Concerning Claim Made About The Sahaba (Mawlid)
Concerning Loving the Prophet, ﷺ
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 ﷺ was born on Yawm al-Ithnayn 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 ﷺ al-ʿAbbas ibn ʿAbd 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 ʿAbd al-Wahid 4:51), and ʿAli al-Qari in his
Sharh al-Shifaʿ (1:364) says it is narrated by Abu Bakr al-Shafiʿi and
al-Tabarani, and cited by Ibn ʿAbd al-Barr in al-Istiʿab and Ibn al-Qayyim
in Zad al-Maʿad.
The light mentioned by al-ʿAbbas is confirmed by the Prophet ﷺ
himself in the famous narration describing his own birth. ʿIrbad ibn
Sariya and Abu Umama - Allah be well-pleased with both of them - said that
the Prophet ﷺ said: "I am the supplication of my father Ibrahim, and
the good tidings of my brother ʿIsa. 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 Dalaʿil al-Nubuwwa (1:110, 2:8). Ibn al-Jawzi cites it in
al-Wafaʿ (p. 91, ch. 21 of Bidayat Nabiyyina ﷺ), and Ibn Kathir in his
Mawlid Rasul Allah ﷺ 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 ﷺ 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 ﷺ.
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
As for statements made about the Muslims in the wake of the above false
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, ﷺ,
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 ﷺ 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 gharīb. It is narrated by
al-Bukhari in al-Tarikh al-Kabir (4:367 #3169) with the wording: ʿDo not
be conformers who turn with every wind." Also narrated * in its full
wording * mawqīf from ʿAbd Allah ibn Masʿud by al-Tabarani in al-Kabir
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 ﷺ as he should be loved, and those
whom Allah SWT favors with a special favor.
The latter Awliya are present at all times until Qiyama.
Need I remind Brother Lashay of the mutawatir hadith: ʿA party of my
Community shall not cease to remain victorious, standing for truth, until
the Hour rises?
We should stand with that party and not with any other.
And as for that party - undoubtedly formed of those who bear true love for
the Prophet ﷺ - has anyone, honestly, ever witnessed any of them
counsel us to abandon celebrating the birth of the Prophet ﷺ on the
dubious bases cited above? Astaghfirullah.
As I recall the same Brother Lashay, a year ago, had quoted an excerpt,
apparently from the Maktubat of our Naqshbandi Grandshaykh Imam Ahmad
Sirhindi (QAS) condemning the Mawlid. To which the following excerpt was
posted from another brother, also apparently from the Imam's Maktubat:
" Gatherings of Meelaad as-Shareef with the recitation of Holy Quraan with
good (melodious) voice and Naats and Qasidaas are recited for Huzoor
Sallallaho alayhi wa sallam then what is the hesitation ? " [Ahmed
Sirhindi, Maktobaat, Volume 1, First Chapter, Maktoob number 42, page 154]
I am still waiting for Brother Lashay's comment on the apparent
contradiction of the two fatwas from Mujaddid Alf al-Thani.
In the meantime, we will continue to invoke abundant blessings and peace
on the Best of Creation and to celebrate his Light day and night after the
model provided by his noble Ansar Companions who said:
The full moon rose over us
from the mountains of al-Wadaʿ!
WE MUST GIVE THANKS
as long as there remains one who calls unto Allah!
Narrated by al-Tabari in al-Riyad al-Nadira (1:480) and Ibn Kathir in
al-Bidaya wa al-Nihaya (Maʿarif ed. 3:197, 5:23).
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Following are some sayings of the rightly guided Imams regarding the Mawlid:
• see: < Fatawa of the rightly guided Imams on Mawlid >