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Mawlid: The Facts

Posted by al Adaab on March 21, 2007

Mawlid: The Facts

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

Salawaat Allahu ta ‘ala alaa Khairi Khalqihi Sayyidinaa wa Habeebinaa wa Shafi’enaa wa Mawlaanaa Muhammadin, Khaatimul Ambiyaai wal Mursaleen, wa Imaam ul Muttaqin wa Rahmatulil ‘Aalameen,

Wa ‘alaa Aalihi wa Ashaabihi wa Ahli Baytihi wa Azwaajihi Ummuhaatil Mu’mineen wa Dhurriyyaatihi wa Ummatihi ajma’een. Wa sallima Tasliman kathiran kathira. Birahmatika Ya Arhamar Rahimeen

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ALLAH – IN THE NAME OF – THE MOST BENEFICENT, THE MOST MERCIFUL.

Peace And Abundant Blessings Be Upon Our Master Muhammad – The Leader Of The Creation – And Upon His Progeny, His Companions, And All His Followers.


The issue of the celebrations of the noble birth of our Most Beloved Prophet Muhammad Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim sparks much debate and questions are raised as to whether it is correct or otherwise to observe it. Indeed a lot has been argued on this subject, hence the need to clarify why Muslims from all over the world celebrate this occasion as an “Eid” (literally meaning happy occasion or festival).

Those who oppose the commemoration claim the following:

1. The Prophet never celebrated it.
2. The Sahaba never celebrated it.
3. There are only 2 Eids in Islam (Eid al-Adha & Eid al-Fitr).
4. It copies the celebration of Christmas.
5. It is mixed with forbidden (Haraam) acts.
6. It is therefore a blameworthy innovation that leads to misguidance.

The above “conclusion” made by the opponents is extremely crude and unjust – for they base their opinion on just one type of Ahadeeth, while purposely ignoring the other Ahadeeth that support introduction of new ways (Sunnahs) in religion (that are in line with Islamic law), and which do not negate an established Sunnah. It is firmly established from various Qur’anic Verses, Prophetic Ahadeeth, Sunnah of the Companions, historical facts, and by consensus of the Ulema, that innovations could either be blameworthy or meritorious.

This article is not an attempt to define the categories of “Bidat” – (what is a Good Innovation or a Blameworthy Innovation etc) – for that is an entirely different subject. What this article shall prove, with Allah’s help, is that this commemoration is not an innovation (Bidat) at all!! So the question of whether such a commemoration is good or blameworthy simply does not arise!

May Allah guide them not to purposely hide the truth for it is feared they could then deserve the punishment promised in the Qur’an al-Kareem – “Indeed those who hide the clear proofs and the guidance which We sent down, after We made it clear to mankind in the Book – upon them is the curse of Allah and the curse of those who curse. Except those who repent and do reform and disclose (the truth) – so I will accept their repentance; and I only am the Most Acceptor of Repentance, the Most Merciful.” [Surah Baqarah 2:159-160]

The other issue of whether this should be called an “Eid” or not, is very simple. The two Eids mentioned in the Ahadeeth are the COMPULSORY Eids – and on which specific types of worship must be undertaken (Eid Prayers, Sacrifice etc.), and on which Fasting is prohibited. The other type of Eid is NOT COMPULSORY – for example any day on which a great favor was bestowed by Allah (every Friday of every week, the day of Ashura celebrated by the Beloved Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim, the day of descent of the Noble Qur’an, the day of the last Qur’anic revelation, the day the table-spread “al Maidah” was sent down, etc.). Muslims all over the world commemorate this Eid, as the latter type.

As to the issue of copying Christmas, it is a fact that Christians celebrate this as the birth of Jesus (Prophet ‘Isaa – peace be upon him) – whom they believe is the son of God, and therefore one of their three assumed Gods. (May Allah protect us from such blasphemy – Aameen). Whereas, we know that there is only ONE God, ALLAH – Who is neither born, nor does He beget. Our commemoration marks the birth of a Noble Prophet, a human being – thus upholding our firm belief of Tawheed. The commemoration is thus a refutation of the incorrect Christian belief – and this refutation is what we are commanded to do, in the Noble Qur’an as well as in the Ahadeeth. A lot of other religions have forms of worship and rituals that resemble Islamic forms of worship and rituals – for example we read the Noble Qur’an and others read Bible, Torah, Ramayan, Geeta etc; we prostate in our Prayers and others prostrate to idols; we fast, and others also fast; we pay Zakaat and others give charity; we perform Hajj and others assemble for Mass, Kumbh Mela etc; we are commanded to obey parents, speak the truth, be good to neighbors – and so do most other religions command their followers; but that does not mean we have to leave our duties. Outward similarities are one thing – actual beliefs are another.

The issue of mixing these commemorations with forbidden (Haraam) acts is one that applies not only this, but universally to all forms of worship. Needless to say, forbidden acts must be abstained from at all times, not only during these commemorations. We cannot, obviously, leave any sort of worship because some people might mix it with forbidden acts. For example – offering Salaat is compulsory, but if the Niyyah (intention) is for showing off (display), then this act of display is forbidden – but not the Salaat. So if the person indulging in these acts (in our example display) is to be advised, he should be advised to abstain from display -; but not advised to forego Salaat altogether. Another example is that if a person steals something from a Mosque, should we try to prevent the theft or should we just stupidly demolish the Mosque.

THE FOLLOWING PAGES WILL MAKE IT AMPLY CLEAR THAT:

1. Allah, the Almighty, has Himself commemorated Mawlid of the Beloved Prophet, and that of various other Prophets.

2. Allah has gifted mankind with innumerable favors due to the Mawlid of the Beloved Prophet, and that these favors shall continue. So this commemoration by Allah is still ongoing.

3. The earlier Prophets commemorated the Mawlid of the Beloved Prophet, their own Mawlid, and that of their sons.

4. The Beloved Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim has commemorated his own Mawlid.

5. The Sahaba commemorated the Mawlid of the Beloved Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim.

So when such radiant and undisputable proofs are available from the Noble Qur’an and Ahadeeth, what is the need to search for “historical” evidence as to when and where it was actually done by the Ummah?

CHAPTER 1. (A)

ALLAH COMMEMORATES THE MAWLID OF VARIOUS PROPHETS

The Birth of Sayyidinaa Adam (peace be upon him)

Proofs From Al-Qur’an al-Kareem.

Proof # 1
And it is He Who has created you from a single soul – then you have to stop over in one place and stay entrusted in another; indeed We have explained Our verses in detail for people of understanding. [Surah Ana`am 6:98]

Proof # 2
“So when I have perfected him and breathed into him a spirit from Myself, (you all) fall down before him in prostration.” [Surah Saad 38:72]

Proof From Ahadeeth


Narrated Sayyidinaa Aws ibn Aws:

The Beloved Prophet said: Among the most excellent of your days is Friday; on it Adam was created, on it he died, on it the last trumpet will be blown, and on it the shout will be made, so invoke more blessings on me that day, for your blessings will be submitted to me. The people asked: O Rasul Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim of Allah, how can it be that our blessings will be submitted to you while your body is decayed He replied: Allah, the Exalted, has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of Prophets. (Sunan Abu Dawud)

THE BIRTH OF SAYYIDINAA YAHYA (peace be upon him)

Proofs From The Noble Qur’an.

Proof # 1
This is the remembrance of the mercy of your Lord upon His bondman Zakaria. When he softly prayed to his Lord. [Surah Maryam 19:2-3]

Note that Allah has called the birth of Sayyidinaa Yahya a “mercy”, and it’s mentioning in the Noble Qur’an as a “remembrance”. What greater evidence would be required for the remembrance of the Beloved Prophet’s birth?

Proof # 2
“O Zakaria! We give you the glad tidings of a son whose name is Yahya (John) – before him, We have not created anyone of this name.” He submitted, “My Lord – how can I have a son whereas my wife is barren and I have reached infirmity due to old age” He (the angel) said, “So it is; your Lord says, ‘This is easy for Me – in fact I created you before this, at a time when you did not exist.’ “[Surah Maryam 19:7-9]

Proof # 3
And peace is upon him the day he was born, and the day he will taste death, and the day he will be raised alive. [Surah Maryam 19:15]

Proof # 4
And remember Zakaria, when he prayed to his Lord, “O my Lord – do not leave me alone, and You are the Best Inheritor. We therefore heard his prayer; and bestowed him Yahya, and cured his wife for him; indeed they used to hasten to perform good deeds, and pray to Us with hope and fear; and used to weep before Us. [Surah Ambiya 21:89-90]

THE BIRTH OF SAYYIDINAA MUSA (peace be upon him)

Proofs From The Noble Qur’an.

Proof # 1
And We inspired the mother of Musa that, “Suckle him; then when you fear for him, cast him into the river and do not fear nor grieve; We shall indeed return him back to you and make him one of the Noble Messengers.” [Surah Qasas 28:7]

THE BIRTH OF SAYYIDINAA ‘ISAA (peace be upon him)

Proofs From The Noble Qur’an.

Proof # 1
So she conceived him, and she went away with him to a far place. Then the pangs of childbirth brought her to the base of the palm-tree; she said, “Oh, if only had I died before this and had become forgotten, unremembered.” [Surah Maryam 19:22-23]

Proof # 2
“And peace is upon me the day I was born, and on the day I shall taste death, and on the day I will be raised alive.” This is ‘Isaa (Jesus), the son of Maryam; a true statement, in which they doubt. [Surah Maryam 19:33-34]

THE BIRTHS OF SAYYIDINAA ISMAIL & ISHAAQ (peace be upon them)

Proofs From The Noble Qur’an.

Proof # 1.
They said, “Do not fear – we convey to you the glad tidings of a knowledgeable boy.” [Surah Hijr 15:53]

Proof # 2.
“All praise is to Allah Who gave me Ismail and Ishaaq, in my old age; indeed my Lord is the Listener of Prayer.” [Surah Ibrahim 14:39]

THE BIRTHS OF SEVERAL PROPHETS (peace be upon them)

Proofs From The Noble Qur’an.

Proof # 1
And when Musa said to his people, “O my people! Remember Allah’s favor upon you, that He created Prophets among you, and made you kings, and has now given you what He has not given to anyone else in this world.” [Surah Maidah 5:20]

Note that Allah has mentioned the creation of Prophets among the Bani Israel, separately from other favors, in order to especially highlight this.

OTHER PERSONS WHO’S BIRTHS WERE SPECIFICALLY REMEMBERED IN THE GLORIOUS QUR’AN

THE BIRTH OF SAYYIDA MARYAM

Proof # 1
So when she gave birth to it, she said, “My Lord! I have indeed given birth to a girl!” And Allah well knows what she gave birth to; and the boy she had prayed for is not like this girl; “And I have named her Maryam and I give her and her offspring in Your protection, against Satan the outcast.” So her Lord fully accepted her (Maryam), and gave her an excellent development; and gave her in Zakaria’s guardianship; whenever Zakaria visited her at her place of prayer, he found new food with her; he said, “O Maryam! From where did this come to you” She answered, “It is from Allah; indeed Allah gives to whomever He wills, without account.” [Surah Aale Imran 3:36-37]

THE BIRTH OF SAYYIDINAA SIDDEEQ AL-AKBAR

Proof # 1
And We have commanded man to be good towards parents; his mother bore him with hardship, and delivered him with hardship; and carrying him and weaning him is for thirty months; until when he reached maturity and became forty years of age, he said, “My Lord! Inspire me to be thankful for the favors you bestowed upon me and my parents, and that I may perform the deeds pleasing to You, and keep merit among my offspring; I have inclined towards you and I am a Muslim.” [Surah Ahqaf 46:15] (This verse was revealed concerning Sayyidinaa Abu Bakr, the first caliph -; Tafseer Ibn Abbas)

From the above it is amply clear that Allah has commemorated Mawlid of many of His Noble Prophets, and others who are worthy of His proximity.

CHAPTER 1. (B)

ALLAH COMMEMORATES MAWLID OF THE BELOVED PROPHET

(Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim)

Proofs From The Noble Qur’an.

Proof # 1
And remember when Allah took a covenant from the Prophets; “If I give you the Book and knowledge and the (promised) Noble Messenger comes to you, confirming the Books you possess, you shall positively, definitely believe in him and you shall positively, definitely help him”; He said, “Do you agree, and accept My binding responsibility in this matter” They all answered, “We agree”; He said, “Then bear witness amongst yourselves, and I Myself am a witness with you.” [Surah Aale Imran 3:81]

“Allah has never sent a prophet, from Adam onward, unless he took from Him the covenant regarding Muhammad : if Muhammad is sent in that Prophet’s lifetime, he was to believe in him and support him,
and that prophet was to take this covenant to his people as well. (Sayyidinaa Ibn Abbas)

Proof # 2
And remember when ‘Isaa the son of Maryam said, “O Descendants of Israel! Indeed I am Allah’s Noble Messenger towards you, confirming the Book Torah which was before me, and heralding glad tidings of the
Noble Messenger who will come after me – his name is Ahmad (the Praised One)”; so when Ahmed came to them with clear proofs, they said, “This is an obvious magic.” [Surah Saff 61:6]

Proof # 3
O dear Prophet, did you not see how your Lord dealt with the People of the Elephant [Surah Feel 105:1].

It is well known that Allah protected the Meccans from the attack of Abraha, and that this took place in the year of the beloved Prophet’s birth. This event is an indication of the prestige of the Beloved Prophet, and a clear proof of Allah’s great favor in the year of the Beloved Prophet’s birth.

Proof # 4
And when the Book from Allah came to them, which confirms the Book in their possession – and before that they used to seek victory through the medium of this very Prophet (Muhammad ) over the disbelievers; so when the one whom they fully recognized came to them, they turned disbelievers – therefore Allah’s curse is upon the disbelievers. [Surah Baqarah 2:89]

Proof # 5
By your life O dear Prophet (Muhammad) – they are indeed straying in their intoxication. [Surah Hijr 5:72]

Note here that Allah has sworn upon the entire life of His Beloved Prophet -; this includes the time of his noble birth!

Proof # 6
By oath of this era of yours (O dear Prophet Muhammad). [Surah ‘Asr 103:1]

For further proofs, see CHAPTER 1 (C) and (D).

How did Allah celebrate this on the DAY of the Prophet’s birth?

1. He made the Ka’abah lean in prostration towards the place of the noble birth.
2. Allah caused the idols to fall down.
3. He extinguished the fires of Persia.
4. Only male children were born on that day.
5. The skies were illuminated.
6. Paradise was further decorated on this occasion.
7. Allah removed drought from Makkah, turned the earth green and made the trees bear fruit, and blessings came to the Quraish from every direction
8. Allah stopped sending down torments.
9. He sent down the maidens of Paradise to give company to Sayyida Amina.
10. He sent down Angel Gibreel to carry the Beloved Prophet, and announce his birth all over the world.

CHAPTER 1. (C)

ALLAH’S GIFTS TO MANKIND DUE TO THE COMING OF THE NOBLE PROPHET

(Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim)

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