As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 9


The celebration of Mawlid an-Nabawi - is it Khayr (good) or evil?

From As-Sunnah Newsletter (issue9)

Shaikh al-Albanee:
The celebration of Mawlid an-Nabawi is it Khayr (good) or evil?

The opponent: Khayr.

Shaikh al-Albanee: So, were the Messenger of Allah and his Sahabah unaware of this Khayr (good)?

The opponent: No.

Shaikh al-Albanee: I am not convinced with your saying, 'No' because it is impossible that this Khayr if it is Khayr - be concealed from the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) and his Sahabah because we do not know Islam and Eeman except through Prophet Muhammad (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam). So, how do we know a Khayr (deed) that he did not know of? This is impossible.

The opponent: Establishing Mawlid an-Nabawi is reviving his (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) memories and is a tribute to him (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam).

Shaikh al-Albanee: This is a philosophy that we know of, and have heard from many and read in their books, but when Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) invited the people (to the Deen of Allah), did he call them to Islam as a whole or he invited them to Tawheed?

The opponent: Tawheed.

Shaikh al-Albanee: First, he invited them to Tawheed, next the Salaat was made obligatory, then Siyam, later the obligation of Hajj, and so on. So, you follow this Sunnah of the Sharee'ah, (and discuss the matter) step-by-step.
We have now agreed that it is impossible that there could be a Khayr with us which the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) did not know of.

(Because) we know all the Khayr through the Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam).… and I believe that anyone, who doubts in this matter, is not a Muslim.

From the Ahadeeth of Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) that support this statement is, 'There is nothing that will take you closer to Paradise but that I have enjoined it upon you, and there is nothing that will take you closer to Hell but that I have warned you of it.' [Musnad ash-Shafa'ee and others]

So, if Mawlid was Khayr and something that could bring us closer to Allah, then Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) would have guided us to it. Right or wrong?

I don't want you to agree with me except if you are convinced of every word I say. You have complete freedom to say, 'Please, I do not agree with this point.' So, do you stop at some point from what I have just said, or are you with me completely?

The opponent: I am with you totally.

Shaikh al-Albanee: Jazak Allah Khair.

We say to everybody who approves of this celebration; (if) Mawlid is Khayr in your opinion - so, did the Messenger of Allah (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) guide us to it or did he not.
If they say, 'He guided us to it'

We say to them, 'Produce your Proof (Burhaan) if you are truthful.' [Soorah al-Baqarah (2): 11] and they can never bring a proof of it. We have read books of Ulwi and others on this issue and they have no proof or argument except (saying), 'This is a Bidah Husna (a good innovation)!!' 'This is a Bidah Husna!'

Everybody; those who approve of Mawlid and those who forbid it, are agreed upon that this (celebration of) Mawlid did not exist at the time of Allah's Messenger nor at the time of the Sahabah…

However, the supporters of Mawlid say, 'What is (evil) in Mawlid? It is remembering the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam), sending blessing upon him and similar acts.'

We say, 'If it was Khayr, there would have been precedence in it (by the Salaf as-Salih). You know the Hadeeth of Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam), 'The best of my ummah is my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them.' This is an agreed upon Hadeeth.

His (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) generation was in which he (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) and Sahabah lived, then those who followed them were the Tabi'oon, and then those who followed them were the followers of Tabi'oon. This again is an agreed upon matter.
So, do you think that there could be any Khayr in which we could excel them in terms of knowledge and actions? Is it possible?

The opponent: Concerning knowledge - if the Messenger had informed someone at his time that the earth rotates.

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