Celebrating Milaad E Nabwi
I got an interesting mail today, that argued against celebrating Milad'un-Nabi (astagfirullah).
I know Dr Saheb has briefed on this topic before, and if i remember correctly, then some of the reasons he gave for celebrating the birth of our holy prophet (S.A.W) were
1) Those things that are haram and not allowed, are explicitly mentioned in the holy Quran.
2) Occasions of joy are celebrated in Islam, and what more occasion of joy for a momin, than the birth of oyr beloved prophet (S.A.W)?
3) When out holy prophet was born, the entire alam celebrated his birth...birds sang, the angels had decended to earth)..I'm do not remember the rest.
But here is the salafi's argument to this :
There is nothing in the Qur’aan to say that we should celebrate the Mawlid or birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The Prophet himself (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not do this or command anyone to do it, either during his lifetime or after his death. Indeed, he told them not to exaggerate about him as the Christians had exaggerated about Jesus (upon whom be peace). He said: “Do not exaggerate about me as the Christians exaggerated about the son of Maryam. I am only a slave, so say, ‘The slave of Allaah and His Messenger.’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari). What has been reported is that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) made the day of his birth a day of worship, which is different to celebration. He was asked about fasting on Mondays, and he said: “That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I was entrusted with the Mission or when I was first given Revelation.” (Reported by Muslim, al-Nisaa’i and Abu Dawood).
Moreover, we know that the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) were the people who loved the Prophet most. Was it reported that Abu Bakr, who was the closest of people to him and the one who loved him the most, celebrated the birthday of the Prophet...