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MAWLID AL-NABIﷺ - The Right Perspective

MAWLID AL-NABIﷺ - The Right Perspective

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Published by M.Usman Shahid
Is Mawlid al-Nabi praiseworthy or reprehensive? Here, I aim to elucidate the proper and most suitable opinion regarding this contentious issue amongst Muslims world-wide.
Is Mawlid al-Nabi praiseworthy or reprehensive? Here, I aim to elucidate the proper and most suitable opinion regarding this contentious issue amongst Muslims world-wide.

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MAWLID AL-NABI
- The Right Perspective
Indeed the day on which the honor of humanity, leader of theProphets
, epitome of nobility, embodiment of mercy (may peace andblessings of Allaah
be upon him!) was born is a day most blessed, andcarries great significance, not just for us as Muslims, but broadly for the whole human-kind. As Allaah
has said in His Glorious Revelation:
 Wesent thee not, but as a mercy for all creatures.
The birth of Allaah’sMessenger
was in effect fulfillment of centuries old covenant Godestablished with Abraham
,
1
so when Allaah
wished to fulfill His promiseand manifest His favor upon mankind, He personified mercy in shape of Muhammad
as an amiable gift, a savior for-longed, delight and sight forsour eyes, from even his blessed birth. His mother Aaminah said:
“on the day he was born a light sprout forth from my body illuminating palaces in Syria.” 
The yearitself was made memorable for the Arabs in which Allaah’s Messenger
  was born, a year of immense happiness and celebration as the Master
of the Ka’bah safeguarded His Sacred House, answering their prayers by destroying the legions of Abrahah. The year was also famous since itmarked an un-precedented victory of Arabs over the mighty Persians as theShayban tribe lead by Eyas bin Qubaysa defeated Kisra Anu Shairwan’sarmy. Other reports exist informing that on the day our beloved
wasborn premonitions to his prophet-hood were made apparent, such astumbling of fourteen turrets of Ctesiphon’s ancient palace, extinguishing of Magians’ ‘sacred altar of fire’, desiccation of Lake Sawah, and crumbling of nearby churches.
2
Mawlid al-Nabi
or the Prophet’s
birthday can thussafely be seen as an annual reminder of the monumental grace Allaah
 
1
[Holy Bible, Genesis 13, 17]
2
[See: Safi’ al-Rahmaan Mubarakpuri’s
 Al-Raheeq al-Makhtoom 
, p.83. Muhammad al-Ghazali rejectsthese premonitions as “ invented fables”, see:
Fiqh al-Seerah 
, pp.71-72]
 
 vouchsafed us in delegation of a Messenger
of the highest repute andhonesty, character and nobleness, wisdom and methodology; qualitiesmankind will always remain indebted to. It occurs that if there be anything  worth commemorating, then it’s the holy birth of our beloved ProphetMuhammad
.Here I’d like to address those who assert that commemoration of Mawlid al-Nabi
is impermissible, for this assertion
 per se 
is in-admissibleand portrays an image of negativity. Many don’t understand what they mean by this assertion: do they mean the Prophet’s
birth is not worthcelebrating? In which case they’d be gravely errant, since Allaah
states
...remember with gratitude Allaah’s
favor on you... that ye may beguided.
3
What greater favor is there to be remembered other than Rasool- Allaah’s
blessed birth and delegation for humanity? What they shouldrather say is the manner in which al-Mawlid is conducted carriesabominations. That would certainly be a more suitable statement, for noMuslim can suggest the im-permissibility of showing gratitude to Allaah
 for delegation of Rasool-Allaah
. So dissention (ikhtilaf) in the ummahbasically exists over the method (tareeqah) of observing al-Mawlid. Butbefore we begin describing it’s modus operandi, let us bring to mind thehistoric un-certainty over the Prophet Muhammad’s
actual date of birth. Though famously regarded the 12th of Rabi’ I (as in Ibn Hisham’sBiography), critical historians like Qadhi al-Mansoorpuri preferred 9th of Rabi’ I, he claims:
“because the day of Du-shamba (Monday) does not fall on any date except the 9th of Rabi’u’l-Awwal...” 
4
Other dates propounded include the2nd, 10th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, with the 8th preferred
5
. Nevertheless,irrespective which date is correct, clearly Allaahu’l-`Azeez did not see fitpreserving it, the probable reason being that Prophet’s
birthday celebration (Mawlid) is not an event suited to single day celebration. Eventyrants of the past, the likes of Pharaoh of Egypt and King Herod Philip
3
[Al-Qur’an, 3:103]
4
[See: Qadhi Sulayman Salman Mansoorpuri’s,
Rahmata’li’l-`Aalameen 
, Vol.1, pp.69-70]
5
[See: Ahmed Ridhaa Khan’s
Fataawaa Ridhawiyyah 
, Vol.26, pp.411-414]
 
conducted birthday arrangements.
6
Other worldly kings, founders, socio-political leaders, even people of no worth have their birthdays routinely commemorated. In the manner Mawlid al-Nabi
is nowadays conductedare we in-advertently placing the Prophet
on the same plane as those? Would such conduct be dignification or derogatory of him is the questionto ask instead of outright denial of all of Mawlid’s virtues and blessings.Saddening as it is, in spite of being claimants to his inheritance (Qur’anand Sunnah) and priding ourselves of membership in his community (ummah), we’ve restricted Milad an-Nabi
to numbered days of Rabi’ I,just as Christians limited celebrating Milad al-Maseeh
to Christmas inDecember. Whereas, birth of Allaah’s Messengers
is worth remembering throughout the whole year, day in and day out. Our perception of honoring Mawlid al-Nabi
is rather narrow, confined to cultural circles, limited tosome eye-catching decorations, cakes and bakes, or eulogistic gatherings atbest, all part of any typical birthday celebration. Even Christians dolikewise, so what makes our actions any different, leave aside desirable?From the best of generations (the Compaions
 ) to our present time,people of insight (ma’rifah) have received Milad al-Nabi
as it ought be; inshowing gratitude towards Allaahu’l-`Azeez for the great favor of delegating a Messenger
of the highest repute, who relieves our burden,purifies souls, taught us scripture (Qur’an) and it’s implementation(Sunnah), guiding to knowledge most relevant and most crucial to both worldly and heavenly welfare, thru whom we receive bliss here andsalvation After-life. However, realization of God thankfulness cannot beachieved with mere lip-service unless one willfully chooses obediencetowards the Prophet
, Allaah
states:
 Tell them (O Prophet
): “If yedo love Allaah
, then follow me: Allaah
will love you and forgive you your sins: for Allaah
is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
7
If onereally desires to thank Allaahu’l-`Azeez for Mawlid al-Nabi
then mereacknowledgment in heart and utterance of the tongue will not suffice until
6
[Holy Bible,
Book of Genesis 
40,
Gospel of 
 
 Matthew 
14]
7
[Al-Qur’an, 3:31]

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