Authenticity of Celebrating the Birthday of the Prophet

Authenticity of Celebrating the Birthday of the Prophet (Peace&Blessings be upon him):

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

Allahumma Swalli Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa ala Aaali Sayyidina Muhammadin wa Sallim


Allah Subhana wa Ta’la says: [Quran 33:1] O Prophet, fear Allah and do not obey the disbelievers and the hypocrites. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.

The Nature of Hypocrites:

Broken away from the Main body of Muslims:

Hypocrites will lag behind, not taking heed with the main group of Muslims, not joining the Main body of Muslims (Al Jamah, see Quran 4:59&69)

Sahih Bukhari: Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri (R.A): During the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle, some men among the hypocrites used to remain behind him (i.e. did not accompany him) when he went out for a Ghazwa and they would be pleased to stay at home behind Allah’s Apostle When Allah’s Apostle returned (from the battle) they would put forward (false) excuses and take oaths, wishing to be praised for what they had not done. So there was revealed:– “Think not that those who rejoice in what they have done, and love to be praised for what they have not done..” (3.188)  (Book 60, Hadith 90)

Signs of Hypocrisy:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (R.A): The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever has the following four (characteristics) will be a pure hypocrite and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up. 1. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays. 2. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie. 3. Whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous. 4. Whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner.”  (Book 2, Hadith 33)

As for the context of this topic, they claim that celebrating the birthday of the Messenger of ALLAH Is Bidha (innovation) and they lie that Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) did not celebrate his birthday and companions did not as well. And they insult Muslims and call them grave worshippers, Saint Worshippers, Mushrik (polytheists etc)


Quran 1:7 The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.

Quran 4:59 O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.

Quran 9:119 O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with those who are true.

Quran 36:21 Follow those who do not ask of you [any] payment, and they are [rightly] guided.

Sahih Bukhari Book 89:257 Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: The Prophet said, “If somebody sees his Muslim ruler doing something he disapproves of, he should be patient, for whoever becomes separate from the Muslim group even for a span and then dies, he will die as those who died in the Pre-lslamic period of ignorance (as rebellious sinners). (See Hadith No. 176 and 177)  



Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala Grants Permission to Rejoice in His Mercy:

Quran 10:58 Say: In the grace of Allah and in His mercy– in that they should rejoice; it is better than that which they gather.

Quran 2:119 Indeed, We have sent you, [O Muhammad], with the truth as a bringer of good tidings and a warner,

Quran 21:107  And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.

Quran 25:56 And We have sent thee (O Muhammad) only as a bearer of good tidings and a warner.

Quran 33:45 O Prophet, indeed We have sent you as a witness and a bringer of good tidings and a warner.

If someone is about to fall into a fire and another person coming and saving him, such as Grenfell Tower Fire , they will rejoice by that kind action and they thank Allah and commemorate that occasion  and will thank the person who came to save them!

But people whose heart did not attain faith find difficult to understand the virtues of celebrating the birth of Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam).

The Companions Celebrated the Advent of Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam): 

It was narrated that Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (R.A) said: Mua’wiya (Radiyallahu ta’ala Anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam) went out to a circle -meaning ,of his companions- and said: ‘What are you doing?’
They said: ‘We have come together to pray to Allah and praise Him for guding us to His religion, and blessings us with you’.
He said: ‘I ask you ,by Allah, is that the only reason?
They said: “By Allah,we have not come together for any other reason..
He (Nabi Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam) said:I am not asking you to swear an oath because of any suspicion; rather Jibreel (A.S) came to me and told me that Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, is boasting of you to the angels.(Sahih).
Reference: Sunan an-Nasa’i Vol 6Hadith 5428, Darussalam Publications (Saudi-Salafi publications)

Comments: From this Hadith we can perceive that, Sahaba gathered together to Praise Allah and Thank Allah, which was not directly commanded by Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam), their main purpose of their gathering was to recite Zikr and to thank Allah for granting them the blessings to be with Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam).

Some people misguided by devil, are deprived of such blessed gatherings (Zikr and Mawlid Majlis) where Angels attend and Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala is Proud of them.
This is the Al Jamah, (Quran 4:69) the Creed whom Allah is Happy with and they are happy with Him.


It was narrated that Abu Hurairah and Abu Sa’eed both bore witness that the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “No people sit in a gathering remembering Allah,. But the angles surround them, mercy covers them, tranquility descends upon them and Allah remembers them before those who are with Him” Sahih , Hadith Number 3791Their heart is not peaceful and they are people of harsh words and behavior!

So stay away from them and stick to the tranquil and peaceful Jamah lead by peaceful and soft hearted Imams and Pious Scholars!

The strayed groups who oppose celebrating Mawlid and call it a “Bidha (false Innovation), we saw hypocrisy and double standard in them. They claim they follow religion as the Sahaba followed. But in the above Hadith we can understand from conscience (Ijmah) and Analogy (Qiyas) that Mawlid is an established Sunnah by the Companions.
1- The deniers of Mawlid,  teaching Islam as formal courses (this is not practiced by  any Prophets and Companions)
2- Never in Islam, Sahaba and salaf gave diplomas and degrees of Islamic Knowledge (i.e PhD MSc etc)
3- Those who deny Mawlid Sharif, they are conducting their own way of “commemoration” of their scholars and anniversary of their institutes.
4- Establishment of Islamic colleges and Universities. Sahabas and Thabieen did not do it .
5- Transliteration of Quran is forbidden according to the understanding of Sahaba and Salaf , but those who claim Mawlid is Bidha ,is busy engaging in Haram as per the understanding of Sahaba!
6- The Salafi TV Channels and Dawah videos are  filled with Hollywood Sci Fi Film Clips and Music, while they accuse others for committing Shirk and Bidha!
There are many, but this is enough for anyone to identify the attackers of Muslims, who are filled with hypocrisy and double standard!
Sahih Bukhari: Book 2 Hadith 11 Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr: A man asked the Prophet , “What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?” The Prophet replied, ‘To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not Know (See Hadith No. 27)
Mawlid is a get together that promote this Sunnah of feeding the people and greeting and integrating the Ummah through the Love of Prophet Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam and Companions.
Jarîr relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever initiates a good practice (sunnah hasanah) in Islam and is emulated by others in doing so will get the reward of it and the reward of all those who act upon it without their rewards being diminished in any respect. And whosoever initiates an evil practice (sunnah sayyi’ah) in Islam and is emulated by others will bear the sin of it and the sin of all those who act on it without their burden being diminished in the least. ” [Sahîh Muslim: (1017)]


As a matter of fact, all Khalifas and Main body (Scholars,Imams and Awliya Allah) celebrated Mawlid Nabi past 1400 years.

Approximately there were 13 Mujaddid after Sahaba.  None of them gave a verdict against Celebrating Mawlid and doing Zikr Halqa as this were practiced by majority Muslims for past 1400 years. And Suni Tariqah are there more than 1200 years.
And all Mujaddid whom Allah sent to guide the Ummah,they must be from same creed , means all 13 Mujaddid from 13 centuries must  be from same creed and aqidha (belief), and no Mujaddid or scholar of such level did not rule against Mawlid and Zikr and against Sufi Tariqah!

Sunan Abu Dawud 4278 Narrated AbuHurayrah (R.A): The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Allah will raise for this community at the end of every hundred years the one who will renovate its religion for it.  
I challenge those scholars who oppose Mawlid and Naqshbandi Sufi Practices,  to bring at least a single evidence to prove a  Mujaddid or such high level Imam or scholars made verdicts against Tariqah/Sufi Zikr and Mawlid since this practices are established among Muslim world  during the regimes  of Ummayads, Abbasids and Ottomans , that is more than 10 consecutive centuries and how come 10 Mujaddids who came those era of the Khilafa (untl 1920) did not oppose it or did not give Fatwa (religious rulings) against Mawlid and prominent  Sufi Tariqah  (Tasawwuf ways)?
This Hadith about “Allah sending Mujaddid” for Islam, refute Wahabi claim that they only follow Salafu Salih! (i.e Quran and Hadith). Wahabi reject following Imams and Shaykhs. But the Hadith says, Allah Subhana Wa ta’ala sending a great Imam (Mujaddid) in every century. Such Mujaddid must be followed!
In the Mawlid, other things included are: Reading History and biography , reciting Salawat Ala Nabi,
Quran 4:59 O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.
It was narrated that Tamim Ad-Dari (R.A) said: “The Messenger of Allah(Peace and Blesisngs of Allah be upon him) said: “Religion is Sincerity (An-Nasihah).
They said: To whom, O Messenger of Allah?’.
He said: “To Allah, to His Book, to His Messenger , to the Imams of the Muslims, and to
their common folk” (Sahih)
Sunan An-Nasa’i 4202,4203,also in 4204-4025 (narrated from Abu Hurairah (R.A)
So we follow those Imams ,Scholars and Shaykhs who are given the authority through an unbroken Silsila (Chain).
On the authority of Tameem ibn Aus ad-Daree (ra):
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The deen (religion) is naseehah (advice, sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” 40 Hadith Nawawi 7. [Sahih Muslim]
So this is a real challenge for salafis and others who reject Mawlid. Show us a single “MUJADDID” who ruled Fatwa against Mawlid, Sufi Tariqah and Zikr Circles!

The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “Allah will never allow my Ummah to unite upon misguidance and incorrect beliefs. Allah’s mercy, blessings and protection are with the largest group of Muslims. And he who deviates from this largest group of Muslims will be thrown into Hell.” (Sunan Al Tirmidi Vol.2 Pg.39)

Now, the 21st century Muslims try to imitate and  follow misguided sects and unbelievers , though it is forbidden in the Quran, and the  Mercy, safety and blessings are lifted up from the Muslim world and Muslims crying for help and support, asking unbelievers for help and support, and day by day, Muslim going down to the drainage, many Muslims feels ashamed or afraid to appear in Muslim outfit and lifestyle. Because they say, Prophet is unable to help them and the unbelievers are capable to help them. They say Rizq comes to them from unbelievers , not from Allah and Al Qasim- alaihiswalathu wa salam (the distributor of Divine Blessings) .

and we repeat this verse Allah Subhana wa Ta’la says: [Quran 33:1] O Prophet, fear Allah and do not obey the disbelievers and the hypocrites. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.


If you are a follower of the creed/group who oppose Mawlid, and after reading this clear Quran verses and Hadith from Sunan An-Nasa’i, it is obligatory upon you to renew Shahada (testimony  of faith) and follow the correct Islamic creed (Ahlu Sunna Wal jamah of four Madhab of the Sunni Islam). But if you are still continuing in your own way along with those misguided groups, then Quran speaks about you in the verses quoted below:

Quran 25:43 Have you seen the one whose god is his own ego? Will you be his advocate?

Quran 45:23 Have you noted the one whose god is his ego? Consequently, God sends him astray, despite his knowledge, seals his hearing and his mind, and places a veil on his eyes. Who then can guide him, after such a decision by God? Would you not take heed?

True believers Listen and Obey Allah’s Commands:

Quran 2:208 O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.

Quran 2:285 The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.”

Hear whom?, You cannot hear Allah and Messenger (alaihiswalathu wa salam) today: 

So Whom you should hear and Obey?

Quran 4:59 O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. 

That is the Main Body of Muslims (Otttomans- the last creed of the Main body) and their leaders (Imams and Shaykhs assigned by the Ottoman creed) 

Wa Salamun Alal Mursaleen

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalameen
Explained by: Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani
*Representative of the Naqshbandi Tariqah

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