Q. Please advise. Is the practice of celebrating the birthday-Maulood of Nabi (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) a Bid’ah as I was taught in Madrasah? Can you please tell me what the correct Shariah ruling is?
A. What you were taught as a child is correct. Celebrating the birthday of Nabi (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is an innovation and a bid’ah in Islam.
Nabi (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) instructed us with many injunctions pertaining to his noble self. He instructed us to recite Durood and Salaam upon him. He condoned praises of him and poems said in praise of him. He permitted the keeping of his hair and other personal items for the sake of barkat or blessing. In spite of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) encouraging and allowing his Ummah a number of deeds related to his honourable and blessed self, yet he did not mention anything about celebrating his birthday. This should be adequate testament to Meelaadun Nabi being a bid’ah.
Then, his close and dear companions, the Noble Sahaabah who were his true devotees never ever celebrated his birthday. Only centuries down the corridor of Islam the bid’ah of meelaad was inaugurated. Those who celebrate and advocate this bid’ah wish to supersede all the pious predecessors and, in fact, wish to supersede the teachings of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) himself. We ask Allah Ta’ala protection from the evil of bid’aat in the Deen. It is tantamount to declaring that the Deen was left incomplete by Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and hence the need for meelaad and the other concomitant futilities and absurdities associated with it.
Mawlud Jalsah’. With regard to innovations and the introduction of alien and un-Islamic practices into the Deen, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“The worst of acts are innovations, and every bid’ah (innovation) is dhalaalah (manifest deviation).”
Islam was taught by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and transmitted to the Ummah first by the Sahaabah, then by the Taabieen, then by the Tab-e-Taabieen. These three ages have been collectively described by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) as Khairul Qurooon (The Noblest Ages). The Deen is what Allah Ta’ala has revealed to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and what the Sahaabah had taught and transmitted to the Ummah. Everything which is presented as ‘deen’ but has neither sanction nor origin in the Sunnah is Satanism (pure shaitaaniyat). The satanic practice of ‘mawlud/moulood/meelaad’ was innovated about seven centuries after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). This haraam innovation has no origin whatsoever in Islam.
There were no greater devotees and lovers of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) than the Sahaabah. But never did the Sahaabah nor the great Ulama, Fuqaha, Muhadditheen, Mufassireen and Auliya of the Khairul Quroon epoch nor the illustrious personalities of Islam in the succeeding three centuries after Khairul Quroon know what this bid’ah of ‘mawlud’ is. This branch of Satanism never existed in the Islam of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
The Devil (Iblees) is a cunning teacher and plotter. On the occasion when Allah Ta’ala expelled shaitaan from the heavens, he (the Devil) declared that he would trap mankind in sin. Allah Ta’ala said that He would bestow to people the wonderful practice of Taubah. When shaitaan heard this, his spirit broke and he dwelt in dejection. Then he plotted and schemed the trap of Bid’ah. Shaitaan invented Bid’ah to counter Taubah. He understood that a true Muslim would be overwhelmed with remorse and regret after having committed a sin. This remorse will constrain him to hasten to repentance. This Taubah will cleanse him of the filth of sin and elevate his status spiritually. But the sin of Bid’ah is presented as ‘deen’. Shaitaan decorates and conceals Bid’ah with a deceptive ‘deeni’ veneer to entrap ignorant Muslims into his snare. Now when they commit the sin of Bid’ah believing it to be ‘deen’, then the taufeeq (spiritual ability) to repent (make Taubah) is effaced. Why would they repent when they believe that the haraam satanic innovation is an act of ‘ibaadat’ (worship?
Shaitaan achieves great success over people with his trap of Bid’ah. It is because Bid’ah is not followed by Taubah as is the case with actions which people understand are sinful, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi) wasallam) said:
“Verily, Allah deprives every perpetrator of bid’ah from Taubah.”
People who indulge in Bid’ah such as these haraam satanic ‘mawlud’ practices, pass their entire lives trapped in their villainy of Bid’ah. They cling to their acts of Bid’ah like dogs cling tenaciously to bones. It is precisely for this reason that in the Hadith Bid’atis (the people of innovation) are designated KILAABUN NAAR – THE DOGS OF THE FIRE (OF JAHANNUM). Thus those who participate in these haraam ‘mawlud jalsahs’ are ‘Dogs of Jahannum’, hence a primary feature of all such haraam functions is to devour food like gluttons – like dogs.
At these Bid’ah ‘mawlud jalsahs’ they sing and make merry. They deceive themselves into believing the falsehood which shaitaan whispers into their nafs. They are duped and tricked to believe that they are honouring Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) with their haraam merrymaking act of bid’ah. They sing songs, eat like dogs, ogle the women exhibiting them- selves, thus committing zina of the eyes, and believe that they are the “lovers of the Nabi”, when in reality they are the lovers of Iblees in whose footsteps they are following, and at whose command they are dancing and making merry.
Whilst Allah Ta’ala commands the women of Islam in the Qur’aan: “And remain firmly glued in your homes and do not make a display (of yourselves) like the exhibition of Jaahiliyya”, these Lovers of Shaitaam, exhorting women to take to the streets, say: “O women! Attend in large numbers’.
The main guest of honour at the ‘mawlud jalsah’ will be none other than Shaitaan, the Iblees who has misled these vile organizers of Bid’ah Dhalaalah. In the guise of the ‘deen’ the Kilaabun Naar (Dogs of the Fire) are promoting Satanism, zina, waste and haraam merrymaking. Whilst these Bid’ati followers of Shaitaan describe themselves to be the “lovers of the Nabi” (sic), there is not a sign of the Sunnah on and in them. To be a genuine Lover of the Nabi, one has to incumbently submit to the command stated in the following Qur’aanic aayat:
“Say (O Muhammad!, i.e. Say to the people): ‘If you love Allah. Then follow me (i.e. the Nabi). Then (only) will Allah love you.”
True love for Allah and His Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is obedience to the Shariah and living a life in conformity with the Sunnah – all aspects of the Sunnah. The Sunnah is not to hoodwink the stupid participants of the haraam bid’ah ‘mawlud’ function with long Arab dresses and robes with which the Kilaanun Naar will be adorning themselves to show off at the haraam Bid’ah ‘mawlud’ of Shaitaan. The Sunnah is not to sing songs of hollow praise. In reality they will be celebrating for the pleasure of the Devil. The sign of true love for the Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is emulation of every detail of the Sunnah.
Whilst the whole function will be bereft of any sign and ethos of the Sunnah, the stupid ‘shaykhs’ will be singing so-called ‘praises’ of our Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Whilst they will be breaking the heart of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) with their haraam act of Bid’ah, they will be bringing delight and ecstasy to Shaitaan, the Father of Bid’ah. People are further duped by Shaitaan to describe their acts of Bid’ah as bid’ah hasanah (beautiful innovation). Regarding their satanic acts of bid’ah hasanah, Mujaddid Alf-e-Thaani (rahmatullah alayh) said: “I have not seen any goodness or light in any bid’ah, and I have not seen anything in them (these acts of bid’ah described as ‘beautiful’) anything but darkness and filth. Whoever today , due to defective spiritual insight finds praise and sees light in bid’ah, he will tomorrow (on the Day of Qyaamah) after gaining vision understand that there is no goodness besides regret and loss.
Since every bid’ah is misguidance, what is the meaning of ‘goodness’ in bid’ah? According to the Hadith, every bid’ah eliminates a Sunnah. Hence every bid’ah is evil.
Restrict yourself to following Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Be content with emulating his noble Sahaabah, for they are Stars of Guidance.”
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “”He who honours (respects) a person of Bid’ah, verily he has aided in demolishing Islam.” Those who participate in the haraam, bid’ah, satanic merrymaking functions should understand that they will be engaging in an act of demolishing Islam. Whilst Allah Ta’ala calls the Mumineen to join the company of those who remember, him, the organizers of the bid’ah mawlud, call you to join the company of the Shayaateen. The Qur’aan Majeed commands: “Join yourself (to the company) of those who call their Rabb morning and evening seeking His Pleasure. And do not take your eyes off from them intending the adornment of the world? Do not follow him whose heart We have diverted from Our Thikr whilst he is following his base desires, and his affair is in gross transgression.”