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« on: Mar 06, 2009 01:43 PM »


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

They are not Islamic Holidays, but Innovations

 Every nation in the world has it's own holidays and celebrations that are characteristics or landmark of that nation. This has been the case throughout the history of humanity, and it continues to be so in today's societies. Of course, there are reasons behind every one of these celebrations. And these reasons may differ from one to another. However, they all originated from either one of the following sources: The divine source or the human source. The first refers to the revelation from Allah in its two known parts, the Qur'an book of Allah and the sunnah the tradition and saying of prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.), and the second refers to the human made traditions and customs. It is a sad thing, when we look at the situation of the Muslim nation to see that there is a great mix-up between religious holidays and celebrations that have no Islamic foundation. These unauthentic celebrations were passed through generations of Muslims from the time of deviation from true Islamic beliefs. What makes things worse is that some of these non-religious holidays take on a religious appearance, and sometimes use religious rituals, which made it very hard for the common Muslim to distinguish between what is authentic and what is not. And sometimes, Muslims think that these inauthentic holidays are an essential part of Islam. Like the three common unauthentic holidays practiced widely by Muslims now a days
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 06, 2009 01:50 PM »

Celebrating the birth of the prophet (S.A.W.)

Celebrating the journey of the prophet, at night from Mecca to the "Aqsa Mosque" in Jerusalem, and then his ascendance to the 7th heaven. 3. Celebrating the night of the middle of "sha'ban", which is the month that proceeds month of "Ramadan". Lets ask why this controversy has been going on for such a long time? One can attribute this phenomena to two main reasons: The first is the ignorance of Muslims of the essence and purpose of holidays and celebrations in Islam, and the second is the blind imitation of others without examination or supporting evidence. The first reason is that many Muslims have forgotten that holidays in Islam are a form of worship, and they are not like regular days we choose them as we wish or spend them as we like. It is very well known that the acts of worship in Islam are fully described in the revelation, and we are not supposed to invent a new forms of worship. However, due to the absence of clear concept of worship in the minds of many Muslims, unauthentic celebrations have been introduced into our life. We can tell that a celebration or a holidays is an act of worship in Islam by following and understanding the sayings of prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) Imam An Nesa'i and Ibn Hebban reported an authentic hadith narrated by (Anas) that at the time when the prophet (S.A.W.) came to Madina and saw people have two days in which they celebrate. He said (the prophet) "Allah (S.W.T.) did replace these two holidays with better ones. The day of fiter (after the month of Ramadan) and the day of sacrifice (in the pilgrimage season)". Thus, the acts of replacement eventually mean a total cancellation of pre-Islamic holiday and the introduction of celebrations that are acts of worship. These acts of worship can be observed in many Islamic holidays and celebrations some examples are the gathering of Muslims for Eid prayer and the following speech, forbidding fasting in these days, raising the voice with "Allah Akbar" and giving animal sacrifices in the day of sacrifice and above all, the determination of the days of Eid by sighting the crescent of the new month. All these and many other things tell us that the acts of celebration are acts of worship and that the holidays are days of worship. That's why Muslim scholars say that Muslims participation in the non-Muslims celebrations is prohibited because it is an act of worshipping Allah according to the methods of Unbelievers.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 06, 2009 01:51 PM »

The second reason behind the mix-up in Muslim holidays, is the blind imitation of others without knowledge and evidence considered to be a disease that effect nations and individuals when ignorance and innovations spread widely and knowledge and sunnah demolish. This, in fact, is a serious problem because it introduced in the religion of Islam many things that are not a part of it, and in some cases, they are not allowed by the religion, because many Muslims practice them without close examination of their religious validity, these acts later on, became a habit unknowingly mixed with other religious rituals, or sometimes Muslims carry on the habits and traditions they learned from their parents and other Muslim figures in their countries, and these habits are mostly treated as if they were from the revelation of Allah (S.W.T). It needs to be clear in our minds that such practices are only a sign of deviation from the path of Islam, because it violates the principle of judging all kinds of acts according to the Islamic laws. The sources of legislation and the tools of weighing other issues in Islam are well defined and must be fully implemented when ever we come across a new practice or a foreign act, otherwise, we would become like previous nations which took their rabbis and monks a source of legislation with Allah or without Him. Allah (S.W.T.) warned us not to be like the people who claim to be believers but they refuse to accept judgment from Allah and his Messenger in their life matters. In surat An-Nuor, (verse 47 & 48), what can be translated as, "They say we believe in Allah and in the messenger and we obey, but even after that, some of them turn away, they are not really believers. When they are summoned to Allah and his Messenger in order that he may judge between them, behold, some of them decline (to come)." And in the same surah Allah describes the true believers, "The answer of the believers, when summoned to. Allah and his messenger in order that he may judge between them, are no other than this: they say, we hear and we obey. It is such as these that will attain felicity." Let us remember the Ayah from surat Al-Ma'edah, (verse 3), which could be translated as, "This day have I perfected your religion for you." Let us also remember that the prophet (S.A.W.) did not die until he conveyed to us the whole message from Allah (S.W.A) through his sayings and actions. We firmly believe that he did not leave out (purposely, or unpurposely) one word of Allah's message to mankind. The prophet (S.A.W.) himself assured us about this fact when he said, "Everyone of the prophets who were sent by Allah was obligated to guide his nation to the good, to the best of his ability, and to warn them of the evil, to the best of his ability." (Reported by Imam Muslim)
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 06, 2009 01:52 PM »

From all of this we see that inventing in the religious matters is not allowed in Islam. That's why Islam Flatly rejects such inventions. The prophet (S.A.W.) warned us in an authentic hadith reported by Imam Bukhari and Muslim "He who innovates something in our religion that is not part of it, will have it rejected. "And in another narration by Imam Muslim "He who dose an act, which is not in agreement with our religion, will have it rejected.." Also Imam Muslim reported that the prophet (S.A.W.) used to say in his speeches, "The best of the speech is embodied in the Book of Allah, and the best of the guidance is the guidance given by Muhammad. And the most evil affairs are their innovations; and every innovation is straying away from the guidance." Imam-An-Nisa'i added in a good narration, "And every (Dalalah) astray is in the Hell-Fire." Also reported by (As-Habussunan) that one time, the prophet (S.A.W.) was sitting among his companions preaching, and apparently, the speech was emotional. The companions stared to cry and said to the prophet: "It sounds like a farewell speech, please give us advice". He started giving them advice of which he mentioned: "He who will stay alive among you after me will see a lot of misinterpretation, so stick to my tradition and the tradition of the guided Caliphs after me, hold them tight, and beware of the inventions in the religion, because every such invention is a misguidance." After all of these facts heard we know the three holidays that we mentioned were not specified for us as such neither by the Almighty Allah, nor by his messenger (S.A.W.). Therefore, they are innovations in the religious practices. And by being innovations, they are considered misguidance . But let's ask ourselves a simple question: Is celebrating the messenger's birthday a proof of our love for him? If the answer is "yes" then how come that none of the companions of the prophet or even the guided Caliphs after him celebrated his birthday. They were the most loving and respect to the prophet (S.A.W.); They loved him more than themselves, their wealth, and their families. They showed their true love and respect, however, in a different way. They followed his example in every aspect of their lives. They were sincere through the revelation, This is the true celebration. We can show our love and respect the same way those good companions did. The same thing can be said about celebrating the journey of the prophet, at night to the Aqsa Mosque. Yes, it is a great miracle that has been authentically transmitted to us as a miracle that indeed took place. But it is only one of many miracles that happened at the time of the prophet (S.A.W.). Why should we single it out of all the others? It is because we want to show our great respect to the prophet? We can do that by carefully following his tradition (sunnah). Or it is because it reminds us about "Al-Aqsa Mosque"? We can do that by returning to the forgotten "obligation" which is "Jihad" or fighting in the cause of Allah (S.W.A) to liberate the imprisoned mosque from the hand of the enemies . "Al-Aqsa mosque" is a very deer place for all Muslims, it was the first Qeblah for the prayer. Omar (R.A.) conquered it, then later when it was occupied, Salahud-Deen liberated it. Now, once again, it is under occupation, awaiting rescue from the Muslims who, for a long time, have given up Jihad in the midst of the absence of true Islamic ruling from the face of this Earth. And what about the night of the middle of Sha'ban? Some Muslims observe that night and perform special prayers to celebrate it. We should be aware of two things: 1) The importance of that night is based on weak, unauthenticated saying of the prophet. And 2) the significance of the special prayer on that night is not even based on a weak "ahadith" it is a fabrication attributed to the prophet (S.A.W.) . Imam Al-Hafiz Al-Iraqi and Imam An-Nawawi are two of the many scalars who made it clear in their research that this observations and the special prayer associated with it are fabrications and have no basis in the tradition of the prophet (S.A.W.). In the end we ask Allah to make us of those who listen to the guidance to follow it and see the misguidance and avoid it.
 
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 06, 2009 01:56 PM »

It is permissible to celebrate the Prophet's birthday as an expression of love to the Prophet provided that the celebration doesn’t involve any of the prohibited acts. In this regard, we would like to cite for you the following fatwa issued by Sheikh `Atiyyah Saqr , former head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, in which he states the following: According to historians, the Fatimides were the first to celebrate the Prophet's birthday. Qalqashandi, in his book Subh Al-A`sha , says that the Fatimides used to make a huge celebration in Egypt and distribute large amounts of sweets for the occasion. Actually, the Fatimides used to celebrate the birthdays of other members of the Prophet's family and they also celebrated Christ's birthday. However, all of these celebrations were stopped in 488 upon an order from Caliph Al-Musta`li billah appointed as prime minister Al-Afdal Shahindah, son of Commander-in-chief Badr Al-Jamali, a powerful man who conformed to the Sunnah as stated by Ibn Al-Atheer in his book Al-Kamel, volume 8, page 302. People stopped celebrating such occasions till Al-Ma'mun Al-Bata'ihi came to power and issued an official decree in 517 enjoining the distribution of alms in 12th Rabee` Al-Awwal. Sanaa' Al-Malik was in charge of distributing them. When the Ayoubides came to power, they stopped all Fatimide practices, but families used to celebrate the Prophet's birthday in their houses. Then it returned to be officially celebrated at the beginning of the seventh century in the city of Irbil upon a decree from its prince, Muzafar Al-Deen Abi Sa`d Kawakbri Ibn Zein Ed-Deen `Ali- Ibn Tabakatikin, who was a Sunni. Muzafar gave great care and attention to such celebrations and ordered marquis to be erected starting from the beginning of Safar. Such tents, which were wonderfully decorated and extended from Al-Qal`a gate till the Khandaq gate. Muzafar used to go everyday after `Asr prayer to watch the festivities in these tents
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 06, 2009 01:57 PM »

The celebration was sometimes held on the 8th of Rabee` Al-Awwal (and sometimes on the 12th) which used to be an official holiday so that the people could enjoy the festival. Two days before the actual celebration, Muzafar used to order the sheep, cows and camels to be slaughtered in the main avenue amidst cheerful festivities, then the meat would be cooked and distributed among the people. Ibn Al-Hajj Abu `Abdullah Al-`Abdari says that such festivals were widespread in Egypt during his rein and condemned the innovations that used to take place during such festivals. (Al-Madkhal, volume 2, p 11, 12) Many books were written on the Prophet's birthday in the seventh century such as the stories of Ibn Dahya, who died in Egypt in 633 AH, Muhy Ed-Deen Ibn Al-`Arabi, who died in Damascus in 683 AH, Ibn Taghrabik, who died in Egypt in 670 AH; and Ahmad Al-`Azli and his son Muhammad, who died in Sabata in 670 AH. Due to the spread of innovation during such celebrations, scholars have denounced them and stated that they were groundless. Among those scholars is the Maliki jurist Taaj Ad-Deen `Umar Ibn Al-Lakhmi Al-Sakandari known as Al-Fakahani, who died in 731 AH; he wrote his thesis Al-Mawrid fil Kalam `Ala-Mawlid on this issue and As-Suyuti quotes it in his book Husn Al-Maqsid. Sheikh Muhammad Fadl `Ashur says that in the ninth century, scholars were divided over the issue. Some said it was permissible, others said it was not and it was recommended by As-Suyuti, Ibn Hajar Al-`Asqalani and Ibn Hajar Al-Haythmi, yet they condemned the innovations that took place during such festivities. Their opinion was derived from the verse: (And remind them of the days of Allah ) (Ibrahim 14: 5). Explaining the previous verse, An-Nasa`i and `Abdullah Ibn Ahmad report in Zaway’d Al-Musnad and Al-Bayhaqi in Shu'ab Al-Iman reports on the authority of Ibn Ka`b that he said that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), said: 'The days of Allah' are Allah's Blessings and Signs, and the Prophet's birth is a great bliss." (Al-Alusi's Ruh Al-Ma`ani )
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 06, 2009 01:59 PM »

Muslim reports on the authority of Qatadah Al-Ansari that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), was asked about fasting on Monday and he replied: "It is the day on which I was born and on which I received the Divine Revelation". It is also reported on the authority of Ibn `Abbas and Ibn Jabir that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was born in the "year of the elephant" on the 12th of Rabee` Al-Awwal. He also received the Divine Revelation, ascended to the Heavens, migrated to Madinah and died on the 12th of Rabee` Al-Awwal. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), says that the day he was born was a special day. Since it is well known from the Shari`ah that Muslims should seize the opportunity in blessed days and do good deeds, Muslims should celebrate the Prophet's birthday so as to thank Allah for guiding them to Islam through Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Therefore, celebrating the Prophet's birthday is permissible provided that it does not include committing any of the prohibited things. As for throwing banquets, this comes under the verse saying: (O ye who believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you, and render thanks to Allah if it is (indeed) He whom ye worship.‏ ) (Al-Baqarah 2: 172) My opinion is that celebrating such a religious occasion is recommended especially nowadays for youth have become forgetful of these religious occasions and their significance because they have indulged in other celebrations. Celebrating such a great event should be done through reading more about the Prophet's Sunnah and life, building mosques, religious institutes and doing other forms of charity work that remind people of the Prophet's life and his struggle. Therefore, it is permissible to celebrate the Prophet's birthday as an expression of our love to him and our endeavor to follow him as an example provided that these celebrations do not involve any of the prohibited things. Some prohibited things are improper intermingling between men and women, behaving improperly at mosques and partaking in innovations such as worshiping at tombs and other things that violate the teachings of Islam. If such previously mentioned violations surpass the religious benefit realized from these celebrations, then they should be stopped in order to prevent harm and wrongdoing as indicated in the Shari`ah.
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 06, 2009 02:01 PM »

]Moreover, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, adds:

We all know that the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not celebrate the Prophet's birthday, Hijrah or the Battle of Badr, because they witnessed such events during the lifetime of the Prophet who always remained in their hearts and minds. Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas said that they were keen on telling their children the stories of the Prophet's battles just as they were keen on teaching them the Qur'an. Therefore, they used to remind their children of what happened during the Prophet's lifetime so they did not need to hold such celebrations. However, the following generations began to forget such a glorious history and its significance. So such celebrations were held as a means of reviving great events and the values that we can learn from them. Unfortunately, such celebrations include some innovations when they should actually be made to remind people of the Prophet's life and his call. Actually, celebrating the Prophet's birthday means celebrating the birth of Islam. Such an occasion is meant to remind people of how the Prophet lived. Allah Almighty says: (Verily in the Messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the last Day, and remembereth Allah much. ) (Al-Ahzab 33: 21) ‏ By celebrating the Prophet's Hijrah, we should teach people values such as sacrifice, the sacrifice of the Companions, the sacrifice of `Ali who slept in the Prophet's place on the night of the Hijrah, the sacrifice of Asma' as she ascended the Mountain of Thawr. We should teach them to plan the way the Prophet planned for his Hijrah, and how to trust in Allah as the Prophet did when Abu Bakr told him: We could be seen so easily, the Prophet replied saying: "O Abu Bakr! What do you think of two when Allah is their third?" (Have no fear, for Allah is with us. ) (At-Tawbah 9: 40) We need all these lessons and such celebrations are a revival of these lessons and values. I think that these celebrations, if done in the proper way, will serve a great purpose, getting Muslims closer to the teachings of Islam and to the Prophet's Sunnah and life. As for celebrating `Ashura’, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), celebrated this day by fasting only. He asked the Jews why they fasted on that day and they told him that it was the day that Allah saved Moses and the people of Israel. The Prophet replied saying: "We have more of a right to Moses than you." So he fasted on that day and ordered the people to fast on that day. He also said near the end of his life: "By Allah, if I lived longer I would fast on the 9th of Muharram." That is, that he would fast on the 9th and the 10th in order to be different from the Jews who fast on the 10th only. However, some of the Sunnis celebrate `Ashura as if it were a feast. The Shi`ah consider it a day of sadness and mourning, but all such things are innovations and are completely un-Islamic.

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« Reply #8 on: Mar 07, 2009 09:48 AM »

“I will raise them a prophet from among their brethern, like unto thee, and I will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him,” - Deuteronomy 18:18

The Prophet Muhammad is mentioned by name in the Song of Solomon 5:16. The Hebrew word used there is “Mahammudim”. The end letters “im” is a plural of respect, majesty and graneur. Minus “im” - the name would be “Mahammud” translated as “altogether lovely” as in the Bible as “The Praised One”.

More than 1.7 billion Muslims around the Globe will be celebrating the birthday of the prophesized final prophet of the Creator (Allah, God, Eshwar, etc.) on 12th day of Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal (March 9, 2009) - according to their local, national or ethnic customs.

Before I go further, I like to point-out that there is no concept of celebrating of birthday of someone no matter how important he/she maybe. It’s something Muslims borrowed from their non-Muslims subjects. Personally, I don’t see any harm in it - if the day is used in conducting seminars and conferences and learn about the Seerah (biography) of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) - in every field including the politics and state governance. However, the day should not be turned into the Christian Christmas or Jewish Purim or Hindu Diwali.

The Mawlid al-Nabi celebration as we know it today - was an invention of the Fatimids, the Shia Ismaili dynasty that ruled over North Africa in the 10th century. During this era, first in their North African capital of Mahdiyya and later in Cairo (the city of Cairo and the al-Azhar Universty were both established by Fatimid rulers), the Mawlid was part of a celebration of the “Five Impeccable Ones” (The Prophet, Imam Ali, Iman Hassan, Imam Hussain, and the Prophet’s daughter Fatima).

The Sunni majority accepted this tradition through Abbas Ahmad al-Azafi’s, Qazi of Ceuta (Morocco) - “al-Durr al-Munazzam fi Mawlid al-Nabi al-Mu’azzam (The Strung Pearls of the Birth Celebration of the Glorious Prophet)”. He took the idea from the non-Muslim religious holidays of Christmas, Passover, Nawruz and Mehrejan, which were celebrated among Fatimid subjects. The purpose of his work was to make Islam more attractive to Dhimmies.

In 1250 CE - Mawlid was declared an official holiday in city of Ceuta - followed by Marrakesh in 1263 CE. Under Marinid dynasty - the Mawlid became national holiday throughout the Muslim west - from al-Andalus (Spain) to Tunisia , by 1350 CE. Though scholars of most of Muslim sects approve of Mawlid celebration - the Wahhabi and Salaafi sects consider it unwarranted innovation.

Ibn ‘Abbad of Ronda (d. 1390), as Imam of Oarawiyyin mosque in Fez, gave the following fatwa:

“Verily this day is a festival for the Muslims, for the purpose of making apparent the divine illumination of the Best of Creation and the Leader of all Messengers. One must adorn himself on this day with the best of clothes. He must prepare food and show his love for the Prophet (pbuh) by riding the finest animals, by making numerous prayers upon him, by composing odes about his attributes, and by adorning children and the Qur’anic schools with what is allowed by law. There is no doubt about the permissibility of all of this, so long as poetry remains free of forbidden and heretical content that Allah doesn’t allow.”

The best way to celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi would be to read a few pages from his Seerah every day and try to make his actions part of our daily lives.

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 07, 2009 11:29 PM »



It is permissible to celebrate the Prophet's birthday as an expression of love to the Prophet provided that the celebration doesn’t involve any of the prohibited acts.

In this regard, we would like to cite for you the following fatwa issued by Sheikh `Atiyyah Saqr , former head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, in which he states the following:


Due to the spread of innovation during such celebrations, scholars have denounced them and stated that they were groundless. Among those scholars is the Maliki jurist Taaj Ad-Deen `Umar Ibn Al-Lakhmi Al-Sakandari known as Al-Fakahani, who died in 731 AH; he wrote his thesis Al-Mawrid fil Kalam `Ala-Mawlid on this issue and As-Suyuti quotes it in his book Husn Al-Maqsid.

Sheikh Muhammad Fadl `Ashur says that in the ninth century, scholars were divided over the issue. Some said it was permissible, others said it was not and it was recommended by As-Suyuti, Ibn Hajar Al-`Asqalani and Ibn Hajar Al-Haythmi, yet they condemned the innovations that took place during such festivities. Their opinion was derived from the verse: (And remind them of the days of Allah ) (Ibrahim 14: 5).

Explaining the previous verse, An-Nasa`i and `Abdullah Ibn Ahmad report in Zaway’d Al-Musnad and Al-Bayhaqi in Shu'ab Al-Iman reports on the authority of Ibn Ka`b that he said that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), said: 'The days of Allah' are Allah's Blessings and Signs, and the Prophet's birth is a great bliss." (Al-Alusi's Ruh Al-Ma`ani )

Muslim reports on the authority of Qatadah Al-Ansari that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), was asked about fasting on Monday and he replied: "It is the day on which I was born and on which I received the Divine Revelation". It is also reported on the authority of Ibn `Abbas and Ibn Jabir that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was born in the "year of the elephant" on the 12th of Rabee` Al-Awwal. He also received the Divine Revelation, ascended to the Heavens, migrated to Madinah and died on the 12th of Rabee` Al-Awwal.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), says that the day he was born was a special day. Since it is well known from the Shari`ah that Muslims should seize the opportunity in blessed days and do good deeds, Muslims should celebrate the Prophet's birthday so as to thank Allah for guiding them to Islam through Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Therefore, celebrating the Prophet's birthday is permissible provided that it does not include committing any of the prohibited things. As for throwing banquets, this comes under the verse saying: (O ye who believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you, and render thanks to Allah if it is (indeed) He whom ye worship.‏ ) (Al-Baqarah 2: 172)

My opinion is that celebrating such a religious occasion is recommended especially nowadays for youth have become forgetful of these religious occasions and their significance because they have indulged in other celebrations.

Celebrating such a great event should be done through reading more about the Prophet's Sunnah and life, building mosques, religious institutes and doing other forms of charity work that remind people of the Prophet's life and his struggle.

Therefore, it is permissible to celebrate the Prophet's birthday as an expression of our love to him and our endeavor to follow him as an example provided that these celebrations do not involve any of the prohibited things. Some prohibited things are improper intermingling between men and women, behaving improperly at mosques and partaking in innovations such as worshiping at tombs and other things that violate the teachings of Islam. If such previously mentioned violations surpass the religious benefit realized from these celebrations, then they should be stopped in order to prevent harm and wrongdoing as indicated in the Shari`ah.




Moreover, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi , adds:


We all know that the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not celebrate the Prophet's birthday, Hijrah or the Battle of Badr, because they witnessed such events during the lifetime of the Prophet who always remained in their hearts and minds.

Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas said that they were keen on telling their children the stories of the Prophet's battles just as they were keen on teaching them the Qur'an. Therefore, they used to remind their children of what happened during the Prophet's lifetime so they did not need to hold such celebrations. However, the following generations began to forget such a glorious history and its significance. So such celebrations were held as a means of reviving great events and the values that we can learn from them.

Unfortunately, such celebrations include some innovations when they should actually be made to remind people of the Prophet's life and his call. Actually, celebrating the Prophet's birthday means celebrating the birth of Islam. Such an occasion is meant to remind people of how the Prophet lived.


Allah Almighty says: (Verily in the Messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the last Day, and remembereth Allah much. ) (Al-Ahzab 33: 21)


By celebrating the Prophet's Hijrah, we should teach people values such as sacrifice, the sacrifice of the Companions, the sacrifice of `Ali who slept in the Prophet's place on the night of the Hijrah, the sacrifice of Asma' as she ascended the Mountain of Thawr. We should teach them to plan the way the Prophet planned for his Hijrah, and how to trust in Allah as the Prophet did when Abu Bakr told him: We could be seen so easily, the Prophet replied saying: "O Abu Bakr! What do you think of two when Allah is their third?" (Have no fear, for Allah is with us. ) (At-Tawbah 9: 40)

We need all these lessons and such celebrations are a revival of these lessons and values. I think that these celebrations, if done in the proper way, will serve a great purpose, getting Muslims closer to the teachings of Islam and to the Prophet's Sunnah and life.

As for celebrating `Ashura’, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), celebrated this day by fasting only. He asked the Jews why they fasted on that day and they told him that it was the day that Allah saved Moses and the people of Israel. The Prophet replied saying: "We have more of a right to Moses than you." So he fasted on that day and ordered the people to fast on that day. He also said near the end of his life: "By Allah, if I lived longer I would fast on the 9th of Muharram." That is, that he would fast on the 9th and the 10th in order to be different from the Jews who fast on the 10th only. However, some of the Sunnis celebrate `Ashura as if it were a feast. The Shi`ah consider it a day of sadness and mourning, but all such things are innovations and are completely un-Islamic.



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« Reply #10 on: Mar 07, 2009 11:47 PM »

Brother you've already posted this topic 3 or 4 times with multiple posts. I've put them all in the "controversies board". If you have more to add please post in that thread there. Jazaks. Ws
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