Islamic Tradition of commemorating the Birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)

Authenticity of commemorating the Birth of the Prophet (Peace&Blessings of Allah be upon him):

In the Name of ALLAH Most Merciful Most Beneficent
Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet Muhammad, his noble family and companions

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:

Hypocrites who broke 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." (Bukhari ,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.

Allah Almighty did not forbid commemorating the Birth of Prophets or Pious Muslims:

Quran 5:87 O you who have believed, do not prohibit the good things which Allah has made lawful to you and do not transgress. Indeed, Allah does not like transgressors.

We see in the Quran in numerous places the birth and life of so many Prophets and pious ones (i.e Maryam bint Imran R.A)  are commemorated! 

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not forbid commemorating birthdays or anniversaries.
Quran 66:1 O you Prophet, why do you prohibit what Allah has made lawful to you, seeking the complete satisfaction of your spouses? And Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Merciful.

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)

There is no prohibition of commemorating birth or death! If death is commemorated then birth too is commemorated!. We see in numerous Hadiths that the Sahaba commemorated the martyrdom of their ancestors. See previous post on  Islamic tradition of Commemorating Death Anniversary here:


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.

So either those who reject to commemorate the birth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) do not believe that Prophet is a Mercy from Allah!

Or they are disregarding the command of Allah to rejoice in His bounty and Mercy!. Because We can see in further Hadith (Sahih Bukhari) that Nabi (alaihiswalathu wa salam) is the one who distribute the Mercy and Bounty of Allah .

In both cases they have disbelieved in the book of Allah Almighty says about them in the Holy Quran:

Quran 2:8 And of the people are some who say, "We believe in Allah and the Last Day," but they are not believers.

This are the people of 72 misguided sects! Quran chapter 2 verses 5 to 20 explains about them!

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “The Jews split into 71 groups; 1 group will enter Paradise and 70 will enter Hell. The Christians split into 72 groups; 1 group will enter Paradise and 71 will enter Hell. By Him in Whose Power is the life of Muhammad, without doubt, my Ummah will be divided into 73 groups. Only one will enter Paradise and 72 will enter Hell.”
When asked about which group will be on the right path, the Beloved Messenger of Allah replied, “The main body (Jamaat) of the Muslims.”
[Ibn Majah’s Kitab al-Fitan; Hafiz ibn Kathir’s Signs before Day of Judgment, page 14]

This are the misguided sects who broke away from the main body (Jamah) and Chiefs (Caliphs) the last in the line was Ottoman Caliphate!
All this sects who masquerade as representatives of  Islam belongs to that 72 sects, because they do not confess the creed and way of the last Caliph. Nabi alaihiswalathu wa salam commands us to isolate from all these new sects and groups!

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, tranquillity descends upon them and Allah remembers them before those who are with Him” Sahih , Hadith Number 3791 4

Their heart is not peaceful and they are people of harsh words and behaviour! So stay away from them and stick to the tranquil and peaceful Jamah lead by peaceful and soft heart 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 practised 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- Distribution of Quran to unbelievers is haram and bidha according to authentic Hadiths. The misguided sects who attack those who commemorate the birth of Nabi (alaihiswalathu wa salam) committing this haram and bidha very openly in the streets of Europe and America!

7- 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 (until 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 Blessings 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”
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).

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

December 8,2019


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