As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 9



From As-Sunnah Newsletter (issue9)

All praise if for Allah, the Lord of the worlds, and Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

The command to abide by the Sharee'ah of Allah and the instructions of Allah's Messenger, and to refrain from innovating (in the religion) is clearly cited in the Qur'aan and the Sunnah. 'Say (O Muhammad), 'If you (really) love Allah then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins.' [Soorah aal-Imran (3): 31] 'And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path.' [Soorah al-An'am (6): 153] Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'Verily, the truthful Speech is the Book of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad and the worst affairs are the innovations.' And he (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'Whosoever innovates in our religion that is not from it will have it rejected.' [Agreed upon]

The celebration of Mawlid an-Nabawi is from the Munkar (rejected) innovative celebrations (*1) and those who participate in this celebration are of different types,

a) Some simply gather on this occasion and read the story of birth, give speeches and recite poems,
b) Some prepare food and sweets, and distribute it to those present,
c) Some commemorate it in the mosques while others in the houses.
d) Some not only carry out all of the above but also integrate in it prohibited actions of mingling between men and women, dancing and singing or acts of Shirk like invoking and calling upon Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam), etc. (*2)

With all its various forms and intentions of those who celebrate it, celebration of Mawlid an-Nabawi is indisputably a prohibited innovation founded by the Fatimite Shi'ah after the three best generations in order to corrupt the Deen of the Muslims. After them, the first one to encourage this celebration was, King Muzaffar Abu Sa'eed Kaukabouri, the king of Irbil at the end of the sixth century or at the beginning of the seventh century as has been documented by historians like Ibn Katheer and Ibn Khalkan.

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.’

Ibn Katheer writes in al-Bidayah in reference to Abu Sa'eed Koukabouri, 'He used to celebrate Mawlid in the month of Rabei al-Awwal in an appalling way with a huge celebration. Some of those who witnessed the activities of Muzaffar in some celebrations of Mawlid said that he used to offer in those celebrations five thousand grilled heads of sheep, ten thousand chicken, one thousand bowls of cream, and thirty thousand plates of sweets… it was said, 'he used to let the Soofis sing from Dhuhr to Fajr and would himself 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.’

So, in this way initiated the celebration of Mawlid coupled with amusement, extravagance and squandering of wealth over an innovation regarding which Allah did not reveal any Burhan (evidence)…

Translators Notes:

(1) It is amazing that the celebration of Mawlid an-Nabawi (birthday of Allah's Messenger) is celebrated on the day when the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) passed away; i.e., 12th of Rabie al-Awwal. His birth-date is, 9th Rabie al-Awwal, which is proven by the new almanac. It is even more amazing that just a few years back they used to call this day/celebration, 'Bara Wafaat' (meaning, 12th - the day of death), but now they've changed it to, 'Eid Milad' (Mawlid or 'Mawlid an-Nabawi')

(2) Shaikh Abdul Aziz ibn Baz writes in Hukhmul-Ahtafal bil-Mawlid, 'Some (of those who celebrated Mawlid an-Nabawi) believe that the Messenger of Allah visits (the celebrations of) Mawlid and for this they stand to greet and welcome him. That is the greatest falsehood and worst form of ignorance, as the Prophet shall neither come out of his grave before the Day of Resurrection, nor shall he meet/make contact with any person nor attend their gatherings. Instead, he shall reside in his grave until the Day of Resurrection while his soul rests with his Lord in the most exalted and highest place. Allah, the Almighty, Says in Soorah al-Muminoon (23): 15-16 'After that, surely, you will die. Then (again), you will be resurrected on the Day of Resurrection.' and the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'I am the first one to rise from the grave on the Resurrection Day and I will be the first intercessor and the first one whose intercession is to be accepted.' These Qur'aanic verses and Ahadeeth prove that the Messenger of Allah (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) and all the deceased will leave their graves only on the Day of Resurrection and there is a consensus of the scholars in this issue. A Muslim should be aware of these things and must not be misled by innovations and superstitions created by the ignorant people with no authority from Allah at all.’

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