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Innovation of Celebrating the Birthday of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful. May Allah bestow His peace and blessings upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions. To proceed;

Mawlud Nabbiyy (celebration of the birthday of the prophet) began 400 years after migration by the Fatimid Shia the Ubaydi rulers in Egypt. It is now celebrated by many Muslims throughout the world. It was never done by the Prophet (peace be upon him), his companions (may Allah be pleased with them) and the good predecessors who came after them.

Abu Qatadah al-Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

[سئل عن صوم يوم الاثنين فقال‏:‏ ‏ "‏ذلك يوم ولدت فيه، ويوم بعثت أو أنزل علي فيه].

[The Messenger (peace be upon him) was asked about fasting on Mondays. He said, "That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I received Revelation.] (Muslim Book 9, Hadith 1255).

No one is sure of the date of birth of the Prophet (peace be upon him), but we are sure of the date of  his death for sure as (12th Rabi'ul awwal). So, celebrating Mawlid is like celebrating his death. It has suddenly become an emotional act of worship and celebration by ignorant Muslims around the world. In fact, it is a public holiday in many Muslim countries; directly copying the Christians' holiday of Christmas (the so called birthday of Jesus as their god).

Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying:

[لَتَتَّبِعُنَّ سَنَنَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ شِبْرًا بِشِبْرٍ وَذِرَاعًا بِذِرَاعٍ حَتَّى لَوْ دَخَلُوا فِي جُحْرِ ضَبٍّ لاَتَّبَعْتُمُوهُمْ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قُلْنَا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ آلْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى قَالَ ‏"‏ فَمَنْ].

[You would tread the same path as was trodden by those before you inch by inch and step by step so much so that if they had entered into the hole of the lizard, you would follow them in this also. We said: Allah's Messenger, do you mean the Jews and the Christians (by your words) "those before you"? He said: Who else (than those two religious groups)?] (Sahih al-Bukhari 7320).

Worship in Islam, is defined as anything we do with the intention of getting closer to Almighty Allah or getting reward from Allah.

It was reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

[... وَكُلَّ مُحْدَثَةٍ بِدْعَةٌ وَكُلَّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلاَلَةٌ وَكُلَّ ضَلاَلَةٍ فِي النَّارِ].

[… every newly-invented thing is an innovation and every innovation is going astray, and every going astray is in the Fire.] (Sunan an-Nasa'i 1578).

This is a principle every true and sincere Muslim must memorize. There is no such self-contradictions and incompatibles like “good bid'ah” or “good shirk” or “good kufr” in Islam.

There is no such thing as Bid'ah Hasanah (Good Innovations).

Scholars have deduced from the Quran & Sunnah that For Allah to accept our deeds 2 conditions must be fulfilled.

The first condition: Al-Ikhlas (Sincerity).

The worship should be intended to please Allah alone. Allah said in the Qur'an:

{قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُوحَىٰ إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَٰهُكُمْ إِلَٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ ۖ فَمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاءَ رَبِّهِ فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا وَلَا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًا} (الكهف: آية 110).

{Say, "I am only a man like you, to whom has been revealed that your god is one God. So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord - let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.} (Al-Kahf:110).

Allah also said:

{وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ حُنَفَاءَ وَيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُوا الزَّكَاةَ ۚ وَذَٰلِكَ دِينُ الْقَيِّمَةِ} (البينة: 5).

{And they were not commanded except to worship Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakah. And that is the correct religion.} (Al-Bayyinah: 5).

The second condition: Mutaaba'ah (Total Compliance).

The worship must be in accordance with the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Allah said in the Qur'an:   

{لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا} (الأحزاب: 21).

{There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.} (Al-Ahzaab: 21).

Allah also said:

{قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ} (آل عمران: 31).

{Say, [O Muhammad], "If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.} (Aal Imraan: 31).

May Allah save and protect us from innovations in deen and make us steadfast in Islam.


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