him, subhanahu wa Ta^ala, to
                      assemble us under the banner of our beloved , the seal of the prophets Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa ala
                      aalihi wa sallam, in the day of judgement with his Al and pious companions. Ameen.



                      KORANIC EXAMPLE
                      Prophet Jesus - an example of peace celebration:
                      "PEACE [Salaam] BE UPON ME THE DAY I WAS BORN,
                      and on the day I die;
                      and on the day when I shall be raised up alive."

                      KORANIC EXAMPLE
                      Prophet John the Baptist - an example of Peace celebration:
                      "PEACE [Salaam] ON HIM ON THE DAY HE WAS BORN
                      and the day he dies,
                      and peace be on him when he is raised up alive."

                      Any ways brothers despite the Koranic quotations that mention
                      prayers of peace on Prophets Jesus and John,
                      many loving followers of Prophet Muhammad
                      who wrote and led others in compliance with the
                      Koran have been subjected to fanatical harassment
                      by the Wahabis/Taymiah sect. The understanding
                      of the recently emerged Wahabi sect is so narrow,
                      flawed and incomplete that they have become
                      arrogant and are of the opinion that they
                      are the only ones capable of understanding the
                      spirit of Islam.

                      INSIGHT TO WAHABISM
                      Wahabi thinking is so fanatical in all aspects
                      of their religious understanding, practice
                      of harassment and terrorism that it is advisable
                      to disregarded the sect completely.

                      Their behavior can be compared to the narrowness
                      of the Pope and his inquisitors, who, in the
                      middle ages, accused Galileo of heresy and
                      forced him to recant his theory of the earth's
                      movement.

                      When the first man landed on the moon, the
                      Wahabi leader broadcast on Saudi Arabian
                      radio that anyone who believed the landing
                      to be true is declared an unbeliever!!

                      Something else is rather surprising -
                      Wahabi's believe the earth is not round. If they
                      were to believe otherwise it would annul
                      their faith because in their opinion God has
                      a locale above us. Islam negates this.

                      With all their billions of dollars -
                      which incidentally is the result of
                      Prophet Abraham's supplication for provision
                      for Arabia - they have rarely spent on
                      the welfare of Muslims or indeed humanity
                      at large. Instead they have either stored,
                      gambled it away or invested in weapons -
                      from Nicaragua to the oil fields - but
                      not to Bosnia and Albania.
                      Peace to all ., n may AllAH fill our hearts with the love of our beloved prophet Amen.
                      Alhamdulillah, wassalatu wassalamu ala Rasoolillah wa aalihi

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                        #12
                        Mastana99,

                        Bid'ah is of five categories according to scholars of Ahle Sunnah (that's all the classical ones btw ). Which category do you mean

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                          #13
                          No Matter how many types of Bid'ahs are there, all bida`ah are acts of misguidance and all lead a person astray and there fore all of them lead to the hell fire

                          according to salafi scholars !! the mufti azam IBn Ba'z , Al Baany and IBn TAymiyyah and other great scholars !!

                          Allah knows the best.

                          dats the bottom line. its so funny that people started copying salafi'z and started calling themselves 'Ahl Sunnah Wal Jama`h' when some of their actions are against the Sunnah. Astaghfirullah.


                          Asif I have seen many of your posts, specially the one you called other wahhabi's out of your ingnorance. Please correct your beliefs and learn and dont blindly follow anyone. Learn the truth.

                          Asif, I have also seen that you get all rude when you talk about these matters and insult people. If you do that to me then make sure I wont reply back to you because I ignore that kind of people. AFter reading your posts, I have a very bad image of yourself.

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                            #14
                            Question:


                            Why some people accept and some unaccept the celebration of the prophet ( )? What is your opinion?

                            Answer:

                            Praise be to Allaah.

                            There is nothing in the Qur’aan to say that we should celebrate the Mawlid or birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The Prophet himself (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not do this or command anyone to do it, either during his lifetime or after his death. Indeed, he told them not to exaggerate about him as the Christians had exaggerated about Jesus (upon whom be peace). He said: “Do not exaggerate about me as the Christians exaggerated about the son of Maryam. I am only a slave, so say, ‘The slave of Allaah and His Messenger.’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari). What has been reported is that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) made the day of his birth a day of worship, which is different to celebration. He was asked about fasting on Mondays, and he said: “That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I was entrusted with the Mission or when I was first given Revelation.” (Reported by Muslim, al-Nisaa’i and Abu Dawood).

                            Moreover, we know that the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) were the people who loved the Prophet most. Was it reported that Abu Bakr, who was the closest of people to him and the one who loved him the most, celebrated the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)? Was it reported that ‘Umar, who ruled for twelve years, or ‘Uthmaan, did this? Was it reported that ‘Ali, his relative and foster son, did this? Was it reported that any of the Sahaabah did this? No, by Allaah! Is it because they were not aware of its importance, or did they not truly love the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)? No one would say such a thing except one who has gone astray and is leading others astray.

                            Did any of the imaams – Abu Haneefah, Maalik, al-Shaafi’i, Ahmad, al-Hasan al-Basri, Ibn Seereen – do this or command others to do it or say that it was good? By Allaah, no! It was not even mentioned during the first and best three centuries. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said in a saheeh hadeeth: “The best of mankind are my generation (or my century), then those who come after them, then those who come after them. Then there will come a people who will not care if their testimony comes before their oath or vice versa (i.e., they will not take such matter seriously).” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, Muslim and al-Tirmidhi). The celebration of the Prophet’s birthday appeared many centuries later, when many of the features of true religion had vanished and bid’ah had become widespread.

                            Thus this celebration became a sign of one’s love for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)? But can it be possible that the Sahaabah, the imaams and the people of the best three centuries were unaware of it, and it was only those who came later who were aware of its importance?! What the Qur’aan tells us is that love of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is demonstrated by following the guidance he brought. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

                            “Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you (really) love Allaah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

                            Say: ‘Obey Allaah and the Messenger.’ But if they turn away, then Allaah does not like the disbelievers.” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:31-32]

                            The first aayah explains that love is just a claim, but the proof of sincerity is following what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) brought. The second aayah reaffirms the importance and necessity of obeying Allaah and His Messenger. Hence Allaah ended the aayah with a very stern warning in which those who refuse to obey are described as kaafirs, and Allah does not love the disbelievers. We ask Allaah to keep us safe from that. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us of the danger of not obeying him, and the danger of adding to what he brought. The celebration of Mawlid or his birthday is indeed an addition to what he brought – as all the scholars agree. He said: “The best of speech is the Book of Allaah, and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. The most evil of things are those which are newly-invented (in religion), and every innovation is a going astray.” (Reported by Muslim and al-Nisaa’i).

                            We ask Allaah to protect us from bid’ah and to bless us by helping us to follow. Allaah knows best. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad.

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                              [QUOTE]Originally posted by Mastana99:


                              Did any of the imaams – Abu Haneefah, Maalik, al-Shaafi’i, Ahmad, al-Hasan al-Basri, Ibn Seereen – do this or command others to do it or say that it was good? By Allaah, no! It was not even mentioned during the first and best three centuries. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said in a saheeh hadeeth: “The best of mankind are my generation (or my century), then those who come after them, then those who come after them. Then there will come a people who will not care if their testimony comes before their oath or vice versa (i.e., they will not take such matter seriously).” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, Muslim and al-Tirmidhi). The celebration of the Prophet’s birthday appeared many centuries later, when many of the features of true religion had vanished and bid’ah had become widespread.

                              Thus this celebration became a sign of one’s love for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)? But can it be possible that the Sahaabah, the imaams and the people of the best three centuries were unaware of it, and it was only those who came later who were aware of its importance?!

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