Qoutes on Mawlid/Milad

As we are not scholars of Hadith and Tafseer, we cannot claim to understand the orders of theQur’an and Hadith by ourselves. For this reason, Allah (Subhanahu Wata’ala) selects from theUmmah of His Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam) people who are Masters of Islamicknowledge and Islamic Law. Hence, when we need guidance with matters pertaining to Islam,we need to refer to the writings of these pious Ulema (scholars). Let us now examine what the scholars have said about the Meelad Shareef.

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Allamah Isma’il Haqqi writes in ‘Tafseer Roohul Bayaan’:

  “To commemorate Meelad Shareef is showing respect for the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘AlaihiWasallam) so long as the Meelad is free from bad things. Imam Suyuti says that to proclaimhappiness at the birth of the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam) is Mustahab(recommended).      

Hafiz ibn Hajar and Imam Suyuti

  Allamah Isma’il Haqqi writes in ‘Tafseer Roohul Bayaan’ that Hafiz ibn Hajar and ImamSuyuti have proven the validity of the Meelad Shareef from the Sunnah and have answeredthose people who call it a bad practice.      

Muhammad bin Isma’il Bukhari narrates in Sahih Bukhari:

 When Abu Lahab died, someone from his household saw him in a dream and asked him howhe was. Abu Lahab replied, “After parting from you, I am not given any good or relief.However, because I released Thuwayba (Abu Lahab’s slave), I get water every Monday fromthe finger with which I pointed for her to go free and I feel some comfort”.    Abu Lahab released Thuwayba after hearing that his brother’s wife, Aaminah (RadiyallahuTa’ala Anha) had given birth to our beloved Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam).    

Shaikh Abdul Haq Muhaddith-e-Dehlwi writes in ‘Madarij-un-Nubuwah’:

   “Abu Lahab was a kaafir and he receives a reward for showing happiness at the birth of theProphet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam). It is evident from this that the celebrators of theMeelad Shareef are indeed performing a useful act. Abu Lahab was a kaafir and is rewardedsimply because he released a slave, then what a great reward it will be for that Muslim whospends his wealth for the Meelad Shareef”.      

Muhaddith ibn Juzri writes in ‘Zarqani Shareef’:    

“When Abu Lahab, the kaafir, was rewarded for showing gratitude at the birth of the Prophet(Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam) then what will be the merit of that believing Muslim who showsimmense love for the Meelad Shareef and also spends his wealth towards its enactment? Iswear by my life, his reward, by the eternal Mercy of Allah, will be that he will be enteredinto heaven”.      

Allamah Qastalani (commentator of Bukhari) writes in ‘Mawahibul Ladunya’:   

And the gatherings of Meelad have been occurring always within the Ahl-e-Islam. Alongwith happiness and joy, they cook food and invite others. In the nights of Rabi-ul-Awwal,they perform all kinds of virtuous acts and show their gratitude. Therefore, upon such peopleis Allah’s special favour and grace. The year in which Meelad is commemorated, that yearbecomes full of peace and safety. The celebrators’ inner demands become fulfilled. Allahendows great mercy upon that person who made the nights of Rabi-ul-Awwal into an Eid”.       

Both Allamah Qastalani (in Mawahibul Ladunya) and Shaikh Abdul Haq Muhaddith-e-Dehlwi (in Masabatu Bissunnah) write:   “The night of the birth of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam) is better than the ‘Lailatul Qadr’ which is better than a thousand months”.

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    Hashim said,

    Mawlid an-Nabi is the Inner Meaning of Jum’ah

    By Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin
    Deputy of Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani

    Q. Is celebrating the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), also known as Mawlid an-Nabi, allowed and can you prove this through Qur’an and Sunnah? And is it permissible to call Mawlid an-Nabi “Eid”, as is the practice in some parts of the Muslim world, including North Africa and the Indo-Pak subcontinent?

    A. In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah, the Majestic, who sent His Beloved Prophet; the Blazing Lamp, and the Mercy to the Worlds, with His religion and the Truth, even though the polytheists dislike it. Peace and salutations be upon the Choicest of Choices, the Light of Creation; Habibina Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Abd al-Mutallib ibn Hashim, al-Qurayshi, al-‘Arabi, al-Makki, al-Madani, az-Zam Zami (sallallahu alaihi wa ‘ala aalihi wa sallam).

    Our answer is that celebrating the birth of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa ‘ala aalihi wa sallam) is valid according to the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah and proven through the Qur’an and Sunnah. To call this holy celebration ‘Eid’ Mawlid an-Nabi is valid and absolutely correct. To celebrate the birth of the Prophet is to celebrate the realization of the Covenant of Abraham for which Muslim males are circumcised, it is to celebrate the beginning of the manifest transfer of the Divine Favor of Prophethood (Nabuwah) to the Arabs and the Quraysh (descendents of Ishmael ie. Banu Hashim) and also to celebrate the birth of Islam. All of these enlightening things and more, manifested themselves to the world only upon the noble birth of Allah’s Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him and his family perpetually and abundantly, and as such to praise him, and give thanks to Allah for his Prophethood and birth is praiseworthy and of tremendous merit. Based upon what has reached us, the only groups who refused to rejoice on that auspicious day were the Shayateen (Devils), because they were barred from the Heavens from then onwards, and the unbelievers from amongst the Bani Israel (Children of Israel), because they lost Divine Favor (of Manifest Guidance and Leadership) to the Bani Ishmael (Children of Ishmael) from that holy day onwards.

    That being said, from the writings of the Ulema of Ahlus Sunnah, including the Al Azhar Fatwa on Mawlid, we learn that to openly celebrate Mawlid is not only valid but rather praiseworthy. As such, all Believers are obliged to celebrate it and give thanks.

    Regarding the Auspiciousness of Jum’ah and Every Jum’ah as Eid

    In reference to the second part of your question regarding the permissibility of referring to Mawlid an-Nabi as an ‘Eid’, here are our proofs. Some people object to Ahlus Sunnah using the word ‘Eid’ for the auspicious Mawlid an-Nabi, claiming it is innovation to consider any other day ‘Eid’ , other than al-Fitr and al-Adha. It is our understanding that such a statement is a fallacy and a sign of a lack of understanding. To prove this, I would like to draw your attention to jum’ah, or Friday. Jum’ah is also an ‘Eid’, and it is other than al-Fitr and al-Adha. The word “Eid” was used for jum’ah by the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) himself.

    Ibn Majah reports in his collection, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “O Muslims! Allah has made this day (jum’ah) a day of Eid. So have a bath on this day, whoever has perfume should apply it, and use the miswak.” (Ibn Majah)

    The importance for jum’ah is established by the fact that an entire Surah titled al-Jum’ah was revealed in the Holy Qur’an, thereby establishing its relevance and significance in the sight of Allah Almighty. In fact, according to the following hadith which appears in the collection of Ibn Majah, the virtues for jum’ah even exceed the virtues of the two other Eids. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Friday is the “mother” of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah . In the sight of Allah it has more greatness than Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Ad’ha.” (Ibn Majah)

    Also, amongst the virtues of jum’ah, we find the following hadith in Abu Dawud: “Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Of all the days, Friday is the most virtuous…Send abundant blessings upon me on Fridays because they are presented to me on that day.” The Sahabah (radiallahu anhum) asked: “O Rasulullah! How will they be presented to you when even your bones will not be present after your death?” Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: “Allah has made the earth haram upon the Prophets forever.” (Abu Dawud)

    Furthermore, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is reported to have said regarding the virtues of jum’ah: “The Muslim who passes away on the night or during the day of Friday, Allah saves him from the punishment of the grave.” (Tirmidhi)

    Once Ibn Abbas (radiallahu anhu) recited the following verse: “This day, I have completed your Religion for you.” A Jew was sitting near him. On hearing this verse being recited he remarked: “If this verse was revealed to us, we would have celebrated that day as a day of Eid .” Ibn Abbas (radiallahu anhu) replied: “This verse was revealed on two Eids” , i.e. on the day of jum’ah and the day of arafah, referring here to jum’ah as Eid.

    Imam al-Ghazzali wrote in his Ihya ul-Uloom, “Every afternoon, the heat is increased in Hell. However, through the blessings of jum’ah, this will not be done on Fridays. (Ihya ul-Uloom)

    Also, we find the following tradition in Sharh Sifrus-Sa’adah:

    “After the reckoning, Allah will send those who deserve Paradise into Paradise, and those who deserve Hell into Hell. The days that we have in this world will also be there. Although there will be no day and night, Allah will show us the extent of days and nights and also the number of hours. So when Friday will come and that hour when the people used to go for jum’ah will approach, a person will call out saying: “O dwellers of Paradise! Go into the jungles of abundance, the length and breadth of which are not known to anyone besides Allah. There will be mounds of musk which will be as high as the skies. The Prophets (alayhimus salam) will be made to sit on towers of light, and the believers on chairs of sapphires. Once everyone is seated in their respective places, Allah will send a breeze which will carry that musk. That breeze will carry the musk and apply it to their clothing, faces and hair. That breeze will know how to apply that musk even better than a woman who is given all the different perfumes of the world. Allah will then order the Carriers of His Throne to go and place His Throne among all these people. He will then address them saying: “O my servants who have brought faith in the unseen despite not seeing Me, who have attested My Rasul (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), and who have obeyed Me! Ask Me whatever you wish for. This day is the day of giving abundantly.” They will all exclaim in one voice: “O Allah! We are pleased with You, You also be pleased with us.” Allah will reply: “O dwellers of Paradise! If I were not pleased with you all, I would not have kept you in My Paradise. Ask of Me, for this is the day of giving in abundance.” They will all say in one voice: “O Allah! Make manifest to us Your beauty, that we may be able to look at Your noble being with our very eyes.” Allah will lift the veil, and will become Manifest to these people and His beauty will engulf them from all sides. Had it not been decreed from before that the people of Paradise would be saved from being burnt (by the Light of Allah, Nurillah), without doubt they would not have endured the heat of this Light and they would all have been burnt. He will then ask them to go back to their respective places. Their beauty and attractiveness will double through the effects of that Real beauty. These people will then go to their wives. They will not be able to see their wives nor will their wives be able to see them. After a little while, the Nur which was concealing them will be removed and they will then be able to see each other. Their wives ask them how their appearance changed, and that their beauty has been multiplied by a thousand times. They will reply that the reason for this is that the Allah Manifest Himself to us and we saw His beauty with our very eyes. (Sharh Sifrus-Sa’adah) This tradition also highlights the virtue of jum’ah, in that the people of Paradise who will be granted the ultimate bounty, will so on the auspicious day of jum’ah.

    Ibn Majah records that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “O Muslims! Allah has made this day (jum’ah) a day of Eid . So have a bath on this day, whoever has perfume should apply it, and use the miswaak .” (Ibn Majah)

    Jum’ah in the Qur’an and its Relation to the Honor of Rasulullah

    The ahadith of the Apostle of Allah cited above make evident the auspiciousness of jum’ah, in addition to the fact already mentioned, that an entire Surah is devoted to it in the Holy Qur’an (Surah 62: al-Jum’ah). In addition to being mentioned in Surah 62 itself, a tradition found in Tirmidhi highlights that Friday, or jum’ah, is also mentioned in the following verses of Surah 85: Buruj:

    “By the heaven, holding mansions of the stars, And by the Promised Day. And by the Witness (Shaahid) and that whereunto he beareth testimony” (Surah 85:1-3)

    According to some of the mufasirin, the word ‘Shaahid’ (the Witness) in the context of this verse is a direct reference to the day of jum’ah, Friday. This opinion is based upon a narration mentioned by Imam Tirmidhi, wherein Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is reported to have said: “The word “Shaahid” refers to Friday. There is no day more virtuous than Friday. There is such an hour in this day that no Muslim will make dua in it except that his dua will be accepted. And he does not seek protection from anything except that Allah will grant him protection.” (Tirmidhi)

    However, upon contemplating on this verse even further, we find that where’Shaahid’ in the context of the verse which appears in Surah 85 does in fact refer to jum’ah, it is also the title of the Apostle of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). The verse wherein he is referred to as ‘the Witness’, or ‘Shaahid’ is, “O Prophet! Truly We have sent thee as a Witness (Shaahid), a Bearer of Glad Tidings, and Warner, And as one who invites to Allah by His leave, and as a Blazing Lamp spreading light. (Surah 33:45-46)

    We believe both meanings for the word ‘Shaahid’ which appears in Surah 85 are correct, one is a reference to a day, Friday, or jum’ah, which is a day of a witnessing, while the other is a direct reference to Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), who is ‘the Witness’, ‘Shaahid'(sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).
    This is where it becomes crucial for us to attempt to understand the inner meaning, and also the hidden importance then for jum’ah, which is the day of a witnessing, by ‘Shaahid’ (the Witness), meaning Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). As such, it then becomes evident that jum’ah, and its importance in the sight of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala; has a direct relation to the honor of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), the Purpose of Creation.

    Mawlid an-Nabi is the Inner Meaning of Jum’ah

    The following passage appears in Ash’atul Lama’at, and it serves as the ideal explanation of the above asserted direct relationship of the importance of jum’ah, a day of unprecedented merit and virtue, to the honor of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam):

    The author of Lama’at wrote, “It is related from Imam Ahmad (rahmatullahi alaih) that he said the rank of the night of jum’ah is even higher than Laylatul Qadr . The principle reason for this is that it was on this night that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) appeared (was conceived) in the womb of his mother. Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) appearance in this world was the cause of countless virtues and blessings both in this world and in the hereafter, all of which cannot be enumerated.” (Ash’atul Lama’at)

    It makes us wonder why some Ulema and those who claim to be followers of the spiritual chain of Muhajir Makki, Hadrat Hajji Imdadullah (q) oppose Mawlid when this tradition was also copied by the author of Bahishti Zewar, who wrote of the Virtues of Jum’ah in Section 25 of his book: the chapter of Jum’ah and Eid Salah, “the rank of the night of jum’ah is even higher than Laylatul Qadr . One of the reasons for this is that it was on this night that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) appeared in the womb of his mother.” (Bahishti Zewar, English translation, Section 25: ‘The Virtues of Jum’ah’, by Ashraf Ali Thanawi). If the importance of Jum’ah according to the ‘Mujaddid’ of that particular school of religious interpretation is due to the fact that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was conceived on its night, and as such, Muslims are to celebrate it as an Eid, praise him on it, and hold it to be even holier than Laylatul Qadr, the night mentioned in the Sunnah as being superior to the two Eidain, and in the Qur’an as ‘superior to one thousand months’, what would compel them other than blind following of Ibn Abd al Wahab, the ‘Horn of the Devil’; the founder of the Wahabi sect, and his heretical rulings, to come to such an absurd conclusion that commemorating Mawlid an-Nabi(sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), and calling it Eid is forbidden and an innovation (Bid’ah)? May Allah guide them!

    Conclusion: Jum’ah is the Proof for Celebrating Mawlid an-Nabi

    At this point, we can conclude the following;

    a. It is permissible to call a day other than the two Eids, an “Eid”, as to do so is from the teachings of the Apostle of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and is the way of his Family and Companions.

    b. Jum’ah is an Eid for the Believers, on which they should bathe, apply perfume, use miswak, and send blessings (salawat) upon the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) in in great abundance on it.

    c. Jum’ah is the ‘mother of days’, in that its excellence is extolled in the Holy Qur’an, and its virtue exceeds even the two Eids, and the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr), about which the Holy Qur’an says, “We have indeed revealed this in the Night of Power: And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” (Surah 97:1-3). It is also the day on which the people of Paradise will see the Manifestation of Allah.

    d. That in reality, the relevance and virtue for jum’ah is directly related to the honor of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), both of whom are referred to in the Holy Qur’an as ‘Shaahid’ (a Witnessing and the Witness).

    e. The principle reason then, behind the Islamic relevance of jum’ah, a day which more important than Layatul Qadr, and a day ordained as an “Eid” by Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) himself, wherein we are instructed to recite salawat on him excessively as he becomes aware of our salawat even now, is actually solely owing to the fact that it was on this day that the Messenger of Allah was transferred to the womb of his pure mother, Amina bint Wahb (alai ha salam), meaning, jum’ah is auspicious only because of its direct relation to the Mawlid of the Mercy to the Universe(sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) in that it is the day of the conception of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) by his mother .

    Hence, after reviewing the Al Azhar Fatwa on Mawlid, as cited above, and contemplating over the above mentioned points, in conclusion, it becomes clear as the light of the sun that commemoration of Mawlid an-Nabi, and referring to it as “Eid”, preparing for it, and praising Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) on it, is not only valid and permissible, as per the Qur’an and Sunnah, but rather an order from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala Himself, as extolled in the virtues of jum’ah, the day the Light of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was transferred to the pure womb of his exalted mother; and the day he (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was conceived, thereby resulting in his physical appearance in the world of matter on the day of his auspicious Mawlid (sallallahu alaihi wa ‘ala aalihi wa sallam).

    “O Allah, send blessings and Peace upon our Master and Patron Muhammad, The Owner of the Crown and the Ascent and the Buraq and the Standard, The Repeller of Affliction and Disease and Drought and Illness and Pain. His name is written on high, served and engraved in the Tablet and the Pen, The Leader of All, Arabs and non-Arabs, Whose body is sanctified, fragrant, and pure, Illumined in the House and the Haram, The Sun of Brightness, the Full Moon in Darkness, The Foremost One in the Highest Fields, the Light of Guidance, The Cave of Refuge for Mortals, the Lamp That Dispels the Night, The Best-Natured One, The Intercessor of Nations, The Owner of Munificence and Generosity. Allah is his Protector, Gabriel is his servant. The Buraq is his mount, the Ascent is his voyage, The Lote-Tree of the Furthermost Boundary is his station, Two Bow-Lengths or Nearer is his desire, His desire is his goal, and he has found his goal, The Master of the Messengers, the Seal of the Prophets, The Intercessor of sinners, the Friend of strangers, The Mercy for the Worlds, The Comfort of those who burn with love, the goal of those who yearn, The Sun of Knowers, the Llamp of travelers, The Light of Those Brought Near, The Friend of the poor and destitute, The Master of Humans and Jinn, The Prophet of the Two Sanctuaries, The Imam of the Two Qiblas, Our Means in the Two Abodes, The Owner of Qaba Qawsayn, The Beloved of the Lord of the Two Easts and the Two Wests, The grandfather of al-Hasan and al-Husayn, Our patron and the patron of Humans and Jinn: Abu al-Qasim MUHAMMAD Son of `Abd Allah, A Light from the Light of Allah. O you who yearn for the light of his beauty, send blessings and utmost greetings of peace upon him and upon his Family.”

    Wa minallahi tawfiq,

    Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin
    12th of Rabi al-Awwal Sherif, 1429
    March 20th, 2008

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    michael said,

    This is really great .I do appreaciate the phraseology used it shows great understanding of the subject in place.

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    Alicia said,

    This matter has been uniquely explained by Sheikh Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin, deputy of Sheikh Nazim Al Haqqani showing a true understanding on the reality of Mohammed (saw)

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    FSM said,

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