Quranic Proofs for Mawlid

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1. “Say: In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy: therein [alone] let them rejoice. It is better than what they hoard” (10:58)

Ibn `Abbas said: “The bounty of Allah is Knowledge [of Tawhid], and His mercy is the Prophet (SAWS).” Abu al-Shaykh narrated it as stated by al-Suyuti in al-Durr al-Manthur (4:367).

Al-Alusi in Ruh al-Ma`ani (10:141) and Abu al-Su`ud in his Tafsir (4:156) said that the bounty is general while the mercy is specific and therefore emphasized.

Al-Razi in al-Tafsir al-Kabir (17:123) said the command is emphatically restrictive, meaning that a human being should not rejoice in anything else than the mercy.

2. “And all that We relate unto thee of the story of the messengers is in order that thereby We may make firm thy heart” (11:120).

The Prophet (SAWS) is the most important of the Messengers – upon them peace – and the Mawlid is the chief event consisting mainly in the reading or recitation of Sira accounts, making firm the hearts of the believers in faith and love of the Prophet (SAWS). This proof forces even the detractors of Mawlid to organize what they call “Sira conferences”.

3. “O Allah, Lord of us! Send down for us a table spread with food from heaven, that it may be a feast for Us, for the first of us and for the last of us, and a sign from Thee. Give us sustenance, for Thou art the Best of Sustainers” (5:114).

Isma`il Haqqi in Ruh al-Bayan (2:446) said: “The table was called a great feast meaning: the day it was descended upon us. It was referred back to the table spread because the greatness of that day is linked to its greatness.”

This verse is a proof for the celebration of Christians for an event concerning them, but the birth of the Prophet (SAWS) is a greater event and of universal concern.

4. “Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!” (19:33).

This verse is a proof for the celebration of Christians for the blessed birth of `Isa (AS) – together with similar references in Sura Al `Imran (3:35-44) concerning the blessed births of Maryam (AS) and Yahya (AS) – but the blessed birth of the Prophet (SAWS) is a greater event and of universal concern.

5. “We verily sent Moses with Our revelations, saying: Bring thy people forth from darkness unto light. And remind them of the days of Allah. Lo! therein are revelations for each steadfast, thankful (heart)” (14:5).

There is no historical event greater than the birth of the Prophet (SAWS) in reminding this Umma of the days of Allah, and this event is the greatest revelation “for each steadfast, thankful heart” as stated also in the second proof, “that thereby We may make firm thy heart” (11:120).

6. “Recite unto them the story of Ibrahim” (26:69).

Those who object to Mawlid are objecting to reciting unto the Umma the story of Muhammad (SAWS).

7. “That ye (mankind) may believe in Allah and His messenger, and may honor h/Him, and may revere h/Him, and may glorify h/Him at early dawn and at the close of day” (48:9).

Al-Nawawi said that the scholars of Qur’anic commentary have given this verse two lines of explanation, one group giving the three personal pronouns “HIM” a single referent, namely, either Allah (“Him”) or the Prophet (“him”); the other group distinguishing between two referents, namely, the Prophet (SAWS) for the first two (“honor and revere him“), and Allah for the last (“glorify Him”).

Those of the first group that said the pronouns all refer to the Prophet (SAWS) explained “glorify him” (tusabbihuhu) here to mean: “declare him devoid of inappropriate attributes and pray for him.”

Those who celebrate Mawlid with good manners and sincerity are closer to putting this Divine command into practice than those who don’t, and Allah knows best.

8. “Allah verily hath shown grace to the believers by sending unto them a messenger of their own who reciteth unto them His revelations, and causeth them to grow, and teacheth them the Scripture and wisdom; although before (he came to them) they were in flagrant error” (3:164).

Al-Razi said that the grace of Allah to the believers, in the person of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), exceeds the grace shown all previous communities, and the latter were ordered to celebrate such graces as shown in previous proofs. Those who object to Mawlid (1) object to celebrating the greatest of the graces of Allah and (2) object to our Community justly priding itself over all other Communities.



The Holy Qur’an praises and celebrates the Prophet’s physical and moral Traits (Shama’il Nabawiyya)

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