Celebrating the Prophet’s Birth (Mawlid, Milad, Mevlud)

Celebrating the Prophet’s Birth (Mawlid, Milad, Mevlud) Celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday (Mawlid), sall-Allahu `alaihi wa sallam

 Salam `alaykum,

Regarding the following claim made about the Sahaba:

>None of them ever celebrated Prophet’s birthday.

This is a statement with which the Companions no doubt will take issue against Brother Lashay on Qiyama, given (a) their knowledge that the Prophet (SAWS) was born on Yawm al-Ithnayn [Monday] and (b) their observance of supererogatory fasting on that day for that very reason. This amounts to the Companions’ celebration of the Prophet’s birthday.

Mostly, (c) their explicit celebration of the day he was born in poetry:

The uncle of the Prophet (S) al-`Abbas ibn `Abd al-Muttalib (RA) said:

    And then, WHEN YOU WERE BORN, a light rose over the earth until it illuminated the horizon with its radiance.     We are in that illumination and that original light and those paths of guidance – and thanks to them we pierce through.

Ibn Sayyid al-Nas narrated it with his isnad through al-Tabarani and al-Bazzar in Minah al-Madh (p. 192-193), also Ibn Kathir in al-Sira al-Nabawiyya (ed. Mustafa ‘Abd al-Wahid 4:51), and ‘Ali al-Qari in his Sharh al-Shifa’ (1:364) says it is narrated by Abu Bakr al-Shafi’i and al-Tabarani, and cited by Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr in al-Isti’ab and Ibn al-Qayyim in Zad al-Ma’ad.

The light mentioned by al-`Abbas is confirmed by the Prophet (S) himself in the famous narration describing his own birth. `Irbad ibn Sariya and Abu Umama – Allah be well-pleased with both of them – said that the Prophet (SAWS) said: “I am the supplication of my father Ibrahim, and the good tidings of my brother ‘Isa. The NIGHT I WAS DELIVERED my mother saw a light that lit the castles of Damascus so that she could see them.”

It is narrated by al-Hakim (2:616-617), Ahmad in his Musnad, and al-Bayhaqi in Dala’il al-Nubuwwa (1:110, 2:8). Ibn al-Jawzi cites it in al-Wafa’ (p. 91, ch. 21 of Bidayat Nabiyyina (S), and Ibn Kathir in his Mawlid Rasul Allah (SAWS) and his Tafsir (4:360). Al-Haythami (8:221) said al-Tabarani and Ahmad narrated it, the latter with a fair (hasan) chain. Also narrated by Ibn Hisham in Sirat Rasul Allah (Dar al-wifaq ed. 1/2:166) and al-Tabari in his History.

The poet of the Prophet (S) Hassan ibn Thabit (RA) said:

    By Allah, no woman has conceived and GIVEN BIRTH

    To one like the Messenger,

      the Prophet and guide of his people.

    Nor has Allah created among his creatures

     One more faithful to his sojourner or his promise

    Than he who was the source of our light.

Narrated by Ibn Hisham in the last lines of his Sirat Rasul Allah (S).

Accordingly, it would have been better and more precise to say: “None of them ever celebrated Prophet’s birthday in our fashion.”

Then of course: none of them prayed in our fashion either. Nor fasted in our fashion. Nor paid zakat in our fashion. Nor accomplished pilgrimage or jihad in our fashion. Etc.

As a rule we should be very careful when comparing ourselves to the Salaf, most expecially the Companions – Allah be well-pleased with them. The speaker stands as the first one condemned by his own words when mentioning them. Astaghfirullah.

As for statements made about the Muslims in the wake of the above false premise, apparently as a criticism of the celebration of Mawlid:

Today our lives and our outlooks bear little resemblance to theirs. We praise but do not listen to him; we claim to love, but refuse to follow; we claim to believe but lead lives like those who don’t. We emphasize what the Companions ignored and ignore what they emphasized. They loved the Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and had their lives to show for it. And we? Can we honestly say that we love the Prophet as he should be loved?

 

The Prophet (SAWS) told us: “Do not be conformers who say: ‘If people do good we shall do good, and if they do wrong we shall do wrong.’ Rather, make yourselves ready to do good if people do good, and, if they do wrong, not to do wrong.” Al-Tirmidhi declared it hasan gharîb. It is narrated by al-Bukhari in al-Tarikh al-Kabir (4:367 #3169) with the wording: “Do not be conformers who turn with every wind.” Also narrated – in its full wording – mawqûf from ‘Abd Allah ibn Mas’ud by al-Tabarani in al-Kabir (9:152 #8765).

In other words, we should never stop doing something good just because people are generally not as good as before!

None but Allah SWT loves the Prophet (S) as he should be loved, and those whom Allah SWT favors with a special favor.

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