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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: - 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:

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

 

 

(Page last updated 16th June 2013)

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