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    The Origins Of The Prophet’s Birthday Celebration(FREE Booklet)


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    One of the most talked about, hotly-debated and controversial subjects of discussion amongst Muslims for a long time has been whether or not it is permitted to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet
    (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam). In this short booklet, we hope to shed light on this practice that has been celebrated by a body of Muslims for centuries.

    To enable oneself to eventually come to a conclusion in this subject, we must be certain of the fact that the earlier one goes back in history, the purer the religion gets, until we reach the era of the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam), to whom the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) said, “I have left you upon clear proof, its night is like its day, no one deviates from it except that he is destroyed – and whomsoever amongst you lives for long will see great differing and controversy. So cling to what you know from my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Orthodox Rightly-Guided Caliphs after me. Bite on to that with your molar teeth!”

    So when Muslims differ and fall into controversy, they must return to clinging to the Sunnah of the Prophet and the Sunnah of his noble Rightly-Guided Companions. So this brief booklet has been compiled in light of this principle.



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    19 December 2013

    A Must for Muslims All Muslim should have a copy and most importantly share the sweetness of truth to other less knowledgeable Muslims. This increases Iman and Knowledge as all Muslim should do rather then follow blindly and disregard the Quran and Sunnah. This book is clear, specific and goes back to Quran and Sunnah as instructed by Allah. May Allah bless and preserves such knowledge for Muslims and humanity.

    3 December 2013
    Every muslim should have this. This erases doubts that some muslims have as far as birthdays are concerned. Our beloved Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) nor any of the Salaf celebrated his (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) birthday, then who are we to do so? The same goes for our own birthdays.

    And all praise is due to Allaah, the Most High, the Lord of all existence and may the salutations of peace, and blessings be upon the Messenger Muhammad, his family, his Companions and all those who follow till the Day of Resurrection.



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    Historical analysis of the birthday of the Prophet
    (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam)



    In the name of Allaah, indeed all praise is due to Allaah and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah.

    The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) informed us that some of the Muslims would begin to follow the ways of the non-Muslims. He said:

    Surely, you will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, in everything as one arrow resembles another, (i.e. just like them), so much so that even if they entered a hole of a lizard, you would enter it. They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, do you mean to say that we will follow the Jews and the Christians?” He replied, Whom else [other than them]?[1]

    Out of their love for Jesus (Eesa), the Christians innovated into their religion by specifying the 25th of December as his birthday and celebrating it, even though there is no origin to it.

    Unfortunately Muslims came later, and out of their love of the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) they specified 12th Rabee’ al-Awwal as his birthday, which also does not have an origin. The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) as well as his companions never took this as a day of celebration.

    This innovation, Mawlid an-Nabawi, is not only not legislated but even historically incorrect. It cannot be established for certain that the birthday of the Prophet was 12th Rabee’ al-Awwal. The scholars greatly differed over the actual date of the birth of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam). By the permission of Allaah, this article will outline some of these opinions and therefore establish the historic invalidity of specifying the 12th of Rabee’ al-Awwal as the date of his birth.

    The difference of opinion with regards to the Mawlid [2]

    1) 1st of Rabee’ al-Awwal: Mentioned by Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Munhad [in It’haaf al-Waraa]

    2) 2nd of Rabee’ al-Awwal: Mentioned by Ibn Sa’d [in Tabaqaat], Ibn Katheer in [Bidaayah wa an-Nihaayah] and Zarqaanee [in Sharh al-Mawaahab].

    3) 8th of Rabee’ al-Awwal: Mentioned by Ibn AbdilBarr [in al-Isti’aab], Ibn Hajr al-Haythami in [Sharh Matn al-Hamziyah] and al-Qastalaanee [in al-Mawaahab al-ladaniyyah]

    4) 9th Rabee’ al-Awwal: Shiblee an-Nu’maani [Seerah anNabi], Sayyid Sulayman al-Masufooree [in Rahmat al-‘aalameen]and Safee ar-Rahmaan al-Mubaarakfooree]

    5) 10th Rabee’ al-Awwal: Mentioned by Al-Waaqidee [in Taareekh], Ibn Katheer in [al-Bidaayah wa an-Nihaayah] and Ibn Sa’d [in Tabaqaat]

    6) 11th Rabee’ al-Awwal: Mentioned by Ibn al-Jawzee [in al-Muntadham]

    7) 12th Rabee’ al-Awwal: Mentioned by Ibn Hishaam [Seerah an-Nabawiyyah], Ibn Hibbaan [ath-Thiqaat] and al-Bayhaqi in [Dalaail an-Nubuwwah]

    8) 17th Rabee’ al-Awwal: Mentioned by Ibn Dahiyyah by some of the Shia scholars [in al-Bidaayah wa an-Nihaayah]

    9) 18th Rabee’ al-Awwal: Mentioned by Ibn Katheer, he said this is the opinion of the Majority in [al-Bidaayah wa an-Nihaayah] and also Muhammad Husayn Haykal, he narrated it from Ibn Is.haaq [in Hayaat Muhammad]

    10) The first Monday of Rabee’ al-Awwal: Mentioned by Ibn AbdulBarr [in al-Isti’aab] and Ibn Sayyid an-Naas [in ‘Uyoon al-Athar]

    11) 18th Ramadhan: Mentioned by Ibn Kalby and also Zubayr ibn Bakkaar [narrated by Ibn Hajar in Fat.h al-Baaree]; also mentioned by IbnAsaakir [Tareekh ad-Dimishq]

    12) Before the Year of the Elephant by 15 years: Mentioned by Kalby, upon the authority of Abu Saalih, upon the authority of Ibn Abbaas

    13) There are ten years between his birth and the Year of the Elephant: Mentioned by Ya’qoob al-‘Atamy, upon the authority of Ja’faribn Abbe al-Mugheerah…

    14) The month of Muharram: Mentioned by Haykal [in Hayaat Muhammad]

    15) The month of Safar: Mentioned by al-Qastalaanee [in al-mawaahib] and Muhammad Hussayn Haykal [in Hayaat Muhammad]

    16) The month of Rajab: Mentioned by Muhammad Husyan Haykal in [Hayaat Muhammad]

    17) Rabee’ al-Aakhar: Mentioned by al-Qastalaanee [in al-Mawaahib]

    18) The day of the Elephant: Mentioned by Hajaaj ibn Muhammad upon the authority of Ibn Abbaas [in Seerah Nabawiyyah of adh-Dhahabee]

    Conclusion

    Eighteen different opinions have been mentioned above, some stronger than others, which demonstrates the historical inaccuracy in specifying the Mawlid an-Nabawi on the 12th Rabee’ al-Awwal.

    The fact that so many different opinions exist, and yet no authentic Hadeeth, also shows that the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) himself, the noble companions (may Allaah be pleased with them), the great Imaams of Hadeeth and early pious scholars attached no importance to this matter. [3]

    May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet, his family, companions and the believers who follow his guidance until the Day of Resurrection.


    Written by: Abul Abbaas Naveed Ayaaz
    4th Rabee’ al-Awwal 1435h, corresponding to 5th January 2014
    Nelson, Lancashire.



    Footnotes

    [1] Narrated by Abu Sa’eed; collected by Bukhaaree & Muslim

    [2] The strength weakness of each opinion has not been researched, as the objective behind this article is to only demonstrate the difference of opinion regarding the date.

    [3] This article has been based on research by Abdul’Aleem as-Salafee – May Allaah reward him, For a more in depth discussion: http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com/vb/showthread.php?t=206294

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    Ruling on celebrating the birthday of the Prophet

    Praise be to Allaah the Lord of the Worlds, and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions.


    The commands mentioned in the Qur’aan and Sunnah to follow the laws of Allaah and His Messenger, and the prohibitions on introducing innovations into the religion are quite clear. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Say (O Muhammad to mankind): ‘If you (really) love Allaah, then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’aan and the Sunnah), Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins’”
    [Aal ‘Imraan 3:31]

    “Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord (the Qur’aan and Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah), and follow not any Awliyaa’ (protectors and helpers who order you to associate partners in worship with Allaah), besides Him (Allaah). Little do you remember!” [al-A’raaf 7:3]

    “And verily, this is My straight path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His path”
    [al-A’naam 6:153]

    And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The most truthful of speech is the Book of Allaah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad, and the most evil of things are those which are newly-invented.” And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever innovates anything in this matter of ours (i.e., Islam), that is not part of it will have it rejected.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 2697; Muslim, no. 1718). According to a version narrated by Muslim, “Whoever doe anything that is not in accordance with this matter of ours (i.e., Islam), will have it rejected.”

    Among the reprehensible innovations that people have invented is the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in the month of Rabee’ al-Awwal. They celebrate this occasion in various ways:

    Some of them simply make it an occasion to gather and read the story of the Mawlid, then they present speeches and qaseedahs (odes) for this occasion.

    Some of them make food and sweets etc., and offer them to the people present.

    Some of them hold these celebrations in the mosques, and some of them hold them in their houses.

    Some people do not limit themselves to the actions mentioned above; they include in these gatherings haraam and reprehensible things, such as free mixing of men and women, dancing and singing, or committing actions of shirk such as seeking the help of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), calling upon him, seeking his support against their enemies and so on.

    Whatever form it takes and whatever the intentions of those who do this are, there is no doubt whatsoever that it is an invented, haraam innovation which was introduced by the Shi’a Faatimids after the three best centuries, in order to corrupt the religion of the Muslims. The first person to do this after them was the king al-Muzaffar Abu Sa’eed Kawkaboori, the king of Irbil, at the end of the sixth century or the beginning of the seventh century AH, as was mentioned by the historians such as Ibn Khalkaan and others. Abu Shaamah said: the first person to do that in Mosul was Shaykh ‘Umar ibn Muhammad al-Malaa, one of the well-known righteous people. Then the ruler of Irbil and others followed his example.

    Al-Haafiz Ibn Katheer said in al-Bidaayah wa’l-Nihaayah (13/137), in his biography of Abu Sa’eed Kazkaboori: “He used to observe the Mawlid in Rabee’ al-Awwal and hold a huge celebration on that occasion… some of those who were present at the feast of al-Muzaffar on some occasions of the Mawlid said that he used to offer in the feast five thousand grilled heads of sheep, ten thousand chickens and one hundred thousand large dishes, and thirty trays of sweets… he would let the Sufis sing from Zuhr until Fajr, and he himself would dance with them.”

    Ibn Khalkaan said in Wafiyaat al-A’yaan (3/274): “When it is the first of Safar they decorate those domes with various kinds of fancy adornments, and in every dome there sits a group of singers and a group of puppeteers and players of musical instruments, and they do not leave any one of those domes without setting up a group (of performers) there.

    The people give up work during this period, and they do no work except going around and watching the entertainment. When there are two days to go until the Mawlid, they bring out a large number of camels, cows and sheep, more than can be described, and they accompany them with all the drums, songs and musical instruments that they have, until they bring them to the square… On the night of the Mawlid there are performances of nasheed after Maghrib in the citadel.”

    This is the origin of this celebration on the occasion of the Prophet’s birthday. More recently idle entertainment, extravagance, and wasting of money and time have become associated with an innovation for which Allaah has not sent down any authority.

    What Muslims should do is to revive the Sunnah and put an end to bid’ah (innovation); they should not do any action until they know the ruling of Allaah concerning it.

    Ruling on celebrating the Prophet’s birthday

    Celebrating the occasion of the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is forbidden and is to be rejected for a number of reasons:

    1 – it is not part of the Sunnah of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or of the khaleefahs who succeeded him. Since this is the case, then it is a forbidden innovation, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I urge you to follow my Sunnah and the way of the rightly-guided khaleefahs after me; adhere to it and cling to it firmly. Beware of newly-invented things, for every newly-invented thing is an innovation (bid’ah) and every innovation is a going-astray.” (Narrated by Ahmad, 4/126; al-Tirmidhi no. 2676).

    Celebrating the Mawlid is an innovation introduced by the Shi’a Faatimids after the three best centuries in order to corrupt the religion of the Muslims. If a person does anything in order to draw closer to Allaah which was not done by the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or enjoined by him, and was not done by the khaleefahs who succeeded him, this action implies that he is accusing the Messenger of not explaining the religion to the people, and that he disbelieves in the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):

    “This day, I have perfected your religion for you” [al-Maa'idah 5:3]

    because he is adding something extra and claiming that it is a part of the religion, but the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not bring this.

    2 – Celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is an imitation of the Christians, because they celebrate the birth of the Messiah (peace be upon him). Imitating them is extremely haraam. The hadeeth tells us that it is forbidden to imitate the kuffaar, and we are commanded to differ from them. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them” (narrated by Ahmad, 2/50; Abu Dawood, 4/314). And he said, “Be different from the mushrikeen” (narrated by Muslim, 1/222, no. 259) – especially with regard to things that are the symbols or rituals of their religion.

    3 – Besides being bid’ah and an imitation of the Christians, both of which are haraam, celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is also a means that leads to exaggeration and excess in venerating him, which even goes as far as calling upon him (making du’aa’ to him) and seeking his help, instead of calling upon Allaah, as happens now among many of those who observe the bid’ah of the Mawlid, when they call upon the Messenger instead of Allaah, and ask him for support, and sing qaseedahs (odes) of shirk praising him, like Qaseedat al-Burdah etc. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade going to extremes in praising him, as he said: “Do not extol as the Christians extolled the son of Maryam. For I am just His slave, so say, the slave of Allaah and His Messenger” (narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4/142, no. 3445; al-Fath, 6/551), i.e., do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians exaggerated in praising the Messiah and venerated him until they worshipped him instead of Allaah. Allaah forbade them to do that when he said (interpretation of the meaning):

    “O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allaah aught but the truth. The Messiah ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was (no more than) a Messenger of Allaah and His Word, (“Be!” — and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam (Mary) and a spirit (Rooh) created by Him” [al-Nisaa’ 4:171]

    Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade us to exaggerate concerning him lest the same thing happen to us as happened to them, so he said: “Beware of exaggeration, for those who came before you were destroyed because of exaggeration” (narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 5/268; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Nasaa’i, no. 2863).

    4 – Observing the innovation of the Prophet’s birthday opens the door to other kinds of bid’ah and being distracted by them from the Sunnah. Hence you find that the innovators are very active when it comes to bid’ah and very lazy when it comes to the Sunnah; they hate it and regard those who follow it as enemies, until their entire religion is innovated anniversaries and Mawlids. They have split into various groups, each of which commemorates the anniversary of its imaam’s birth, such as the births of al-Badawi, Ibn ‘Arabi, al-Dasooqi and al-Shaadhili. No sooner do they end the celebration of one birthday but they start the celebration of another. This results in exaggeration concerning these dead people and others, and in calling upon them instead of Allaah, believing that they can bring benefit and cause harm, until they deviate from the religion of Allaah and go back to the religion of the people of the Jaahiliyyah of whom Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “And they worship besides Allaah things that harm them not, nor profit them, and they say: ‘These are our intercessors with Allaah’” [Yoonus 10:18]

    “And those who take Awliyaa’ (protectors, helpers, lords, gods) besides Him (say): ‘We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allaah’” [al-Zumar 39:3]

    Discussing the specious arguments of those who celebrate the Mawlid

    Those who think that this bid’ah should be continued produce specious arguments which are flimsier than a spider’s web. These specious arguments may be dealt with as follows:

    1 – Their claim that this is veneration of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):

    The response to that is that the way to venerate him is to obey him, do as he commanded and avoid that which he forbade, and to love him; he is not to be venerated through innovations, myths and sins. Celebrating his birthday is of this blameworthy type because it is a sin. The people who venerated the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) the most were the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them), as ‘Urwah ibn Mas’ood said to Quraysh: “O people, by Allaah I have visited kings. I went to Caesar, Chosroes and the Negus, but by Allaah I never saw a king whose companions venerated him as much as the companions of Muhammad venerated Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). By Allaah, whenever he spat it never fell on the ground, it fell into into the hand of one his companions, then they wiped their faces and skins with it. If he instructed them to do something, they would hasten to do as he commanded. When he did wudoo’, they would almost fight over his water. When he spoke they would lower their voices in his presence; and they did not stare at him out of respect for him.” (al-Bukhaari, 3/178, no. 2731, 2732; al-Fath, 5/388). Yet despite this level of veneration, they never took the day of his birth as an ‘Eid (festival). If that had been prescribed in Islam they would not have neglected to do that.

    2 – Using as evidence the fact that many people in many countries do this.

    The response to that is that evidence consists of that which is proven from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and what is proven from the Prophet is that innovations are forbidden in general, and this is an innovation. What people do, if it goes against the evidence (daleel), does not prove anything, even if many of them do it.

    “And if you obey most of those on the earth, they will mislead you far away from Allaah’s path”
    [al-An’aam 6:116 – interpretation of the meaning]

    Nevertheless, in every age, praise be to Allaah, there have always been those who denounce this bid’ah and state clearly that it is false. Those who persist in following it after the truth had been explained to them have no proof.

    Among those who denounced the celebration of this occasion was Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, in Iqtidaa’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem; Imaam al-Shaatibi in al-‘I’tisaam; Ibn al-Haaj in al-Madkhil; Shaykh Taaj al-Deen ‘Ali ibn ‘Umar al-Lakhami who wrote an entire book denouncing it; Shaykh Muhammad Basheer al-Sahsawaani al-Hindi in his book Siyaanah al-Insaan; al-Sayyid Muhammad Rasheed Ridaa wrote a separate essay on this topic; Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem Aal al-Shaykh wrote a separate essay on it; Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz; and others who are still writing and denouncing this bid’ah every year in the pages of newspapers and magazines, at the time when this bid’ah is being done.

    3 – They say that by celebrating the Mawlid they are keeping the memory of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) alive.

    The answer to that is that the memory of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is constantly kept alive by the Muslim, such as when his name (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is mentioned in the adhaan and iqaamah and in khutbahs, and every time the Muslim recites the Shahaadatayn after doing wudoo’ and in the prayers, and every time he sends blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in his prayers and when he is mentioned, and every time the Muslim does a waajib (obligatory) or mustahabb (recommended) action that was prescribed by the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). In all of these ways (the Muslim) remembers him and the reward equivalent to the reward of the one who does that action goes back to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Thus the Muslim constantly keeps the memory of the Messenger alive and has a connection with him night and day throughout his life through that which Allaah has prescribed, not only on the day of the Mawlid and things which are bid’ah and go against the Sunnah, for that puts one at a distance from the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the Messenger will disown him because of that.

    The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) has no need of this innovated celebration, because Allaah has already bestowed veneration and respect upon him, as He says: “and raised high your fame”
    [Al-Sharh 94:4]

    For Allaah is not mentioned in the adhaan, iqaamah or khutbah, but the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is mentioned after Him; this is sufficient veneration, love and renewal of his memory, ad sufficient encouragement to follow him.

    Allaah did not refer to the birth of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in the Qur’aan; rather He referred to his Mission, and says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Indeed, Allaah conferred a great favor on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:124]

    “He it is Who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves”
    [al-Jumu’ah 64:2]

    4 – They may say that the celebration of the Prophet’s birthday was introduced by a knowledgeable and just king who intended thereby to draw closer to Allaah.

    Our response to that is that bid’ah is not acceptable, no matter who does it. A good intention does not justify a bad deed and even if a person died as a knowledgeable and righteous person, this does not mean that he was infallible.

    5 – They say that celebrating the mawlid comes under the heading of bid’ah hasanah (“good innovation”) because it is based on giving thanks to Allaah for the Prophet!

    Our response to that is that there is nothing good in innovation. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever innovates anything in this matter of ours (i.e., Islam), that is not part of it will have it rejected.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 2697; al-Fath, 5/355). And he said, “Every innovation is a going astray” (narrated by Ahmad, 4/126; al-Tirmidhi, no. 2676). The ruling on innovations is that they are all misguidance, but this specious argument suggests that not every bid’ah is a going astray, rather there are good innovations.

    Al-Haafiz ibn Rajab said in Sharh al-Arba’een: “The words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), ‘every innovation is a going astray’ is a concise but comprehensive comment which includes everything; it is one of the most important principles of religion. It is like his words ‘Whoever innovates anything in this matter of ours (i.e., Islam), that is not part of it will have it rejected.’ (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3/167, no. 2697; al-Fath, 5/355). Whoever innovates anything and attributes it to Islam when it has no basis in the religion, this is a going astray and is nothing to do with Islam, whether that has to do with matters of belief (‘aqeedah) or outward and inward words and deeds.”
    (Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wa’l-Hakam, p. 233)

    These people have no proof that there is any such thing as a “good innovation” apart from the words of ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) concerning Taraaweeh prayers, “What a good innovation this is.” (Saheeh al-Bukhaari, 2/252, no. 2010 mu’allaqan; al-Fath 4/294).

    They also said that things were innovated which were not denounced by the salaf, such as compiling the Qur’aan into one volume and writing and compiling the hadeeth.

    The response to that is that these matters had a basis in Islam, so they were not newly-invented.

    ‘Umar said: “What a good bid’ah” meaning innovation in the linguistic sense, not in the shar’i sense. Whatever has a basis in Islam, if it is described as an innovation, is an innovation in the linguistic sense, not in the shar’i sense, because innovation in the shar’i sense means that which has no basis in Islam.

    Compiling the Qur’aan into one book has a basis in Islam, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had commanded that the Qur’aan be written down, but it was scattered, so the Sahaabah compiled it in one volume so as so protect and preserve it.

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) led his companions in praying Taraaweeh for a while, and then he stopped doing that, lest that become obligatory on them. The Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) continued to pray it separately during the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and after his death, until ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with them) gathered them behind one imaam as they used to pray behind the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). This was not an innovation introduced into the religion.

    Writing down the hadeeth also has a basis in Islam. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) ordered that some ahaadeeth should be written down for some of his companions when they asked him for that. In general terms writing it down during his lifetime was not allowed, for fear that the Qur’aan might be mixed with things that were not part of it. When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died, this fear was no longer a factor, because the Qur’aan had been completed and arranged in order before he died. The Muslims compiled the Sunnah after that in order to preserve it and keep it from being lost. May Allaah reward them with good on behalf of Islam and the Muslims, because they preserved the Book of their Lord and the Sunnah of their Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) from being lost or being tampered with.

    We may also say to them: why was this act of thanksgiving, as they call it, not done by the best generations, the Sahaabah, Taabi’een and followers of the Taabi’een, who loved the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) most and who were most keen to do good and give thanks? Are those who introduced the innovation of the Mawlid more rightly-guided than them? Do they give more thanks to Allaah? Definitely not!

    6 – They may say that celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is indicative of their love for him; this is one way of showing that, and showing love of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is prescribed in Islam!

    The answer to that is that undoubtedly loving the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is obligatory for every Muslim; he should love him more than he loves himself, his child, his father and all the people – may my father and mother be sacrificed for him – but that does not mean that we should introduce innovations for doing so that have not been prescribed for us. Loving him dictates that we should obey him and follow him, for that is one of the greatest manifestations of love, as it is said:

    “If your love is sincere then obey him; for the lover obeys the one whom he loves.”

    Loving the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) implies keeping his Sunnah alive, adhering firmly to it, and avoiding words and deeds that go against it. Undoubtedly everything that goes against his Sunnah is a reprehensible innovation (bid’ah) and a manifest act of disobedience. That includes celebrating his birthday and other kinds of bid’ah. A good intention does not mean that it is permissible to introduce innovations into the religion. Islam is based on two things, purity of intention and following [the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)]. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Yes, but whoever submits his face (himself) to Allaah (i.e. follows Allaah’s religion of Islamic Monotheism) and he is a Muhsin (a doer of good) then his reward is with his Lord (Allaah), on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”
    [al-Baqarah 2:112]

    Submitting one’s face to Allaah means being sincere towards Allaah, and doing good means following the Messenger and implementing the Sunnah.

    7 – Another of their specious arguments is when they say that by celebrating the Mawlid and reading the biography of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) on this occasion, they are encouraging people to follow his example!

    We say to them that reading the biography of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and following his example are required of the Muslim all the time, all year long and throughout his life. Singling out a specific day for that with no evidence for doing so is an innovation, and every innovation is a going astray.” (Narrated by Ahmad, 4/164; al-Tirmidhi, 2676). Bid’ah does not bear any fruit but evil and it leads to a person distancing himself from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

    In conclusion, celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), whatever form it takes, is a reprehensible innovation. The Muslims should put a stop to this and other kinds of bid’ah, and occupy themselves with reviving and adhering to the Sunnah. They should not be deceived by those who promote and defend this bid’ah, for these types of people are more interested in keeping innovations alive than in reviving the Sunnah; they may not even care about the Sunnah at all. Whoever is like this, it is not permissible to imitate him or follow his example, even if the majority of people are like this. Rather we should follow the example of those who follow the path of the Sunnah, among the righteous salaf and their followers, even if they are few. Truth is not measured by the men who speak it, rather men are measured by the truth.

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever among you lives (for a long time) will see many differences. I urge you to follow my Sunnah and the way of the rightly-guided khaleefahs who come after me. Hold on to it firmly. Beware of newly-invented matters, for every innovation is a going astray.” (Narrated by Ahmad, 4/126; al-Tirmidhi no. 2676). So the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) explained to us in this hadeeth what we should do when there are differences of opinion, just as he explained that everything that goes against his Sunnah, be it words or deeds, is a bid’ah, and every bid’ah is a going astray.

    If we see that there is no basis for celebrating the birthday of the Prophet, whether in the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or in the way of the rightly-guided khaleefahs, then it is one of the newly-invented matters, one of the bid’ahs which lead people astray. This principle is what is implied by this hadeeth and is what is indicated by the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

    “O you who believe! Obey Allaah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allaah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allaah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination” [al-Nisaa’ 4:59]

    Referring to Allaah means referring to His Book, and referring to the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) means referring to his Sunnah after he has passed away. The Qur’aan and Sunnah are the reference point in cases of dispute. Where in the Qur’aan or Sunnah does it indicate that it is prescribed in Islam to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday? Whoever does that or thinks that it is good must repent to Allaah from this and from other kinds of bid’ah. This is the attitude of the Muslim who is seeking the truth. But whoever is too stubborn and arrogant after proof has been established, then his reckoning will be with his Lord.

    We ask Allaah to help us adhere to His Book and the Sunnah of His Messenger until the Day when we will meet Him. May Allaah grant blessings and peace to our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.


    Huqooq al-Nabi (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) bayna al-Ijlaal wa’l-Ikhlaal, p. 139
    Shaykh Dr. Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan
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    Ruling regarding celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)

    Question:

    What is the ruling regarding celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) in the month of Rabee' al-Awwal in honour of him (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam)?

    Response:

    Honouring the Prophet and respecting him is by: Believing in all that he came with from Allaah, and following his Sharee'ah and 'aqeedah verbally, actively and in character, and leaving off innovation in the religion, and from innovation in the religion is celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam).

    And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

    The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
    Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Volume 3, Page 23, Question 1, Fatwa No. 3257

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    Ruling regarding celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)

    Question:

    What is the ruling regarding celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam), and does the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) attend (physically or spiritually)?

    Response:

    Respecting the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and honouring him is by believing in his mission and acting according to what he came with from Allaah. As for celebrating his birthday then it is an innovation, and it has been confirmed on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) that he said:

    ((Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours (i.e. Islaam) that which is not from it, will have it rejected)), [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree/2697 and Saheeh Muslim/1718].

    And it is not confirmed that the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) attends/visits (after his death) anyone from amongst the people, and the principle (of this) is that this does not occur, therefore it is obligatory to remain upon this until (authenticated) evidence suggests otherwise.

    And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

    The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
    Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Volume 3, Page 28, Question 1, Fatwa No. 4683

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    Ruling regarding celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)

    Question:

    Is gathering (the people) on the 12th day of Rabee' al-Awwal in remembrance of the birth of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) permissible?

    Response:

    Celebrating the birthday of the Messenger (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) is an innovation; this is because he (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) did not do this himself and nor did he order this to be done, and nor did any of his companions (radhi-yallaahu 'anhum) do this, and they were the most adherent of people in honouring the Messenger (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and following his Sunnah. And all good is in following his guidance, and he (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said:

    ((Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours (i.e. Islaam) that which is not from it, will have it rejected)), [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree/2697 and Saheeh Muslim/1718].

    And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

    The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
    Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Volume 3, Page 30, Question 13, Fatwa No. 5005

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    Ruling regarding celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)

    Question:

    What is the ruling regarding gathering the people (on the occasion) for the birthday (of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)) whilst they insist that the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) attends their sitting? And is this gathering Islaamically correct, and what is befitting for us to do on the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam), and when was he born, on which day, month, and year? And is the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) alive in his grave now or not?

    Response:

    Gathering the people on the night of the birthday and the reading of his life story is not legislated, rather it is an innovation. And their insisting that the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) attends their sitting is a lie, and the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) being alive in his grave is the life of barzakhiyyah enjoying the bliss and comfort of paradise, and not like his life in this world, since he died and was washed and covered in the burial shroud and the funeral prayer was performed over him and he was buried like others (are).

    And he will be the first who shall rise from his grave on the Day of Resurrection, and Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) has said, addressing him:

    {Verily, you will die and verily, they will die. Then, on the Day of Resurrection, you will be disputing before your Lord}, [Soorah az-Zumar, Aayahs 30 and 31].

    And He (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) said:

    {After that, surely, you will die. Then, surely you will be resurrected on the Day of Resurrection}, [Soorah al-Mu.minoon, Aayahs 15 and 16].

    And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

    The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
    Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Volume 3, Page 33, Question 5, Fatwa No. 5782

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    Ruling regarding celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)

    Question:

    Is celebrating the Prophet's birthday halaal or haraam?

    Response:

    Establishing the celebration of the Prophet's birthday or (the birthday of) other than him is an innovation. And it has been confirmed on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he said:

    ((Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours (i.e. Islaam) that which is not from it, will have it rejected)), [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree/2697 and Saheeh Muslim/1718].

    And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

    The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
    Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., - Volume 3, Page 39, Question 3 of Fatwa No.7360

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    Ruling regarding celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)

    Question:

    Is it permissible to participate in celebrating the remembrance of al-Mi'raaj (the ascending of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) to the heavens)?

    Response:

    It is not permissible to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet, and nor al-Mi'raaj and nor participate in that, because it is an innovation in the religion. And it has been authenticated on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) that he said:

    ((Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours (i.e. Islaam) that which is not from it, will have it rejected)), [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree/2697 and Saheeh Muslim/1718].

    And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

    The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
    Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Volume 3, Page 44, Question 2, Fatwa No. 9688

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    Ruling regarding celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)

    Question:

    Celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), gathering people together and talking about the life of the Messenger and performing the salaah and finding out about the attributes of the Messenger and openly sending salutations to him.

    Response:

    Establishing celebrating the occasion of his (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) birthday is not permissible, due to it being an innovation, (something) which the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and nor his rightly-guided Khulafaa. did, and nor other than them from the scholars of the chosen first three generations.

    And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

    The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
    Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Volume 3, Page 6, Question 1, Fatwa No. 7136

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    How can one actualise one's love for the Messenger (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)

    Question:

    How can one actualize (their) love for the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam)?

    Response:

    Love of the Messenger (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and love of Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) is actualised by following the Messenger (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam), and everyone who follows the Messenger (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) is more eligible for the love of Allaah and the love of His Messenger. Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) says:

    {Say: "If you (really) love Allaah then follow me (Muhammad), Allaah will love you}
    , [Soorah Aal-'Imraan, Aayah 31].

    And the sign of the love of the Messenger (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) is that a person inquires about his sunnah and then follows it and does not add nor take anything away from that. Based upon this, then those who innovate in anything related to the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) and state that this is from their love and honouring of him (the Prophet) then in reality they do not love him and nor honour him. And that is because true love and honouring of him is to follow his sayings and not to add to his Sharee'ah and nor to take away from it.

    And indeed whoever desires to innovate in the Sharee'ah of Allaah that which is not from it, then his love of Allaah and His Messenger is limited without doubt, because completeness of manners and honouring is not to extend oneself before Allaah and His Messenger. Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) said:

    {O you who believe! Do not put (yourselves) forward before Allaah and His Messenger, and fear Allaah. Verily! Allaah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk as you speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds may be rendered fruitless while you perceive not}, [Soorah al-Hujuraat, Aayahs 1 and 2].

    Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
    Fataawa Noorun 'alad-Darb - Volume 2, Page 522, Question 414

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    Dealing with someone (an innovator) who insists on celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)

    Question:

    We have a man with us at work who approves of the celebration of the birthday (i.e. the Prophet’s (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) birthday), and advocates and insists upon this. Should I abandon him for the Sake of Allaah or not? What should I do? …and may Allaah reward you with good.

    Response:

    Celebrating the Prophet’s birthday is an innovation, and whoever pursues this (path) is an innovator (mubtadi’) if he insists on doing so and does not accept the (sincere) advice, (rather, choosing to) continue in calling to (celebrating) the birthday and arousing interest in it. (In this case), then, it is obligatory to abandon him since he is an innovator, and it is not permissible to maintain companionship with an innovator.


    Shaykh Ibn Fowzaan
    Fataawa tata’allaaq bil-Mawlid an-Nabawee – Page 49, Question 11
    Al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa al-Fowzaan – Volume 1, Page 184


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    fatwa # 89693: Eating food that is distributed on the Prophet’s Birthday (Mawlid)


    Question:


    Is it permissible to eat food that is distributed on the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)? Some people quote as evidence the idea that because Abu Lahb set free a slave woman on the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), Allaah reduced the torment for him on that day.

    Answer:

    There is no festival in Islamic sharee’ah that is called “The Prophet’s Birthday”. Neither the Sahaabah nor the Taabi’een nor the four imams nor anyone else recognized such a day as part of their religion. Rather this festival was introduced by some ignorant Baatini innovators, then the people began to follow this innovation but the imams have denounced it in every time and place.

    The first one who introduced this innovation was Abu Sa’eed Kawkaboori, the king of Irbil, at the end of the sixth or beginning of the seventh century AH, as was mentioned by the historians such as Ibn Katheer, Ibn Khalqaan and others.

    Abu Shaamah said: The first one who did that in Mosul was Shaykh ‘Umar ibn Muhammad al-Mulla, one of the well known righteous men, and the ruler of Irbil and others followed his example.

    Al-Haafiz Ibn Katheer said in al-Bidaayah (13-137), in his biography of Abu Sa’eed al-Kawkaboori:

    He did the Mawlid in Rabee’ al-Awwal and celebrated it with a great celebration. … Then he said:

    Al-Sabt said: Some of those who attended the feast given by the king on some of the Mawlids said that this feast included five thousand roasted heads, ten thousand chickens, one hundred thousand bowls and thirty thousand plates of sweets. And the Sufis sang from Zuhr until Fajr, and he himself danced with them. End quote.

    Ibn Khalqaan said in Wafiyaat al-A’yaan (3-274):

    When the first of Safar came, they would adorn those domes with all kinds of fine adornments, and in every dome there was a group of singers and a group of puppeteers and musical players, and they did not leave any dome but they installed a group there. End quote.

    But most of what these innovators do on this day is making food of various kinds and distributing it and inviting people to eat. If a Muslim joins in this action, eats their food and sits in their gatherings, then undoubtedly he is taking part in keeping the innovation alive, and is cooperating in it, and Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah” [al-Maa’idah 5:2]

    Hence the fatwas of the scholars state that it is haraam to eat food that is distributed on this day and on other innovated festivals.

    Based on this, everything that the people do specially for this day is regarded as haraam, innovated actions, because they intend thereby to keep alive a festival that has been introduced into our religion, such as holding parties, offering food and so on.

    Shaykh al-Fawzaan said in al-Bayaan li Akhta’ ba’d al-Kuttaab (268-270):

    The commands in the Qur'aan and Sunnah to follow that which has been prescribed by Allaah and His Messenger and the prohibition against introducing innovations into the religion are well known. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to mankind): “If you (really) love Allaah, then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’aan and the Sunnah), Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins”
    [Aal ‘Imraan 3:31]

    “[Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) to these idolaters (pagan Arabs) of your folk:] Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord (the Qur’aan and Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah), and follow not any Awliyaa’ (protectors and helpers who order you to associate partners in worship with Allaah), besides Him (Allaah). Little do you remember!” [al-A’raaf 7:3]

    “And verily, this is My straight path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His path”
    [al-An’aam 6:153]

    And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that is not part of it will have it rejected.” According to a version narrated by Muslim: “Whoever does any deed that is not part of this matter of ours will have it rejected.”

    Among the innovations that people have introduced is celebration of the Prophet’s birthday (Mawlid) in the month of Rabee’ al-Awwal. There are various ways in which they celebrate this occasion:
    Some of them simply gather to read the story of his birth, or they listen to speeches and qaseedahs (odes) on this occasion.

    Some of them make food and sweets etc, and offer them to the people who attend.

    Some of them hold these celebrations in the mosques and some hold them in their houses.

    Some of them do not limit themselves to what we have mentioned, rather their gatherings include haraam and evil things such as men mixing freely with women, dancing and music, or acts of shirk such as seeking the help of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and calling upon him or seeking his support against their enemies, and so on.

    Whatever kinds of celebrations they are and whatever form they take, they are undoubtedly bid’ah and haraam innovations that were introduced long after the time of the best generations.


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    8 common arguments for celebrating Mawlid an-Nabee and their responses

    In the name of Allaah; All Praise is due to Allaah; May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet and those who follow his guidance until the Day of Resurrection.

    Below are eight common arguments people often use to prove the validity of celebrating Mawlid an-Nabawi [1] followed by concise responses.




    Doubt One:

    The Mawlid an-Nabawi is a Sunnah

    Response:

    Anything which is a Sunnah of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) must be implemented, and its legislation accepted. Allaah (the Most High) said,

    {Say, ‘Obey Allah and the Messenger.’ But if they turn away – then indeed, Allah does not like the disbelievers.} (Quran 03:32)

    Also, the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) ordered us to follow his Sunnah and the Sunnah of his companions. He said:

    "Upon you is my Sunnah, and the Sunnah of the Righteous Guided Caliphs." [2]

    It is very easy to verify the above doubt by simply asking for evidences from the Sunnah showing the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) celebrating his own birthday. Unfortunately for those who make this claim, there is no evidence which supports it.


    Doubt Two:

    12th Rabee’ al-Awwal is the day the Prophet was born, and we are merely showing happiness to Allaah and His Messenger

    Response:

    No doubt it is an obligation upon every Muslim to be happy with the sending of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam), just as every Muslim must feel sadness upon his death. However, it has not been authentically established that he was born on the 12th of Rabee’ al-Awwal. Rather it has been narrated by various scholars that he died on this very day.

    Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr said: “His death was on Monday without any disagreement in Rabee’ al-Awwal. This is almost a unanimous agreement… and then according to Ibn Ishaaq and the majority of the scholars that it was on the twelfth of [the month].” [3]

    There is nothing mentioned in the books of Hadeeth proving that the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) was born on 12th Rabee al-Awwal. Rather a large number of different opinions are mentioned in the books of history. [4]

    In any case, Allaah did not order His slaves to specify the day of Mawlid with happiness and festivities – just as He did not order for this day to be taken as a day or mourning and sadness. The companions did not specify this day after the Prophet as a day of happiness just as they did not specify this day for sadness.


    Doubt Three:

    The Prophet mentioned his birthday; he said regarding fasting on Mondays, ((It is the day I was born)) [5]

    Response:

    The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) did not make a mention of his birthday in this Hadeeth. A birthday is the specific day and year a person was born in. He merely mentioned that he was born on Monday without mentioning a date, month or year.

    Also, the companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) did not understand from the mentioned Hadeeth that we should specify and celebrate the 12th of Rabee’ al-Awwal as a Mawlid.

    In fact, the act of celebrating this day is in opposition to this very Hadeeth. This Hadeeth shows us the recommendation of fasting every Monday, as the Prophet would do. However, those who celebrate the Mawlid leave off fasting on this day and instead celebrate it and eat food one day a year.


    Doubt Four:

    Many miracles took place on the day the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) was born, this shows we should celebrate it.

    Response:

    A simple question is asked, were the companions of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) aware of these miracles that had taken place? If the answer is yes they were aware of these miracles – and it is hoped nobody would say they were ignorant about them – then why did they not celebrate his birthday?

    Either they did not attach any importance to his birthday and thus did not celebrate it, or the answer is they did celebrate it. In that case, evidence needs to be provided supporting this – and there is no evidence.


    Doubt Five:

    Celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) is an act of love, and whoever does not celebrate it shows his lack of love of the Prophet and bad manners

    Response:

    From the core pillars upon which the Islaam of a person is based is loving the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam). However how is this love to be demonstrated?

    Is it by innovating in the religion that which he did not do? Is it by doing actions of “love” that his companions did not do? Is it by opposing his saying:

    "Indeed every innovation is a misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Fire.". [6]

    "Whoever turns away from my Sunnah is not from me." [7]

    Or rather is the love of Allaah and His Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) demonstrated through following his Sunnah and abandoning innovations. Allaah (the Most High) said,

    {Say: If you truly love Allaah then follow me; He will love you and forgive your sins.} (Quran 03:31)

    Also, if not celebrating Mawlid an-Nabawi is bad manners, then does this mean the respected companions also showed bad manners to the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) by not celebrating it?


    Doubt Six:

    The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) will save us from the Fire and therefore we should celebrate his birthday

    Response:

    Allaah is the One who controls who is admitted to Paradise and who is admitted to the Fire; this is not to be ascribed to the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) nor anybody else. Allaah (the All Mighty) said, whilst addressing His Prophet:

    {Then, is one who has deserved the decree of punishment [to be guided]? Then, can you save one who is in the Fire?} (Quran 9:19)

    So the one who saves us from the Fire is Allaah – alone He has no partners – and as for the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam), then he was sent to convey the message of Allaah, as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner of a painful punishment. Allaah will honor the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) with the intercession of the Day of Resurrection, however the intercession of the Prophet will only be for the people of Tawheed.


    Doubt Seven:

    What is wrong with reciting the Qur’an, being happy and sending salaam upon the Prophet? This is what we do in the Mawlid.

    Response:

    There is nothing wrong with reciting the Qur’an nor sending Salaam upon the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam). Rather, both are from the most rewarding acts of worship. However, the innovation is in specifying a day, time or place for these acts of Worship which were not specified by the Prophet.

    The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

    "Whoever innovated an action into this affair of ours (i.e. Islaam), it will be rejected." [8]

    Therefore, specifying a day or date for these acts of Worship is an innovation and therefore rejected by Allaah – even if the original actions or reciting the Qur’an and sending Salaam upon the Prophet are good.

    Secondly, it is wrong to say that the Mawlid is merely Qur’an, happiness and Salaam. Rather, food, music, shirk, marching in the street and free mixing often takes place.


    Doubt Eight:

    Celebrating Mawlid an-Nabawi is a good innovation, a ‘bid’ah hasanah’

    Response:

    This doubt is in itself a contradiction to the first doubt that the Mawlid is a Sunnah. If it is an established Sunnah then it cannot be a Bid’ah – good or otherwise, and also vice versa. Therefore those who celebrate the Mawlid must decide whether it is a Sunnah or a Bid’ah Hassanah (a good innovation).

    Regarding this doubt, there is nothing in the religion of Islaam that can be classified as a good innovation. Rather all innovations are deemed as evil.

    Also, had it been a good innovation, why was it never known until the sixth century? Why was it never “innovated” by the companions, despite them being the most loving of people towards the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam). Neither was it done by the great Imaams, scholars and Jurists of the first three centuries such as Abu Haneefah, Maalik, Shaafi’ee, Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, Bukhaaree, Muslim and the other scholars.

    Had there been any goodness in the Mawlid, surely the great Imaams and scholars of the early generations would have also celebrated it.

    May Allaah guide us all to the love of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam), implementing his Sunnah and avoiding all innovations. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet, his family and companions. [9]



    Written by: Abul Abbaas Naveed Ayaaz
    3rd Rabee’ al-Awwal 1435h, corresponding to 4th January 2014
    Nelson, Lancashire.



    Footnotes:

    [1] Al-Mawlid an-Nabawi is the Arabic term for specifying a particular day in a year in celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam), just as the Christians specify 25th December to celebrate the birthday of Prophet ‘Eesa. The day specified is 12th Rabee’ al-Awwal.

    [2] Narrated by ‘Irbaadh ibn Saariyah; Collected by Abu Dawood & Tirmidhee

    [3] Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar; Fat.h al-Baaree 7/736

    [4] Refer to the following article for a more detailed analysis of the opinions regarding the birth of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam): http://www.madeenah.com/was-the-prop...rabee-al-awwal

    [5] This hadeeth is narrated by Abu Qataadah and compiled by Muslim. A Bedouin came to the Prophet and asked him about fasting on Monday, to which the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) replied, That is the day I was born on, and the day that the revelation began.

    [6] Narrated by ‘Irbaadh ibn Saariyah ; Collected by Abu Dawood & Ibn Maajah

    [7] Narrated by Anas Ibn Maalik; Collected by Bukhaaree & Muslim

    [8] Narrated by ‘Aaisha; Collected by Muslim

    [9] These doubts were mentioned by al-Habeeb Ali al-Jifree, the well know caller to Shirk and innovations. Please refer to: ar-Radd Ash-Shaafee ‘alaa al-Jifree by Shaykh ‘Aadil al-Furaydaan. In it, he refutes the doubts of al-Jifree regarding Mawlid an-Nabawi.

    An Arabic online pdf version is available from: http://ia600406.us.archive.org/4/items/zaq24/zaq24.pdf

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    Ruling Upon the One Who Attends a “Prophet’s Birthday” Event or Party

    Shaykh Ibn Baz

    The time of year is upon us where those with a restricted share of knowledge from the Qur’an and Sunnah, upon the methodology of the Salaf of this Ummah, find themselves engaged in acts of “love” for the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم – and yet in reality they are barren and void of any true love. They find themselves conducting marches, food festivals and other affairs claiming guidance within their activities, and in reality no revelation ever descended upon its validity.

    Shaikh bin Baz رحمه الله was asked the following, “What is the ruling on the “prophet’s birthday”? And what is the ruling upon the one who attends it? And is the one who does it and dies upon that state [not having repented] punished?”

    Regarding birthdays, then there is nothing in the legislation that indicates they should be celebrated, neither the “birthday” of the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم or other than him. That which we know from the pure legislation and what the people of knowledge have established is that celebrating birthdays is an innovation – there is no doubt in that. Since the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم who was the greatest in his advice to the people, and the most knowledgeable regarding the legislation of Allah and the one who preached and spread it, did not celebrate his “birthday” and nor did the companions, neither Abu Bakr, Umar, ‘Uthman, ‘Ali رضي الله عنهم or other than them.

    So if this was correct and a sunnah they would have hastened to doing it, and the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم himself would not have left it, rather he would have done it himself صلى الله عليه و سلم and taught us to do it, and the companions would have done it…but since they all left it and did not do it, then we know with certainty this is not from the legislation. Similarly the righteous Salaf did not do it, and so it becomes clear this is an innovation and indeed the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said (translated), “Whomsoever introduces something into our religion that which is not from it will have it rejected”.

    Therefore celebration of the “prophet’s birthday” in Rabee’ ul-Awwal [an islamic month] or in other months [since it is not established the exact date!], similarly other celebrations such as birthdays of al-Badawy or of al-Husain – all are reviled innovations and it is upon the people of Islam to abandon them. Instead Allah سبحانه و تعالى has bestowed upon us ‘Eid ul-Fitr and ‘Eid ul-Adha as the days of legislated celebration.

    It is not a demonstration of love to the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم in celebrating the “birthday”, rather the true love of the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم necessitates following him and clinging to his Sunnah, and defending it, and calling to it, and being upright upon it…this is the true love, as Allah سبحانه و تعالى stated in Surah Ale ‘Imran (3:31), the meaning of which is, “Say (O Muhammad SAW to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Quran and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

    As for the individual being punished or not [the one who participates and dies upon that state], then that affair is with Allah. However, innovations and sins are from the means that lead to punishment, so a person may be punished due to his sin or he may be pardoned by Allah, the individual is under the command of Allah”.

    [Summarized from Shaikh bin Baz's fataawa on the Radio -volume 1 -, via his official website]



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    Shaykh al-Albaanee Debates a Supporter of Celebrating the Mawlid

    This is an audio translation of a discussion that took place when a follower of Muhammad al-'Alawee came to debate the Muhaddith of our time about the permissibility of celebrating the Prophet's (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) Birthday. As was the norm during the life of Shaykh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (d.1420H), people from various sects and group would often come to debate him and leave defeated, or convinced of the correctness of his 'aqeedah and manhaj. So SunnahPublishing.net presents this Arabic-to-English audio recording in hopes of convincing those who have doubts about the unlawfulness and innovation of celebrating the Mawlid that this is an unlawful and innovated celebration - having no connection to the Religion of Islam whatsoever.

    NOTE: At [37:26] Shaykh al-Albaanee quotes the famous hadeeth: From 'Abdullaah Ibn Mas'ood (radiyallaahu 'anhu), from the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) who said, "The best of people are my generation, then those who follow them, then those who follow them." Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 2652) and Muslim (no. 2533). However, the Shaykh quotes it with the wording, "khayrul-quroon" (the best of generations), instead of, "khayrun-naas" (the best of people). Shaykh al-Albaanee himself has mentioned in his notes upon at-Tankeel (2/223), "This is the wording that has become famous upon the tongues..."

    Then he goes onto to clarify that though this wording has been mentioned repeatedly in the books of Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H), such as his book al-Furqaan (p. 100), and by his student Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d.751H) and other Scholars, it is not confirmed by the books of Sunnah. Rather, it is only a narration of the meaning.

    And Allaah knows best.


    video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=P...&v=jh01qGnqcRY

    Celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday

    by The Albaani Blog


    The PDF: Celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday.


    The Imaam said: Celebrating the noble birthday of the Prophet ﷺ, is it good or evil?

    Questioner: [It is] good.

    Al-Albaani: Okay. This good—were the Prophet ﷺ and his Companions ignorant of it?

    Questioner: No.

    Al-Albaani: I am not satisfied now with you [just] saying no. Rather it is obligatory upon you to proceed and say, “It is impossible for this good—if it is good—or any other such good to be hidden from the Prophet ﷺ and his Companions specifically since we do not know Islaam except by way of Muhammad ﷺ,” so how do we know some good which he did not?! This is impossible.

    Questioner: Establishing the celebration of the Prophetic birthday is a revival of his remembrance ﷺ and in that is honour for him.

    Al-Albaani: This philosophising is something we are acquainted with. We hear it from many people and have read it in their books, but when the Prophet ﷺ called people did he call them to all of Islaam or to Tawhid?

    Questioner: Tawhid.

    Al-Albaani: The first thing he called them to was Tawhid, after that the prayers were made compulsory, after that fasting, then Hajj and so on. Therefore, you [too] should proceed, step by step, according to this prescribed Sunnah.

    We have now agreed that it is impossible that there can be some good with us which the Prophet ﷺ did not know, [since] we have come to know all good through him ﷺ. No two people will differ about this and no two ram’s will strike horns over it, and I believe that whoever doubts this then he is not a Muslim. From the sayings of the Prophet ﷺ that support this is, “I have not left anything which will bring you closer to Allaah except that I have ordered you with it.” [Reported by at-Tabaraani, authentic, refer to Asl Sifatis-Salaatin-Nabee, vol. 3, p. 942]

    So if celebrating his birthday was good and was something which would bring us closer to Allaah then it is imperative that the Prophet ﷺ should have directed us to it.

    Correct or not?

    I do not want you to agree with me without being totally convinced about every letter I say. And you have total freedom to say, “Please, I am not convinced with this point.” So is there anything that you are not convinced with so far or are you with me?

    Questioner: With you totally.

    Al-Albaani: May Allaah reward you with good. So [the Prophet ﷺ said], “I have not left anything which will bring you closer to Allaah except that I have ordered you with it.”

    We say to all those who claim that it is permissible to hold this celebration, “According to you this celebration is good, therefore either the Prophet ﷺ directed us to it or he did not direct us to it.” So if they say, “He directed us to it.” We say, “Bring your proof if you are truthful.” And they will never ever find a way to be able to do that. And we have read the writings of [the Sufi Muhammad ibn] Al-’Alawi [Al-Maaliki, see here for a refutation of him in Arabic] and others regarding this and they do not use as proof anything except the saying that, “This is a good innovation! [bid’ah hasanah] This is a good innovation!”

    All people, whether it is those who celebrate the birthday or those who denounce this celebration—all of them agree that this celebration was not present in the time of the Prophet ﷺ nor the time of the Noble Companions and nor the time of the eminent scholars.

    But those who allow this celebration say, “And what is there that happens in this celebration? It is a remembrance of the Prophet ﷺ and the sending of salutations upon him and so on!”

    So we say, “If it was good they would have preceded us in it.” You know the saying of the Prophet ﷺ, “The best of people is my generation then the ones who follow them then the ones who follow them,” this hadith is reported in the two Sahihs.

    His generation ﷺ is the one he and his Companions lived in, then the ones who followed them are the Taabi’een and those who followed them are the Atbaa’ut-Taabi’een, there is also no disagreement about this. So can you imagine that there is any good which we could have preceded them in, in both knowledge and action? Is that possible?

    Questioner: As for knowledge, if the Prophet ﷺ had said to anyone in his time that the Earth spins …

    Al-Albaani: I’m sorry. I would prefer you do not sidetrack. Since I asked you about two things: knowledge and action … and in reality, what you just said has benefitted me—since naturally when referring to knowledge I am referring to religious [shar’ee] knowledge not medicine, for example.

    I can say that a doctor here is more knowledgeable than Ibn Sina was in his time, because he came generations later, and he has had much much more experience and practice, but this does not prove his virtue before Allaah and nor does it put him before the generations that were given witness to [in the above mentioned hadith]. But it does prove his virtue in the knowledge [i.e., field of expertise] which he knows. And [in our current discussion] we are speaking about legislative [shar’ee] knowledge, may Allaah bless you. So we must pay attention to this.

    When I say to you, “Do you believe that it is possible that we can be more knowledgeable?” I am referring to religious [shar’ee] knowledge not knowledge gained through experience like geography, astronomy, chemistry or physics. Suppose, for example, in this time there is a disbeliever in Allaah and His Messenger ﷺ but he is the most knowledgeable of all people in these sciences, will that bring him closer to Allaah?

    Questioner: No.

    Al-Albaani: Thus we are not talking now about knowledge in those fields but about that knowledge by which we want to get closer to Allaah, the Blessed and Most High. And a short while ago we were talking about the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ. So the question now returns, and I hope that I will obtain a clear answer without any side-tracking again.

    So I say: do you believe, with what you have been given of intellect and understanding, that it is possible for us—and we are at the end of time—to be more knowledgeable than the Companions and the students of the Companions [Taabi’een] and the Mujtahid Imaams in religious [shar’ee] knowledge, and that we can be faster in doing good actions and getting closer to Allaah than these righteous predecessors?

    Questioner: By religious knowledge do you mean exegesis [tafsir] of the Quraan?

    Al-Albaani: They are more knowledgeable than us regarding tafsir of the Quraan, they are more knowledgeable than us regarding explanations of the sayings of the Prophet ﷺ—at the end of the day they are more knowledgeable than us regarding the entire Shari’ah of Islaam.

    Questioner: Regarding tafsir of the Quraan, maybe in this time it is more than in the time of the Prophet ﷺ. For example, the Quranic aayah:

    وَتَرَى ٱلۡجِبَالَ تَحۡسَبُهَا جَامِدَةٗ وَهِيَ تَمُرُّ مَرَّ ٱلسَّحَابِۚ صُنۡعَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّذِيٓ أَتۡقَنَ كُلَّ شَيۡءٍۚ إِنَّهُۥ خَبِيرُۢ بِمَا تَفۡعَلُونَ

    “And you will see the mountains and think them solid, but they shall pass away as the passing away of the clouds. The Work of Allaah, Who perfected all things. Verily! He is Well-Acquainted with what you do.”
    [Naml: 27:88]

    If the Prophet ﷺ had said to anyone in his time that the Earth spins on its axis would anyone have believed him? No one would have believed him.

    Al-Albaani: So, no offense, [but] you want us to record another sidetrack against you? O my brother, I am asking about knowledge on the whole, not a part of that knowledge, we are asking a general question.

    Islaam as a whole, who is more knowledgeable about it?

    Questioner: Of course, the Prophet ﷺ and his Companions.

    Al-Albaani: This is what we want from you, may Allaah bless you. As for the tafsir you are referring to, it has no connection to action. It has a connection with pondering and understanding. And we have already spoken with you about the previous aayah and we have established for you that those who quote this aayah as a proof that the Earth spins are mistaken. Because the aayah is referring to the Day of Judgment:

    يَوۡمَ تُبَدَّلُ ٱلۡأَرۡضُ غَيۡرَ ٱلۡأَرۡضِ وَٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتُۖ وَبَرَزُواْ لِلَّهِ ٱلۡوَٰحِدِ ٱلۡقَهَّارِ

    “On the Day when the earth will be changed to another earth and so will be the heavens, and they will appear before Allaah, the One, the Irresistible.” [Ibrahim: 14:48]

    In any case, we are not talking about this subject. For argument’s sake, let me agree with you that there could be a man from those who came after who has more scientific knowledge or more knowledge of the natural sciences than a Companion or a student of the Companion and so on. But this has no connection to righteous actions. Since today, for example, the disbelievers are more knowledgeable than us in astronomy and its like,

    but what do they benefit from that? Nothing. So we do not want to delve into this thing now. We want to talk about that which will bring us closer to Allaah. We now want to talk about the noble birthday of the Prophet ﷺ.

    And we had agreed that if it was good then our Pious Predecessors [As-Salaf As-Saalih] and at the head of them the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ would have been more knowledgeable about it than us and faster in acting upon it than us. Is there any doubt in this?

    Questioner: No, there is no doubt about that.

    Al-Albaani: Then do not exceed this boundary now [by delving into] matters from experiential knowledge that have no connection with getting closer to Allaah, the Most High, with righteous actions.

    This celebration was not present in the time of the Messenger ﷺ—by the agreement of all—so this ‘good’ was not present in the time of the Prophet ﷺ or the Companions or their students or the Imaams! So how was this good hidden from them?!

    We are forced to say either one of two things.

    1) They knew this good like we know it even though they are more knowledgeable than us, or
    2) they did not know it [and if they did not know it], then how do we know it?

    So if [for argument’s sake] we were to say that they knew it—and this statement is closer and better for the ones who uphold the legitimacy of celebrating the birthday—then why didn’t they act upon it? Are we closer to Allaah [than them]?

    Why didn’t a single one of them make a mistake even once—a Companion, or a taabi’ee or a scholar from them or a worshipper—[why didn’t a single one make a mistake] and act upon this ‘good’!?

    Does it enter your mind [that it is possible that] not a single one [of them] acted upon this good even though they were millions in number?! And they were more knowledgeable than us and better than us and closer to Allaah?!

    You know the saying of the Prophet ﷺ, “Do not abuse my Companions. For by the One who has Muhammad’s souls in His Hands, if one of you were to spend the like of Mount Uhud in gold, it would not equal a mudd of one of them or even half of it.” [Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim]

    Do you see the extent of the difference between us and them?

    Because they strove in the Way of Allaah, the Most High, with the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ, and they received knowledge from him fresh and new without all of these numerous intermediaries that are between us and him ﷺ. As he ﷺ indicated in the authentic hadith, “Whoever loves to read the Quran ‘ghadan tariyaa’ then let him read according to the reading of Ibn Umm ’Abd,” [Reported by Ibn Maajah, no. 138, authentic] namely, [by Ibn Umm ’Abd he was referring to] Ibn Mas’ood, [and], ‘Ghadan tariyaa’ means fresh and new.

    It is not possible for us to imagine that these Pious Predecessors and at the head of them the Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, were ignorant of some good which would bring them closer to Allaah and [that] it is we [and not them] who have come to know it! And if we say they did know like we know, then it is impossible for us to imagine that they neglected this good.

    Maybe this has clarified the point that I am talking about, inshaa Allaah?

    Questioner: Alhamdulillaah.

    Al-Albaani: May Allaah reward you with good. There is something else. There are many verses and sayings of the Prophet ﷺ which clarify that Islaam has been completed, and I think this is a reality you are aware of and believe in. There is no difference between a scholar, a student of knowledge or even a commoner on this point, which is that Islaam has been completed and that it is not like the religion of the Jews and the Christians which changes and is replaced daily.

    And I remind you of the saying of Allaah, the Most High:

    ٱلۡيَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِينَكُمۡ وَأَتۡمَمۡتُ عَلَيۡكُمۡ نِعۡمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلۡإِسۡلَٰمَ دِينٗاۚ

    “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion.”
    [Maaidah: 5:3]

    Now comes the question—and this is from another angle, different to what preceded, to show that celebrating the birthday is not good—and that is that if it were good they would have preceded us in it and they, namely the Pious Predecessors, are more knowledgeable than us and worshipped [Allaah] more than us.

    This celebration of the Prophet’s birthday ﷺ if it is good then it is from Islaam. So we say: Do all of us, both those who deny this celebration and those who uphold it, are we all in agreement as we were on the previous point, that this celebration was not present in the time of the Prophet ﷺ—are we all [still] in agreement [on this second point?] That this celebration, if it is good, then it is from Islaam and that if it is not good it is not from Islaam?

    And the day this aayah was revealed:

    ٱلۡيَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِينَكُمۡ
    “This day, I have perfected your religion for you …”


    [The day it was revealed] there was no celebration of the Prophetic birthday. So is it part of the religion according to you?!

    I want you to be totally frank with me. And do not think that I am from the Shaikhs who silence the students or even the common folk, saying, “Be quiet! You do not know, you do not know!” No, you are totally free, as though you are talking to a person like yourself or even less than you in age and knowledge. If you are not convinced then say, “I am not convinced.”

    So now, if the celebration is something good then it is from Islaam and if it is not good then it is not from Islaam. When we agree that the celebration of the birthday was not present when the aforementioned aayah was revealed, then it is very logical [to say] that it is not from Islaam.

    And I will confirm what I am saying with more from the Imaam of the place of Hijra [i.e., Madinah] Imaam Maalik ibn Anas, who said, “Whoever introduces an innovation into Islaam …” note how he said a single innovation not innovations, “… holding it as something good then he has assumed that Muhammad ﷺ betrayed Prophethood.” And this is a very dangerous affair—what is you proof O Imaam [Maalik]! Imaam Maalik said, “Read, if you wish, the saying of Allaah, the Most High:

    ٱلۡيَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِينَكُمۡ وَأَتۡمَمۡتُ عَلَيۡكُمۡ نِعۡمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلۡإِسۡلَٰمَ دِينٗاۚ

    “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion.”
    [Maaidah: 5:3]

    So what was not religion that day is not religion today.” End of his words.

    When did Imaam Maalik say this? In the second century after the hijrah—one of the generations that had been testified for as having good! So what about now in the fourteenth century?

    This is speech that should be written in gold. But we are heedless of the Book of Allaah, the Most High, and the sayings of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ and the sayings of the Imaams that we presume we are following, how very far, how very far [indeed]. And the difference between us and them in following [Islaam] is like the difference between the East and the West.

    This is the Imaam of the place to which the Prophet ﷺ migrated saying in a clear Arabic tongue, “So what was not religion that day is not religion today.”

    Today celebrating the Prophetic birthday is [regarded as] religion, and if it were not then this dispute would not be taking place between scholars clinging to the Sunnah and defending [the religion] against innovations.

    How can this be religion when it was not present in the time of the Prophet ﷺ nor in the time of the Companions nor in the time of the Taabi’een [and] nor in the time of the followers of the Taabi’een?!

    Imaam Maalik is from the followers of the Taabi’een and he is from those mentioned in the hadith, “The best of generations is my generation then those who follow them then those who follow them,” [and he is saying], “So what was not religion that day is not religion today. And the last of this nation will not be rectified except with that which rectified the first of it.”

    What was the first of this nation rectified with? By innovating matters into the religion and trying to get closer to Allaah, the Most High, with things that the Prophet ﷺ did not do?!

    The Prophet ﷺ said, “I have not left anything that will bring you closer to Allaah except that I have ordered you with it.”

    Why didn’t Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ order us to celebrate his birthday? This is a question and it has an answer. There is [in fact] a [different] celebration of the prophetic birthday contrary to this unlegislated celebration. This legislated celebration was present in the time of Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ as opposed to the unlegislated one, along with the huge difference which also exists between the two.

    The first of those differences is that the legislated celebration [which will soon be mentioned] is worship which is agreed upon by all of the Muslims. Secondly, the legislated celebration reoccurs once every single week whereas their unlegislated celebration only occurs once a year.

    These are the two distinguishing matters between the two birthday celebrations—namely, that the first is worship and reoccurs every week as opposed to the unlegislated one which is neither worship and nor does it reoccur every week.

    And I am not just saying anything on a whim for which Allaah has revealed no authority. Rather I will relay a saying of the Prophet ﷺ to you which is reported in Sahih Muslim, may Allaah have mercy upon him: from Abu Qatada Al-Ansari who said, “A man came to the Messenger ﷺ and said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! What do you say about the fast of Monday?’ So he said, ‘That is the day on which I was born. And the Quraan was revealed to me on it.’” [Reported by Abu Dawud, no. 2097, authentic, and others]

    What is the meaning of this? It is as though he ﷺ is saying: How can you ask me about it when Allaah brought me out to life on that day and also sent down revelation to me on it? Namely, it is befitting that you fast on Mondays as thanks to Allaah, the Most High, for creating me on that day and for sending down revelation to me on it.

    And this is similar to the fast of the Jews on the day of ’Aashoora, and maybe you know that before the obligation to fast the month of Ramadaan fasting on the day of ’Aashoora was the obligation on the Muslims. And there occurs in some sayings of the Prophet ﷺ that when he migrated to Madinah he found the Jews fasting the Day of ’Aashoora. So he asked them about that and they replied saying that this is the day that Allaah saved Moses and his people from Pharaoh, so we fast on it as thanks to Allaah. So he ﷺ said, “We have more right to Moses than you.[Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim]

    So he fasted that day and ordered fasting on it so it became obligatory until Allaah sent down His Saying:

    شَهۡرُ رَمَضَانَ ٱلَّذِيٓ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانُ هُدٗى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَٰتٖ مِّنَ ٱلۡهُدَىٰ وَٱلۡفُرۡقَانِۚفَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ ٱلشَّهۡرَ فَلۡيَصُمۡهُۖ

    “The month of Ramadaan in which was revealed the Quraan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadaan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe fasts.”
    [Baqarah: 2:185]

    Thereafter fasting on the Day of ’Aashoora became a Sunnah and the obligation was abrogated. The proof [taken] from this is that the Prophet ﷺ participated with the Jews in fasting the Day of ’Aashoora as thanks to Allaah, the Most High, that He saved Moses from Pharaoh. So the door of thanks has also been opened for us by fasting on Mondays because it was the day on which Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ was born and it was the day when revelation came down upon him.

    Now I ask you: these people who celebrate the [unlegislated] birthday which we know has no good in it—I know that a lot of these people fast on Mondays just as they fast on Thursdays. But do you see most of the Muslims fasting on Mondays?

    No, they do not fast on Mondays, however most of the Muslims celebrate the Prophetic birthday once every year! Isn’t this a reversal of the reality? The saying of Allaah, the Most High, to the Jews is true regarding these people:

    أَتَسۡتَبۡدِلُونَ ٱلَّذِي هُوَ أَدۡنَىٰ بِٱلَّذِي هُوَ خَيۡرٌۚ

    “Would you exchange that which is better for that which is lower?”
    [Baqarah: 2:61]

    This is good—i.e., fasting which is agreed upon by all of the Muslims—fasting on Mondays. Yet, in spite of that, most of the Muslims do not fast it. So now we turn our attention to the ones who do fast it [and ask]:

    Do they know the secret behind fasting on that day? No, they don’t know.

    So where are the scholars who defend the [unlegislated] celebration—why don’t they tell the people that fasting on Mondays is the legislated celebration of the birthday and encourage them regarding it instead of defending the celebration that has not been prescribed?!

    And Allaah, the Most High, spoke the truth:

    أَتَسۡتَبۡدِلُونَ ٱلَّذِي هُوَ أَدۡنَىٰ بِٱلَّذِي هُوَ خَيۡرٌۚ

    “Would you exchange that which is better for that which is lower?”
    [Baqarah: 2:61]

    And His Messenger ﷺ spoke the truth when he said, “Indeed you will follow the ways of those nations who came before you, span by span and cubit by cubit (i.e., inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a hole of a lizard, you would follow them.” [Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim] And in another narration, “… so much so that if there was someone from them who would have intercourse with his mother in the middle of the road there would be someone from you who would do that also.” [Reported by ad-Dawlaabi and Haakim, declared hasan by al-Bazzaar and al-Albaani agreed with him, see Silsilah, no. 1348]

    So we have followed the way of the Jews. We exchanged that which was good for that which was base—we exchanged the celebration of the birthday which occurs once a year and has no basis [in the religion] with that which was good, which is the celebration every Monday. And that is a legislated celebration which you perform by fasting while bearing in mind the secret behind it which is that you fast it as thanks to Allaah, the Most High, that He created the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ on that day and sent down revelation on it.

    And I will finish my speech by mentioning his saying ﷺ, “Allaah refuses to accept the repentance of an innovator.” [Reported by Ibn Maajah and Al-Albaani declared it to be weak but there is another hadith which he declared to be authentic with a similar meaning reported by Abush-Shaikh in Taarikh Asbahaan, p. 259, at-Tabaraani in al-Awsat, no. 4360, and others, that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Indeed Allaah has prevented the repentance of the companion of every innovation.” See As-Silisilah, vol. 4, p. 154, no. 1620]

    And Allaah, the Most High, says:

    يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلرَّسُولُ بَلِّغۡ مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡكَ مِن رَّبِّكَۖ وَإِن لَّمۡ تَفۡعَلۡ فَمَا بَلَّغۡتَ رِسَالَتَهُۥۚ وَٱللَّهُ يَعۡصِمُكَ مِنَ ٱلنَّاسِۗ

    “O Messenger! Proclaim (the Message) which has been sent down to you from your Lord. And if you do not, then you have not conveyed His Message. Allaah will protect you from mankind.”
    [Maaidah: 5:67]

    And it has been reported in Sahih Muslim that one of the Taabi’een came to ’Aaishah, may Allaah be pleased with her …

    Questioner: Reading the biography of the Prophet ﷺ is that [not] honouring him?

    Al-Albaani: Yes.

    Questioner: In it is reward, this is goodness from Allaah!

    Al-Albaani: All goodness! But you will not benefit anything from this question. Therefore I will cut you off with a question: Does anyone prevent you from reading his biography? I will now ask you another: if there is a legislated form of worship, but the Prophet ﷺ did not sanction a specific time for it and neither did he make a specific form for it, is it then allowed for us to designate—from ourselves—a specific time or a specific form/method? Do you have an answer?

    Questioner: No, I have no answer.

    Al-Albaani: Allaah, the Most High, said:

    أَمۡ لَهُمۡ شُرَكَٰٓؤُاْ شَرَعُواْ لَهُم مِّنَ ٱلدِّينِ مَا لَمۡ يَأۡذَنۢ بِهِ ٱللَّهُۚ

    “Or have they partners with Allaah (false gods), who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not allowed?”
    [Shuraa: 42:21]

    And He, the Most High, also said:

    ٱتَّخَذُوٓاْ أَحۡبَارَهُمۡ وَرُهۡبَٰنَهُمۡ أَرۡبَابٗا مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ وَٱلۡمَسِيحَ ٱبۡنَ مَرۡيَمَ وَمَآ أُمِرُوٓاْ إِلَّا لِيَعۡبُدُوٓاْ إِلَٰهٗا وَٰحِدٗاۖ لَّآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَۚ سُبۡحَٰنَهُۥ عَمَّا يُشۡرِكُونَ

    “They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allaah and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God, there is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him.”
    [Tawbah: 9:31]

    When Adiyy ibn Haatim, may Allaah be pleased with him, heard this—and before he became a Muslim he was a Christian—it was difficult for him so he said, “We never used to worship them.” So he ﷺ said, “Would they not forbid what Allaah made permissible and so you would make it forbidden; and [would they not] make lawful what Allaah had made forbidden, so you would make it lawful?” So he said, “Of course.” He ﷺ replied, “So that was your worship of them.” [Reported by Tirmidhee (3095) and the Shaikh declared it to be hasan]

    And this clarifies the danger of innovating in Allaah’s Religion.


    Silsilatul-Hudaa wal-Noor, tape no. 1/94.
    Transcribed with abridgement from one of the tapes of Shaikh Al-Albani, may Allaah have mercy on him.

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    Meeladun-Nabi’ – A true source of fiction & friction between the Muslims

    Question:

    What is the Islamic ruling regarding standing out of respect at the celebrating ceremony of his birthday? with the belief that the soul of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, is omnipresent and indeed attends these types of ceremonies, and also with the belief that the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, himself is always present in every place? If someone was to attend but did not believe such beliefs, what would be the ruling upon him?

    Answer:

    To stand and attend out of respect without the belief that the soul of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, being omnipresent is an innovation in the Deen, and to believe that the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, is present in everyplace is polytheism. This is because the unique attribute of being omnipresent [His knowledge in every place] is unique and solely belongs to Allah, alone.

    It must be understood and contemplated that if the remembrance of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, is celebrated and commemorated at one hundred places at the exact same time, then how could the soul of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, be able to attend all these gatherings? Also, how could his soul be special and present at each of these celebrations at the same time, and to that specific gathering alone?

    The scholar, Qaadhee Shihaabud-Deen Dawlat-Aabaadee (d.849 AH) has stated in his book Tauhfatul-al-Qudhaat:

    “And what some ignorant people do at the beginning of every year in the month of Rabiul-Awwal, this has no basis in the Deen, which is to stand at the remembrance ceremony of the birth of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, allegedly believing that the soul of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, attends, this belief of theirs is false and void, rather this belief is polytheism, and indeed the four Imams have prohibited and barred such beliefs.


    The scholar, Qaadhee Naseerud-Deen (d.1031AH) has written in Tariqatus-Salaf:

    “And some ignorant sheikhs have introduced into the Deen many issues and affairs which we find no evidence for in the book of Allah or in the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him. From amongst them is to stand at the remembrance of the birth of the leader of all human beings, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him.”

    It has also been mentioned in Seerah-Shaamee (d.943 AH):

    “It has become the common practise of many who consider themselves to be amongst those who truly love the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, that if they listen to the remembrance of the birth of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, they stand up out of respect for the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him. This standing is an innovation in the Deen and has no basis in the Deen.”

    Sayyid Nadheer Husain Dehlawi
    Abu Tayyib Muhammad Shamsul-Huq
    1295 AH Corresponding to 1878 CE.


    Reference: Fatãwaa Nadheeriyyah, Volume 1 page 214, Urdu. [TN]

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    Footnotes

    [1]
    The standing posture in the Indian sub-continent is known as Salaat-wa-Salaam amongst the Barailwees. This standing posture is adopted by many extreme Barailwees and originates from Salaah according to the Hanafee Madhab, placing the right hand on top of the left hand below the navel, in congregation mostly, as well as individually, with the eyes closed at times, in a state of ‘Muraqabah’ (contemplation) along with great humility. I have condemned this type of standing on numerous occasions whilst guarding the Prophet’s grave. This kind of standing posture as practiced by many Barailwees & Deobandees (Hayaatee) at the grave of the Prophet is done for long periods until we, the guards, forbid this evil and tell them to give salaams according to the Sunnah and leave, as practiced by Abdullah bin Umar as reported by Imam Abu Daawood in his Sunan. Ironically, if you compare their Salaah with the same standing posture for Allah, it is less than thirteen seconds. This is the reality of their Salaah for Allah, and their humility for Him, as witnessed by myself now for over eight years. This type of standing posture with humility is only for Allah, the Most High, as it is an act of Ibaadah, just like Rukoo and Sajdah which is only intended for Allah, alone. [TN]

    [2]
    According to the research and predominant opinion of Ahmed Raza Khan Barailwee (1856-1921 CE): The Messenger of Allah was born on the 8th Rabiul-al-Awwal and died on the 12th Rabiul-al-Awwal. Refer to ‘Nutqul-al-Hilaal’ page 12 & 13, and ‘Fataawa-Rizwiyyah’ Volume 26 page 412,415 (Anjuman-Faizaan Raza). In contrary to this, his blind-followers all celebrate the innovated practice in this complete Deen of ours, ‘The Prophet’s Birthday’ on the 12th Rabiul-Awwal.

    In Leicester, UK, England, and many other places, in the land of the Christians, due to the convenience of the weekend holidays, as Sunday is the official holiday for the Christians, the Barailwees celebrate the Prophet’s birthday officially on a Sunday which falls after the 12th Rabiul-Awwal. They do this by marching on the streets known as ‘Juloos’ in Urdu. This is an imitation of the Raafidee Shiahs who on the 10th Muharram also march on the streets mourning the martyrdom of the noble companion, the grandson of the Messenger of Allah, Hussain bin Ali by beautifying a white horse for Hussain bin Ali. The Barailwees in response beautify the (Peer) Sheikh’s car, which is usually a top class expensive car, with Christmas decorations and the laymen walk both behind and alongside it – in the freezing cold, as the prophet’s birthday according to them falls in winter- chanting away. Meanwhile, the Sheikh is accompanied by his close disciples, and has the heating on in his car and is relaxed and comfortable. This is mostly and usually done on a Sunday, this ranting and chanting on the streets causes’ great inconvenience for locals, both Muslims and non-Muslims, by roads being blocked, traffic and pedestrians being diverted, making it difficult for them to commute locally. This is all done in the name of Islam and loving the Prophet. This marching is identical to a protest – an act introduced by the west which has no basis in Islam; rather it is an imitation of the western disbelievers who introduced this act to cause chaos and havoc in peaceful societies. [TN].

    [3]
    The issue of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, being omnipresent, is commonly referred to as ‘Haadhir, Naadhir’. This terminology cannot be found in the books of Aqeedah by the pious predecessors of the golden era because it was invented and innovated by the Barailwees and propagated in the Indian-Subcontinent. It was used as a criterion to test a normal Muslim’s Aqeedah and declare them to be disbelievers if they disagreed with this belief of Ahmed Raza Khan Barailwee. Ahmed Raza Khan Barailwee was notoriously known for declaring others who disagreed with his beliefs as disbelievers (Takfeer). This issue has been refuted by the Salafee scholars from the time it was invented and introduced. Some of those Salafee scholars who refuted this concept and illustrated books on this subject are:

    1) Allamah Tayyib Makki Rampuree, a contemporary of Ahmed Raza Khan, who refuted him on many subjects, and authored ‘Rasaa’il Ilml-Ghaib’

    2) Allamah Abul-Qaasim al-Banaarsee who refuted the book ‘Kashfus-as-Sirril-Maknoon Bi-Ithbaat Ilmi Maa Kaan wa Yakoon’

    3) Sheikh Badeeuz-Zamaan who authored ‘Risaalah Tahqeeq-Ilmil-Ghaib’

    4) Allamah Sayyid Abu Turaab RushduAllah Shah Raashidee who authored ‘Kashfur-Rayb Un Mas’alatil-Ilmil-Ghayb’,

    5) ‘Allamah Nadheer Ahmed Rahmaanee (teacher of our sheikh, Wasiullah Abbas) who authored ar-Raddu alal-al-Aqaaid-al-Bid’eeyah’,

    6) Allamah Abdur-Rauf Jandhagaree Rahmanee who authored ‘Tardeedai-Haadhir Naadhir’ -this book was refuted by the Grand-Mufti of the Barailwees of India, Abdul-Mannan, in a book by the name of ‘As-Shaaheed’.

    Our Sheikh, the Grand-Mufti of Jamia Salafia, Banaras, India, Muhammad Rais Nadvi, responded and wrote a refutation of ‘As-Shaaheed’ by the name of ‘Tasheehul-Aqaa’id bi-Ibtaal Shawaahidus-as-Shaheed’. After this, the Barailwee, Abdul-Mannan attempted to refute some issues of our Sheikh, Mufti Rais Nadvi’s book in his new edition of ‘as-Shaheed’ published in 1987. Our Sheikh, Mufti Rais Nadvi, refuted him once again in 1990 in his new published edition of ‘Tasheehul-Aqaa’id bi-Ibtaal Shawaahidus-as-Shaheed’ which deals with 212 Issues in no less than 552 pages. The Barailwees have yet to respond and it has now been almost over 20 years since the refutation was published. [TN]

    [4]
    Ahmed Raza Khan (1856-1921 CE) wrote two poems, one in Arabic and the other in Urdu, both containing words of Shirk, Bidah and exaggeration to the highest degree, which are chanted by the Barailwees. The first poem is in Arabic and Urdu and begins with ‘Yaa Nabi Salaamu alaika’ and the second poem is in Urdu and starts with ‘Mustafa Janai Rahmat Pai Lakho Salaam’. These two poems have been clung on to by the molar teeth by the Barailwees, making it incumbent upon their followers to stand up and sing these poems on every important occasion, at events, wedding ceremonies, and a must on every Friday after the Salaah. These poems are their criteria – not; to follow the Sunnah, the real criteria- to distinguish who loves the Messenger and who opposes him. A best friend of mine from South America, Trinidad, Samir Imran Hosein, informed me that this standing is known as ‘Taadheem’ in his country. The names may alternate according to different locations but the practice, belief and concept remains the same. [TN].

    [5]
    Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jam’aah do not state that Allaah is Omnipresent, with His Thaat. Rather they believe that Allaah’s knowledge is omnipresent [i.e. His knowledge encompasses all things apparent and hidden). Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jam’aah further believe that Allaah, the Most high, with His Thaat, is above the seven heavens, above His Arsh, and separate from His creation in a manner that befits His majesty. This is established from the Qur’an & Sunnah, as well as the consensus of the companions of the messenger of Allaah. This was also the belief of Imam Sayyid Nadheer Hussain ad-Dehlawi, refer to his Fatãwaa, Fatãwaa Nadheeriyyah, page 4, on this issue [TN]

    [6]
    His name is Qaadhee Ahmed bin Umar ad-Dawlah Aabaadee, nicknamed Shihahbud-Deen. He was born after 700 AH, and was extremely intelligent and very quick to understand the most difficult of issues. He wrote many books, the famous one being on the Arabic language, which was an explanation of ‘Kaafiyah’ of Ibnul-Haajib. He died in the year 849 AH. Refer to Nuzhatul-Khawaatir volume 3, pages 14-16. [TN]

    [7]
    He is Qaadhee Naseerud-Deen son of Qaadhee Siraaj Muhammad al-Hanafee al-Burhaanpuree. His birth date is unknown in the books of biographies. Amongst his teachers are Hakeem Uthmaan Bopkaanee Sindhi (d.1008 AH) and Maulana IlmuAllah Imaithwee (d.1024 AH). He was one of the most knowledgeable in Arabic language, Hanafi Fiqh and the disciplines of Hadeeth of his time. Refer to Nuzhatul-Khawaatir Volume 5 page 451. Two incidents he encountered had an outstanding impact upon the rest of his life. 1). He defeated the great Raafidee scholar ShukruAllah Shiraazee in a debate at the age of eighteen. 2). Whilst studying an issue of the Hanafi Fiqh with his Sheikh, Maulana IlmuAllah Imaithwee (who was also his father in-law) his teacher gave preference to the opinion of Abu Haneefah and presented it as evidence. In response Qaadhee Naseerud-Deen said: ‘He is a man and so am I’. His teacher became so upset with such a statement that he took out his sword and wanted to strike of the head of his student and son in-law. Qaadhee Naseerud-Deen would give preference to Hadeeth over the statements of the Jurists and reject analogy, as mentioned by the author of Nuzhatul-Khawaatir, Volume 5 page 301. He died in the year 1031 AH. Refer to our brother, Sheikh Muhammad Tanzeel as-Siddeeqee al-Hussainee’s book ‘The Indian sub-continent Ahlul-Hadeeth Movement, a historical analysis’ for further reading on Qaadhee Naseerud-Deen.[TN]

    [8]
    This book was illustrated by Muhammad bin Yusuf Saleh as-Shaamee (d.943 AH). The book that he wrote on Seerah was known as ‘Subul-al-Hudaa wal-Rashaad fee Seeratil-Khayril-al-Ibaad’. [TN].

    [9]
    Fatãwaa Nadheeriyyah, Volume 1 page 214, Urdu. [TN].

    [10]
    He was the Imam, Sheikul-Islam, and Grand Mufti of the Indian Sub-continent, Sayyid Nadheer Hussain ad-Dehlawi, born in the year 1220 AH corresponding to 1805 CE. He left home at the age of 17 in search of Islamic knowledge. He arrived in Delhi on the 13th Rajab 1243 AH where he studied under the most prominent scholars of Islam of that era. His teachers include Allamah Shah Muhammad Ishaaq Dehlawi (1192 AH-1262 AH) who was the grandson of Allamah Shah Abdul-Aziz Dehlawi. Imam Sayyid Nadheer Hussain Dehlawi authored over 60 books, amongst them is his Fatãwaa known as Fatãwaa Nadheeriyyah in 3 volumes, and Mayaarul-Huq on the issue of Taqleed (blind-following a particular Fiqh Madhab). He called to Tahweed and taught Hadeeth and defended the Sunnah all his life. He is considered unanimously amongst Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’aah as one of the Imams of his time who revived Ad-Dawah-Salafiyyah in the Indian subcontinent. He died on the 10th Rajab 1320 AH corresponding to 15th October 1902 CE. Those amongst his senior students include Allamah Shamsul-Huq Adheemabaadee (d. 1329AH), Allamah Abdur-Rahmãn Mubarakpuree (d.1353 AH), Allamah Thanaullah Amritsaree (d.1368 AH) and many others. Refer to the introduction of Fatãwaa Nadheeriyyah page 26-51 for a detailed biography of the Imam. [TN]

    [11]
    He was the great Muhadeeth, Faqeeh of the Ahlul-Hadeeth of his time. He was born in the year 1857 CE, he studied with many great scholars, the most famous being Imam Sayyid Nadheer Hussain ad-Dehlawi. He authored many books mainly on the different disciplines of Hadeeth, his most outstanding and famous book being the commentary of Sunan Abee Dawood ‘Ghaaytaul-Maqsood’ in thirty-two volumes & ‘Awnul-Maabood’ in seven volumes. The Salafee scholar also had a great library which treasured hundreds of manuscripts; his library was considered one of the best libraries in the Indian sub-continent. He was the successor of his teacher Imam Sayyid Nadheer Hussain ad-Dehlawi. He died in the year 1911 CE. For a detailed biography of the Imam refer to books on his biography by Sheikh Uzair Shams and Sheikh Muhammad Tanzeel as-Siddeeqee al-Hussainee, the Imams grandson. [TN].


 

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