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The Holy Prophet of Islam and Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) was born on 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal . His birth took place in Makkah on a Monday in the house known as Dar Al-Mawlid, in the year of the Elephant, which corresponds to 571 C.E. Both his father, Abdullah Ibn Abdul Muttalib, and mother, Amina Bint Wahab, were well-known individuals. The Holy Prophet never knew his father, who had died in the months before his birth. It was left to his grandfather to name him Muhammad (s.a.w.). It is incumbent upon Muslims to know the importance of this noble Prophet (pbuh) and to abide by the Quran, which was revealed to him
Rabi'ul-Awwal is the most significant month in the Islamic history, because humanity has been blessed in this month by the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad , Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Before the birth of the Holy Prophet, (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam), not only the Arabian peninsula, but also the so-called civilized nations of Rome and Persia were drowned in the darkness of ignorance, superstitions, oppression and unrest. The Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, came with the eternal truth of Tawhid (Oneness of Allah), the only faith which provides a firm basis for the real concepts of knowledge, equity and peace. It was this faith which delivered humanity from ignorance and superstitions and spread the light of true knowledge all over the world.
1) Shereh Bukhari Imam Ahmad Qistalaani (radi Allahu anhu) states in his
most distinguished work "Mustataab Mawahibul Laduniyah" that Hazrat Imam
Zainul Aabideen (radi Allahu anhu) narrated from His father Hazrat Imam
Hussain (radi Allahu anhu) who narrated from His father Hazrat Ali Mushkil
Kusha (radi Allahu anhu) that the Beloved Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihi Wa
Sallam) has stated," 14000 years before the creation of Hazrat Adam (Alaihis
Salaam) I was a Noor by my creator."
2) Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu) says, "Whosoever spends one
dirham on the birthday (Moulood) of the Prophet (sall Allaho alaihi
wasallam), he will be with me in Jannat." (An Ne'matul Kubra)
3) The Beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi
wa Sallam celebrated his own Milad by having fast. When the Beloved Prophet
Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam was asked about the fast of
Monday. He Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam said:
"I took birth and the Quran was revealed upon me in this day."
(Mishkat Sharif, Page 179)
4) The blessed and distinguished Sahabi-e-Rasool Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radi
Allahu anhu) states, "When the beloved Prophet (Sall Allaho Alaihi Wa
Sallam) used to smile then the walls would glow with his Noor."
(Mawahibul Laduniyah pg 271 vol 1, Anwaarul Muhammadiya pg 133, Shifa
Shareef pg 39, Hashia Shamail Tirmizi pg 16, Shara Shifa Mulla Ali Qaari,
Madarijun Nabuiwat (Persian) pg 12, Hujatullahi Alal Alameen pg 689)
5)Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas Radi Allahu anhu reported that one day at his
home he was discussing with others the events of the birth of our beloved
Prophet Sayyedina Muhammad Mustufa Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam and
the listeners were enhanced by what they heard, they thanked Allah Subhanahu
wa Ta'ala and sent Durood upon our Beloved Prophet Sayyedina Muhammad
Mustufa Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam.
t that moment our Beloved Prophet S! ayyedina Muhammad Mustufa Salla Allahu
ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam came, to them suddenly and said to them,
" My Intercession for you is made accepted"
(Kitabul- Tanweer, p25)
6) It is reported in Tirmizi Shareef that the Prophet (sall Allaho alaihi
wasallam) was great in eyes and grand in heart. His face was brilliant,
shining like a full moon and was brightly coloured. His forehead was broad,
wide and the beard was thick."
7) It is on the authority of Hazrat Abu Moosa Ash'ari (radi Allahu anhu)
that the Prophet (sall Allaho alaihi wasallam) said, "I am Muhammad and
Ahmed and I am the one who came after all the Prophets (Khaatimun Nabiyeen)
and I am the one who will give Hashr to the creation (in other words all
will be present before the Prophet (sall Allaho alaihi wasallam) on
Maidaan-e-Hashr) and I am the Prophet of Mercy."
(Musnad Imam Ahmed - Muslim)
8) Hazrat Abi bin Ka'ab (radi Allahu anhu) reports that the Prophet (sall
Allaho alaihi wasallam) said, "On the day of Qiyamaah I will be the Leader
and Khatib of all the Ambia (Alaihimus Salaam) and I will be the master of
their intercession and I do not say this out of pride."
9) Hazrat Abdullah ibn Ka'ab (radi Allahu anhu) narrated: "I heard Kaab bin
Maalik (radi Allahu anhu) talking about his failure to join (the Ghazwa of)
Tabuk. He said, "When I greeted Allah's Nabi (sall Allaho alaihi wasallam) ,
his face was glittering with happiness, for whenever Allah's Messenger (sall
Allaho alaihi wasallam) was happy, his (blessed) face used to glitter, as if
it was a piece of the moon, and we used to recognise (his happiness) from
10) Hazrat Ali Radi Allahu anhu says, "Whosoever respects the Meelad
Shareef and is a means of motivating a Meelad gathering, He will take from
this world the gift of Imaan and He will enter Jannat without any
questioning." (An Ne'matul Kubra)
A Special Message from Ameer-e-Sunni Dawate Islami
Maahe Rabi-un-Noor Mubarak!!!
Assalam u Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu!
Hope you are well by the grace of Almighty Allah and the Blessings of His Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).
The Blessed Month of Rabi-un-Noor has already begun. May Allah Subhanahu Wa taala make this month blessed for us.
Let us try to celebrate this Blessed Month in a unique way, a 7-point program mentioned below.
* Recite Durood Shareef 12000 times or at least 1200 times in 12 Days
* Recite 12 Sipaarahs of the Holy Quran or at least 12 Rukus in 12 Days
* Feed at least 12 needy.
* Visit at least 12 sick people and also try to arrange medicines for them.
* Try to arrange the gathering for Meelad-e-Mustafa (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in the form of Noorie Mehfil.
* Visit places where the gatherings for Meelad-e-Mustafa (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and Praise of the Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaiahi Wasallam) are arranged in the form of Noorie Mehfils or Ijtemas.
* Decorate your residence and its surrounding with the special flags of Eid Meelad-un-Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and enlighten it with attractive lights.
May Allah Taala make this month a great blessing for us.
Kaam Woh Le Lijiye!
Tumko jo Raazi kare!
Theek ho naame RAZA!
Tumpe Karodo Durood!
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Ive already said my bit on this matter if you scroll back. But i just read another comment of someone using the great saudi elite as an example of how we should not celebrate the milad. again. I hate the saudi royal family with a passion, never turn them for an example.
Quite a few sisters have recently asked me about the permissibility of
celebrating the Mawlid (birth of the prophet peace be upon him) thus I have
decided to write up some of the evidences presented by the ulemah (scholars) for
its permissibility. This e-mail has by no means been sent in order to create
argument amongst us; rather it is an attempt to help those who do recite the
Mawlid understand the legal rulings of it according to the scholars of Islam as
well help those who believe it to be a reprehensible act understand why it is
recited by so many people.
Ka'b bin Zuhair brother of Bujair bin Zuhair became so distressed about his
brothers conversion that be began to write offensive poetry about the prophet
'peace be upon him- his poems were so offensive that the sahabah swore that they
would seek him out and kill him. After years of being in hiding Ka'b bin Zuhair
sought out the prophet-peace be upon him- upon finding him he asked that if
Ka'b bin Zuhair came to you asking for forgiveness would you forgive him, the
prophet 'peace be upon him- replied that he would. It is then that he revealed
to the prophet that he was indeed Ka'b and that he had come seeking his
forgiveness. A sahabi from the Ansar who was with the prophet at the time drew
his sword ready to kill him but upon the prophet's- peace be upon him- command
held back. Ka'b bin Zuhair then recited the famous lines:
Inna'r Rasula lasaifun yustadaau bihi
Muhannadun min Suyufillahi maslulu
Indeed the Messenger is a light, whence illumination is sought
An Indian blade (the finest of blades), a drawn sword of Allah's sword
The prophet 'peace be upon him- who was wearing a cloak at the time stood up and
removed it from himself and wrapped it around Ka'ab.
This incident is one of the earliest examples we have of poetry being recited
about the prophet-peace be upon him, it set into motion hundreds of years of
poetry being recited about his life, noble traits and characteristics.
This is not the only incident in which poetry was recited in front of the
prophet 'peace be upon him-
The sahabi (companion) Hassan bin Thabit recited so much poetry about the
messenger of Allah that he became known as the poet of the prophet 'peace be
upon him- his poetry can still be read today in his Diwan (compilation of
poetry). The prophet ' peace be upon him enjoyed listening to his poetry so much
that he asked the sahaba to build a pulpit in the mosque for Hassan bin Thabit
to recite poetry upon. From amongst his poems are the famous verses which are
often recited in Mawlids around the world;
Wa ahsanu minka lam tara qattu 'aini
Wa ajmalu minka lam talidin nisaau
Khuliqta mubarra-an min kulli 'aybin
Ka-annaka qad khuliqta kamaa tashaau
I have never seen anyone better than you
Nor did any woman give birth to anyone more beautiful than you
You have been created free from any faults
Just as you yourself wished to be created
And of course the famous song ' Tala' al Badru alayna' which the children of
Medina greeted the prophet with describing him as the full moon, praising and
thanking him for calling them to Allah.
All of this and much more was heard by the prophet 'peace be upon him-and he did
not restrain people nor reprimand them for praising him in such a manner.
In Sura Ahzab: verse 56 Allah says;
'Verily Allah and His angels send blessings upon the prophet; Oh you who believe
invoke blessings and peace upon him greatly'
This Qu'ranic verse clearly lays out a command to send peace and blessing upon
the prophet; in fact our five obligatory prayers are not valid unless
salutations are sent upon him (aslamu alaika ayuhan nabi- peace be upon you Oh
prophet...recited in the tashahud)
The prophet-peace be upon him- said in an authenticated Hadith:
'He who sends blessings on me once, Allah sends blessings upon him ten times'
Muslim, Abu Dawud, & Tirmidhi
In another hadith he ' peace be upon him- states:
Verily, your best day is Friday, so invoke blessings (salutations) upon me in
abundance on this day, for your invocation is shown to me.' They said (the
sahaba), 'O Messenger of Allah! How can our invocations be shown to you after
your bones have turned to dust? He replied 'Verily, Allah has forbidden the
earth from consuming the bodies of the Messengers.'
Al-Nawawi declared this to be a rigorously authenticated tradition (in his book
'Al-Adhkar' and elsewhere).
The Mawlid itself is a poem about the sira (life) of the prophet -peace be upon
him- beginning just before his birth and ending at his death. It includes
sending salutations upon him and is traditionally read on Thursday night (when
the jummah begins). The above hadith are all authenticated evidences that prove
that reciting poetry about the prophet 'peace be upon him-, sending salutations
upon him and doing so on Friday are all in fact sunnah. In cultures that were
traditionally oral (the vast majority of people not being able to read) the
Mawlid was an excellent way to learn about the prophet's blessed life -peace be
upon him- the ease of reciting and memorising poetry meant that the practice of
reading the Mawlid in gatherings spread quickly.
Some claim that the Mawlid encourages free mixing and dancing if any Mawlid was
to permit this then without doubt it has become an impermissible and
reprehensible gathering to be avoided.
Many argue that the Mawlid was not performed during the time of the
prophet-peace be upon him- and thus is a bida' (an innovation). This really is
the argument of simpletons; those that do not have knowledge of how our sharia
(law) is made up; for much of how we practice Islam today is not how the prophet
'peace be upon him- practiced it. From our large mosques with huge domes placed
on top, carpeted with thick carpets and rich decor, chandeliers and wall
hangings (far from the simple mud mosque of Medina that was carpeted by pebbles
and straw mats) to the Quran being played on i-pods and the internet... our
practice of Islam is without doubt filled with innovative acts (Bida).
The word bida (innovation) is one that unfortunately is not just overused within
our communities it is also misunderstood. The scholars agree that an innovation
is any affair introduced to religion that was not practiced by the prophet '
peace be upon him- himself, they go on to explain to us that there are two types
of innovation: A good innovation and a bad/evil innovation they categorise
innovations in such a way because many things have been introduced to how we
practice Islam today that actually enhance the way we practice this beautiful
religion. The scholars generally agree that any newly invented affair that is
in harmony with the principles of the Quran and Ahadith of the prophet ' peace
be upon him- is a good innovation.
After the death of the prophet ' peace be upon him- the Quran had not been
compiled into one book rather it was scatted in the houses of different sahaba
(mostly the scribes of the prophet) as many of the sahaba had memorised it in
its entirety there was no threat of it being altered or changed in any shape or
form. Abu Bakr the first Khalif decided (after much deliberation) to bring all
of what existed of the Qur'an together and compile it into one book, he did this
after the battle of Yamama in which approximately 700 sahaba who had memorised
the Qur'an were martyred .
The idea of gathering the Qur'an together was originally presented to Abu Bakr
by Umar ibn al-khattab, at first he refused to entertain the idea saying that
this was not something the prophet 'peace be upon him- had done (it was an
innovation) and thus something he could not sanction. But after the battle of
Yamama he was convinced by other sahaba that it was to the benefit of the ummah
(the greater community) to preserve the Qur'an whist they were still
alive...and thus the mushaf (the Quran in the form of a book) was brought
Zaid bin Thabit one of the scribes of the prophet-peace be upon him was given
the duty of gathering it all together he later was noted to have said: '.By
Allah, if he (Abu Bakr) had ordered me to shift one of these mountains it would
not have been harder for me than what he had ordered me to do concerning the
collection of the Qur'an... So I started locating the Qur'anic material and
collecting it from parchments, scapula, leaf stalks of date palms and from the
memories of men. (Narrated in sahih Bukhari).
May Allah reward them for taking us (later generations) into account.
Furthermore the original Arabic Qur'an was free from diacritical markings (the
Fat-ha, kasra, dhumma, sakun, shaddah etc) as well as from the dots we see above
and below some of the letters. The Arabs could read the original Qur'anic script
correctly because they spoke pure Arabic but as Islam began to spread into the
non Arab speaking world those reciting it began to make mistakes sometimes
changing the meaning of words altogether. Thus a methodology to help the non
Arab speaker recite the Quran free from mistakes was developed. The result of
this endeavour was the introduction of diacritical markings alongside dots that
were placed above and below various letters, the Quran could now be recited by
the Arab and non Arab free from error...another innovation that would clearly
benefit the religion on a whole.
Many years later the system of the Quran being placed into 30 portions (Juzz),
the rules of how to recite the Quran (Tajweed) as well as the printing press
which introduced printed Qur'ans as opposed to the traditional way of writing it
all out by hand in a state of wudu where all to change the way we read the
Qur'an today. Each generation of scholars that witnessed these changes all
agreed that although they were not practices of the prophet-peace be upon him-
they were indeed good innovations.
The word blessed innovation was in fact used by Umar ibn al-khattab the second
Khalif and great companion of the prophet-peace be upon him-Imam al-Bukhari
relates this in his Hadith collection:
'Abdur Rahman bin 'Abdul Qari said, "I went out in the company of 'Umar bin
Al-Khattab one night in Ramadan to the mosque and found the people praying in
different groups. A man praying alone or a man praying with a little group
behind him. So, 'Umar said, 'In my opinion It would be better to collect these
(people) under the leadership of one Reciter (i.e. let them pray in
congregation!)'. So, he made up his mind to congregate them behind Ubai bin
Ka'ab. Then on another night I went again in his company and the people were
praying behind their reciter. 'Umar remarked, 'What an excellent Bid'a
(innovation) this is'.
Other Good innovations include:
Putting lights into the Mosque (First established in the Khalifite of
Umar ibn al-khattab)
Giving out state pensions (First established in the Khalifite of Umar
The development of the science of Hadith (A system that would
categorise the words, actions and silent approvals of the prophet ' peace be
upon him-into strong, sound, weak and fabricated traditions-developed
approximately 150 years after the death of the prophet- peace be upon him-)
Bringing Toilets into houses (traditionally all filth 'najasa- was
kept outside the house)
The Adhan being called for tahajud (the night vigil) prayer.
The adding of 'prayer is better than sleep' in the Fajar Adhan (First
established during the Khalifite of Uthman)
Building two story mosques
Using Microphones in Mosques
Placing the Qur'anic recitation onto tapes...later onto CD's and now
Our computers, internet, T.V's, cars, mobile phones, soft couches, carpets,
refrigerators and microwaves are all innovative (bida) tools that are far from
the way of tradition. Unless one is willing to live -as many of my teachers
lived- free from all of the above truly living the life of the prophet 'peace be
upon him- one cannot claim to be free from innovation.
As one can see the word innovation is not altogether negative, it is misused in
a manner that causes many ordinary Muslims great distress making many feel
inadequate as well as over whelmed by a straight path that is slowly being
turned into an unreachable goal.
Imam Ibn Taimiyya mentions in his book 'iqtida as-sirat al-mustaqim' (Following
the straight path). 'Celebrating the Mawlid is done by some people and in it is
much reward because of the good intentions behind it as well as the holding in
esteem of the prophet 'peace be upon him'
Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah student of Ibn Taimiyya said regarding the Mawlid:
'Listening to a good voice celebrating the birthday of the Prophet- peace be
upon him- or celebrating any of the holy days in our history gives peace to the
heart, and gives the listener light from the Prophet 'peace be upon him- to his
heart, and he will drink more from the Muhammadan spring ('ayn al-Muhammadiyya).
The jurist Ibn Hajar al Haytimi says ' A good innovation (Bidda) is agreed upon
(by the scholars) as being a good action; the recitation of the Mawlid and
people gathering for it is one of these good innovations.
Imam Abu Shama (The sheikh of imam Nawawi) said: 'One of the best of innovations
of our time is that which is done each year on the day of the birth of the
prophet 'peace be upon him- giving out charity and extending good to the poor
and showing ones love for the prophet as well as holding him in esteem is a show
of gratitude to Allah for the blessing of sending him 'peace be upon him- as a
mercy to the worlds ('And We have sent you only as a mercy to the worlds'. Sura
al- anbiya: 107)
Many accuse those that recite the Mawlid of performing Shirk (associating
partners with Allah) -may we all be free from such a reprehensible act and may
we die upon the knowledge that there is no lord worthy of worship save Allah the
In a hadith the prophet-peace be upon him states:
'By Allah! I am not afraid that you will worship others along with Allah after
my death, but I am afraid that you will fight with one another for the worldly
As the word shirk is being called out from the pulpits of our mosques and
gatherings that which the prophet-peace be upon him- truly feared for his nation
is slowly but surely beginning to consume it, fast fancy cars, expensive clothes
and jewellery, tall gold plated minarets, buildings touching the clouds and 24
hour shopping malls; the love and attachment we have to worldly things is what
is destroying our nation but all this goes overlooked and unspoken of because of
our infatuation with shirk.
Any Muslim (including a child) knows that non has power or might save Allah the
Formidable, the all-Mighty including His prophets, His angels and all else in
existence. Those that recite the Mawlid do so in order to venerate the prophet
'peace be upon-and not to worship him, it is as Ibn Taymiyya suggests a show of
gratitude to an All giving and Merciful Lord for sending us not just a book but
the embodiment of this book in human form.
For those that have never been to a Mawlid its format is as follows:
Recitation of Quran.
Reading of the sira (life) of the prophet 'peace be upon him- in the
form of poetry.
A reminder given by those who attend.
All that is recited in the Mawlid from the Quran to the closing Dua are as
stated above sunnahs in of themselves.
Furthermore all over the Muslim world from Ghana, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Mali,
Gambia, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, Yemen, Bahrain, Somalia,
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Turkey, Albania,
Chechnya, Oman, The Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Indonesia,
Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore...Muslims recite some form of the
Mawlid...without doubt those of us on this Barakah group list that were born
into Islam had parents who sang the Mawlid or some form and poetry about the
prophet-peace be upon him- our parents, grandparents and great grand-parents
were not ignorant of their religion and they were definitely not people of Shirk
(idol worshippers) rather they were those that followed the way of hundreds of
years of tradition.
The prophet peace be upon him said:
'Verily my Ummah will not agree upon error'
How can the majority of the Muslim world practice an act that is claimed to be
impermissible when the prophet-peace be upon him has already given us glad
tidings that this will never happen. Scholars have taught us that sticking to
the acts of the majority is a way in which one keeps his religion safe, the
majority here does not mean the majority in your local community rather it means
sticking to practices of the majority of the Muslim world.
Islam is vast and not constricted. This vastness is demonstrated in how the
prophet recited the Quran in different intonations; in how he spoke to the
desert Bedouin compared to those that lived in the city; in how the people of
Medina prayed with their hands by their sides based on the practice of the
prophet whilst others prayed with them on their chest also based upon his
All that i have written here is not to provoke argument within a community that
thrives on genuine brotherly (sisterly) love rather it is to demonstrate the
Mercy of our most Merciful Lord... for this way of life does not force upon us
one view, rather it gives us the choice to recite Quran in Warsh or Hafs, to
wear the Sharwar Qamis or the Jalbab and to recite poetry about our blessed
prophet-peace be upon him- or to refrain.
May Allah have mercy upon our community and increase us all in knowledge, love
and tolerance of one another.
And Allah knows best
brief expalnation of the Qiyam, standing at the mention of the Prophet saw)
What do the Sufis intend when they stand at the mention of the Prophet's birth s during the night
of the Mawlid?
They do it to honour him s.
The noble Sufis only stand at the specific moment when his mother Amina's delivering of him
is mentioned, and that is because all the goodness which followed his coming s was dependent on his birth; therefore, to stand at that point makes up for not doing so at the mention of all other
It is established that the Companions stood for him s, one example being the ^adth of our
master Abu Hurayra g, who said: "The Prophet s would talk with us, and if he stood, we also
stood and remained standing until we saw that he had entered the house of one of his wives."
Welcoming Rabi' al-Awwal
By Seeking the Pleasure of Allah and His Messenger
Sayyidi al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him) said:
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Now that we know that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam is the greatest bounty of Allah Almighty upon us, then we should know that Quran asks us to rejoice on the bounties of Allah.
This is what we do in Eid e Milaad, to rejoice on the greatest favour of Allah Almighty as it is the arrival the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam who showed us the way to our Lord, who liberated us from the evil and entered us into the gardens of goodness, who made our hearts worthy to hold the love and manifestation of Allah, who gave us a peaceful heart and a peaceful society, who is more concerned about us then our own selves and if any one of us was to encounter any difficulty then he is most disturbed by it, as is made evident by this verse, Indeed there has come to you a Noble Messenger from among you ? your
falling into hardship aggrieves him, most concerned for your well being, for the Muslims most compassionate, most merciful. Then if they turn away,
say (O dear Prophet Mohammed ? peace and blessings be upon him), ?Allah suffices me; there is no worship except for Him; only Him have I trusted, and He is the Lord Of The Great Throne.? When the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam has given us so
much then should we, as a nation, not celebrate his Milad, to remember his blessed life and the sacrifices that he made for us?
The Sunnat of Allah Almighty
Let us talk about the very first Milad that took place,
Quran 3:81- And remember when Allah took a covenant from the Prophets; "If I give you the Book and knowledge and the (promised) Noble Messenger (Prophet Mohammed ? peace and blessings be upon him) comes to you, confirming the
Books you possess, you shall positively, definitely believe in him and you shall positively, definitely help him"; He said, "Do you agree, and accept My binding responsibility in this matter?" They all answered, "We agree"; He said, "Then bear witness amongst yourselves, and I Myself am a witness with you."
This was indeed a very blessed gathering in which the host was Almighty Allah Himself and the guests were all the Prophets from
Hazrat Adam Alaihis Salaam until Hazrat Isa Alaihis Salaam and the purpose of which was to praise the Final Beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam of Allah Almighty and to make evident his true status. In Milad, we too call a gathering and praise the Beloved Prophet of Allah, then, are we not following the way of Allah Almighty?
Did the Companions Celebrate Milad?
To celebrate the Milad of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam is not an innovation but rather a way established by the
companions. The Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam himself along with many of his companions used to Fast on Mondays to
commemorate his birth and the arrival of the first Revelation.
Hazrat Ka'ab Ahbar RadiyAllahu Anhu, before entering into the folds of Islam, was a Jew and a renowned scholar of the Torah which was revealed upon Hazrat Moosa Alaihis Salaam. The companions used to approach him and ask him to recite the verses from the Torah which highlighted the blessed qualities of the Final Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. Hazrat Ka'ab would take them home and recite the verses with much love and enthusiasm and the companions would then praise Allah Almighty for bestowing them with such a bounty.
Once the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam emerged from his house and found the companions sat in a gathering. He asked, 'What are you doing?' They replied, 'We are praising our Lord, who only by His favour blessed us with Islam and His Beloved Prophet SallallahuAlaihi wa Sallam.' Upon this RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam
said, 'Allah Almighty is expressing Pride upon His angels about you.'
Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas RadiyAllahu Anhuma reports, 'Some companions were sat talking about the different Prophets of Allah
Almighty. One of them said, 'Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam is the Khaleel of Allah (Friend of Allah)', the other said, 'Moosa Alaihis Salaam is the Kaleem of Allah (Spoke to Allah)', the third one said, 'Isa Alaihis Salaam is Kalimatullah', the fourth one said, 'Adam Alaihis alaam is Safiullah'. Just then the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam arrived and said, 'I have heard your conversation and indeed you all have spoken the truth, but listen, I am the Beloved of Allah, and I don't say this out of pride.'
Thus to organise a gathering to praise Allah Almighty and His Beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam is not an innovation but
the Sunnah of the companions.
The Purpose of Milad
In Islamic terminology, Milad is to organise a gathering to remember and praise the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, talking about his blessed birth, about his blessed life and achievements, to discuss the high merit bestowed by Allah on him, and so on.
Imam Jalaluddin Syuti Rahmatullah Alaih states, 'The logic behind Milad is to recite the Holy Quran, to read the narrations highlighting the blessed birth of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam and then to distribute some sweets. The scholars are unanimous that these are blessed deeds and a way of expressing our joy at the arrival of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam and to remember his high status.' [Husnul Maqsad Fil Amalil Mawlid]
The father of Alaa Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza, Hazrat Maulana Naqi Ali Khan RadiyAllahu Anhuma states, 'The concept behind Milad is that an individual or a group of people gather to sincerely and with the depth of their hearts remember and express gratitude on the greatest bounty of Allah Almighty and remember his blessed birth, his days of fostering, the Revelations, the incidents of his life and migration, the Irhas and the Mu'jizaat as shown by him, his blessed nature and character and the high rank decreed by Allah to him, to understand the respect and the exclusive characteristics unique to him, to quote the saying of the companions and the renowned scholars, to send excessive Duroods whilst in the gathering and distributes sweets at the end. All this is good, established, and proved.
How to celebrate
One is required to celebrate and rejoice in every possible manner. Just as we prepare and rejoice for the other Eids, in the same way we should prepare for this Eid because if it was not for this Eid, we would never have the other Eids. Allah Almighty has said that if it was not for His Beloved, he would not have created the universe. So, along with wearing new clothes, preparing good food, one should try and stand in Salaam at the time of birth, apply scent, spend generously on the family, feed the poor, provide to the destitute, etc and earn tremendous rewards.
Unfortunately, there are some, who in the name of celebrations, engage themselves in disliked acts such as fireworks and other un Islamic activities which is a complete waste of time and money.
The Reward of Milad
There are immense and uncountable rewards on celebrating Milad, let us look at just one:
Abu Lahb was one of the staunchest enemies of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam and is the only one amongst the enemies of RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam who has been criticised by name in the Holy Quran. When he heard from his maid Suwaibah that a nephew was born to him, he out happiness and as a mark of celebration at the arrival of his nephew pointed his finger indicating that he has set her free for bringing the good news.
After he died, Hazrat Abbas RadiyAllahu saw him in his dream and enquired, 'What is your state now?' He replied, 'I am in the severe punishment of Allah Almighty but every Monday I am given water from my finger which I pointed to free my maid because of the arrival of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. [Bukhari Sharif]
It is interesting to note that if a non believer and a staunch enemy of RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam has his torment reduced and receives water, which cannot even be imagined in Hell, for celebrating the arrival of his nephew, then we being the believers and the slaves of RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, celebrate the arrival of our Beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, then how can we be devoid of rewards from Allah Almighty?
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