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In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Gracious.
Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon our Master Muhammad, his family and companions.

This article will discuss the futile and baseless objections that are often raised by the Shirk Brigade and Bidah Bandwagon.  For such individuals we recommend they read all our articles on Milad-un-Nabi and also the Answers and Rebuttals (below) to the Objections that they may have.  Insha-Allah once you have read these articles, Allah willing you will also become a celebrator of the Mawlid.

 

 

Objection 1: - Only 2 Eids have been prescribed to us, we can't celebrate another Eid

Answer 1:

The blessed birth of Sayyidena Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is a far greater event than any other in history.  All other celebrations (Eid ul Adha & Eid ul Fitr) have only been granted to us because of this celebration - the birth of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).  Sayyidena Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) made more than just Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha celebrations. In fact the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said Every Friday is an Eid. This means more than fifty Eids in a year. The Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) also said the day of Arafah is an Eid.  Every Friday is Eid and do you know why? Allah created Prophet Adam (Alayhissalam) on this day so it became an Eid. This day is so auspicious that on this day any prayer which is made at the time of the creation of Prophet Adam (Alayhissalam) is granted acceptance by Allah. Now think, if the creation of Prophet Adam (Alayhissalam) has blessed this day in such a way, how blessed do you think that day is when the beloved of Allah was born? [Ibn-ul-Haaj’s very famous book Al-Mawlid]

Further Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an:

Prophet Isa [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace] prayed to Allah Almighty “Oh Allah, our Lord, send down to us a tray of food from the Heavens so that it may be an occasion of Eid for us for the first and the last of us.” (Surah Al-Maaidah, Verse 114)

Imam Hakim writes that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said “Friday is also an Eid day”. Once, in the Prophet’s time Eid came on Friday and the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said “Allah has given you two Eids today”. [Mustadrak, “Jum’ah” by Imam Haakim and summary by Imam Dhahabi].

Imam Tirmidhee writes:

“Abdullah-bin-Abbaas was reciting verse 3 of Surah Maaida, 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]

From the references above, it is proved that the term “Eid day” does not specifically apply to the two Eid days (Al-Fitr and Al-AdhHaa), but instead, it could be used for any Islamic holy day. This means that we can refer to “Milaad-un-Nabi” as “Eid-Milaad-un-nabi”  The reality is the objectors would not mind if it was called Islamic Gathering or Peace Conference or Dawah Project but as soon as the lovers of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) call it Eid Milad-un-Nabi they jump on the Biddah Bandwagon.  If the book written by Imam Bukhari can be called Sahih Bukhari instead of Book of Allah but yet anyone who seeks knowledge from it will be rewarded by Allah, then the gathering that has been set for the rememberance of the Habib of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) can also be named after the blessed Habib (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

 

 

Objection 2: - The Milad is a Brelwi celebration only celebrated by Brelwis

Answer 2:

Subhan'Allah such envy towards the Brelwis!  Perhaps what the objectors do not realise, every single Muslim nation (except saudi openly) commemorates the Mawlid.  So are all the Arab countries Brelwis now?!?!

Is Sayyid Shaykh Habib Ali al-Jifri a Brelwi now?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habib_Ali_al-Jifri
Is Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi a Brelwi now? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_al-Ya%E2%80%99qoubi
Is Shaykh Yusuf al-Sayyid Hashim al-Rafa’i a Brelwi now?
Is Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy a Brelwi?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_bin_Yahya_al-Ninowy
Is Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki a Brelwi? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Alawi_al-Maliki

And we can keep mentioning many more.  It's not the Brelwis who commeorate the Mawlid, it is the Ahle-Sunnah-wa-Jamaat and unlike the Salafi/Wahabis who are ashamed to name their Imams, we are proud to shout from the rooftop the names of our Scholars/Imams and Spiritual Guiders who instigate the love for our beloved Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and the love for Almighty Allah.

And this is what the Arab scholars have to say about Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan al Brelwi.  Watch and weep!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npkoih_YbEM

 

Objection 3: - Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary

Answer 3:

 

There is a very famous hadith that is often quoted recorded by Imam al-Bukhari in his Sahih, on the authority of Sayyiduna Umar ibn al-Khattab (Allah be pleased with him) that he heard the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) say: “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of Allah and His Messenger.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, no: 3261)

Strange as it may seem people actually like to debate on how much should we Praise Nabi (salallahu alayhi wa sallam).  There are many disagreements between different groups of Muslims, who accuse each other of over praise or under praise.  The following is some evidence and then for you to decide what you should do, you should go with what your heart inclines to. 

The meaning of this Hadith is quite clear and simple, in that one must avoid exaggeration in praising the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) in a manner the Christians praised Sayyiduna Esa (peace be upon him). Anything besides this has been implicitly permitted in this Hadith.

 

Now, we need to see how the Christians exaggerated in their reverence for Sayyiduna Esa (peace be upon him). The Christians exaggerated in praising Sayyiduna Esa (peace be upon him) to the level that they considered him to be either a God, son of God or a partner of God.  Hence, it will be completely unlawful and disbelief to elevate the status of the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) in a manner that one considers him to be a God, son of God or a partner of Allah.

 

Allah Most High is one and unique in his essence and attributes, as Imam al-Tahawi (Allah have mercy on him) states: “We say about Allah’s unity (tawhid) – with Allah’s help- that Allah is One, without any partners.” (al-Aqidah al-Tahawiyya, p: 5)

 

The renowned commentator of Sahih al-Bukhari, Imam Hafidh Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (Allah have mercy on him) states in the explanation of this Hadith, quoting from Ibn al-Jawzi:

“The reason behind this prohibition (m: of exaggerating in the praise of the Prophet) was due to what was mentioned in the Hadith of Mu’adh, where he (Sayyiduna Mu’adh, Allah be pleased with him) sought the Messenger of Allah’s (Allah bless him & give him peace) permission in order to prostrate before him. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) forbade him from doing so. Hence, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) feared that someone else may exaggerate even more, thus he was quick to prohibit such exaggeration with great emphasis. Ibn al-Tin said: The meaning of “Do not exaggerate in praising me” is that do not praise me as the praise of Christians. So much so that some exaggerated and regarded him (Sayyiduna Esa) to be a partner of God. Some claimed that he was God himself, whilst others said that he was the son of God.”

(Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Fath al-Bari, 12/183-184)

 

The above passage from one of the greatest commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari quite clearly indicates that the prohibition is of giving the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) the rank and status of Allah in any way or form. He is not God, neither a partner of God, nor His son. He is the Servant of Allah and his beloved Messenger (eternal peace and blessings be on him).

 

This Hadith does not in any way forbid one from praising the beloved of Allah greatly and excessively. Our presence is because of the Messenger of Allah. He is our master, beloved, intercessor and leader.

We love him greatly, more than anything and everything in this world. Hence, we should send blessings on him and praise him as much as we can. If we don’t praise the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) and show reverence to him, then who will we praise.

 

As long as one avoids considering the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) being equal to Allah Most High and avoids attributing divinity to him, there is absolutely nothing wrong in exaggerating in his love and praise, as the author of Qasida al-Burda, Imam al-Busayri (Allah have mercy on him) so beautifully said:

 

“Leave what the Christians claim about their Prophet. Then decide and say what you wish in praise of him (salallahu alayhi wa sallam).”

 

Objection 4: - To decorate Masjids with lights is waste. The Holy Quran has prohibited wasting, “Eat and drink and don’t be wasteful. Verily Allah Almighty dislikes those who waste.” [Surah Al-Aaraaf 07, Verse 31]

Answer 4:

Saying “brightening Masjid is wastage is incorrect. Wasteful spending is the spending which has no worldly or religious benefit. Brightening Masaajid is decoration for the house of Allah Almighty. It is an act of worship and a means of thawaab (reward).

Ibn-e-Shaheen Muhaddis narrated from Hadrat Abi Ishaq Hamdani: He says that on the first night of Ramadan, Hadrat Ali Radialahu Ta'ala Anhu visited Masjid-Nabavi, in which lanterns/lamps were burning and the Holy Qur'an was being recited. He said "O Umar ibn Khattab! May Allah illuminate your grave, as you have illuminated the His Masjid at the time of the recitation of the Holy Quran.” [Ibn Shaheen]

It is proven that brightening the Masjid in Ramadaan has Been practiced from the time of Sayiduna Umar (Allah be pleased with him). It should also be noticed that the other Sahaaba didn't object to this either. If making special arrangements and illuminating the Masjid is allowed to commemorate the month we received the Holy Qur'an which is a blessing and grace of Allah, then there should be no problem if we illuminate our Masaajid to commemorate the month we received the biggest blessing of Almighty Allah in Rabi-ul-Awwal, our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). 

Some Muhadditheen report Sayiduna Ali Radi Allahu Anhu to have said, “Allah Almighty brighten the grave of Umar Radi Allahu Anhu just as how he has brightened our Masjid.” [Sahihul Bihaari]

 

We therefore learn that by brightening the Masajid, In sha'Allah, our graves will also be brightened. Thus, whoever now stops this practice is not only making his grave darker, but is objecting to the Sunnah of the Sahaaba. The Holy Quran speaks about such people, “Who is a bigger tyrant than he who stops Allah’s remembrance (Zikr) in Allah’s Masajid and tries to ravage them?” [Surah Baqarah 2: Verse 114] 

 

In this verse, those who prohibit Salaah, the Zikr of Allah Almighty , recitation of the Holy Quran or Naat Sharif/Nasheeds to be read in the Masajid, as well as those who stop the decoration of Masajid with lamps, lightings, carpets, etc, have been censored and rebuked because their stopping and prohibiting adds to the ruining of the houses of Allah.

Allah states in the Holy Qur'an: “Express much happiness and joy on the mercy and blessings of Allah [Surah Younus 10, Verse 58]

This means that expressing joy on the blessings of Allah Almighty is a Divine instruction. Sayiduna Rasoolullah (peace & blessings be upon him) is both the Mercy and Favour of Allah Almighty. Thus, demonstrating happiness on his birth is acting in accordance to this ayat, as happiness here is absolute (mutlaq). Every permissible happiness is included in it. Therefore, holding Milad gathering, decorating the area where it will occur, etc. are all means of reward.

In this day and age, to adorn Masajid, continuously keep them bright and make special provisions for lighting on important occasions is good even according to common sense, because we frequently decorate our homes and go out of our way to have special lighting installed on special occasions, e.g. weddings. etc. when our homes are worthy of being decorated and made bright, surely Almighty Allah’s, which is the most excellent of homes, should be decorated more than any other so that the greatness of Masajid is inculcated in the hearts of people. This practice is a means of propagating the deen of Islam and instilling a sense of awe into the Muslims for the Masjids.  

Besides when you decorate and put lighting on your grand stages and spend thousands to call scholars from Saudi to your so called Peace Conferences, we don't hear any condemnations of biddah then. We await your answer to when the Sahaba did this, see video in this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvLaI2FvNMY

 

Objection 5: - If brightening the Masjid with lamps and light was a good act, why didn’t the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) himself do it in Masjidun-Nabawee? Are you more excellent than Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) or more sympathetic to the deen than him? What right do you have of doing that which the Messenger of Allah didn’t?

Answer 5:

If wearing waistcoats, clothes of high-quality, velvet, etc. was a good act, why didn’t the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) use them? Why do you do that which Sayiduna Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) hasn’t done? Why do you have electrical fittings in your homes?

In the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) time, homes were simple in construction because it was the time of many Jihads and thus, the Sahaaba had more important matters at hand. In the time of the Sahaaba however, when people increased the standards of their homes, the Jurists amongst them thought, “The deen is far more excellent than the world and Allah’s house (i.e. Masjid-Nabawi) is far more excellent than our homes. For this, our houses shouldn’t be more brilliant than Allah’s House.” With this in mind, Sayiduna Uthman (Allah be pleased with him) refurbished and renovated Masjid-Nabawi magnificently. He also adorned and decorated it imposingly. Holy Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him) states, “Be steadfast on my Sahaaba and that of my Khulafaa-e-Raashideen.”

Just as how the Sunnat of Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) is worthy of practice, so is the Sunnat of Rasoolullah’s Sahaaba commendable in following (and we know that the Prophet’s companions decorated Masjid-Nabawi). In fact, the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him) himself ordered oil to be sent to Baitul-Muqaddas to be used in its lamps.

Allah states in the Holy Qur'an: “Express much happiness and joy on the mercy and blessings of Allah [Surah Younus 10, Verse 58]

This means that expressing joy on the blessings of Allah Almighty is a Divine instruction. Sayiduna Rasoolullah (peace & blessings be upon him) is both the Mercy and Favour of Allah Almighty. Thus, demonstrating happiness on his birth is acting in accordance to this ayat, as happiness here is absolute (mutlaq). Every permissible happiness is included in it. Therefore, holding Milad gathering, decorating the area where it will occur, etc. are all means of reward.

 

Objection 6: - Sayiduna Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) quotes Sayiduna Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) to have said, “I have not been commanded to decorate Masjids. Sayiduna Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) also said: “You will decorate like the Jews and Christians. [Sunan Abu-Dawood]  This hadith proves that there is no command of decorating Masjids, and adorning places of ibaadat is the practice of the Jews and Christians, not Muslims. It is quite clear that brightening Masjids is decoration. Thus, it is prohibited.



Answer 6:

There are two replies to this:

1. If this Hadith’s implication is taken to mean that decorating Masaajid and having lighting there is prohibited, Why didn’t Sayiduna Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) stop Sayiduna Umar and Sayiduna Uthman (Allah be pleased with both) from decorating them? Why did he go contrary to his own narration? Why didn’t any of the Sahaaba take this Hadith’s meaning to be what you have accepted? If this is the actual meaning of the Hadith that you have cited, it will go against the Holy Quran, i.e. Surah Tauba, Verse 18.

The Holy Quran has declared decorating and populating the Masjids to be the sign of Imaan. So, we come to know that you have incorrectly understood the Hadith.

2. Here, the prohibition is not against every decoration. Rather, impermissible flaunter has been censored, e.g. decorating with pictures, photos and statues. That was why likeness to the Jews and Christians was made (their places of worship are strewn with such decorations). It could also refer to the decoration that is not for Allah but for show (riya), boast and fame as per the deduction of the Hadith we discuss in the next objection below.  The decoration and brightening which is solely for Allah’s pleasure and respect of the Musjid is admirable. May Allah Almighty grant us the correct understanding of the Holy Quran and Hadith Sharif.

 

Objection 7: - Sayiduna Anas (Allah be pleased with him) states that the Prophet (peace be upon him) once said, “Truly a sign of Qiyaamat is that people will show-off in Masjids.” [Abu Duwood, Nasaa’i, Daarimi, Ibn Majah]  We come to know from this Hadith that the decoration of Masjids is an indication of Qiyaamat. May Allah save us from this.


Answer 7:

The meaning of this Hadith is concerning boastfully building Masaajid and decorating them in contest with each other.  In this day and age, to adorn Masajid, continuously keep them bright and make special provisions for lighting on important occasions is good even according to common sense, because we frequently decorate our homes and go out of our way to have special lighting installed on special occasions, e.g. weddings. etc. when our homes are worthy of being decorated and made bright, surely Almighty Allah’s, which is the most excellent of homes, should be decorated more than any other so that the greatness of Masajid is inculcated in the hearts of people. This practice is a means of propagating the deen of Islam and instilling a sense of awe into the Muslims for the Masjids.

Allah states in the Holy Qur'an: “Express much happiness and joy on the mercy and blessings of Allah [Surah Younus 10, Verse 58]

This means that expressing joy on the blessings of Allah Almighty is a Divine instruction. Sayiduna Rasoolullah (peace & blessings be upon him) is both the Mercy and Favour of Allah Almighty. Thus, demonstrating happiness on his birth is acting in accordance to this ayat, as happiness here is absolute (mutlaq). Every permissible happiness is included in it. Therefore, holding Milad gathering, decorating the area where it will occur, etc. are all means of reward.

 

Besides when you decorate and put lighting on your grand stages and spend thousands to call scholars from Saudi to your so called Peace Conferences, we don't hear any condemnations of biddah then. We await your answer to when the Sahaba did this, see video in this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvLaI2FvNMY

Finally reading salaah (prayer) for show and boast is prohibited. This doesn’t mean that even sincere people should stop reading salaah! 

 

Objection 8: - Decorating Masjids with lights is a Bad Innovation (Bidat) and every Bidat is deviance.

Answer 8:

This is wrong because doing so is the Sunnah of the Sahaaba.

 

Ibn-e-Shaheen Muhaddis narrated from Hadrat Abi Ishaq Hamdani: He says that on the first night of Ramadan, Hadrat Ali Radialahu Ta'ala Anhu visited Masjid-Nabavi, in which lanterns/lamps were burning and the Holy Qur'an was being recited. He said "O Umar ibn Khattab! May Allah illuminate your grave, as you have illuminated the His Masjid at the time of the recitation of the Holy Quran.” [Ibn Shaheen]

Even if this was an Innovation, every Innovation is not Haraam or a deviance. Printing Sahih Bukhari is an Innovation but is not Haraam.  Infact, doing so is thawaab (reward)! The Science of Hadith, as well as its categorization, is also an Innovation but is not Haraam.

In this day and age, to adorn Masajid, continuously keep them bright and make special provisions for lighting on important occasions is good even according to common sense, because we frequently decorate our homes and go out of our way to have special lighting installed on special occasions, e.g. weddings. etc. when our homes are worthy of being decorated and made bright, surely Almighty Allah’s, which is the most excellent of homes, should be decorated more than any other so that the greatness of Masajid is inculcated in the hearts of people. This practice is a means of propagating the deen of Islam and instilling a sense of awe into the Muslims for the Masjids.  

Allah states in the Holy Qur'an: “Express much happiness and joy on the mercy and blessings of Allah [Surah Younus 10, Verse 58]

This means that expressing joy on the blessings of Allah Almighty is a Divine instruction. Sayiduna Rasoolullah (peace & blessings be upon him) is both the Mercy and Favour of Allah Almighty. Thus, demonstrating happiness on his birth is acting in accordance to this ayat, as happiness here is absolute (mutlaq). Every permissible happiness is included in it. Therefore, holding Milad gathering, decorating the area where it will occur, etc. are all means of reward.

Besides when you decorate and put lighting on your grand stages and spend thousands to call scholars from Saudi to your so called Peace Conferences, we don't hear any condemnations of biddah then. We await your answer to when the Sahaba did this, see video in this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvLaI2FvNMY

See the Objection further below in this article, Is Mawlid a biddah?

 

Objection 9: - Islam is complete according to Surah al-Maidah Verse 3 so Mawlid is an addition to the religion and therefore not permissible

Answer 9:

If only the objectors would do their research in regards the ayahs (verses) of the Qur'an before raising their objections.  This ayah Alhumdolillah is in fact used to support Milaad not go against it.  Lets have a look at what the great scholars write about this verse in more detail:

Quran [al Maidah 5:03]......"Today I have perfected your religion for you and have completed My favour upon you and I have chosen Islam for you as a religion...."

This verse was revealed on Friday 9th Zul-Hijjah, in the year 10AH., during the Farewell Pilgrimage in Arafat at the time of Asr Prayer.  At that time over one hundred thousand Muslims were present in the vicinity of Arafat and the banner of Islam was aloft in most areas of the Arabian Peninsula.  This verse is a great gift to the Muslim Ummah from Allah Almighty.  It informed us that the religion for which the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was sent was today completed with all its teachings, principles, beliefs and morals on Halal and Haram.  (Tafseer Kabeer)

Also the completion of religion meant that Allah's favour had also been completed.  The religion of Islam, which was the religion of all previous prophets and messengers, and a complete way of life according to its time and place, has now in its final and universal form been decreed for you as the preferred religion.

Here, Almighty Allah informs Muslims that Islam is now complete and this additions to it are no longer required.  Islam is perfect, with no shortcomings.  It is the preferred way of life and leads to the pleasure of Allah.  (Tafseer ibn Katheer).  "Accepting a creed or religion other than Islam is totally unacceptable according to Allah [Quran 3:85]"

This same verse is also a clear indication that Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is the final Prophet.  If Islam is now complete with no room for change and alterations in its rulings, then no purpose remains for sending another Prophet.  Point to note here, when the Quran state, the Religion is complete, this is referring to not allow changes to the Principles and Beliefs eg Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is the last and final Messenger, the obligatory salah is 5 and no one can change this to 4 or 6 etc.  Jumha salah can only be on Jumha, Hajj can only be on 9th zul-hijjah etc etc.  It does not mean that those acts that are within shariah eg halal cannot be done anytime eg dhikr gatherings, durood gatherings, voluntary fasts - all acts of Sunnah that are done during the Mawlid.  These don't go against what is Halal.  In fact you only have to read the complete verse of al Maidah 5:03, it actually begins with stating the foods that are forbidden (haram).  From this complete verse we understand that indeed the Islam is indeed complete with no room for change and alterations so one cannot begin to declare something that is explicitly stated in the Quran as haram to be lawful (halal).  This would go directly against the tenets of Quran and Islam.  But how is performing the acts of Sunnah during a gathering that people happen to call Mawlid (yet you can call them Peace Conference or Seerah Conference) all of a sudden constitute changes to the deen.

The companions expressed great joy and happiness when this verse was revealed, but Sayyidena Abu Bakr (Allah be pleased with him) was overcome with sadness and tears.  When asked why he was upset he replied that this verse was an indication that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was soon to leave this mortal world, because his mission was complete (Tafseer ibn Katheer).  This is exactly what happened, and not longer after this verse was revealed the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) departed this world.



So thanks for putting this verse up..it further clarifies that the mawlid is permissible. Alhumdolillah the whole Qur'an is praising our beloved Mustufa (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) so why do you object when we do.

 

Objection 10: - We must follow command of Allah and the Messenger only according to Surah an-Nisaa Verse 59

Answer 10:

Quran [Surah al-Nisaa 4, Verse 59] "O you who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger and those of you who are in authority; and if you have a dispute concerning any matter, refer it to Allah and the Messenger if you are (in truth) believers in Allah and the Last Day. That is best (for you) and best for the end result."

This verse commands the believers to obey Allah, His Prophet (sallalaho alaihi wasallam) and the Muslim rulers/scholars.  Submission to Allah and the Prophet (sallalaho alaihi wasallam) requires no comment for it is the fundamental principle of Islam.  The reason for obedience to the Muslim rulers is clear.  The Prophet (sallalaho alaihi wasallam) was to leave this world someday, and the responsibility of managing the affairs of the Muslim state was to pass on to the followers / successors.  After commanding obedience to Muslim rulers, Allah says that if there is some dispute or difference between the rulers and the people or among people regarding the rulers, it should be resolved on the basis of Allah's commands and His Prophet's Sunnah.  If the leader demands what is in accordance with the Quran and the Sunnah, obey him, but if the leader demands what is against the Quran and the Sunnah, obedience to them is not lawful.  This is because the Prophet (sallalaho alaihi wasallam) said: "It is not permissible to follow someone if it leads to the disobedience of Allah, because obedience should only be in righteous deeds" (Sahih Muslim: Book of Amaarah, Hadith No. 1840)

So even from this verse the command is clear, that if Mawlid actions are in accordance to the Quran and Sunnah, then it is acceptable.

 

Objection 11: - Intermixing of women and men is wrong

Answer 11:

This never invalidates the ruling of desirability that applies to the principle.  Besides this would claim that the objectors are OK with Mawlid provided it was done by women and men separately! Allamah Shaami (radi Allahu anhu) has stated categorically that inter-mingling of sexes will not make any Mustahab act Haraam or avoided. There were idols in the Kaaba before Makkah was conquered, but Muslims did not leave out performing the Tawaaf (circumbulation) or Umrah because of the idols.  Yes,when Almighty Allah gave them the power, they eventually destroyed the idols.  When people go for Hajj, there is inter-mingling of sexes at the airport, in the plane, during Tawaaf, at Mina and at Muzdalifah, yet no one puts a stop to Hajj.  In Meelad gatherings, at least men and women sit separately and women are with Hijab.

 

Objection 12: - There are many Haraam things that occur in these gatherings, such as intermingling between men and women, beardless men reciting Naath Sharif and narrations of incorrect Ahadith. It is as if these assemblies are a collection of Haraam. Thus, the gathering itself is Haraam,

Answer 12:

Firstly, these Haraam things do not occur in every mehfil of Meelad. In fact, the majority of Milad gatherings are free from them. Women sit in pardah separate from men, reciters are observers of the Shariah, the narrations are sound (Sahih) and it has also been noticed that reciters and listeners sit with wudhu. They continuously recite Durood Sharif until tears fall when the Beloved Prophet is remembered. 

Even if these Haraam things were found in any place, these actions themselves will be Haraam, but how can the actual Meelad event (i.e. remembering the birth of the Holy Prophet) be Haraam? A Sunnah or permissible action does not become Haraam due to Haraam things infiltrating it. If that was the case, religious Madrassahs should be the first to be Haraam because males with beards live in these Ulooms with young boys. During the process of learning, disapproved results occasionally emerge!

In Darul Ulooms, hadith books such as Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and other books of hadith are also constantly read. Not all of their traditions are Sahih. Some are of weak narration (zaeef) while others are at times fabricated (mauzoo). Some religious students and even some Islamic teachers shave their beards. So, due to these facts, should Madrassahs be closed? No! Rather, an attempt should be made to do away with these ills. Tell me, if a person who shaves his beard recited ‘the Quran, will you prohibit the recitation of the Holy Quran? Definitely not, so if a person who shaves his beard recites Meelad Sharif, why do you prohibit that?

 

Objection 13: - To remember someone and fix a date for it is polytheism (shirk) therefore Mawlid is shirk

Answer 13:

Did the Sahaba fix days for propagation of Islam like we see the Muslim ummah commemorating on the 12th Rabbi-ul-Awwal every year??  Read below for the answer from Sahih Bukhari..

Narrated Abu Wail: Abdullah ibn Masud (R.A) used to give a religious talk to the people on EVERY Thursday. Once a man said, "O Aba 'Abdur-Rahman! (By Allah) I wish if you could preach us daily." He replied, "The only thing which prevents me from doing so, is that I hate to bore you, and no doubt I take care of you in preaching by selecting a suitable time just as the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) used to do with us, for fear of making us bored." [Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 3, Number 70]

Ofcourse - the commemoration of Mawlid should not be restricted to the 12th of Rabbi-ul-Awwal but instead should be remembered every breath we take through constant dhikr of Allah and reciting durood upon the Master Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

If fixing or appointing something impels polytheism (shirk), then Darul Uloom Deoband will be the biggest Mushrik, because Deobandis themselves fix and appoint dates for exams, times for classes, rest, food, holidays, jamaat, etc. and salaries for their teachers, not to mention dates for any Nikah, Waleemah or Aqeeqah, etc. Do not burn down your home while attempting to make Meelad shirk.

But here we would like to ask, why you have the problem with fixing a day?  Show us evidence of where our beloved Prophet (sallalaho alaihi wasallam) or the Sahaba or Tabayin restricted Muslims to NOT give charity on a fixed day?  To not recite durood-o-salaam on a particular day, not to gather for dhikr of Allah on a certain day?? These dates are fixed merely for convenience and habit. No one believes that Meelad is not possible on other dates besides the appointed ones.  These objections establish that the dissenters have no proof of impermissibility. They merely rule it to be Haraam out of their unholy and baseless deductions.

 

Objection 14: - 12th Rabi-ul-Awal is also the date he died, so how can the 12th Rabi-ul-Awal be a happy day

Answer 14:

Mourning for someone’s death should not be more than three days, except for a woman, who has lost her husband. The Prophet’s (May Allah bless him and grant Him peace) death was over 1400 years ago, so the period of mourning has passed. But, after someone dies, his death is remembered by reciting the Qur'an, remembering his merits, giving alms, and making du’a for him. Even if the period of mourning for the Prophet’s (May Allah bless him and grant Him peace) death exists, all the actions mentioned above are included when people gather for Milaad-un-Nabee. For this reason, there is not need to separate the celebration of the Prophet’s (May Allah bless him and grant Him peace) birth, and the mourning of his death.

 

Besides it is reported from Ibn masud (Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said : ”My life is a great good for you, you will relate about me and it will be related to you, AND MY DEATH IS A GREAT GOOD FOR YOU, your actions will be presented to me, and if I see goodness I will praise Allah, and if I see evil I will ask forgiveness of Him for you.”

This hadith has been narrated from Ibn Masud by Al-Bazzar in his Musnad (1:397) with a chain declared sound by Imam Al-Suyuti in Manahil Al-Safa (pg.31, #8), Ibn Hajar Al-Haytami in Majma’ Al-Zawa’id (9:24 #91), Al-Iraqi in Tarh al-Tathrib (3:297), Al-Munawi in Fayd Al-Qadir (3:401), Al-Khafaji and Al-Qari in Sharh Al-Shifa’ (1:102) and others.

 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said “My life amongst you is a blessing and my passing away is also beneficial for you, because I will go ahead of you and make provisions for you”.

 

So try to understand, the death of Sayiduna Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) is not an ordinary death, but is merely transference from one state to another. Sayiduna Rasoolullah’s relation with his Ummah and his blessings for his Ummah will continue until the Day of Judgment. Sayiduna Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) is aware of our actions. He listens to our salutations and he even replies to them. Therefore, we should believe that Sayiduna Rasool-ullah’s (peace be upon him) birth is the superior blessing of Allah and we should celebrate this rather than mourn his passing.

And Almighty Allah says in the Quran "And publicize well the favor of your lord" [Sura Al Duha, Verse 11]

The companion of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) explained the word favors. He says here, In this verse favor signifies the Prophethood and Islam. [Tafseer Ibne Abbas, Sure Al Duha, Page 651]

 

 

Objection 15: - 12th Rabi-ul-Awal is not the authentic date of birth

Answer 15:

Some people claim that the exact date of birth of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is not known and hence there is little room for the celebration of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awal.

First of all those who prove Mawlid always believe that Mawlid is not restricted to 1 date only, you can rejoice on any day, secondly the early most Seerah books like Seerat Ibn Ishaq (rah), Ibn Hisham (rah), Tabaqat Ibn Sa’d (rah) confirm the date of birth to be 12th Rabi ul Awwal, so does Imam Ibn Kathir (rah) in his book Sirat ar Rasul where he calls it mainstream opinion and calls other opinions as weak.

12 Rabi-ul-Awal is not only accepted as Milad Day from the classical and ancient scholars, it is also confirmed by the governments of the whole Islamic world. The holidays of almost 2 dozen Islamic countries, and except Iran ALL other countries celebrate it on 12 Rabi-ul-Awal. Iran celebrates it on 17 Rabi-ul-Awal, but this is because they coincide it with the birth date of Imam Jafar Sadiq (علیھ السلام).

Opinion of Renowned Historians about the Authentic Date of Milad

1. Imam Ibn-e-Ishaq (85-151 H): Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born on 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. (Ibn-e-Jozi in Al-Wafa, Page 87)

2. Allama Ibn-e-Hasham (213 H): Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. (Ibn-e-Hasham in As-Sirat-un-Nabawiya, Vol. 1, Page 158)

3. Imam Ibn-e-Jareer Tabari (224-310 H): Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. (Tarikh-ul-Umam-wal-Muluk, Vol. 2, Page 125)

4. Allama Abu-ul-Hasan Ali Bin Muhammad Al-Mawardi (370-480 H): Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born 50 days after the event of Ashab-ul-Feel and after the death of His father on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal. (Ailam-un-Nabuwa, Page 192)

5. Imam Al-Hafiz Abu-ul-Fatah Al-Undalasi (671-734 H): Our leader and our Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), the Messenger of Allah, was born on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. (Aayun-al-Asr, Vol.1, Page 33)

6. Allama Ibn-e-Khaldun (732-808 H): Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born on 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. It was the 40th year of Emperor Kasra Noshairwan. (Ibn-e-Khaldun in At-Tarikh Vol. 2, Page 394)

7. Muhammad As-Sadiq Ibrahim Arjoon: From various turaq (chains) it has been established as true that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel in the reign of Kasara Noshairwan. (Muhammad Rasool Ullah, Vol. 1, Page 102)

8. Sheikh Abdul-Haq Muhadath Dehlvi (950-1052 H):Know it well, that over-whelming majority of the experts of sayar and tarikh (i.e. biographers and historians) hold the opinion that An-Hazrat (i.e. the prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born in Aam-ul-Feel … It is well known that the month was of Rabi-ul-Awal and its date was 12. Various scholars have shown their agreement with this (date). (Madarij-un-Nabuwa, Vol. 2, Page 14)

9. Nawab Muhammad Sadiq Hasan Khan Bohapalvi: The birth (of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was happened in Mecca at the time of Fajar on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. Majority of scholars holds this opinion. Ibn-e-Jozi has narrated a consensus (of scholars) on it. (Ash-Shumama-tul-Anbariya Fi Mowlid Khair-al-Bariya, Page 7)

You can see that the historians / scholars from the first / second century of Hijri, as well as the scholars of later times, had been authenticating it.

The list also includes the well known leader of Salafis, i.e. Nawab Sadiq Hasan Bohapalvi.

This Date is Officially Recognized by Islamic World

Milad-un-Nabi (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is celebrated throughout the Islamic world, with the exception of a few countries. Interestingly, all the Islamic countries (except Iran, who celebrate on 17th) celebrate it on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awal.

Here is a list of 16 Islamic countries who hold an official holiday on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awal (the actual list is longer than this):

اردن
امارات    
بحرین
الجزائر
سوڈان
عراق
کویت
مرا کش
یمن
تونس
شام
عمان
لبنان
لیبیا
مصر
مورطانیہ

Conclusion:

The most authentic date of Milad-un-Nabi (i.e. Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)'s birth), as agreed upon by the classical and later scholars and historians, and as officially recognized by Islamic countries, is Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal.

Now we will prove from a scholar whom even Salafi consider the top most scholar in Tafsir and Tarikh and he not only says 12th is the mainstreem opinion but also relies with exact hadith for it:

ورواه ابن أبى شيبة في
مصنفه عن عفان ، عن سعيد بن ميناء ، عن جابر وابن عباس أنهما قالا : ولد رسول الله
صلى الله عليه وسلم عام الفيل يوم الاثنين الثانى عشر من شهر ربيع الاول

Translation: Ibn Abi Shaybah (rah) in his Musannaf narrates from Affan>>Sa’id>>Jabir and Ibn Abbas (ridhwan Allahu ajmain) who said: RasulUllah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) was born in the year of elephant on Monday, the 12th Rabi Ul Awwal [Ibn Kathir in Seerat un Nabi, Volume 1, Page No. 199]

Then he said:

وهذا هو المشهور عند الجمهور
والله أعلم .

This is what is famous amongst Majority and Allah knows the best [ibid]

Imam Qastallani (rahimuhullah) said: RasulUllah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) was born on 12th Rabi ul Awwal and People of Makkah follow it,on this same day they visit (your place of birth).. It is famous that you were born on 12th Rabi ul Awwal, the day was of Monday, Ibn Ishaq (rah) and others have narrated this too [Al Muwahib al Laduniya, Volume 1, Page No. 88]

 

 

Objection 16: - Mawlid is a Biddah

Those who do not celebrate consider Mawlid is a biddah (innovation) and say things like all biddah (innovations) lead one to the hell fire.

Answer 16:

Lets analyse the various hadith and sayings of our Beloved Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) in regards innovations.

From Sunan an-Nasai:

It is narrated on the authority of Jabir that he said: The Messenger of Allah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) said: "....the worst of affairs is its innovation (of heresies), and every innovation (of heresy) is an error, and (the innovator of) every error will be admitted to the fire (of Hell)..." [Sunan an-Nasai, Volume 2, Book of Eid Prayer 19, Hadith Number 1575, Published by Dar Al-Kotob Al-Ilmiyah]

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From Sahih al-Bukhari:

Narrated Aisha (Allah be pleased with her):  Allah's Apostle said, "If somebody innovates something which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that thing is rejected." [Sahih Bukhari (online), Volume 3, Book 49, Number 861, translated by Salafi Muhsin Khan]


Our response to this is that indeed every innovation of **(heresy) or Islam** is indeed an error or will indeed be rejected. But had the deniers of the Mawlid paid closer attention to the gilt-edged words of the Beloved Messenger (salallaho alaihi wasalam), they would have realised that he said: "If somebody innovates something which is not in harmony (or not present) in our religion, then that thing will be rejected."  In other words, the act is rejected (mardud) if it is not part of Islam and alien to its tenets.  Automatically, this means that if someone works a deed that is part of our affair (Islam), then it is not rejected.

If we begin to assume that all actions that were not endorsed by the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) and Companions are illegal, then:

 

  • Dotting the Quranic Letters is wrong;

The Successor (Tabayee) Abu al-Aswad al-Duali dotted the entire Quran in the time of Hazrat Muawiya (Allah be pleased with him), and the Successor Ibn Sirin possessed a Quran originally dotted by the Tabayee Yahya ibn Yamar.

 

  • Studying the Islamic disciplines like Arabic Grammar (sarf and nahv), tafsir, ilm al-hadith and so on are forbidden.

None of these were formally taught in the first generation of Muslims.

  • The practice of praying Fajr salah with the same ablution of Isha is wrong.

The Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) and his Companions were not known to do this.  This came about in later times, from the likes of Said ibn al-Musayyab and Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah have mercy on them).

  • Lastly would these same people accuse the Sahaba of committing Biddah when one of them cured the chief of a tribe who had been bitten by a scorpio.  The cure was done by the Companion reciting Surah Al-Fatihaa:



Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: While we were on one of our journeys, we dismounted at a place where a slave girl came and said, "The chief of this tribe has been stung by a scorpion and our men are not present; is there anybody among you who can treat him (by reciting something)?" Then one of our men went along with her though we did not think that he knew any such treatment. But he treated the chief by reciting something, and the sick man recovered whereupon he gave him thirty sheep and gave us milk to drink (as a reward). When he returned, we asked our friend, "Did you know how to treat with the recitation of something?" He said, "No, but I treated him only with the recitation of the Mother of the Book (i.e., Al-Fatiha)." We said, "Do not say anything (about it) till we reach or ask the Prophet so when we reached Medina, we mentioned that to the Prophet (in order to know whether the sheep which we had taken were lawful to take or not). The Prophet said, "How did he come to know that it (Al-Fatiha) could be used for treatment? Distribute your reward and assign for me one share thereof as well." [Sahih Bukhari (online), Volume 6, Book 61, Number 529]


Why are there no disputes about these innovations?  Because none contravene the general teachings of the Quran and Sunna.  Therefore at most they are classified as biddah hasana (Good Innovation, or Innovation of Guidance).  The reason why the Mawlid is an innovation of guidance is because the Mawlid consists of acts such as thanking Allah, remembering the seerah of the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) and reading naats and nasheeds in his praise.  None of these acts contradict or defy the sources of Shariah.  In fact the Shariah encourages such acts.  Remember the definition of Mawlid is:

Definition of Milad-un-Nabi

The word Milad has been derived from "viladut" which means birth. Therefore, according to the Arabic language, Milad is a word which signifies the place and time of birth. In the light of Shariah, we mean, Milad is to remember the events which took place at the birth time of the Holy Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) and we get the opportunity of narrating the Seerat of the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) on this occasion.  We also present the Holy Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) gifts of Durood -o- salam. We mention before the people attributes and praises of the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam). We do not believe that Milad is restricted to only one day but we believe that the remembrance of the Holy Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) is incumbent in every minute and second of time.   Milad un Nabi (salallaho alaihi wasalam) is a great source of preaching. It is an opportunity for dawah and the scholars to teach Muslims on this Holy occasion, moral behavior of the Holy Prophet, (salallaho alaihi wasalam) His etiquettes, His affairs, His Seerat, His dealings and His shamail.

Now we challenge anybody out there to prove the Beloved Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) or the Sahaba did not perform these acts of Guidance!

And for now here are two quotes (we will add more later) from two giant Classical Scholars in regards innovations of guidance:

Imam Ibn Hajr al Haytami (Rahimuhullah) said:

وفي الحديث "كل بدْعة ضلالة وكل ضلالة في النار" وهو محمول على المحرمة لا غي

That which is narrated in Hadith that All innovations are evil and all evil are in hell fire, This hadith will be applied for Bidat al Muhrima (i.e. category of haram innovations only) not others. [Al Haytami in Fatawa al Hadithiyyah, Volume No.1 Page No. 109, Published by Dar ul Fikr, Beirut, Lebanon]


Imam an-Nawawi (Rahimuhullah) explains:

البدعة في الشرع هي احداث مالم يکن في عهد رسول اﷲ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم وهي منقسمة الي حسنة و قبيحة وقال الشيخ الامام المجمع علي امامته و جلالته و تمکنه في انواع العلوم و براعته ابو محمد عبدالعزيز بن عبدالسلام في آخر ’’ک
تاب القواعد‘‘ البدعة منقسمة إلي واجبة و محرمة و مندوبة و مکروهة و مباحة قال والطريق في ذلک أن تعرض البدعة علي قواعد الشريعة فان دخلت في قواعد الايجاب فهي واجبة و إن دخلت في قواعد التحريم فهي محرمة و إن دخلت في قواعد المندوب فهي مندوبه و ان دخلت في قواعد المکروه فهي مکروهة و ان دخلت في قواعد المباح فهي مباحة

Translation: “The Bidah in our law constitutes of innovating something which did not exist in the time of our Prophet, It is then divided into “Good” and “blameworthy” (wahya munqasimatun ila hasana wa qabiha). The Sheikh and the Iman,on whose foremost leadership, greatness, standing, and brilliance in all kinds of Islamic sciences there is consensus, Abu Muhammad Abdul Aziz bin Abdus Salam (Rahimuhullah) said toward the end of his book, al-Qawaid : “Innovation is divided into 'obligatory' (wajiba), 'forbidden's (muharrama), 'recommended's (manduba), 'offensive's (makuiha), and 'indifferent's (mubaha). The way [to discriminate] in this is that the innovation be examined in the light of the regulations of the Law (qawa`id al-sharp`a).If it falls under the regulations of obligatoriness (ijab) then it is obligatory; under the regulations of prohibitiveness (tahrum) then it is prohibited; recommendability, then recommended; offensiveness, then offensive; indifference, then indifferent.” [al-Nawawi, Tahdhib al-Asma' wal-Lughat Volume No. 3, Page No. 22]

 


This is further emphasised when we look at the following two sayings of the blessed Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam):

 

Sahih Muslim:

حَدَّثَنِي زُهَيْرُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ، حَدَّثَنَا جَرِيرُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْحَمِيدِ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ مُوسَى، بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ يَزِيدَ وَأَبِي الضُّحَى عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ هِلاَلٍ الْعَبْسِيِّ، عَنْ جَرِيرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ، اللَّهِ قَالَ جَاءَ نَاسٌ مِنَ الأَعْرَابِ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم عَلَيْهِمُ الصُّوفُ فَرَأَى سُوءَ حَالِهِمْ قَدْ أَصَابَتْهُمْ حَاجَةٌ فَحَثَّ النَّاسَ عَلَى الصَّدَقَةِ فَأَبْطَئُوا عَنْهُ حَتَّى رُئِيَ ذَلِكَ فِي وَجْهِهِ - قَالَ - ثُمَّ إِنَّ رَجُلاً مِنَ الأَنْصَارِ جَاءَ بِصُرَّةٍ مِنْ وَرِقٍ ثُمَّ جَاءَ آخَرُ ثُمَّ تَتَابَعُوا حَتَّى عُرِفَ السُّرُورُ فِي وَجْهِهِ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم " مَنْ سَنَّ فِي الإِسْلاَمِ سُنَّةً حَسَنَةً فَعُمِلَ بِهَا بَعْدَهُ كُتِبَ لَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِ مَنْ عَمِلَ بِهَا وَلاَ يَنْقُصُ مِنْ أُجُورِهِمْ شَىْءٌ وَمَنْ سَنَّ فِي الإِسْلاَمِ سُنَّةً سَيِّئَةً فَعُمِلَ بِهَا بَعْدَهُ كُتِبَ عَلَيْهِ مِثْلُ وِزْرِ مَنْ عَمِلَ بِهَا وَلاَ يَنْقُصُ مِنْ أَوْزَارِهِمْ شَىْءٌ

Translation:  Jarir Ibn Abdullah (Allah be pleased with him) reported that some desert Arabs clad in woollen clothes came to the Messenger of Allah (salallaho alaihi wasalam). He saw them in sad plight as they had been hard pressed by need. He (the Holy Prophet) exhorted people to give charity, but they showed some reluctance until (signs) of anger could be seen on his face. Then a person from the Ansar came with a purse containing silver. Then came another person and then other persons followed them in succession until signs of happiness could be seen on his face. The Messenger of Allah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) said: He who introduced some good practice in Islam which was followed after him (by people), there would be reward assured for him like one who followed it, without their rewards being diminished at all. He who introduced some evil practice in Islam which had been followed after him (by others), would receive the burden like that of one who followed this (evil practice) without theirs being diminished at all. [Sahih Muslim, Volume 4, Book of knowledge 47, Hadith Number 2673 (1017), Published by Dar Al-Kotob Al-Ilmiyah]

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The heading of the Chapter in Sahih Muslim is: PERTAINING TO ONE WHO INTRODUCED SOMETHING GOOD OR EVIL, OR HE WHO CALLED TO RIGHTEOUSNESS OR TO THE PATH OF ERROR

How much more clear and transparent can this hadith of the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) be!  It leaves no more confusion, the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) is essentially encouraging the revival of good acts and deeds.  In this narration we learn that the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) is likening the giving of charity and others following as a good practice in Islam.  And why would it not be!  Giving charity is in accordance to Quran and Sunnah.  At the same time the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) has warned of introducion of evil practices in Islam.

The Mawlid falls into the category of reviving the sunnah.  The Mawlid consists only of guidance to Islam and calls one towards righteousness and all acts which are in accordance to Quran and Hadith, acts which were all done by the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) and the Sahaba.  This is further emphasised in the next hadith.


Sunan Tirmidhi, Section of "The difference between someone who calls to guidance and was followed, and the one who calls for misguidance":

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) said: "If someone calls to guidance he will get the same rewards as those who follow him and they do not lose any of their rewards.  Similarly, if someone calls to misguidance he will get the same punishment as those who follow him, and their punishment is not lessened.  [Sunan Tirmidhi, Volume 03, Book of Knowledge, Number 2674, Published by Dar Al-Kotob Al-Ilmiyah] (Abu Eisa said that this hadith is Hasan Sahih.)

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Jarir Ibn Abdullah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) said: "If someone sets a good example for others and they follow it, he will get his reward and a similar reward as the reward of those who followed him, and yet they do not loose any of their rewards.  Similarly, if someone sets a bad example for others and they follow it, he will get his punishment and similar punishment as the ones who followed him and their punishment is still the same.  [Sunan Tirmidhi, Volume 03, book of Knowledge, Number 2675, Published by Dar Al-Kotob Al-Ilmiyah] (Abu Eisa said that this hadith is Hasan Sahih.)

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This absolutely settles it that Almighty Allah is pleased with the one who calls to guidance, the one who sets a good example for others to follow provided it is in accordance to Quran and Sunnah.  So once again, we challenge anyone to show us that any of the actions of Mawlid do not call towards guidance or do not have good examples for others to follow.  We are not responsible for those who sin at Mawlid gatherings - people even cause sin in a Masjid (through backbiting and worldy talk or perhaps be stealing shoes etc) but we don't begin to shut down Mosques because of it.  

However the true acts of Mawlid are all mustahab (commendable) such as: To remember the events which took place at the birth time of the Holy Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) and we get the opportunity of narrating the Seerat of the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) on this occasion;  We also present the Holy Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) gifts of Durood -o- salam; We mention before the people attributes and praises of the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam); We do not believe that Milad is restricted to only one day but we believe that the remembrance of the Holy Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) is incumbent in every minute and second of time.   Milad un Nabi (salallaho alaihi wasalam) is a great source of preaching. It is an opportunity for dawah and the scholars to teach Muslims on this Holy occasion, moral behavior of the Holy Prophet, (salallaho alaihi wasalam) His etiquettes, His affairs, His Seerat, His dealings and His shamail.

The difference is, some like to call it Peace Conference or Dawah Conference but the people of love like to call it Mawlid Gathering because it is by attaching ourselves to the Beloved Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) that we came to know about Allah and Islam.  And it will be through his (salallaho alaihi wasalam) intercession on the Day of Judgment that we will enter Jannah - Insha-Allah.


Sunan Tirmidhi, Section of "Following the Sunnah and avoiding the innovations":

Ouf Al-Muzani narrated that the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) said to Bilal Ibn Al-Hareth, "Let it be known to you." Bilal said, "What should I know, oh Messenger of Allah?"  He (salallaho alaihi wasalam) said, "Let it be known to you, oh Bilal." Bilal said, "What should I know, oh Messenger of Allah?"  He (salallaho alaihi wasalam) said, "(Know) that whoever revives something of my Sunnah after it has been abandoned will get a reward for anyone who followed it, and they will not lose any of their rewards.  Also, whoever concocts any misguidance that displeases Allah and His Messenger (salallaho alaihi wasalam) will have the same sin of those who act upon it, and those people will not lose anything from from their sins."  [Sunan Tirmidhi, Volume 03, book of Knowledge, Number 2677, Published by Dar Al-Kotob Al-Ilmiyah] (Abu Eisa said that this hadith is Hasan.)

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The above hadith (2677) confirms further the narration in Sahih Muslim presented earlier (6466), that any good practice which revives the Sunnah pleases Almighty Allah and His Messenger (salallaho alaihi wasalam).


Al-Irbad Ibn Sariah said that once the Messenger of Allah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) gave such a moving sermon after Fajr prayers that they had tears in their eyes and their hearts were softened.  A man said, "This is the speech of a person who is going away.  So what do you order us to do, oh Messenger of Allah?"  He (salallaho alaihi wasalam) said, "I order you to fear Allah and to hear and obey (the Imam) even if he was an Ethiopian slave.  Those among you who will have a long life will see a lot of changes.  Beware of any innovation (in the religion), because they are misguidance.  Whoever lives to see that should adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the guided and wise Caliphs after me - bite on it with your teeth!" [Sunan Tirmidhi, Volume 03, book of Knowledge, Number 2676, Published by Dar Al-Kotob Al-Ilmiyah]  (Abu Eisa said that this hadith is Hasan Sahih.)

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From the hadith above (2676) we now begin to further understand that the beloved Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) is addressing the Sahaba that ***during THEIR lifetime*** they will see innovations of misguidance in Islam and that they should follow the Khulafa-e-Rashideen (Righteous Caliphs) after him.  This is further illustrated in Sunan Ibn Majah:


Sunan Ibn Majah, Section of "Following The Tradition of the Rightly Guided Successors

It is narrated on the authority of Al-Irbad Ibn Sariyah that he said: One day, the Messenger of Allah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) stood and addressed us (with a sermon good sermon, in which he) gave us a perfect instruction because of which the hearts became in awe, and the eyes shed tears.  Then it was said: "O Messenger of Allah! Verily, you've given us the instruction of such as is going to leave us.  So, entrust us to do a covenant (from you by which we would hold fast)!" on that he said: " I advise you to (ward off evil and) safeguard yourselves against (the punishment of) Allah; and to listen and obey (your ruler) even though he is an Abyssinian slave. No doubt, you will see after my (death) a great dispute (among the people which leads to their division and swerving from the right path): so, I advise you to follow my sunnah, and the tradition of the rightly-guided well-directed successors (of me), to which you should stick firmly (and on which you should show constant patience); and I further warn you of the innovations (of heresies pertaining to the religion, which have no reference in Allah's Book and the sunnah of His Messenger), for indeed, every innovation is an error." [Sunan Ibn Majah, Volume 01, Hadith Number 42]

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So once again the above hadith (42) has highlighted that the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) is warning the Companions of the disputes which leads to divisions and moving away from the right path.  Also that those who cause the divisions and innovations in Islam will be at error.  The Messenger of Allah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) is warning that the Companions must follow the way of the Khulafa-e-Rashideen and not following the upcoming sects after the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam), such as Khawarij, Rawafidh, Qadr’ite, Munkar of Zakaat etc that showed there ugly faces soon after the beloved Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) had veiled.

Hence in reality it is those Wahabi & Salafis who try to deny the Muslims from receiving the Guidance through Mawlid gatherings, from preventing Muslims receiving knowledge through Mawlid gatherings, from preventing Muslims performing acts of Sunnah during the Mawlid gatherings that are the real Ahlul-Biddah.


 And Indeed everyone rejoices except for Shaytan and his counterparts, because:

أن إبليس رن أربع رنات حين لعن وحين أهبط وحين ولد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وحين أنزلت الفاتحة

Translation: Iblis cried loudly four times, first when Allah declared him as cursed, second when he was thrown out, Third When Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) was born and fourth when Surah al-Fatiha was revealed [Ibn Kathir in Al Bidayah wan-Nihayah, Volume No. 2, Page No. 166]

 

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Front Cover, Sunan An-Nasai, Volume 2, Published by Dar Al Kotob Al-Ilmiyah, Beirut, Lebanon

 

Sunan An-Nasai, Volume 2, Book of Eid Prayer 19, Hadith Number 1575

 

 

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Front Cover, Sahih Muslim, Volume 4, Published by Dar Al Kotob Al-Ilmiyah, Beirut, Lebanon

 

Sahih Muslim, Volume 4, Book of Knowledge 47, Hadith Number 2673 (1017)

 

 

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Front Cover, Sunan Al-Tirmidhi, Volume 3, Published by Dar Al Kotob Al-Ilmiyah, Beirut, Lebanon

 

 

 Sunan Al-Tirmidhi, Volume 3, Book of Knowledge, Hadith Number 2674, 2675, 2676, 2677

 

 

 

 

 

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 Front Cover, Sunan Ibn Majah, Volume 1, Published by Dar Al Kotob Al-Ilmiyah, Beirut, Lebanon

 

 

 

 

 Sunan Ibn Majah, Volume 1, Hadith Number 42

 

 

 

 

May we be sacrificed at this Merriment O blessed month of Rabi' al-Awwal!!
Your joys surpass thousands of 'Eids; All in the world are rejoicing, except Shaytan

 

 

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