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Ramadan 2011 (Seeking The Truth)


The Permissibility of Celebrating Milad-un-Nabi (S.A.W) Part 1

We find publications filled with lies and deception which mislead many Muslims into thinking negatively about celebrating the Milad of our Beloved Prophet (S.A.W). These publications claim that to celebrate the Milaad is an act of innovation that goes against Islam.

This is far from the truth, and it is therefore necessary for those who can speak clearly to help clarify and reverse the doubts surrounding this most blessed day. It is with this humble intention that we present the following proofs in support of celebrating our Most Beloved Prophet (S.A.W)'s birthday.

Allah (S.W.T) says:
" ….Remember, therefore, the Bounties of Allah and commit no disorder in the earth." (Surah Araf, Verse 74)

In the above verse Allah (S.W.T) orders us to remember His (S.W.T) bounties and rewards. The last Prophet (S.A.W) is, undoubtedly, a great blessing of Allah (S.W.T) for the whole of mankind. Allah (S.W.T) Himself considers the Prophet (S.A.W) His great favour for mankind as He (S.W.T) says:

"Surely Allah has conferred favour on the believers that He sent a Rasool (Messenger of Allah) from amongst them who recites to them His Verses and purifies them and teaches them the Book and the wisdom. And previous to that they were clearly in error". (Surah Al Imran, Verse 164)

Therefore, according to the Quranic commandments we must remember the Beloved Prophet (S.A.W) and Milad-un-Nabi is a best way of remembrance of the greatest Prophet (S.A.W).

The companion of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) Hazrat Abdullah Ibne Abbas (R.A) explained the word "Favour". He (R.A) says, here in this verse, favour signifies the Prophethood and Islam. (Tafseer Ibne Abbas, Sure Al Duha, Page 651).

So in the light of the given explanation by the beloved companion of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W), we can say that Allah (S.W.T) orders us to remember Holy Prophet (S.A.W) in our gatherings between the people, in our Masjid between the worshiper and in our houses between our families. Milad-un-Nabi (S.A.W) is a best way for this Quranic purpose.

When we celebrate Milad, we gather, in order to send salutations to the Prophet (S.A.W) and remember Wilaadah (Birth) and virtues of the Prophet (S.A.W).