To the first person who can show
Anywhere in Quran or Authentic Sunnah
That the Companions of Mohammed (saaws)
Annually Celebrated the Rasool's Birthday
During his lifetime or after his death
for your reward
Celebrating the Prophet's birthday is bida (an innovation in the religion);
the Prophet (saaws) did not instruct others to do it, and he didn't have
companions around him doing it and then give any type of permission (including
We are not to make distinction between any of the Prophets. Distinction in
status, for instance. Like to say one is better than another. This leads
to idol worship, similar to what the christians did when they began to worship
Jesus instead of treat him as the Prophet he was. They just took it a step
too far.. and kept running with it, up to what it is today.
What is important about each Prophet and/or Messenger is the MESSAGE.
THE DANGER OF INNOVATIONS
IN THE DEEN
Hadith - Reported by an-Nasaa'ee
The most truthful speech is the Book
of Allaah. The best way is the way of Muhammad. The worst of affairs are
the novelties and every novelty is an innovation and every innovation is
misguidance and every misguidance is in the Fire."
according to Sheikh al-Albaanee in Saheeh Sunan in-Nasaa'ee (no.
Read more about Bid'a (innovations in ibadah) here.
MAKE NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN
The Noble Qur'an 2:285
The Messenger (Muhammad
) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and
(so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allâh, His Angels, His
Books, and His Messengers. They say, "We make no distinction between one
another of His Messengers" - and they say, "We hear, and we obey. (We seek)
Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all)."
The Noble Qur'an 2:136
Say (O Muslims), "We believe in Allâh
and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down
to Ibrâhim (Abraham), Ismâ'il (Ishmael), Ishâque (Isaac),
Ya'qûb (Jacob), and to Al-Asbât [the twelve sons of Ya'qûb
(Jacob)], and that which has been given to Mûsa (Moses) and 'Iesa (Jesus),
and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no
distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in
The Noble Qur'an 4:152
And those who believe in Allâh and His
Messengers and make no distinction between any of them (Messengers), We shall
give them their rewards, and Allâh is Ever OftForgiving, Most
The Noble Qur'an 3:84
Say (O Muhammad
): "We believe in Allâh and in what has been sent down to
us, and what was sent down to Ibrâhim (Abraham), Ismâ'il (Ishmael),
Ishâque (Isaac), Ya'qûb (Jacob) and Al-Asbât [the twelve
sons of Ya'qûb (Jacob)] and what was given to Mûsa (Moses), 'Iesa
(Jesus) and the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between
one another among them and to Him (Allâh) we have submitted (in
THE SHIRK OF EXCESSIVE
So, now then, we say to those who insist on celebrating the Prophet's
birthday.... with clear proof not to distinguish between the Prophets...
why don't you celebrate ALL the Prophet's birthday's? Like Jesus'? You can
do it on Dec. 25th or pick another date if you want. Oh, I see, you know
better than to celebrate Jesus' birthday?? Maybe the reasons you shouldn't
be celebrating Jesus' birthday, are the same reasons not to celebrate Muhammad's
The Noble Qur'an 7:190
But when He gave them a Sâlih (good
in every aspect) child, they ascribed partners to Him (Allâh) in that
which He has given to them. High be Allâh, Exalted above all that they
ascribe as partners to Him. (Tafsir At-Tabarî, Vol.9, Page 148).
Clear proof. But some call it "love" to go beyond what they were commanded.
Excessive praise of a person is forbidden. It falls into shirk quickly. Doing
anything in excess of what we were commanded to do, is exceeding the limits
and oppressing oneself.
Hadith - Tirmidhi #417
A desert Arab came to Allah's Apostle
and asked him about ablution. He demonstrated (washing each part
of his body) thrice, and then said: That is (the method) of the ablution.
And he who does more than this has done wrong, transgressed the limit and
has oppressed (himself).
by Nasa'i, Ibn Majah, and Abu Dawud transmitted something to the same
The Noble Qur'an - An-Nisa
O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)!
Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allâh aught but
the truth. ...
THOSE WHO SAY "I WILL
MORE THAN YOU, BY BEING
We must not love the Prophet saaws more than other Prophets. And when Allah,
Hadith - Bukhari 1:13, Narrated Abu
"By Him in Whose Hands my life is, none of you will
have faith till he loves me more than his father and his
This means to love his WAYS, his SUNNAH - more than any family tie; remember,
we show love by being obedient. For instance, you can't go hit someone on
the head and then say "but I really love you." Or, like abusers do, beat
up a spouse and call it an act of love (yes, some of them actually say that's
WHY they did it!).
The Prophet Muhammad brought a great Message. He had a special role. But
he, himself, was a man like any other - was poor, couldn't even read -----
except he was unique in piety. That can be said of all the Prophets and
Messengers; they excelled in piety. This factor - piety - can be used. No
other factor should be used to honor one person over another. So, we can
say that all the Prophets were very pious people.
The Noble Qur'an - Al-Hujurat
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair)
of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may
know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured
of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And
Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).
Hadith - Al-Tirmidhi #5198, Narrated
AbuDharr [Ahmad transmitted it]
said to him,
"You are not
better than people with red or black skins unless you excel them in
A common trait of modern sufism is to "love" the Prophet so much that they
engage in shirk with this love. However, it's not
really the proper level of love when it outright involves disobedience.
THE TWO EIDS REPLACE
Hadith - Abu Dawood #1134, 1/675, Narrated
Anas Bin Malik
came to Medina with two days they played in.
said, What are these two
days? They said, These are two days we used to play in,
in our Jahiliyah. The Prophet
said, Allah has replaced them with
two better days: Eid Al Adhaa and Eid Al-Fitr.
FATWA FROM SHEIKH BIN
The eminent scholar Muhammad Salih bin Uthaimeen was asked concerning
the celebration of the birthday of the Messenger of Allah (r), to which he
To begin with, the exact day of birth of the
Messenger of Allah (r) is not known with certainty. Rather, some contemporary
researchers have confirmed that he died on the 9th of Rabee al-Awal
and not the 12th (as is commonly believed), and thus there is no historical
basis for specifying the 12th for celebration.
Furthermore, this celebration has no basis
in the religious point of view, since if it was legislated, the Prophet
would have performed it or informed his nation to do so. If he had performed
it or informed his nation to do so, it would be necessary for it to have
been preserved, since Allah (I) says:
Verily It is We Who have sent
down the Dhikr (i.e. the Remembrance of the Qur`an) and surely, We will guard
and preserve it (from corruption). (al-Hijr: 9)
Since this was not narrated, we come to know
that it is not from the religion of Allah. If it is not from the religion
of Allah, then it is not allowed for us to worship Allah (U) and seek to
come close to Him in this manner. If Allah (I) has made a particular path
for us to follow to reach Him (and His pleasure), which is the path of the
Messenger of Allah
how can it be permissible for us, while we are only slaves, to make another
path which leads to Allahs Pleasure from our own selves (and not revealed)?
Indeed it is a great transgression against the right of Allah (U) to legislate
in His religion that which is not part of it. Moreover, this entails a denial
of what Allah (I) said in the Qur`an:
This day I have perfected your
religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam
as your religion (al- Ma`idah: 3)
If this celebration was from the Perfection
of the Religion, it must have been in existence before the death of the Messenger
of Allah (r). If it is not from the Perfection of the Religion, then it is
not possible that it be from the religion, since Allah (I) said: This
day I have perfected your religion for you. Whoever claims that it
is from the Perfection of the Religion which occurred after the death of
the Messenger of Allah
then his claim amounts to a denial of this verse of the Qur`an. Without doubt
those who celebrate the birthday of the Messenger of Allah
only desire to magnify, extol and praise the Messenger
show their love for him, and increase their enthusiasm to bring out their
feelings in this celebration for the Prophet
All of this is a form of worship. The love of the Messenger
is a worship that is necessary for faith, since ones faith is not complete
until he loves the Messenger
more than his own self, his son, his father, and all of humanity. Magnification,
exaltation and praise of the Messenger of Allah
for Allahs sake is an act of worship and is from the religion, as is
enthusiasm for the Messenger of Allah
since they draw one closer to Allahs religion.
Thus it follows that celebration of the birthday
of the Prophet
in order to draw near to Allah and to extol His Messenger
is regarded as an act of worship, and since it is an act of worship then
it is never allowed to innovate anything new in religion which is not of
it. Therefore, the celebration of the birthday is an innovation and prohibited.
Also, we hear various reports that these celebrations contain many unlawful
acts, which neither the religion, ones senses, nor any reasonable
intelligence deem permissible. They sing rhymes and poems which go to extremes
in respect to the Messenger
so much so that they make him greater than Allah, and refuge is sought in
Allah. We also hear about the foolishness of some of the participants, that
when an orator tells the story of his birth and reaches the part of his delivery,
they all stand up in attention together saying and believing that the soul
and spirit of the Messenger of Allah
has appeared among them manifest, and that they stand out of respect. This
is extreme folly and absurd superstition. Moreover, it is not mannerly to
stand up for the Messenger of Allah
since he used to dislike that. The Sahaabah, who loved and extolled the Messenger
more than anyone else, would not stand for him while he was alive due to
his hate for it, so how foolish is this baseless superstition?
The celebration of the birthday of the Messenger
is a blatant innovation which never occurred until after the three righteous
generations following the death of the Messenger of Allah
and it is full of undesired and wicked things which oppose the basis of the
religion of Islam, moreover the mixing and integration of men and women together
in one area and many other objectionable acts.
[Reference: Majmooah Fataawaa, Muhammad
bin Salih al-Uthaimeen vol. 2/ p.297-300]
innovation of Mawlidun Nabi (Eid Milaad) with the deviant Sufi sect of
Action Items for
Do not celebrate any
holiday but instead engage in the two Eids, and only do what is indicated
in Qur'an and Sunnah. The two Eids are a blessed time for Muslims and are
more than sufficient for the believer.
The Eids are not to
be practiced beyond what was described in the Quran and authentic Sunnah
of our Messenger, Muhammad (saaws). To do so farther, is to turn it into
a holiday, an imitation of the kaffir's ways.
Remember... Allah, subhana watala,
sees everything we do!