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    TOPIC NAME: MAWLIDUN-NABIY


    Among the great innovations of guidance is the annual celebration of the Prophet’s birth (Mawlid un-Nabiyy). This event is commemorated by Muslims all over the world who join together for such rewardable deeds as reciting from the Qur’an, chanting Islamic praises, telling the story of the Prophet’s birth, teaching Religious Knowledge, slaughtering animals to feed to the poor, and gathering to thank and praise Allah and ask Him to exalt the honor of Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam

    To celebrate the birth of the Prophet by doing rewardable deeds-- that can be done on any day of the year--is considered an innovated practice because this was not done at the time of the Prophet. Although this innovation was praised by the Muslim scholars of Islam, some people consider any innovation an innovation of misguidance.

    Those who consider any innovation an innovation of misguidance have been misled, because there are two sahih hadiths which support celebrating such an event. Imam Muslim related, through the route of Jarir Ibn ^Abdullah, the Prophet said which means: (The one who innovates a good innovation in Islam has its reward and a reward similar to those who follow him in it--until the Day of Judgment--without lessening their reward.

    The one who innovates an innovation of misguidance would be sinful for it and has sins similar to those who follow him in it--until the Day of Judgment--without lessening their sins.) There are two types of innovations mentioned in this hadith: the innovations of guidance and the innovations of misguidance.

    [This message has been edited by Ahmad G (edited May 13, 2002).]
    Ahmad G
    Islamic Studies Teacher/Student.

    #2
    Innovation of guidance?

    Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) says:

    "He who innovates something that is not in agreement with our matter (religion), will have it rejected." [Al-Bukharee and Muslim]

    ‘Aisha(R) reported Muhammad (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: "Whoever innovates into this affair of ours something that we have not commanded it is to be rejected" (Bukhari and Muslim)

    Jaabir (R) narrated Muhammad(sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) 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." (Muslim) "...Every innovation is a going astray and every going astray is in the fire." (Tirmidhi)

    Verily I shall proceed you to the
    Fountain (Al-Kawthar). Whosoever will pass by me shall drink (from it) and never get thirsty. People whom I know and who will know me will certainly come to me for drink but there will be a barrier between them and me. Then I will say, "Verily they are of me.’ It will be said, ‘You certainly do not know what bid’ah (innovation) they made after you.’ Then I shall say, "Be off those who made Bid’ah after me.
    (Bukhari and Muslim)

    Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) says:

    "This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you ISLAM as your religion" (Al-Maidah 5:3)

    "And let those who oppose the Messenger’s way beware, lest some conflict befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them." (Al-Noor 24:62)


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      #3
      Jazak'Allah Khairun Akhee

      May Allah(swt) bless you

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      'Rabbee zidnee`ilmaa'
      My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.[20:114]

      The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said:
      "Whoever sets out on a path to seek knowledge, Allaah will make easy his path to Paradise."
      [Saheeh Muslim]

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        #4
        jazak Allah....
        i hope ppl do understand that such things r not a part of Islam and r indeed misleading....
        Both Halal & Haram r evident but between them r doubtful things, most ppl have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from suspicious things saves his religion & honor, & whoever indulges in suspicious things indulges in Haram.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Paki Prince:
          Innovation of guidance?
          yes Gudidance
          In short: Mawlidun-Nabiy is not haram.
          Ahmad G
          Islamic Studies Teacher/Student.

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            #6
            This is my preposte reply to this topic. This reply refutes the claims of any ignorant who declared Miladunnabiy as a deviant deed or a misleading matter.

            Imam Muslim related from the route of Jarir Ibn ^Abdullah, that the Prophet said:

            This means: <<The one who innovates a good innovation in Islam has its reward and the reward of those who would practice with it until the Day of Judgement­­without lessening the rewards of those who practice with it. The one who innovates the innovation of misguidance, would take the sin for it and the sin of those who practice with it until the Day of Judgement­­without lessening the sin of those who practice with it.>>

            This hadith, which is confirmed and of the sahih classification, is a foundation for proving the validity of the good innovations in Islam. The good innovation is called the 'liked innovation'. The saying of the Prophet in the hadith refers to the good innovation as opposed to the bad innovation signifying that it includes those innovations that comply with the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet. Every innovation innovated by the people of knowledge that complies with the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet is a good innovation, as indicated by the above-mentioned hadith of the Prophet: <<He who innovates a good innovation in Islam would have the reward of it and of those who practice with it until the Day of Judgement­­without lessening the reward of those who practice with it.>>

            The Prophet mentioned this hadith in relation to a specific incident which occurred when a group of very poor people came to the Prophet. They were so poor that they could not afford an article of clothing for both the upper and lower part of their bodies. Out of their poverty, they covered their bodies by wearing a sheet of material with an opening cut in it for the head. These people were not inhabitants of al-Madinah, though they had come there out of their love and desire to meet the Prophet. When the Prophet saw their state of poverty, the expression on his face changed to sadness. The Prophet urged the Muslims to contribute and pay in charity to those needy people what would be enough to lift their sadness and their need. One man stood up, came forward, and put something between the hands of the Prophet as a contribution to those people. Another came forward with a contribution, then a third, and a fourth. One brought food and another clothing--until a large quantity gathered between the hands of the Prophet. At that time, the face of the Prophet expressed happiness, and he said: <<He who innovates a good innovation in Islam, would have its reward and the reward of those who practice with it until the Day of Judgment--without lessening any of the rewards of those who practice with it.>>

            Although the Prophet stated this hadith at that specific incident, the meaning is general and covers the general cases. It is not permissible to claim that this hadith applies only to charity because the Prophet used a general term in this hadith. He did not specify the reward to 'He who spends in charity,' rather he said: 'He who innovates a good innovation.' The Prophet used a general term in this hadith, even though it was revealed for a specific incident. It is the rule among the scholars that if an ayah or hadith was revealed for a specific incident or a specific reason yet a general term was used in that ayah or hadith, then the criterion would be in the general meaning of the term and not by the specificity of the incident.

            Any Muslim who knows of an innovation innovated by the pious Muslim scholars which complies with the Qur'an and the hadith, let him step forward and apply it. All such innovations which comply with the Qur'an and the hadith are covered and included by the hadith of the Prophet: <<He who innovates a good innovation in Islam has its reward and the reward of those who practice with it until the Day of Judgment.>> Hence this hadith is a foundation to affirm and confirm the validity of the good innovation in Islam. Moreover, the practices of the Companions and what we have witnessed from the pious Muslims stand as more proof of the validity of the good innovations.

            Some people falsely claim that anything that was innovated after the Prophet is an innovation of misguidance. Their statement contradicts the saying of the Prophet previously mentioned; and it contradicts the doings of the Companions and their followers. One example of a good innovation is that which was done by Yahya Ibn Ya^mar--adding the dots above and below some of the Arabic letters in the Qur'an. Those who wrote down the Revelation that came down on the Prophet wrote the ayat of the Qur'an without the dots that are present today in the Arabic letters. For example, the letter ba' was written without a dot underneath; the letter ta' was written without two dots on top; and the letter tha' was written without three dots above. The entire Qur'an was written without these dots over or under the letters. Adding the dots took place after the death of the Prophet by a certain period of time.

            Yahya Ibn Ya^mar was the first to innovate the convention of using dots on the Arabic letters. He was among the pious and trustworthy tabi^in. His action of applying the dots on the letters is included in the hadith of the Prophet referring to the one who innovates a good innovation in Islam. When the Companions witnessed this innovation, they did not disagree with him; they did not blame him and say, "You have done something that the Prophet did not do." They did not tell him, "The Prophet was not explicit about doing such a thing, how dare you do it?" On the contrary, they found this to be a good action on his part, because it has a great benefit for the nation.

            When the Companions wrote the Qur'an, they did so without writing the dots for a certain wisdom. This was because the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet with different methods of recitation. In some of the recitations, the word would be recited with the letter ta' and in other recitations, it would be recited with the letter ya'. The ta' and the ya' are written in the same shape or format, however, they differ in the placement of the dots on them, i.e., the ta' has two dots on top and the ya' has two dots underneath.

            Writing the format of the word without the dots would allow for either the ta' or the ya' to be read. As such, one Book compiling the letters and the words (without the dots) would be sufficient for more than one recitation. However, if one applies the dots, then this is restricted. That flexibility of reading the different recitations in one Book is eliminated, and if one wanted to recite according to a different recitation, one would need to rewrite the words with the dots placed differently to suit that recitation. For that wisdom, the Companions did not innovate the dots before this time.

            When the benefit of this innovation became apparent at the time of Yahya Ibn Ya^mar, the Companions kept silent. At that time, many of the non-Arabs had embraced Islam and reading the Qur'an without the dots without making errors and mistakes constituted a hardship for these Muslims. To reduce the difficulty, Yahya applied the dots to the Qur'an. The Companions found that to be a good action on his part. This innovation of Yahya Ibn Ya^mar is included and covered by the hadith of the Prophet: <<He who innovates a good innovation in Islam has its reward ...>>

            There are some who falsely claim: "Everything that was not done at the time of the Prophet and done later on--is an innovation of misguidance." If one followed this faulty reasoning, he would have to remove all of the dots from all of the texts of the Qur'anthat are available today, before he started raising other points falsely. Had the claim of such a person been true, it would have been an obligation to remove the dots on all of the texts that are available today. Yet, the Companions did not do that, and they did not order it to be done. All those who came after them, from the scholars and the lay people--until the present day--read Qur'an in texts that include the dots.

            Those who denied the good innovation--namely the Wahhabis--originated in the location of Najd in Saudi Arabia. The Prophet dispraised Najd, as related by al-Bukhariyy: His saying:

            means: <<The tribulations and the seditions emerge from that location.>>

            There are other examples of innovations unanimously agreed upon among all the scholars of the hadith. The scholars of hadith innovated something not done by the Prophet or by the Companions. The practice that the scholars of hadith did together was to have a session where they would relate the hadith of the Prophet with a continuous chain of narration back to the Prophet for the people to attend and listen. This particular session has specific rules that the scholars of hadith know. They said that it is liked for the session to commence with saying "Bismillah," then "al­Hamdulillah," then "as-Salatu ^ala an-Nabiyy", and then someone with good recitation would recite from the Qur'an. The one who conveys to the people from the speaker addresses the scholar of hadith by asking, "What do you have to say? May Allah endow mercy on you." At that point, the scholar of hadith would start narrating his chain, i.e., for example: X narrated to us from the route of Y, from the route of Z, and so on, all the way back to the Prophet. Such a session used to include thousands of people. In some sessions more than 30,000 people gathered. The scholar of hadith would not be able to make everyone in such a large session hear his voice so there were 'conveyers,' people who would convey that which they heard to those around them.

            This methodology did not prevail at the time of the Prophet, nor at the time of the Sahabah;Abu Bakr did not do that, nor ^Umar, nor ^Uthman, nor ^Abdullah Ibn Abbas, nor Abu Sa^id al-Khudriyy, nor ^Abdullah Ibn Mas^ud, nor Abu Hurayrah, nor ^Abdullah Ibn ^Umar, nor other than those mentioned among the Companions. Despite this, all the scholars of thehadith unanimously agreed their practice was a good innovation, and they mentioned that in their books. Abu ^Amr Ibn as-Salah mentioned this in his book, Al­Muqaddimah, (The Introduction to the Knowledge of Hadith) as well as al-Hafidh as-Suyutiyy in his book, Tadrib ar-Rawi. Others mentioned this as well.

            Those who falsely claim that this is an innovation of misguidance claim they are followers of the scholars of hadith. Yet, the scholars of hadith unanimously agree on that matter, and as such, considered it a good innovation. This clearly signifies that the scholars of Islam are on one path and those false claimers are in a totally different direction.

            Those perverters, the Wahhabis, commit many innovations that are ugly and disliked. Some of their leaders, after writing the name of the Prophet in their books, write the letter sad alone to signify, in their minds, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam. Yet, it is documented in the books of the scholars of hadith that this is a disliked practice.

            Furthermore, some of those Wahhabis claim that it is haram for the mu'adhdhin to say as-salatu ^ala an­Nabiyy in a loud voice after finishing the adhan. One of them, in the past, mentioned that this practice is so haram that it is similar to the one who fornicates with his own mother. This is an indication of the illness in his heart--otherwise such words would not come out of him. Saying as-salatu ^ala an-Nabiyy is a good practice--whether said before or after the adhan, with a loud or soft voice--because the Prophet said:

            This means: <<He who mentions me, let him say as-salat on me.>> In the adhan the mu'adhdhin mentions the name of the Prophet. When he utters the Two Professions, he mentions the name of the Prophet. Hence, it is sunnah for him to say as-salat on the Prophet. In doing so, he is complying with the hadith of the Prophet. The Prophet did not say, "Let him say as-salat for me in a whisper or softly." Nor did the Prophet say, "Let him say as-salat on me in a loud voice." The Prophet said--in a general term: <<Let him say as-salat on me.>> This includes saying it aloud and in a whisper, such that he who says as-salat on the Prophet with a loud voice or a soft voice, is included in the hadith, i.e., he is complying with the hadith. Where is the entitlement for them to render this forbidden? They are not entitled, and they do not have any grounds to say this was not done at the time of the Prophet. The Prophet was explicit in his hadith, i.e., <<The one who innovates a good innovation in Islam has its reward.>> Moreover, the Prophet ordered the one who mentions him to say as-salat^ala an­Nabiyy. Hence, they are not entitled to render saying as­salat^ala an-Nabiyy in a loud voice as haram.

            If those people think that this is a valid rule, than anything which was not done at the time of the Prophet would be an innovation of misguidance. Proceeding with this faulty reasoning would render haram the celebration of the birth of the Prophet and the mu'adhdhin saying as­salat on the Prophet after the adhan, and would require those perverters to remove those dots from all the copies of the masahif. However, their rule has no foundation in the Religion and they are left with false claims. Those people themselves fell in the trap of committing unliked or disliked innovations--including writing the sad or sal^am after the name of the Prophet--among other things which are classified as disliked practices. Those people are committing these things and then try to deny the Muslims the right and the reward of innovating innovations that are good in Islam.

            In summary, all which is innovated and is in compliance with the Qur'an,hadith, and 'ijma^ of the nation is classified as a good innovation. Imam ash­Shafi^iyy classified and said that the innovation is of two kinds: one is an innovation of guidance, and the other is an innovation of misguidance. He said what complies with the Qur'an, thehadith, the ijma^, and the sayings of the Companions is an innovation of guidance, and that which contradicts the Qur'an, thehadith, the ijma^, and the sayings of the Companions is an innovation of misguidance.

            He who knows that would understand the meaning of the innovation that the Prophet mentioned in another hadith:

            The Prophet said: <<Every innovation is misguidance.>> He was referring to those innovations that contradict the Qur'an, contradict the hadith, contradict the ijma^, and contradict the sayings of the Companions. This is the correct meaning of this hadith, because the Prophet himself said in a sahihhadith: <<He who innovates a good innovation in Islam has its reward.>>

            Both of the hadith mentioned are of the sahih classification. One was related by at-Tirmidhiyy, and the second was related by Muslim. It is not permissible to eliminate one of these two hadith. Rather, the correct methodology is to conform one meaning of the hadith to the other. Conforming between the meanings of these two hadith, one would know the proper definition of the innovation of guidance and the innovation of misguidance that has been stated.

            Adhere and hold tightly to the definition of the good innovation and the innovation of misguidance from Imam ash-Shafi^iyy. It is known that Imam ash­Shafi^iyy is one of the great leaders of this honorable nation. This definition was followed by the scholars before Imam ash-Shafi^iyy and those who came after him. Many scholars mentioned this specific definition, including: Imam al-Bayhaqiyy and Imam an-Nawawiyy and ^Izzuddin Ibn ^Abdus-Salam, and Hafidh Ibn Hajar al-^Asqalaniyy, among others.

            Supporting that classification of Imam ash­Shafi^iyy are two hadith among the hadith of the Prophet. The first is a hadith that was related by al­Bukhariyy and Muslim:

            This means: <<If anyone innovates in our Religion a matter which does not belong to it, then it is rejected.>> This means the innovation must conform to the Religion of Islam or else it must be rejected. The second hadith:

            means: <<If anyone innovates something which contradicts our Religion, then it is rejected.>> In meaning, both of the hadith are the same, yet the second hadith has a specific terminology that is used, and an understanding pertaining to that terminology. This terminology pertains to dispraising what is innovated in the Religion--specifically what contradicts the Religion. This clearly denotes that the things innovated which comply with the Religion are not dispraised, because the Prophet specifically said: "The one who innovates something that does not conform to the rules of our Religion." Hence, he who innovates an innovation which complies with the Qur'an, the hadith, the ijma^, and the sayings of the Companions belongs to the innovations of guidance. One should not be scared upon hearing one of their false claims, i.e., "Everything which the Prophet did not do is an innovation of misguidance," because, again, what was meant by the Prophet when he said: <<Every innovation is misguidance,>> was every innovation that pertains to misguidance is misguidance. This is so because the other hadith of the Prophet confirms that any innovation which is innovated in compliance with the Qur'an, the hadith, the ijma^, and the sayings of the Companions is praised and rewardable.

            Praise be to Allah and Allah knows best.
            Ahmad G
            Islamic Studies Teacher/Student.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Ahmad G:
              In short: Mawlidun-Nabiy is not haram.
              perhaps not in ahmediyat but in Islam there is no concept of nay such thing....




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              "Our Lord! forgive us our sins and anything we may have done that transgressed our duty; establish our feet firmly and help us against those that resist faith." Quran(3:147)
              Both Halal & Haram r evident but between them r doubtful things, most ppl have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from suspicious things saves his religion & honor, & whoever indulges in suspicious things indulges in Haram.

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                #8
                Milad-un-nabi haram in Islam???
                ppl do u drink alcohol and eat pork on that day....

                I mean if u remember Allah's prophet on that day and do something for the benefit of Muslims...it is haram... iknow it can be done on anyother day aswell....but it can be done on 12th rabiulawal too!!!! nowhere it is said ke don't do anything on that day!!!!

                As a famous proverb in urdu goes:

                Do mullahoun me murgi haram

                i mean we are ever so ready to label everything haram. I mean just tell me one practice that is done on that day which is against islam.

                is reading Quran haram?
                is sending durud on Prophet haram?

                i know ppl take out processions and all, and i am also not isn their favour...but that doesn't mean...that celebrating That day is haram!!!!!

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                  #9
                  Sister enchanted like you said we can remember Prophet Muhammad (saws) any day, then why should there be a special day??

                  I don't really want to get into an argument or anything here, so i'll let others answer your questions, but i'd just like to add that we have two celebrations and jummahs...BAS! Khalaas!!

                  Allahu Alim

                  May Allah (swt) guide us all. Ameen.



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                    #10
                    dear aapkiamanat...yes i said that we can do good deeds on others days too and of course we also do that... i don't think any muslim has restricted his good deeds to be done on 12th rabiulawal.
                    But if we do something on that day to tell Allah that we thank him for sending the Prophet to guide us.. and read Quran...where do we go wrong?
                    Ask yourself how many time do u or anybody for that matter thank Allah for this?

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