Permissibility Of Celebrating Meelad-Un-Nabi Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam


It is the belief of the Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat that it is totally permissible to celebrate the Maulood (Birthday) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam since this is a means of attaining great blessings.

Almighty says in the Holy Qur’aan:

“You say, Only on the grace of Al’laah and on His mercy, and it is only on this that you should rejoice.” [Surah Yunus Verse.58]

Almighty Al’laah commands:

“And publicize well the special favours of your Lord”[Surah Duha Verse.11]

From these verses it is clear that Almighty Al’laah has commanded the Muslims to rejoice on the Mercy and Grace of Almighty Al’laah and not only should they rejoice due to this, but they should also announce and publicize these favours which Almighty Al’laah has bestowed upon them. Now which Muslim is there, who does not think of and accept the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam as the greatest favour and Mercy of Almighty Al’laah?

Actually he is Rahmatulil Alameen (Mercy unto the worlds) and the greatest blessing of Almighty Al’laah towards us. Almighty Al’laah, in the Holy Qur’aan has made us aware and informed us how great a favour He has done by sending Rasoolullah Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam. The verse relating to this is:

“Undoubtedly Al’laah bestowed a great favour upon the Muslims, that in them, from amongst them, he sent a Prophet” [Al Imran Verse.164]

Rasoolullah Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam is that Messenger and Beloved of Almighty Al’laah, whose blessed arrival was announced and publicized by all the previous Ambia and Mursaleen. It is mentioned in the Holy Qur’aan about the statement of Hazrat Esa Ala Nabiyyina (alaihi salaatu wassalaam),

“And I give you glad tidings regarding that Rasool who will come after me. His name is Ahmad.” [Surah As Saff Verse.6]

It is Hazrat Esa (alaihis salaam) who made this dua in the Court of Almighty Al’laah,

“O Al’laah! O our Lord! Send down for us a spread of food from the sky, so that it may be a day of rejoicing for us, for the first of us and (for) the last of us.” [Surah Maa’idah Verse.114]

Hazrat Esa (alaihis salaam) says that the day on which Almighty Al’laah sent a spread of food from the skies should be a day of rejoicing for those in his era and for those who come after them. If this be the case, then why should we not celebrate and rejoice on the day that the Soul of the Universe, The Mercy unto the worlds, The Beloved of Almighty Al’laah, Hazrat Muhammad Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam was born. This should definitely be a day of rejoicing for the Muslims right up to the day of Qiyaamah.

Sayyidi A’la Hazrat Ash Shah Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Radi Allahu anhu says the following poetic stanza concerning the day on which Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam was born:

“Subho Taiba me huwi batta he bara Noor Ka

Sadaqa lene Noor Ka Aaya he Taara Noor Ka

Bagh Taiba me Suhana Phool Phoola Noor Ka

Must Jo he bu bule parti he kalma Noor Ka”

Almighty Al’laah has commanded us to publicize and announce his mercy and favours and the only time that this favour can be announced is if we remember the Holy Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, say verses in his praise, send salutations upon him and inform the world of the Mu’jazaat (miracles) of the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam. If the authentic books of Seerat have to be examined, we will find such incidents concerning the Meelad of the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam that will strenghten our Imaan.

Almighty Al’laah states in the Holy Qur’aan,

“And remind them of the days of Al’laah.” [Surah Ibrahim Verse.5]

Concerning this verse of the Holy Qur’aan, the Mufasireen Izaam (alahimur Rahma) have stated that “The days of Al’laah” refer to those days in which Almighty Al’laah has bestowed His favours upon the believers. From this it is obvious that the Meelad of the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam is from amongst “The Days of Al’laah” and Al’laah commands concerning His days, “And remind them of the days of Al’laah.”

One of the best and appropriate ways of remembering the birth of the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam is to celebrate the Meelad-un-Nabi Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam which Alhumdulillah is a practice amongst majority of the Muslims. Those who go against this practice and give fatawas of shirk and Bid’at against it should learn a lesson from those who celebrate this occasion.

Allama Ismaeel Haqqi in Tafseer Roohul Bayaan states the following, while commenting on the verse: “Muhammad is the (Chosen) Prophet of Al’laah”

“To celebrate Meelad Shareef is to show respect to him (Prophet) Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam as long as it is free from any wrongdoings. Hazrat Imam Suyuti says that it is desirable for us to show our appreciation on the Birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam.” [Tafseer Roohul Bayaan Pg.56 Vol.9]

Hazrat Ismaeel also states in Tafseer Roohul Bayaan as follows,

“And Haafiz ibn Hajar and Hafiz Suyuti (radi Al’laahu anhuma) have proven the originality of Meelad Shareef from Sunnah and they have refuted those who forbid Meelad by saying that it is a Bid’ ate Sa’iya (Bad Innovation).” [Tafseer Roohul Bayaan Pg.57 Vol.9]

Imam-ul-Muhaditheen Muhammad bin Ismaeel Bukhari Radi Allahu anhu quoted the following narration:

“When Abu Lahab died then one of his families saw him in their dream and he was in a bad condition. He was asked about what had happened. He said, ‘By being away from you I have not gained anything beneficial but for freeing Thuwaiba, with this finger (shahaadat finger), I gain water, since it is the very finger which I used to point to her when freeing her.” [Bukhari Shareef]

Hazrat Allama Ibn Hajar Asqalani Radi Allahu anhu while commenting on the above mentioned narration of Bukhari Shareef says,

“Hazrat Suhaili Radi Allahu anhu mentions that Hazrat Abbas Radi Allahu anhu says, ‘one year after the death of Abu Lahab I saw him in my dream and he was in a terrible condition and he was saying, After separating from you, I did not gain any peace and comfort but every Mondays my punishment is reduced.’ (Hazrat Abbas Radi Allahu anhu says that) the reason for this is because the Holy Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam was born on a Monday and it was on his birth that out of joy, Abu lahab freed Thuwaiba (his female slave) who gave him this good news.” [Fathul Baari Pg.145 Vol.9]

Abu Lahab was a Kaafir. It was concerning him that Almighty Al’laah sent down the verse – If he gained such benefit just by freeing Thuwaiba because he heard of the Birth of his nephew Muhammad bin Abdullah Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, then definitely those of us who not only accept him as Muhammad, the son of Abdullah but as our Rasool and our King, and those of us who celebrate his Meelad Shareef by having Mahfile Meelad and by remembering him always, will undoubtedly gain great blessings from Almighty Al’laah for this.

Sheikh-ul-Muhaditheen, Sheikh Abdul Haq Muhadith Dehlwi in the commentary of this narration says, “In this incident there is clear proof for those who celebrate the Meelad and for those who on the birth of the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam show happiness and spend their wealth. In other words if Abu Lahab who was a kaafir and out of happiness on the birth of Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, freed Thuwaiba to feed milk to him,can gain such reward, then what will be the condition of that Muslim who out of happiness and love spends his wealth in abundance and celebrates Meelad Shareef, but it should be so that the Mahfile Meelad be free of the publics innovation and free of singing and Haraam instruments.” [Madaarijun Nabuiwat Pg.24 Vol.2]

Concerning the very same narration, Hazrat Haafizul Hadith Allama Abul Khair Shamsuddeen Muhammad bin Muhammad Juzri says, “So if the kaafir Abu lahab was given benefit for showing his happiness on the birth of Rasoolullah Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, then what is the condition of that true Muslim who out of happiness on the event of Meelad Shareef spends his wealth accordingly? I swear on my soul, that this will be his reward that Almighty Al’laah through His Divine Grace will enter such a person into Jannatun Naeem.” [Zurqaani Shareef Pg.139 Vol.1]

Sheikh-ul-Islam Allama ibn Hajar Makki in his distinguished book “An Ne’matul Kubra” quotes the blessed sayings of the Khulafa-e-Raashideen concerning Meelad Shareef. A few of these narrations are being quoted below:

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique Radi Allahu anhu says, “Whosoever spends one dirham on the birthday of the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, will be my companion in Jannat.”

Hazrat Umar-e-Farouk Radi Allahu anhu says, “Whosoever has respected the Meelad Shareef of the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam it is as though he has revived the Deen.”

Hazrat Uthmaan-e-Ghani Radi allahu anhu says, “Whosoever has spent one dirham on the Birthday of the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, it is as though He was present in Ghazwa-e-Badr and Hunain.”

Hazrat Ali Radi Allahu anhu says, “Whosoever respects the Meelad Shareef and is a means of motivating a Meelad function, he will take from this world the gift of Imaan and he will enter Jannat without any questioning.” [Ne’mate Kubra Pages 7/8 – Published Istanbul-Turkey]

With the exception of quoting the sayings of the Khulafa-e-Raashideen, Hazrat ibn Hajar Makki Radi Allahu anhu also quoted the sayings of many Awliyah, Kaamileen and Muhaqiqeen. A few of them are as follows:

Hazrat Imam Hassan Basri Radi Allahu anhu states,

“I wish I had gold equivalent to the Mountain of Uhud so that I could be able to spend it in the commemorating the Meelad Shareef of the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam.”

Hazrat Junaid-e-Baghdadi Radi Allahu anhu states,

“Whosoever presented himself in the gathering of the Meelad Shareef of Rasoolullah Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, and he respected and honoured it, then he will be successful with Imaan.” [Ne’mate Kubra Pg.8]

Hazrat Allama ibn Hajar Makki (Alaihimur Rahma) says,

“Those gatherings of Meelad-e-Paak and Azkaar (Zikr gatherings) which we commemorate are usually full of good actions such as Sadqa, Zikr, Salaam upon Nabi Paak Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam and his praise.” [Fatawa Hadeethia Pg.129]

Imam Qistalaani Radi Allahu anhu the commentator of Bukhari Shareef, says,

“And in the blessed month of the Birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, the Ahle Islam have always celebrated the Meelad Shareef and they would happily cook food and give invitations and on this night they would give all types of Sadqa and Kheyraat and they would show there happiness and love and they would anxiously partake in any good deeds and they have been always making grand arrangements for the reading of the Meelad Shareef. It is for this reason that the Grace and Blessings of Almighty Al’laah is received and from the specialities of Meelad Shareef it has been noticed that the year in which the Meelad Shareef is read, that year becomes a year of protection and preservation for the Muslims and by having Meelad Shareef, the ambitions of the heart are fulfilled. The Great Mercy of Almighty Al’laah is upon that person who has made the night of Meelad Shareef the night of happiness and Eid.”[Mawahibul Laduniyah Pg.27 Vol.1- Zurqaani Shareef Pg.149 Vol.1]

Allama Qistalaani in Mawahibul Laduniyah and Sheikh Abdul Haq Muhadith Dehlwi (radi Al’laahu anhuma) in Mathibatu bis Sunnah states,

“The night of the Meelad Shareef of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam is greater than the night of Lailatul Qadr.” [Mawahibul Laduniyah Pg.26 – Mathibatu bis Sunna Pg.59]

Sheikh Muhammad Tahir Patni (Alaihimur Rahma) writes concerning Rabi ul Awwal Shareef that,

“The month of Rabi ul Awwal Shareef is the manifestation of Noor and marvel of Mercy. This is such a month that every year in this month the command is that we should rejoice.” [Majma’ul Bihaar Pg.550 Vol.3]

Allama Muhadith Ibn Jauzi Radi Allahu anhu states,

“Whoso ever shows happiness on the Meelad of the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam, then this happiness will become a veil and covering (for him) from the fire of Jahanum and whosoever spends even one dirham on the Meelad Shareef then the Holy Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala’alayhi wa sallam will intercede for him and his intercession will be accepted.” [Maulood Al Uroos li Ibni Jauzi Page-9]

Haji Imdaadullah Makki Radi Allahu anhu who many deobandis refer to as their Peer says, “The way of this servant is this, that I present myself in the Mahfil-e-Meelad and thinking of it as a means of Blessing I even commemorate it and I gain great pleasure and peace by standing.” [Faisla Haft Mas’ala Pg.5]

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