Eid Milad an-Nabi
In Praise and Commemoration of the Final Messenger of Allah
The Beloved Prophet's Birthday
Salla Allahu Ta'ala alayhi wa aalihi wa Sallam
Eid Milad an-Nabi (2) | Eid Milad an-Nabi (3)
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Nowadays, we find publications filled with lies and deception which mislead many Muslims into thinking negatively about the honourable Mawlid of the Most Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu Ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam. These publications claim that to celebrate the Mawlid is an act of innovation that goes against Islam. This is far from the truth, and it is therefore necessary for those who can speak clearly to help clarify and reverse the doubts surrounding this most blessed day. It is with this humble intention that I present the following proofs in support of celebrating our Most Beloved Prophet's Salla Allahu Ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam birthday.
The Most Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu Ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam said, "He who innovates something in this matter of ours that is not of it will have it rejected." He also said, "Beware of innovations, for every innovation (kullu bid'a) is misguidance."
Those opposed to Mawlid cite this saying and hold that the word every (kul) is a term of generalization, including all types of innovations, with no exception, and that therefore, celebrating Mawlid is misguidance. By daring to say that, they accuse the scholars of Islam of innovation. At the top of the list of those they have accused, then, is our Master Sayyadina 'Umar Radi Allahu Ta'ala anhu. Those in opposition to Mawlid quickly reply to this, "But we did not mean the Companions of the Most Beloved Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu Ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam."
It follows, then, that the meaning of "every" (kul) cannot be taken in its general sense. Therefore, although the Beloved Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu Ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam may not have said to celebrate his blessed birthday, it is nonetheless not an innovation to do so. For, as the following examples show, there were many actions and practices instituted by his close followers after his time that are not deemed innovation.
Compiling the Qur'an al-kareem
The Maqam of Hadrat Ibrahim alaihi as-salaam in relation to the Ka’aba
AS SALAATU WAS SALAAMU ALAYKA YA RASOOL'ALLAH
AS SALAATU WAS SALAAMU ALAY KA YA HABIB'ALLAH
Evidence for Mawlid from the Sunna of
It is incumbent not only on Muslims but on all human beings to rejoice in his advent, the day of his birth. As al-Hafiz ibn Rajab al-Hanbali radi Allahu anhu said, "The best favour that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala has granted this nation is the birth of Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam when he was sent to humanity. So we review and recall Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala's favour of sending the beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam by fasting on that day."
Thus, commemoration of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birthday by any form of worship, starting with fasting, was derived analogously by the great scholars of jurisprudence, who concluded that all forms of worship according to the Qur'an and Sunna are meritorious to perform on that day. This includes recitation of Qur'an, loudly or quietly, individually or in congregation, praising the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam - amongst the most meritorious forms of worship, feeding people, charity and remembering Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.
Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala's injunction stands unceasingly;
This clear order to praise the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam includes remembering who the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam was and what he did. Thus, coming together and sitting in a session in which the sirah is told and the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's excellent character is recalled, and his person is praised, even through excessive Salawat, is a form of worship. Similarly, fasting on the day of the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birth or on any Monday is an act of worship related to his birthday, which brings nearness to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, as the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam explicitly stated.
Similarly, the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam slaughtered an 'aqiqa on his own behalf, 40 years after his birth, though one had been slaughtered by his grandfather when he was born. This is a firm evidence from the Sunna for increasing acts of worship and remembrance of his birth, for the 'aqiqa is an act of worship associated with a birth.
By analogy (qiyas), any worship increased on Monday or on the day of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birth, is acceptable and meritorious. Thus, sitting in commemoration of the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam––by remembering his sirah, praising him, offering food to people, giving donations to the poor––are all forms of worship in the commemoration of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birth, whether it be every Monday, every month or every year, or even every day of the year.
Recitation of Poetry in Praise of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu 'alayhi wa Sallam is Sunna
The Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam was therefore happy with those who praised him because it is Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala's order, and he rewarded them from what Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala was providing him by praying for them and giving them gifts. Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya relates that the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam prayed that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala support Hassan ibn Thabit with ruh al-qudus (the Divine spirit) as long as he would support the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam with his poetry. Similarly, the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam rewarded Ka'b ibn Zuhayr's Radi Allahu anhu poem of praise with a robe (burda).
Hasan ibn Thabit Radi Allahu anhu recited this poetry about the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam on the day of his death saying:
I say, and none can find fault with me
But one lost to all sense:
I shall never cease to praise him.
It may be for so doing I shall be forever in Paradise,
With the Chosen One for whose support in that I hope,
And to attain to that day I devote all my efforts.
[Ibn Hisham, notes to his
Seerah, p. 797, Karachi, Oxford Press.]
As mentioned in the Dubai Fatwa, al-Hafiz Shamsuddin Muhammad ibn Nasruddin ad-Dimashqi in reference to the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's uncle, Abu Lahab noted in his book, Mawlid as-sa'adi, that his punishment in Hell is lessened every Monday because upon hearing the good news of his nephew, the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birth, he released his handmaiden Thuayyba out of joy. For his celebration of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birth his punishment is reduced on the day of his birth. "What then" he asks, "of the believer who all his life was joyful for the existence of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam and died believing in the Oneness of God?"
With these hadith in mind, people constantly relate the Most Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's 'sirah', speak to their children about the importance of the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam in their lives, offer food, help people, recite poetry in his praise and recite Salawat (darood) excessively. Alhamdulillah according to the principles of the Qur'an al-Kareem and Sunna, this is considered an acceptable and effective approach to revive the love of the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam and his message, in our ears and in our lives.
Regarding praise of the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam and other subjects, we would like to share here what Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab declared in 'muallafat ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, al-rasail ash-shakhsiyya', published by the Islamic University of Muhammad ibn Saud, on the occasion of "Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab Week", 1980.
"I was never against tawassul nor against praising the Prophet, nor against Dalail al-khairat [a book of prayers on the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam], but all these I accept. I never said I reject the four schools and that I claim ijtihad and that I am exempt from taqlid [obligation to follow one of the schools of fiqh], and I do not say 'differences among the ulama are a curse' and I do not call kaafir those who seek tawassul through the pious, and I don't call al-Busiri, who wrote 'al-mudariyya' and 'al-burda', kaafir for saying, 'O Most honoured of creation,' and I never forbade the visit of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's tomb, and I never said, 'burn Dalail al-khairat' and 'Rawd al-rayyahin' [books of praise of the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam], and I never said that Ibn al-Farid Radi Allahu anhu and Muhyiddin ibn Arabi Radi Allahu anhu are kaafirs."
So, as Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab, student of Ibn Taymiyya, did not reject all of these things, why do some contemporary scholars reject them today? This is an unambiguous article published by a Saudi Arabian University on the occasion of Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab Week, 1980. In fact, we must ask: if Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab has a special week to commemorate his life and work, why then is it "wrong" to have one day––the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal -to commemorate the life and work of the Greatest Perfect Human Being, Sayyaddina Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam?
Islamic Fundraisers and Mawlid
Sayings of Scholars Concerning Types of Innovation
He wrote 'Jami' al athar fi mawlid', 'Al nabiy al mukhtar', 'Al lafz al ra'iq fi mawlid khayr al khala'iq', and 'Mawlid al sa'ada fi mawlid al hadi'.
Mulla 'Ali Al Qari Rahmatullahi alayh
Mulla 'Ali Al Qari Rahmatullahi alayh wrote 'Al mawlid al rawi fil mawlid al nabawi'.
Imam Ibn Dahiya Rahmatullahi alayh
Imam Ibn Dahiya Rahmatullahi alayh wrote 'Al Tanweer fi mawlid al basheer al nadheer'.
Imam Shams al-Din bin Nasir al Dimashqi Rahmatullahi alayhi
He wrote 'Mawlid al sa'ada fi mawlid al hadi'. He is the one who said about the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's estranged uncle, Abu Lahab, "This unbeliever who has been disparaged, 'perish his hands', will stay in Hell forever. Yet, every Monday his torment is being reduced because of his joy at the birth of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam. How much mercy can a servant expect who spends all his life joyous about the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam and dies believing in the Oneness of Allah ?"
Shamsu Din Ibn Al Jazri Rahmatullahi alayhi
Imam Shamsu Din Ibn Al Jazri Rahmatullahi alayhi wrote 'Al nashr fil qira'at al 'ashr, 'urf al ta’reef bil mawlid al shareef'.
Imam Abu Shama Rahmatullahi alayhi
Imam Abu Shama (Imam Nawawi's shaykh) in his book 'al ba'ith ala Inkar al bida' wal hawadith' (pg.23) said, "One of the best innovations in our time is what is being done every year on the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birthday, such as giving charity, doing good deeds, displaying ornaments, and expressing joy, for that expresses the feelings of love and veneration for him in the hearts of those who are celebrating, and also, shows thankfulness to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala for His bounty by sending His Messenger the one who has been sent as a Mercy to the worlds."
Imam al Shihab al Qastallani Rahmatullahi alayh
Al Qastalani (al Bukhari's commentator) in his book 'Al mawahib al ladunniya' (1-148) said, "May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala have mercy on the one who turns the nights of the month of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birth into festivities in order to increase the suffering of those whose hearts are filled with disease and sickness."
There are others who wrote and spoke about Mawlid, such as Imam al Sakhawi, Imam Wajihu Din bin 'Ali bin al Dayba' al Shaybani al Zubaidi, and many more, which we will not mention due to the limited space available. From these many evidences, it should be clear by now that celebrating the Mawlid is highly commendable and allowed. Surely we cannot simply shrug off as heretics the scholars and dignitaries of this nation who approved the commemoration of the Mawlid and wrote countless books on the subject. Are all these scholars, to whom the whole world is indebted for the beneficial books they have written on Prophetic sayings, jurisprudence, commentaries, and other sorts of knowledge, among the indecent who commit sins and evil? Are they, as those opposed to Mawlid claim, imitating the Christians in celebrating the birth of Jesus? Are they claiming that the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam did not convey to the nation what they should do? We leave answers to these questions up to you.
We must continue to examine the errors which those opposed to Mawlid utter. They say, "If celebrating the Mawlid is from the religion, then the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam would have made it clear to the nation, or would have done it in his lifetime, or it would have been done by the Companions." No one can say that the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam did not do it out of his humbleness, for this is speaking evil of him, so they cannot use this argument.
Furthermore, that the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam and his Companions did not do a certain thing does not mean they made that thing prohibited. The proof is in the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's saying, "Whoever establishes in Islam, a good practice...." cited earlier. This is the strongest evidence that gives encouragement to innovate whatever practices have foundations in religious law, even if the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam and his Companions did not do them. Imam al Shafi'i Rahmatullahi alayhi said, "Anything that has a foundation in religious law is not an innovation even if the Companions did not do it, because their refraining from doing it might have been for a certain excuse they had at the time, or they left it for something better, or perhaps not all of them knew about it." Therefore, whoever prohibits anything based on the concept that the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam did not do it, his claim has no proof and must be rejected.
Thus, we say to the rejecters of Mawlid: based on the rule you have attempted to found, that is, that whoever does anything that the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam or his Companions did not do is committing innovation, it would follow that the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam did not complete the religion for his nation, and that the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam did not convey to the nation what they should do. No one says this or believes this except a heretic defecting from the religion of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala. To the doubters of Mawlid we declare, "Based on what you say, we convict you," for you have innovated in the basics of worship a large number of things that the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam did not do nor did his Companions, the Generation after the Companions, or the Generation after them. For instance:
people behind one Imam to pray 'Salat al tahajjud' after 'Salat al
tarawih', in the two sacred Mosques and other Mosques.
the prayer of completion of the Qur'an al-kareem in 'Salat
al-tarawih' and also in 'Salat al tahajjud'.
the 27th night of Ramadan to complete reading the entire Qur'an
al-kareem in the two Sacred Mosques.
caller saying, after 'Salat al tarawih', in the Qiyam prayer, "May
Allah reward you."
saying: "Oneness of Allah s divided into three parts: Oneness
of Godhood; Oneness of Lordship and Oneness of of the Names and
Attributes." Is this found in a hadith, the statements of the
companions or the statements of the four Imams?
organizations which did not exist in the time of the Prophet alaihi
as-salaam, such as Islamic universities, societies for
committing the Qur'an to memory, and offices for missionary work,
and committees for enjoining good and forbidding evil.
We are not
objecting to these things, since they are forms of good innovation.
We merely list these innovations to point out that those who oppose
Mawlid clearly contradict their own rule stating that anything that
neither the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam
nor his Companions did is innovation. Since they claim that all
innovation is bad, they themselves are guilty.
Yet another claim they make is to say that those who commemorate the Mawlid are mostly indecent and immoral. This is a vulgar statement and it only reflects the character of the one saying it. Are all the distinguished scholars that we have mentioned, from the point of view of those opposed to Mawlid, indecent and immoral? We won’t be surprised if this is what they believe. This is a most serious slander. We say, as the poet said, "When Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala wants to spread a virtue that has been hidden, He would let a tongue of an envious person know about it."
Those opposed to Mawlid, may Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala guide them, have confused some expressions, and claim that some religious scholars associate partners with Allah. Take for example the plea of Imam al-Busayri to Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam "Oh, most generous of creation, I have no one to resort to, save You, when the prevailing event takes place." They must examine carefully the saying of Imam al-Busayri: "'inda hulul al-hadith il 'amami, when the prevailing event takes place." What is al 'amam? It means that which prevails over the whole universe, and all of creation, in referring to the Day of Judgment. Imam al-Busayri is asking intercession from the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam on the Day of Judgment because on that day we will have no one to resort to or appeal to. Imam al-Busayri seeks his intercession to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala through the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam, for when all other Messengers and Prophets will be saying, "Myself, myself," the Prophet will be saying, "I am the one for it, I am for it [the Intercession]." It becomes even more clear now that the doubts of those opposed to Mawlid are unfounded, just as their charges of associating partners with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala are unfounded. This is due to their blindness, both physical and spiritual.
Another similar example can be found in the well-known saying transmitted by the distinguished Imam al Kamal bin al Hammam al Hanafi, author of 'Fath il qadeer fi manasik al farisi', and 'Sharh al mukhtar min al sa'ada al ahnaf'. When Imam Abu Hanifa Radi Allahu anhu visited Madinah, he stood in front of the honourable grave of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam and said, "O, most honourable of the Two Weighty Ones (humankind and jinn)! 'O, treasure of mankind, shower your generosity upon me and please me with your pleasure. I am aspiring for your generosity, and there is no one for Abu Hanifa in the world but you." Again, we must not misinterpret this entreaty, but realize its true meaning.
Yet another misconception those opposed to Mawlid hold can be seen in their statements such as these: "What occurs during Mawlid is mixing between men and women, singing and playing musical instruments, and drinking alcohol." I myself know this to be a lie, for I have attended many Mawlids and have not seen any mixing and never heard any musical instruments. As for drunkenness, yes, I have seen it, but not that of worldly people. We found people intoxicated with the love of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam, a state surpassing even the agony of death, which we know overcame our master Bilal at the time of his death. In the midst of this sweet stupor he was saying, "Tomorrow I shall meet the loved ones, Sayyadina Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam and his blessed Companions."
To continue, those opposed to Mawlid say, "The day of the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birth is the same day of the week as his death. Therefore, joy on this day is no more appropriate than sorrow, and if religion is according to one’s opinion, then this day should be a day of mourning and sorrow." This kind of lame eloquence is answered by the Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti, in 'Al hawi lil fatawi' (pg.193), "The Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birth is the greatest bounty, and his death is the greatest calamity. Religious law urges us to express thankfulness for bounties, and be patient and remain calm during calamities. Religious law has commanded us to sacrifice an animal on the birth of a child [and distribute the meat to the needy], which is an expression of gratitude and happiness with the newborn, while it did not command us to sacrifice at the time of death. Also, it prohibited wailing and showing grief. Therefore, the rules of Divine Law indicate that it is recommended to show joy during the month of the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam's birth and not to show sorrow for his death."
Furthermore, Ibn Rajab, in his book 'Al lata'if', dispraising the rejecters of Mawlid based on the above argument said, "Some designated the day of 'ashura as a funeral ceremony for the murder of al Husayn Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu. But neither Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala nor His Most Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam commanded that the days of the Prophets' great trials or deaths should be declared days of mourning, let alone those with lesser rank."
We conclude this article with a saying of the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam which has been narrated by Abu Ya'ala, from Hudhaifa and about which Ibn Kathir said, "Its chain of transmission is good." Abu Ya'ala said, "The Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said, ‘One of the things that concerns me about my nation is a man who studied the Qur'an, and when its grace started to show on him and he had the appearance of a Muslim, he detached himself from it, and threw it behind his back, and went after his neighbour with a sword and accused him of associating partners with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala'. I then asked, 'Oh, Prophet of Allah, which one is more guilty of associating partners with Allah, the accused or the accuser?' The Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam said, 'It is the accuser.'"
Completed, with all Praises to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala and salutations and peace be upon our Beloved Master Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam and the family of Muhammad and his Noble Companions.
Ibn Taymiyyah writes:
people who celebrate Milad through the love and respect of the Prophet [May
Allah bless Him and grant Him peace], will be rewarded by Allah.'
[Iqtidaa' us-siraat-il-Mustaqeem, page 294]
Ibn Taymiyyah also wrote that:
[Iqtidaa' as-siraat-il-Mustaqeem, page 297, by Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyyah]
Imam Ibn al Jawzi said about the honourable Mawlid, "It is security throughout the year, and glad tidings that all wishes and desires will be fulfilled."
Please give me the evidence about Eid al-Milad an-Nabi in the light of Qur'an & Ahadith.
Before writing the arguments of Eid Milad an-Nabi (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him), I want to clear the meaning of Milad according to literature and Shariah.
The word Milad has been derived from "viladut" which means birth. Therefore, according to Arabic language, Milad is word which signifies the place and time of birth. In the light of Shariah, we means, Milad is to remember the events which took place at the birth time of the Beloved Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) and we get the opportunity of narrating the Seerat of the Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) on this occasion, we also presents the Beloved Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) gifts of Durood-o-salam. We mention before the people attributes and praises of the Beloved Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him). We do not believe that Milad is specified with same night but, we believe that the remembrance of the Beloved Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) is incumbent in each minute and second of time and every Muslim should act it Sunnahs in the whole life time. Milad an-Nabi (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) is a great source of preaching. It is incumbent for scholars to teach Muslims nations on this Blessed occasion, moral behaviour of the Most Beloved Prophet, (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) his antiquates, His affairs, His Seerat, His dealings and His worships.
Now I shall write the proofs below of Milad from the Qur'an al-kareem, & the hadith of the Beloved Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) and consensus of Ulemas.
of Hadith (Narrations of the Beloved Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace
be upon him)
There are many narrations, which prove validity of celebrating Milad Shareef but I have written a few.
1) The Prophet of Allah (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) himself stated his own birth from very beginning, He says:
"I had been transferred, continuously, from purified offspring to purified wombs. I had been given birth by a lawful marriage not by adultery. When Allah Almighty sent Adam alaihis Salam on earth, He put me in his spine and then transferred me in Nuh alaihis salam's boat, and then Ibrahim alaihis salam. Allah Almighty transferred me continuously from noble offspring to the purified wombs. He brought me into my parents who never committed adultery." (Tafseer Ruhul Bayan, Vol. 3, Page 54)
As I have written in the beginning that Milad means the time of birth or place of birth. So the Beloved Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) himself celebrated his own Milad. In the same way Ahl as-Sunnat w'al Jamaat following the Beloved Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) narrate the events of the birth of the Beloved Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him). This hadith is the clear proof Milad an-Nabi (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) and as well as tell us that to celebrate Milad an Nabi (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) is not innovation (bidat) but it is a sunnah (tradition) of Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him).
It is widely believed that Wahhabi/"Salafi" are against the idea of holding celebrations of Mawlid. But that's not true. They celebrate not one, but many Mawlids. Here are some of the Wahhabi/"Salafi" Mawlids we have witnessed.
1- Mawlid of Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Wahhab, Shaykh-an-Najdi (Also, the title which was given to Shaytan), Shaykh al-Islam of "Salafis"/Wahhabis, and Imam of the Two Cities (Riyad and Dar`iyya):
Every year at the anniversary date of Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Wahhab's death, a great feast is held at the Ibn Sa`ud University in Riyad (in Najd) at which time they praise the unparalleled magnificence of their beloved religious leader, listing his qualities and reciting new poetry about his greatness. All over the world, their embassies also fulfill this important communal obligation (fard kifaya). This is NOT `ibada, of course.
2- Mawlid of the State, known as National Day:
This Mawlid, similar to Independence Day, Flag Day, and Army Day, is celebrated every year in the country with international gala festivities, fanfare, parades, army reviews, podiums and thrones, and also, of course, new poems of praise and Madih recitations for the State founders and current rulers, all at colossal cost, but whatever means leads to fulfilling an obligation (fard), is itself an obligation. Of course this is NOT `ibada.
3- Mawlid of the Nation's Century:
This was a gigantic and truly new Mawlid, the like of which was never seen before. Last year we all witnessed the great celebrations whose main slogan was "100 years KSA" to commemorate one century of freedom from the innovated Khilafa and the establishment of the Sunni Kingdom. On this occasion thousands of shiny and colorful lights, new constructions, inventive and tasteful decorations, posters, banners, placards, and other graphic art productions were displayed in public places and broadcast over the media with orchestral music, poems, and commentary of self-praise and glorification that filled the heart with warmth, love of dunya, and national pride. All Mawlids should be like this! (Needless to say, this is NOT `ibada.)
4- Mawlid of the Mufti:
At the recent passing of the Grand Mufti of the Wahhabiyya Sect, Bin Baz, it was decided by the Mawlid Celebration Board to issue a special commemorative glossy publication praising his greatness, listing his achievements and merits, and deploring his demise with big tears of sadness. In fact, the magazine cover showed a delightful, artistic painting of a series of big tears stringed together like dhikr-beads, and inside each tear there was a small Ka`ba. Al-Hamdu lillah, the Grand mufti is gone, the tears dried up, but we still have the Ka`ba!
5- Mawlid of the Ministers:
From time to time, public sessions of high praise are held for certain ministers according to worldly (dunya) merit. In a recent incident one of our brothers unduly obsessed with the hereafter (Akhira) witnessed a TV program in Madina during Hajj 1999, in which one of the Ministers was lavishly praised (madih) by a 7-year old schoolboy dressed in a formal army suit, reciting poetry he had innovated for him. The boy was called to the podium (`arsh) and asked by that minister what he would like to receive for praising him so much. The boy said on the spot: "Half a million Ryals." The Minister happily granted his wish. (Jazak Allahu Khayran for such a generous, noble gesture on National TV during Hajj, so that everyone young and old should learn to praise and magnify government officials instead of reciting Qasidat al-Burda or other such things!) The brother who witnessed this event on TV, as he was pleased with the Best of Creation - the Prophet (Salla Allahu ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam) - went to the Prophet's Mosque and, standing at Bab Gibril in front of the blessed Green Dome (with other brothers who were also obsessed with Akhira), started excessively obeying the command of the Qur'an al-kareem to invoke blessings and abundant greetings on the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam) and recite Qasida in his praise. Immediately, the guards of the Custodian of the Two Sacred Mosques went on Red Alert (special guards from the elite Tala`al Badru Emergency Alert Unit) as they noticed that the brothers were committing an act of love and respect for the Beloved of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala), something known in their legal police code as SHIRKUFRBID`A (which only they can pronounce correctly). So the elite, frowning paratroopers yelled at the brothers to stop immediately this violation of the National Mawlid Law, manhandled them, and threatened them with arrest and jail unless they stopped their crime. Moral: If only those brothers had used their intellects to recite Mawlid for a State Minister instead of Rahmatan lil-Alamin (Salla Allahu ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam), they would have been several million Ryals richer today! (And this would NOT be `ibada!)
6- Mawlid of Monuments and Inscriptions:
Unlike the preceding Mawlids which are seasonal or according to special circumstances, this Mawlid is a permanent Mawlid in Madina, steps away from the Prophet's Mosque in the ritzy Dar al-Tayba square. It consists in a 15-foot monument in the shape of a globe topped by a dome similar to the Prophet's dome, flanked by a flag, in the middle of a waterfall. Below, an inscription says: "In appreciation to the King for services rendered to Islam." This Mawlid of Monuments and Inscriptions fulfills two important functions. First, it is most suitable for photography as a memento of His Majesty the King in the City of the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam) as, unfortunately, pictures of the real Dome are prohibited but happily, pictures of this dunya monument are welcome (as it is NOT `ibada).
Second, just like the inscription acknowledging His Majesty the King at the bottom of the door of the Ka`ba in Makkah (for every pilgrim to remember and commemorate) this monument and inscription fills the vacuum created - in the last century - by the destruction of the graves of of the great past Muslim figures who contributed over 1,000 years to the greatness of Islam. Figures such as `Uthman ibn `Affan who used to ride on a donkey and sleep on the mosque floor when he was caliph; `Uthman ibn Mazun whose grave the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam) personally built up; Malik ibn Anas who walked barefoot in Madina out of respect for Rasulullah (Salla Allahu ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam); our mothers the Prophet's wives; his daughters, uncles, cousins, and thousands of Sahaba all left without one sign - i.e. monument or inscription - reminding of their existence or "services rendered to Islam." But why remember them? Wouldn't that be... `IBADA!?
It is hoped that this brief description will help dispel the false and unjust notion that no Mawlid of any kind is celebrated in the Wahhabi/"Salafi" world today. Yes, they celebrate Mawlid, rejoice and remember like everybody else - but in their own special way, WITHOUT `ibada. As Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) said: "Every party rejoices in what they have." And the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam) said: "When someone loves something, they make abundant remembrance of it." May Allah reward everyone of them for NOT making `ibada with innovated Mawlids, all according to their intention and according to what they deserve!
Bear this one thing in mind: These shayateen have the cheeks to say that Milad-un-Nabi (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) is Shirk & Bid'ah, yet in the LA Times, they openly join in the celebration of Christmas.
So let's get this straight. According to the Najdis:
La'natullah 'alaa-l-kaadhibeen wa alaa-l-munafiqeen!
The Mawlid in Makkah According to Muslim Historians-Celebration of the Birthplace of the Prophet
Makkah, the Mother of cities, may Allah bless and honour her, is the leader of other Islamic cities in the celebration of Mawlid as in other things. In his book Akhbar Makka, Vol. 2, p. 160, the 3rd-century historian of Makkah, al-Azraqi, mentions as one of the many places in Makkah in which the performance of salah is desirable (mustahabb), the house where the Prophet was born (Mawlid al-Nabi). According to him, the house had previously been turned into a mosque by the mother of the caliphs Musa al-Hadi and Harun ar-Rashid.
The Qur'anic scholar al-Naqqash (266-351) mentions the birthplace of the Prophet as a place where du'a by noon on Mondays is answered. He is quoted in al-Fasi's Shifa' al-gharam Vol. 1, p. 199, and others.
The oldest source that mentions a public commemoration of the Mawlid is in Ibn Jubayr's (540-614) Rihal ("Travels"), p. 114-115:
"This blessed place [the house of the Prophet] is opened, and all men enter it to derive blessing from it (mutabarrikin bihi), on every Monday of the month of Rabi' al-Awwal; for on that day and in that month was born the Prophet."
The 7th-century historians Abul 'Abbas al-'Azafi and his son Abul Qasim al-'Azafi wrote in their unpublished Kitab ad-durr al-munazzam:
"Pious pilgrims and prominent travellers testified that, on the day of the mawlid in Makkah, no activities are undertaken, and nothing is sold or bought, except by the people who are busy visiting his noble birthplace, and rush to it. On this day the Ka'ba is opened and visited."
The famous 8th-century historian Ibn Battuta relates in his Rihla, Vol. 1, p. 309 and 347, that on every Friday, after the salah, and on the birthday of the Prophet, the door of Ka`ba is opened by the head of the Banu Shayba, the doorkeepers of the Ka'ba, and that on the Mawlid, the Shafi'i qadi (head judge) of Makkah, Najmuddin Muhammad Ibn al-Imam Muhyiddin al-Tabari, distributes food to the shurafa' (descendants of the Prophet and to all the other people of Makkah.
In every Muslim country today, we find people celebrating the Most Beloved Prophet's birthday. This is true of the following: Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Kuwait, the Emirates, Saudi Arabia (not officially, but in the majority of homes), Sudan, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Djibouti, Somalia, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaidjan, Uzbekistan, Turkestan, Bosnia (former Yougoslavia), Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, and most other Islamic countries. In most Arab countries it is a national holiday. All these countries, O' Nations of Islam, are celebrating that event.
How is it that today a minority is coming and making up a ruling that it is haram? And who are these scholars who spoke against Mawlid, in comparison to the huffaz (hadith masters) and scholars of the Community such as Abu Shama, 'Asqalani, Suyuti, Sakhawi, Haytami, Shawkani, and al-Qari, all of whom declared Mawlid praiseworthy ? How can any of the "Salafis" declare haram something that even the strictest of their scholars, Ibn Taymiyya, allowed under certain conditions, and which Ibn al-Jawzi and Ibn Kathir encouraged, each of them by writing a booklet entitled Mawlid and consisting of poems and passages from the sirah?