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Milad-un-Nabi ()

The people who oppose celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) argue that it should not be celebrated because the Prophet himself and his companions after him did not celebrate his birthday. According to these opponents, celebrating the Prophet's birthday is an innovation in Islam, and the Prophet (peace upon him) has forbidden creating innovations in Islam. An innovation in Islam is called Bida. In their opinion, the Prophets birthday was not celebrated by the Prophet and neither by his companions; therefore, it is an innovation (Bida) and must be avoided. For them its a sin.

Eid Milad-Ul-Nabi (PBUH) in relation to Hadith Hadith (descriptive narrations from Prophet PBUH) comes second to Quran for every Muslim to take heed from. There are many ahadith that signify the importance of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi, such as: The one who rejoices on the birth day of the Holy Prophet would not be severely punished and it is hoped that a Muslim who celebrate the Milad un Nabi (Allahs Grace and Peace be upon him), will not be punished in hell. Imam Bukhari Rahmatullah Alaih narrates that Abu Lahab would be punished lightly in the hell on Monday. Because he rejoiced and freed his handmaid indicating by his finger, when the Prophet of Allah Almighty (Allahs Grace and Peace be upon him) took birth. So as a reward of happiness on Milad un Nabi (Allahs Grace and Peace be upon him) he would be given water by his finger. (Saheehul Bukhari Vol. 2, Page 764) Conclusion For Muslims, having true faith is incomplete unless they love and respect Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) more than anything else, as evident from the following hadhith as well: None of you becomes a believer until I am dearer to him than his children, his parents and all mankind. (as reported by Bukhari and Muslim) That alone should serve a reason more than enough to express your joy and happiness for the greatest of gifts from Allah Almighty to humanity as true Muslims; so make the most of it this year as well.
Eid-Milad-un-Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) has been in practice for the last thirteen centuries and has never been disputed by any scholar of Islam until the Zionists and the Crusaders occupied Muslim countries and made them colonies in 1800s/1900s. Eid Milad un Nabi has been made controversial during the last century. It had never been a controversial issue. Eid Milad un Nabi unites Muslims and the denial of Eid Milad un Nabi divides

Muslims. The proof is in the 1300 years of Muslim history. When Muslims were

together in celebrating the noble birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), they were all united but when they started debating the permissibility of Eid Milad un Nabi, they got divided. It is not the celebration of Eid Milad un Nabi that divides Muslims. It is the denial of the Eid Milad un Nabi that divides Muslims.

One of the most deceiving arguments presented by the opponents of Eid Milad un Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) is that the National Days, formation of organizations and contesting elections are the matters of this world (Dunya). They are not part of the Sharia of Islam but those who celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) they do it as a part of Islam and the Islamic Sharia. Therefore, Eid Milad un Nabi is Bida because Prophet did not make it a part of Islam. What a strange, deceiving and un-Islamic argument is this?
Muslims are now traveling more for Umrah and Hajj and many Muslims from various parts of the world work in Saudi Arabia. They think whatever is practiced in Makkah and Madinah must be correct. Imagine, if you were borne before the Wahabi revolution in Saudi Arabia, you would have seen the celebration of Eid-Milad with your own eyes in Makkah and Madinah. Abbasees, Fatemides, Ottomans and others ruled Makkah and Madinah and the most of the Muslim world for thirteen centuries. During these thirteen centuries Eid Milad un Nabi had never been disputed by any scholar of Islam including Imam Ibn Taymiyah (May Allah be pleased with him) who is the most authentic jurist of Islam for Saudis.

The Wahabi revolution was one of the major causes for the fall of Khilafah AlIslamiyah. In the entire Muslim world Saudi Arabia is the only country where Eid-Milad-un-Nabi has been officially stopped. However, millions of Saudis do celebrate Eid Milad un Nabi (peace be upon him) inside their homes due to the fear of persecution from the Mutawwas (the Wahabi civil militia). If you look at the beliefs and practices of KHAWARIJ who killed thousands of companions and the Ahlul Bait of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), you will find a very close resemblance between the KHAWARIJ and the opponents of Eid Milad un Nabi (peace be upon him).

Please read the Travel Story of Ibn-e-Batuta (Safar Nama Ibn Batutah) . He has described the eye-witnessed celebration of Prophet's Birthday in Makkah inside the Haram and the city. Ibn-e-Batuta was just a traveler. He wrote what he saw in Makkah. Ottomans (Sultanat-e-Usmania) ruled Makkah and Madinah and the most of the Muslim world for seven centuries. For seven centuries the Imams of Masjid Al Haraam and Masjid Al Nabawi Sharif used to organize, celebrate and lead the celebrations of Eid Milad un Nabi (peace be upon him). Eid Milad un Nabi has always been celebrated throughout the Arabian peninsula before becoming Saudi Arabia including Masjid Al

Haraam and Masjid Al Nabawi Sharif. In fact, the largest gathering of Eid Milad un Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) used to be held in Masjid Al Haraam in Makkah. This practice was stopped after the WAHABI revolution in Saudi Arabia. If you would have been born during the Ottoman Empire, you would have seen the biggest celebration of Milad Sharif in Haram Al Makki and Madani.

The legal and religious status of celebrating the birth of Holy Prophet (Peace & Blessings be upon him) in light of the Quran and Sunnah: And Indeed everyone rejoices except for Shaytan and his counterparts, because: Translation: Iblis cried loudly four times, first when Allah declared him as cursed, second when he was thrown out, Third When Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) was born and fourth when Surah al-Fatiha was revealed [Ibn Kathir in Al Bidayah wan-Nihayah, Volume No. 2, Page No. 166] Muslims rejoice on birth of Prophet (Peace & Blessings be upon him) because Allah has told us to rejoice on His "Bounties and Mercies" Proof from righteous Ulama and Fuqaha Imam Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalani, in his book al-Durar al-kamina fi `ayn al-Mi'at althamina, mentions that Ibn Kathir, a muhaddith from among the followers of Ibn Taymiyya, "in the last days of his life wrote a book entitled Mawlid Rasul Allah which was spread far and wide. That book mentioned the permissibility and recommendability of celebrating the Mawlid." Ibn Kathir's book was edited and published in 1961. In it he says, p. 19: "The Night of the Prophet's birth is a magnificient, noble, blessed and holy night, a night of bliss for the believers, pure, radiant with lights, and of immeasurable price." 1. Imam Ibn Kathir (Rahimuhullah) - The scholar revered most highly by Salafis/Wahabis in Tafsir & History. He says regarding Shah Malik al-Muzzafar (rah) regarding whom Salafis spread deception by forging words of Ibn Kathir (rah) i.e. he was actually a Fasiq, cruel and Bidati ruler (Naudhobillah) but in reality Imam Ibn Kathir (rah) said this:

Translation: He was a generous, mighty master, and glorious ruler, whose works were very good.He built Jamiya al Muzaffari near QasiyunDuring Rabi ul Awwal he used to celebrate Mawlid ash Shareef ( ) with great celebration, Moreover, he was benevolent, brave, wise, a scholar, and just person Rahimuhullah wa Ikraam Sheikh Abul Khattab (rah) wrote a book on Mawlid an Nabwi for him and named it At-Tanwir fi Mawlid al Bashir al Nazeer, for which he gave him 1000 dinars. His rule stayed till the Rule of Salahiya and he captured Aka and he remained a man worthy of respect. Al-Sabt mentions that a person attending the gathering of Mawlid held by Muzzafar said: He used to fill the table with 5000 well cooked goats, 10,000 chickens, 100thousand bowls (of milk) and 30,000 trays of sweets. [Tarikh Ibn Kathir, Al Bidayah Wan Nihaya Volume 13, Page No. 174] By doing milaad sharif you are performing prophet Mohammed (Salla Allahu taalaalayhi wa sallam) zikr. Allah (Azzawajal) has ordered to do zikr of prophet Mohammed (Salla Allahu taalaalayhi wa sallam). 1. Khulfa-e-Rasheedeen Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddique (radi allahu anhu) has said who so ever spend even as little as 1 dhiram(pence) in milaad sharif will be with me in paradise 2. Hazrat Umar Farooque kayde azam (radi allahu anhu) has said who ever repects the milaad sharif has given life to islam 3. Hazrat Usman Ghani (radi allahu anhu) has said who ever spend as little as 1 dhiram (pence) is like that person was amongst those who fought in the battle of badar and hunnaiyn 4. Hazrat Ali Karimullah wajhul kareem (radi allahu anhu) has said who so ever respect the milaad sharif and trys to preach wil leave the world with faith and will enter paradise without questions 5. Hazrat Khwaja Hasan Basri (radi allahu anhu) has said If I had gold as much as the mountain of uhad I would spend it on milaad-un-nabi 6. Hazrat Imam Jallaludin sayuti (radi allahu anhu) has said whose house,mosque and area hold the milaad ceremony of the beloved prophet Mohammed (Salla Allahu taalaalayhi wa sallam) then on this Allah (Azzawajal) blessed angels would surround these homes,mosques and areasand read Darood upon them

7. Hazrat Imam Shafi (radi allahu anhu) has said those who gather people for milaad, cook for them, make arrangements in their home for them and give reason for people to attend then for him on the day of judgment Allah (Azzawajal) will raise him amongst the Siddiquin, Showdaye and Saleheen and his place will be in jannat-enaeem 8. Hazrat Maroof Kharkhi (radi allahu anhu) has said those who gather people for milaad-un-nabi he will be protected by all Ambiyas and Allah(Azzawajal) will protect his household from theft, misfortune and any evil eyes We pray to Allah (Azzawajal) to give us the strength and love to celebrate the glorious milaad-un-nabi, follow the path of the prophet Mohammed (Salla Allahu taalaalayhi wa sallam) and give us the courage to follow all of the prophet Mohammed (Salla Allahu taalaalayhi wa sallam) Sunnah. Ameen.