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Mawlid al-Nabi (the
Prophet’s birthday)
Why some people accept
and some unaccept the
celebration of the
prophet ( )? What is your
opinion?
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Published Date:
1998-07-06
Praise be to Allaah.
There is nothing in the
Qur’aan to say that we
should celebrate the
Mawlid or birthday of
the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be
upon him). The Prophet
himself (peace and
blessings of Allaah be
upon him) did not do
this or command anyone
to do it, either during his
lifetime or after his
death. Indeed, he told
them not to exaggerate
about him as the
Christians had
exaggerated about Jesus
(upon whom be peace).
He said: “Do not
exaggerate about me as
the Christians
exaggerated about the
son of Maryam. I am only
a slave, so say, ‘The slave
of Allaah and His
Messenger.’” (Reported
by al-Bukhaari). What
has been reported is
that the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah
be upon him) made the
day of his birth a day of
worship, which is
different to celebration.
He was asked about
fasting on Mondays, and
he said: “That is the day
on which I was born and
the day on which I was
entrusted with the
Mission or when I was
first given
Revelation.” (Reported
by Muslim, al-Nisaa’i and
Abu Dawood).
Moreover, we know that
the Sahaabah (may
Allaah be pleased with
them) were the people
who loved the Prophet
most. Was it reported
that Abu Bakr, who was
the closest of people to
him and the one who
loved him the most,
celebrated the birthday
of the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah
be upon him)? Was it
reported that ‘Umar, who
ruled for twelve years, or
‘Uthmaan, did this? Was
it reported that ‘Ali, his
relative and foster son,
did this? Was it reported
that any of the Sahaabah
did this? No, by Allaah! Is
it because they were not
aware of its importance,
or did they not truly love
the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be
upon him)? No one
would say such a thing
except one who has
gone astray and is
leading others astray.
Did any of the imaams –
Abu Haneefah, Maalik, al-
Shaafi’i, Ahmad, al-Hasan
al-Basri, Ibn Seereen –
do this or command
others to do it or say
that it was good? By
Allaah, no! It was not
even mentioned during
the first and best three
centuries. The Prophet
(peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said
in a saheeh hadeeth:
“The best of mankind
are my generation (or
my century), then those
who come after them,
then those who come
after them. Then there
will come a people who
will not care if their
testimony comes before
their oath or vice versa
(i.e., they will not take
such matter seriously)
.” (Reported by al-
Bukhaari, Muslim and al-
Tirmidhi). The
celebration of the
Prophet’s birthday
appeared many
centuries later, when
many of the features of
true religion had
vanished and bid’ah had
become widespread.
Thus this celebration
became a sign of one’s
love for the Prophet
(peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him)?
But can it be possible
that the Sahaabah, the
imaams and the people
of the best three
centuries were unaware
of it, and it was only
those who came later
who were aware of its
importance?! What the
Qur’aan tells us is that
love of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) is
demonstrated by
following the guidance
he brought. Allaah says
(interpretation of the
meaning):
“Say (O Muhammad): ‘If
you (really) love Allaah,
then follow me, Allah
will love you and forgive
you your sins. And Allaah
is Oft-Forgiving, Most
Merciful.
Say: ‘Obey Allaah and the
Messenger.’ But if they
turn away, then Allaah
does not like the
disbelievers.” [Aal
‘Imraan 3:31-32]
The first aayah explains
that love is just a claim,
but the proof of sincerity
is following what the
Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be
upon him) brought. The
second aayah reaffirms
the importance and
necessity of obeying
Allaah and His
Messenger. Hence Allaah
ended the aayah with a
very stern warning in
which those who refuse
to obey are described as
kaafirs, and Allah does
not love the disbelievers.
We ask Allaah to keep us
safe from that. The
Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be
upon him) told us of the
danger of not obeying
him, and the danger of
adding to what he
brought. The celebration
of Mawlid or his birthday
is indeed an addition to
what he brought – as all
the scholars agree. He
said: “The best of speech
is the Book of Allaah,
and the best of guidance
is the guidance of
Muhammad. The most
evil of things are those
which are newly-
invented (in religion),
and every innovation is
a going
astray.” (Reported by
Muslim and al-Nisaa’i).
We ask Allaah to protect
us from bid’ah and to
bless us by helping us to
follow. Allaah knows
best. May Allaah bless
our Prophet Muhammad.
Islam Q&A
Sheikh Muhammed Salih
Al-Munajjid

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Mawlid al-Nabi (the Prophet’s birthday) Why some people accept and some unaccept the celebration of the prophet ( )? What is your opinion?

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