Milad un-Nabi

Yesterday was the birthday of the Prophet (Milad un-Nabi). I had wanted to do a lengthy post on the various world traditions associated with the celebration of the day. When I went on-line to try to pull resources about Egypt, Pakistan and Indonesia, all I kept getting were sites decrying the celebration of the Prophet’s birthday. Apparently because he never celebrated it, we shouldn’t either (leave aside the irony of the “guardians of faith” making this decree on the internet.) I celebrate birthdays of my friends and family, people who are important to me. I can’t think of a more important figure to my life as a Muslim except for Muhammad (PBUH). The result of their argument is that the Prophet was no one special.

I thought I’d go to prayers and get some perspective on the meaning of the day. A friend of mine there was livid because of the inherent “white man’s burden” rhetoric in Bush’s statement on the “Mission Accomplished” banner. (I hope to get him to share his criticism soon.) I was more depressed after that.

I took the night to get some wisdom, and while I don’t have the joy to share for the day – I feel I must hoard it this year – I didn’t want the day to go unmarked.

2 thoughts on “Milad un-Nabi

  1. Salaam dear brother/sister
    The thing we mostly have to remember is that as muslims we only follow the Quran and Hadith.We donot follow things without the proof and evidence.The word ‘MILAD UN NABI’ is not even mentioned in the Quran nor have i spotted this word in the Hadith.(SO WHAT SHALL WE BELIEVE) Shall we follow our parents who probably follow their parents. Or shall we use our brains and seek the truth our selves. How do we seek the truth?
    We seek the truth by opening our Qurans and reading. If something is being followed/celebrated then before we follow it, we should check whether it is in the Quran and Hadith.
    celebrating birthdays is a non-islamic celebration, mostly non muslims celebrate birthdays, mothers day,fathersday,valentines day etc.
    Mostly muslims who are not strict when it comes to islam started liking this ideology. However they donot realise it is a non muslim thing and is an innovation.
    muhammad(saw) said
    ‘every innovation is a misguidance”
    so my dear muslims my clear message is first check whether you are supposed to do certain things in the name of islam,
    The prophets companions are the closest people to the prophet even they did not do this. So we are no where near as good like the companions and so if they did not celebrate his birthday then why are we inventing these things.
    hope you take my advice. If you do have evidence of where it says to celebrate birthdays then please show me. ONLY FROM QURAN AND HADITH.

    The word Milad has been derived from “viladut” which means birth. Therefore, according to Arabic language, Milad is word which signifies the place and time of birth. In the light of Shariah, we means, Milad is to remember the events which took place at the birth time of the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace & Peace be upon Him) and we get the opportunity of narrating the Seerat of the Prophet (Allah’s Grace & Peace be upon Him) on this occasion, we also presents the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace & Peace be upon Him) gifts of Durood -o- salam. We mention before the people attributes and praises of the Prophet (Allah’s Grace & Peace be upon Him). We do not believe that Milad is specified with same night but, we believe that the remembrance of the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace & Peace be upon Him) is incumbent in each minute and second of time and every Muslim should act it sunnahs in the whole life time. Milad un Nabi (Allah’s Grace & Peace be upon Him) is a great source of preaching. It is incumbent for scholars to teach Muslims nations on this Holy occasion, moral behavior of the Holy Prophet, (Allah’s Grace & Peace be upon Him) his antiquates, His affairs, His Seerat, His dealings and His worships.
    Now I write the proofs of Milad from the Holy Quran, the hadith of the Prophet (Allah’s Grace & Peace be upon Him)
    Evidence of the Holy Quran
    Allah Almighty says:
    “Then remember the bounties of Allah and wander not in the earth spreading mischief.”
    (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Araf, Verse 74)
    In the above verse Allah Almighty orders us to remember his bounties and rewards. The last Prophet of Allah Almighty Muhammad (Allah’s Grace & Peace be upon Him) is, undoubtedly, great blessing of Allah Almighty for whole mankind.
    Allah Almighty himself considers the Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) his great favor for mankind as He says:
    “Undoubtedly, Allah did a great favor to the Muslims that in them from among themselves sent a messenger who recites unto them His signs and purifies them and teaches them the book and wisdom and necessarily before that they were certainly apparent error.
    (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Ale Imran, Verse 164)
    Therefore, according to the Qur’anic commandments we must remember the beloved Prophet of Allah Muhammad (Allah’s Grace & Peace be upon Him) and Milad-un-Nabi is a best way of remembrance of the greatest Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him).
    In another words Allah Almighty says:
    “And publicize well the favor of your lord”
    (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Al Duha, Verse 11)
    The companion of the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) Hazrat Abdullah Ibne Abbas (Allah is well pleased with Him) explained the word favors. He says here, In this verse favor signifies the prophet hood and Islam.Remember Saydyenah Muhammad s.a.w prayed to ALLAH so that Hazrat Ibn Abbas got the knowledge of quran.
    (Tafseer Ibne Abbas, Sure Al Duha, Page 651).
    So in the light of the given explanation by the cousin of the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him), we must approve that Allah Almighty orders us to remember Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) in our gatherings between the people, in our mosque between the worshiper and in our houses between our families and Milad un Nabi (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him), as I have written is a best way for this Qur’anic purpose.
    Allah Almighty orders us:
    “Say you oly Allah’s grace and his mercy, on it therefore let them rejoice. That is better then all their wealth.”
    In this verse Allah Almighty orders us to enjoy on his grace and mercy. If we see around us we find that each favor of Allah Almighty is great mercy for us. Even our existence is also a mercy of Allah Almighty. But the greatest of Allah is the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him).
    As Allah Almighty says:
    “And we sent not you but mercy for all worlds.”
    (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Al Ambiyaa, Verse 107)
    So according the Qur’anic teachings it is necessary for us that ewe must be happy and pleased on the birthday of the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him). The one who pleases with the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) is really a true follower of the Quran. And it is obvious that, in whole world Muslims celebrates Milad un Nabi (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him). Specially for enjoying the mercy of Allah Almighty that is the beloved prophet of Allah Almighty (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him)Therefore the Holy Quran itself confirms the Milad un Nabi (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him)
    The gathering of Milad un Nabi (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) incite Muslims on saying Durood and Salam ( to pray for prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) of blessing and peace)
    Allah Almighty says:
    “Oh you who I believe send upon Him blessing and salute Him fully well in abundance. (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Al Ahzab, Verse 56)
    To express happiness for the Prophet coming to us is an obligation given by Allah through Qur’an, as Allah said in Qur’an: “Of the favor and mercy of Allah let them rejoice” (Yunus 58).
    This order came because joy makes the heart grateful for the mercy of Allah. And What greater mercy did Allah give than the Prophet himself, of whom Allah says, “We did not send you except as a mercy to human beings” (Al-Anbiya’ 107).
    Because the Prophet was sent as a mercy to all mankind, it is incumbent not only upon Muslims, but upon all human beings to rejoice in his person. Unfortunately, today it is some Muslims who are foremost in rejecting Allah’s order to rejoice in His Prophet.
    Evidence of Hadith (Narrations of the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him)
    The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) celebrated his own Milad by having fast. Imam Wali ud din write this narration with reference to the Saheeh Muslim. When the Prophet of Allah (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) was asked about the fast of Monday. He (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) said:
    “I took birth and the Quran was revealed upon me in this day.”
    (Mishkat Sharif, Page 179)
    We quote from the book Kitab al-Madkhal by Ibn al-hajj (Vol. 1, p. 261): “It is an obligation that on every Monday of Rabi` ul-Awwal we increase our worship to thank Allah for what He gave us as a great favor–the favor of sending us His beloved Prophet to direct us to Islam and to peace… The Prophet, when answering someone questioning him about fasting on Mondays, mentioned: On that day I was born. Therefore that day gives honor to that month, because that is the day of the Prop… and he said: I am the master of the children of Adam and I say that without pride… and he said: Adam and whoever is descended from him are under my flag on the day of Judgment. These hadiths were transmitted by the Shaikhayn [Bukhari and Muslim]. And Muslim quotes in his Sahih, the Prophet said, On that day Monday I was born and on that day the first message was sent to me.”
    The Prophet emphasized the day of his birth and thanked Allah for the big favor of bringing him to life by fasting on that day as is mentioned in the hadith of Abu Qatada. This means that the Prophet was expressing his happiness for that day by fasting, which is a kind of worship. Since the Prophet emphasized that day by fasting, worship in any form to emphasize that day is also acceptable. Even if we change the form, the essence is kept. Therefore, fasting, giving food to the poor, coming together to praise the Prophet, or coming together to remember his good manners and good behavior, all of this is considered a way of emphasizing that day.
    The Prophet always made the connection between religious events and historical events, so that when the time returned for a significant event, he reminded his sahaba to celebrate that day and to emphasize it, even if it had happened in the distant past. This principle can be found in the following hadith of Bukhari and others: “When the Prophet reached Madina, he saw the Jews fasting on the day of `Ashura’. He asked about that day and they told him that on that day, Allah saved their Prophet, Sayyidina Musa and drowned their enemy. Therefore they are fasting on that day to thank Allah for that favor.” At that time the Prophet responded with the famous hadith, “We have more right to Musa than you,” and he used to fast that day and the day preceding it.
    The purpose of this literature is to show our Muslim brothers and sisters that commencing Mehfil-e-Milad is not against the sharia but it is in accordance to the spirit of Islam. If some one does not like Mehfil-e-milad it does not mean that celebrating mehfil-e-Milad itself is wrong. In other words if someone does not practice Islam it does not mean Islam itself is bad.
    A typical Mehfil-e-Milad consist of the following events. The sequence of events may vary but almost all Milad-un-Nabi (salallahoalaihewasalam) gathering consist of all or majority of the following events.
    · Recitation of Quran-ul-Hakeem
    · Hamd-e-Allah Ta’ala (ZIKR ALLAH)
    · Naat-e-Rasul (salallahoalaihewasalam)
    · Speeches on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (salallahoalaihewasalam)
    · Salat (darood)-o-Salam
    · Dua
    Nobody has any objection in reading or recitation of the Holy Quran.
    Hamd is a way to praise the Almighty Allah Subhana Ta’ala. Every particle in the universe say Tasbeeh of Allah Ta’ala. Zikr-e-Allah is peace of heart for the momin. Nobody has any objection on it.
    NAAT-E-RASUL (salallahoalaihewasalam)
    Naat-e-Rasul (salallahoalaihewasalam) is a way to praise our beloved prophet (salallahoalaihewasalam) in the form of poetry or rhymes. Praising Rasulullah (salallahoalaihewasalam) is not shirk or bid’at.
    Let see how Quran-ul-Hakeem praises the Sahib-e-Quran (salallahoalaihewasalam), therefore we find the following verses in the honor and praise of Muhammad Mustufa (salallahoalaihewasalam) in the Holy Quran:
    · “And We have exalted for you your remembrance”
    (Surah Al-InShirah, V-4)
    · “Undoubtedly, Allah and His Angels send blessings on the prophet the communicator of unseen news, O you who believe! send upon him blessings and salute him fully well in abundance”
    (Surah Al-Ahzab, V-56)
    · “I have sent you as a blessing for the whole Universe”
    (Quran Surah #21:107)
    · “The Prophet is nearer to his lovers (momin) than their own souls”
    (Quran Surah #33:6)
    · “He who obeys the Messenger, indeed he obeys Allah”
    (surah: Nisa, verse:80)
    · “Undoubtedly, you have the best in the following of the Messenger,”
    (Surah Al-Ahzab, V-21)
    · “Many a time I (Almighty) have seen, you turn your face towards sky. I will make you turn towards a qiblah (direcetion) that will please you”
    (Quran Surah #2:144)
    · “He stood on the uppermost horizon; then drawing near; and was at a distance of but two bows’ length or even closer”
    (Quran Surah #53:7-9)
    · “Allah did confer a great favour on the believers when He sent among them an Apostle from among themselves.”
    (Quran Surah #33:56)
    · “Raise not your voice above the voice of the Prophet. Lest your labors should come to nothing without your knowledge”
    (Quran Surah #49:2)
    · “Whatever the Apostle gives you accept it; and whatever he forbids you, refrain from. And fear Allah, for Allah is strict in punisment”
    My dear Muslims these are the few verses from the Quran where Allah Ta’ala honors and praises His most beautiful creation Muhammad (salallahoalaihewasalam). The Quran is full of such Praises and honors for Rasulallah (salallahoalaihewasalam). There are several hadiths where Rasulallah (salallahoalaihewasalam) himself ordered Hasan bin Thabit (radi allah anho) to read poetry in his praise. I wonder what munkir-e-Milad would be thinking of Allah Ta’ala and Rasulallah now?, but we the lover of Rasulallah (salallahoalaihewasalam) believe that praising anybody within the boundary of Shariah is in fact indirectly praising Allah Ta’ala who is the creator of all universe. The example is like that if somebody praises a building for its beautiful construction that means indirectly he is also praising the people who were behind this construction i.e. the architect, the designer, the builder etc. If praising somebody is sin or bid’at or shirk then (God forgive) every one of us is committing this sin by praising one’s father, mother, son, daughter, teacher, leader or anybody in any aspect. Finally if Munkir-e-Milad proves where in Quran Allah has drawn a line for praising His prophet (salallahoalaihewasalam), we will stop there but instead Quran said about Rasulallah (salallahoalaihewasalam) “And We have exalted for you your remembrance” (Surah Al-InShirah, V-4) When Allah Ta’ala raises the remembrance of prophet Muhammad (salallahoalaihewasalam) then who on Earth has power to lower it.
    SPEECHES ON THE LIFE OF PROPHET (salallahoalaihewasalam)
    Our beloved prophet Muhammad Mustufa (salallahoalaihewasalam) is the symbol of Islam. No one can talk about Islam without mentioning his name mubarak (salallahoalaihewasalam). He is a vital link between Allah Ta’ala and mankind. No matter how many times we say LA-ILAHA ILLA-ALLAH we will not be a Muslim until and unless we say MUHHAMADUR RASUL ALLAH, even our namaz (which is solely for Allah Ta’ala) will not be completed until we say “ASSALAMO ALAIKA AIYOHUN NABI” in tashhud (while reciting Attaiyaat) , when Allah Ta’ala did not separate His Habib’s (salallahoalaihewasalam) name from His name then who are we to by pass him (salallahoalaihewasalam). If Muhammad (salallahoalaihewasalam) had not come in this world then we would have no Islam, no Namaz, no Zakat, no Ramadan, no kabba and no Hajj. That is why Allah Ta’ala declared in Quran that “Allah did confer a great favour on the believers when He sent among them an Apostle from among themselves, rehearsing unto them the signs of Allah, sanctifying them, and instructing them in scripture and wisdom, while, before that, they had been in manifest error” (Surah: Ale-Imran, verse:164). and ordered believers to rejoice on His bounty as in this verse ” And the bounty of your Lord, recite and proclaim” (surah:Ad-Doha, verse:11). Al-hamdolillah, for us believers, Muhammad (salallahoalaihewasalam) is the greatest bounty (Nemat) (gift) of all and Allah orders believers to rejoice on His bounty therefore we celebrate Eid-e-milad-un-Nabi (salallahoalaihewasalam) gatherings and spread the words of Islam by shading light on various aspect of the life of our beloved prophet (salallahoalaihewasalam). Indeed for us believers, Eid-Milad-un-nabi (salallahoalaihewasalam) is a real Eid(joy) because without Muhammad (salallahoalaihewasalam) there would have been no Eid-ul-fitr or Eid-ul-Adha either!
    In the Quran Allah Ta’ala commands believers to send Salat and Salam to His Habib Muhammad Mustufa (salallahoalaihewasalam) as stated in this verse “Undoubtedly, Allah and His Angels send blessings on the prophet the communicator of unseen news, O’ you who believe! send upon him blessings and salute him fully well in abundance” (Surah Al-Ahzab, V-56). In a hadith mubarka “AbuMas’ud al-Ansari who was shown the call (for prayer in a dream)–narrated it on the authority of Mas’ud al-Ansari who said: We were sitting in the company of Sa’d ibn Ubadah when the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) came to us. Bashir ibn Sa’d said: Allah has commanded us to bless you, Messenger of Allah! But how should we bless you? He (the narrator) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) kept quiet (and we were so much perturbed over his silence) that we wished we had not asked him. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) then said: (For blessing me) say: “O Allah, bless Muhammad and the members of his household as Thou didst bless the members of Ibrahim’s household. Grant favours to Muhammad and the members of his household as thou didst grant favours to the members of the household of Ibrahim in the world. Thou art indeed Praiseworthy and Glorious”; and salutation which you know.” (Sahi Muslim). In another hadith Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Invoke many blessings on me on Friday for it is witnessed. The angels are present on it, and no one will invoke a blessing on me without his blessing being submitted to me till he stops.” I asked whether that applied also after his death, and he replied, “Allah has prohibited the Earth from consuming the bodies of the prophets; so Allah’s prophet is alive (in their graves) and given provision.”(Al-Tirmizi)
    Well, the above verse of Quran and hadiths leaves no choice for Munkir-e-Milad but to send Salat wa Salam on our master Muhammad (salallahoalaihewasalam). But because of animosity toward lovers of Rasulallah (salallahoalaihewasalam), the Munkir-e-Milad object on sending Salat wa salam to our beloved prophet (salallahoalaihewasalam) in standing position and loudly. In reply, we say that no where in Quran or Hadiths, Allah or His Messenger (salallahoalaihewasalam) mentioned in what position we have to send Salat wa Salam and how loud?. It is entirely upto believers in what position and volume he or she invokes salat-o-salam, whether while sitting or laying on bed/floor or standing still or walking, it does not matter. Since we respect our beloved prophet (salallahoalaihewasalam) the most after Allah Ta’ala, it is the demand of this respect that we stand up and send Salat-o-Salam to the Prophet (salallahoalaihewasalam)
    There are categories of Munkir-e-Milad, some believe in Dua, some not and some have become so advanced in their beliefs that they say since Allah Ta’ala knows every things there is no need for Dua. (Astagfirullah). On the contrary, in Quran Allah ta’ala commands the believers to make Dua as stated in the following verses. “When my servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I litsen to the prayer (dua) of every suppliant when he calleth on Me” (surah: baqra, verse:186). In another verse Allah Ta’ala said “Call on your Lord with humility and in private” (surah Al-Ahraaf, verse 55). Even our beloved Prophet (salallahoalaihewasalam), who is free of all kinds of sins and faults, used to make dua all the time. Are we superior than our master Muhammad (salallahoalaihewasalam) that we feel no need of any dua? Let us see what Allah Ta’ala said about those arrogant and ignorant people who feel they do not need to invoke any dua, thus Allah said in surah Momin (Gafir) “And your Lord says: Call on Me; I will answer your (prayer): But those who are too arrogant to serve Me will surely find themselves in Hell – in humiliation!”. (surah: Momin, verse 60). In another place Allah said “When the suffering reached them from Us, why then did they not learn humility? On the contrary their hearts became hardened, and Satan made their (sinfull) acts seem alluring to them.” (surah:Al-Inaam, verse 43).

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