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Anothe r Word on Milad un-Na bi

Question:

I came across a Bareilwi website that mentioned the Saudi government opposing celebrating the birth of the Prophet while it has no problem celebrating the birth of their kingdo m. Isn’t this hypocrisy?

Answer:

Bismillah wa-Salaatu wa-Salaam ala-Rasoolillah.

My dear brother in Islam, do any

religious events? Do they celebr ate them seeking a reward from Allaah? You will not find this to be the case; therefore the analogy t hey made is incorrect.

(Muslim) countries who celebrate their nationa l days treat them as

Mawlid un-Nabi on the other ha nd is treated as an act of worship for which its p

reward from Allaah. And I have y et to find anyone who celebrates it and does no t expect/seek a reward for it or does not intend it to be an ibadah or a form of worship. This alon e should suffice against the practise of celebratin g the Prophet’s birthday.

rticipants seek a

For any country to celebrate its

event – There are a number of e vidence that suggest the Sahabah themselves pa rtook in cultural events of some non-Muslims - th ereby NOT intending worship but merely creatin g a neighbourly

environment where it would be easy for them to attract people to Islam.

national day, this is considered a non-religious an d/or a cultural

Ibadah or regulated acts of wors hip in Islam are tawqeefi (i.e. based purely on re velation - they are NOT subject to reasoning or ijtih ad). Mawlid also cannot be considered a valid ik htilaf because the

matter is related to worship, wh ich must be clearly expressed in the Shari’ah. 'Ei something unheard of during th e time of the Sahabah and in the best 3 centuries

occasion popular within the Rom an Byzantine and Persian empires. None of our pious Salaf (inc. the four Imams) celebrated or ackno wledged mawlid for themselves nor allowed it f or the best of

creation

because their love and 'itibah of the Prophet

of mawlid was of Islam. It was an

'itibah of the Prophet of mawlid was of Islam. It was an - If it was

- If it was somethin g good or recommended, they would have prece ded us in doing it

or recommended, they would have prece ded us in doing it was greater than ours. Is

was greater than ours.

would have prece ded us in doing it was greater than ours. Is celebrating the birthday

Is celebrating the birthday of Pro phet Muhammad

from actions of true love and res pect? There is no concept of annual mawlood or

anniversaries in Islamic affairs or r even in a Muslims' worldly affairs. Arab custom during the time

(and even now) is that people w ere identified by the date of their deaths and no t birth; in most cases, they did not even know th eir exact dates of birth.

a sign of love and respect , or is it a divertion

death

I have come across the most abs urd and far-fetched conjecture that proponents of Eid Milad- un- Nabi use to justify it. By bringing these non-issues up, what they are actually sayi ng is that they are not satisfied with the Islam that the Sahabah practised and passed down to us.

Innovations are a major evil in Is lam; it contradicts the Saying of Allaah: “This da y I have perfected your religion for you.” (Al-Maa’i dah: 3)

This is because when somebody comes with an innovation and considers it as a f orm of religion; its

implication is that the religion is not perfect. It indicates a defamation of the Sha ri’ah and (implies)

that it is imperfect, so this innov ator is the one who (thinks he) makes it perfect

innovation. Among the implicati ons of this innovation is that what prevails is tha t whoever is occupied with an innovation, he would be distracted from an established Sunnah , as some of the Salaf said: “People will not innov ate an innovation, except that they will demolis h its equivalent from

the Sunnah.”

with his act of

These innovations lead to separa tions in the Ummah, because these innovators

the upholders of the truth, and t hat the others are misguided! And people of the truth say: “You are the ones upon misguidance.” So , their hearts separate. All of these evils result fr om an innovation in addition to the fact that this inn ovation is accompanied by foolishness in one’s re ason, and an

imbalance in religion.

believe that they are

So what has been reported abo ut the Prophet's worship?

So what has been reported abo ut the Prophet's worship? birth that necessitates acti on as

birth that necessitates acti on as an act of

worship? birth that necessitates acti on as an act of Abu Qatadah (may Allaah be ple

Abu Qatadah (may Allaah be ple ased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allaa h

about fasting on Mondays. He sa id, "That is the day on which I was born and th e day on which I

received Revelation.'' [Saheeh M

was asked

uslim, 1255; Nasaa'i and Abu Dawud]

[Saheeh M was asked uslim, 1255; Nasaa'i and Abu Dawud] Abu Hurairah (may Allaah be ple

Abu Hurairah (may Allaah be ple ased with him) reported that the Messenger of

"Deeds of people are presented (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, so I like that my actions be

presented while I am fasting.'' [ Sunan at-Tirmidhi]

Allaah

said,

`Aishah (may Allaah be pleased

observe fast on Mondays and T hursdays. [Sunan at-Tirmidhi]

with her) reported that the Messenger of Allaah

at-Tirmidhi] with her) reported that the Messenger of Allaah used to If you really want to

used to

with her) reported that the Messenger of Allaah used to If you really want to show

If you really want to show your r everence and respect to the Messenger

strict in observing his explicit rec ommendations instead of inventing your own ba nkrupt ways.

, the n you would be

Islam is complete and there is no

need for Muslims to invent their own nonsense and then try to

justify it with the speech of men who came centuries after the Salaf - If a person does anything in

order to draw closer to Allaah w hich was NOT enjoined by the Messenger

Raashidah, then this is major de viancy. Abdullah ibn Umar (may Allaah be please d with him) said:

“Every innovation is misguidanc e even if people regard it to be something good .” [Sunan Daarimi]

innovation is misguidanc e even if people regard it to be something good .” [Sunan Daarimi]

or by his Khulafah

The Messenger of Allah except that which I have enjoin ed upon you, and there

The Messenger of Allah

except that which I have enjoin ed upon you, and there is nothing that will take you closer to the

Hell-fire except that which I hav e forbidden you from." [Musnad Imam Shafi'ee ]

said : "Know that there is nothing that will bring you

closer to Paradise

that there is nothing that will bring you closer to Paradise Abu Dharr (may Allaah be

Abu Dharr (may Allaah be please d with him) said: “When Allaah’s Messenger

was not even a bird flapping its

knowledge about it. Then he

you further away from the Hell- fire except that it has been explained to you’.” [Al-Mu`jam al-

Kabeer (2/155-156)]

had left us, there

.” [Al-Mu`jam al- Kabeer (2/155-156)] had left us, there wings in the air except that he

wings in the air except that he

had already i mparted to us some

in the air except that he had already i mparted to us some said: ‘Nothing remains

said: ‘Nothing remains that brings you closer t o Paradise or takes

remains that brings you closer t o Paradise or takes The Prophet that bring about reward?

The Prophet

that bring about reward? Subha an Allaah! Why don't you people jump up and do wn shouting "Allaah

Allaah" and class this as worship ?

told us about t he birds in the air and yet you claim he left out is sues of worship

I would also like to suggest that

Deeni Shari’ sense and bid'ah in the linguistic sense; this in actuality is the basis t o understand this matter fully so that people do no t fall prey to misguidance and whims of others.

you grasp the guidelines and basic definition of w

hat bid'ah is in the

And Allaah is the source of guida nce.