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 Celebrating the Mawlid al-Nabi

Is it permissible to celebrate the Mawlid al Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh))?


In Islamic history, Mawlid al-Nabi was first celebrated in Fatimi State that ruled in Egypt between 910 and 1171. These celebrations belonged to the palace and took place just amongst the high officials. Fatimi State also arranged celebrations for the birthdays of Hadrat Ali (ra) and Hadrat Fatima (ra).
The earliest celebration by Sunni Muslims took place in hijri 604. It was arranged by Malik Muzaffaruddin Gokboru who was Sultan Salahuddin Ayubi’s brother in law and the chief of Arbil. Celebrations which were arranged with long-term preparations used to include the whole folk. Muzaffaruddin used to invite Islamic jurisprudents, Sufis, preachers and other scholars from the neighboring regions to Arbil. The ceremonies used to be held magnificently. (Encyclopedia of Islamic History)
Besides, Imam Suyuti stated that celebrating the Mawlid al-Nabi was an innovation in Islam, however it was a good innovation, not a bad one; because,
“People’s gathering to celebrate the birth of the Prophet (Muhammad pbuh) and reading Quran, sharing the information and stories about the birth of the Prophet, organizing feasts for this cause are good innovations (bida-i hasana); because, in such celebrations people feel tremendous respect for the Prophet and great happiness for his honoring the world. These feelings make people gain lots of thawabs (rewards). (Suyuti, el Havi lil- fetavi, 1/272- Shamile)
“To remember and mention the prophets is worship.” (Daylami)
One who likes something certainly mentions it a lot.” (Daylami)
Celebrating the Mawlid al-Nabi is a good innovation in terms of increasing the respect and the love for the Prophet (pbuh) through mentioning Him a lot and spending the night with worship. It is a means of gaining thawab for people who do not mention and remember the Prophet (pbuh) at other times. By means of the celebrations of the Mawlid, they remember him, refresh their love and respect him and gain thawab by this way. Kaynak: http://askaquestionto.us - Celebrating the Mawlid al-Nabi

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