As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 9

 

The celebration of Mawlid an-Nabawi is prohibited and rejected because of several reasons

First: It is neither from the Sunnah of Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) nor the Sunnah of his Khulafa and anything that is not from these, is a prohibited Bidah. Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'Stick to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of my rightly guided Caliphs, cling to it firmly with your molar teeth. Beware of newly invented matters, for every new matter is an innovation and every innovation is misleading.' [Musnad Ahmad (4/126) at-Tirmidhee (2676)]
Whosoever performs an act, intending by it to achieve closeness to Allah, while such an act was neither performed/commanded by Allah's Messenger nor his Caliphs were known to have performed it after him (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) - then performing such an act constitutes accusing the Messenger that he (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) did not (correctly/completely) explain the Deen to the people. It also amounts to belying the Saying of Allah, 'This day, I have perfected your religion for you,' [Soorah al-Maidah (5): 3] Such is because (by performing an unfounded act) one comes up with something supplementary claiming it to be from the religion, while Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) was not sent with it.

Second: Celebrating Mawlid (birthday) of Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) is an imitation of the Christians in their celebrating the birthday of Prophet Eesa , whereas imitating them is strictly prohibited, and differing from them is prescribed in the following Hadeeth of Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam), 'Whoever imitates/resembles a people is one of them.' [Ahmad (2/05) Abu Dawood (4/314)] and he (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'be different from the Musrikeen' [Saheeh Muslim (1/222 (952))] especially in matters of their religion.

Third: Apart from being a Bidah (innovation) and Tashbeeh (imitation) of the Christians - and both of them are prohibited - Mawlid is also a means of exaggeration in the honor of Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam).; those who participate in this celebration make Dua to him, seek his (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) help and chant poems of Shirk in his (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) praise. Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) has prohibited such forms of exaggeration, Do not exaggerate in me, as the Christians exaggerated about the son of Maryam. I am only a slave, so say 'the slave of Allah and Messenger of Allah.' [Saheeh al-Bukharee (4/142 -3445)] Meaning do not exaggerate in my praise and honor like the Christians, who exaggerated in the honor and praise for Eesa (alaihis-salaam) until they worshiped him, and Allah forbade them from it saying 'O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth. The Messiah Eesa, son of Maryam, was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word, ('Be!' - and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam and a spirit (Ruh) created by Him;' [Soorah an-Nisa (4): 171]
Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) prohibited us from exaggeration fearing that we might be effected by that which the Christians were effected with, he (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said, O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth. The Messiah Eesa, son of Maryam, was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word, (Be! and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam and a spirit (Ruh) created by Him. [an-Nisaee (5/268) Saheeh Sunan an-Nisaee (2863)]

Fourth: Observing the Bidah of Mawlid opens the door to other innovations and diverts people towards it. Thus, we find those who participate in such innovations active in reviving the Bidah and lazy in performing the Sunnah, and enraged at the people of Sunnah until all their religion revolves around innovated memories and birthdays. They split up in groups - each group preserving the reminiscences of their scholar's birthdays, like the Mawlid of Badawi, Ibn Arabi, ad-Dasooki and Shazali - in this way, they do not free themselves from one Mawlid and get busy with another celebration. This results in exaggeration (in the honor and praise) of the deceased and invoking them besides Allah. (Gradually) the Aqeedah that the deceased benefit and harm stems - until they depart from the pale of Islam and return to the Deen of the people of Jahiliyah to whom Allah said, 'they worship besides Allah things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say, 'These are our intercessors with Allah.' [Soorah Yunus (10): 18] and He said, 'those who take Awliya (protectors and helpers) besides Him (say), 'We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allah.' [Soorah az-Zumar (39): 3]


Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

 

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