First treatise: Celebrating the Prophet’s birthday (Mawlid) and other events : Warning against Bid’ah

All praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance.

There is a repeated question about the ruling on celebrating the Prophet’s Mawlid (birthday), offering special night prayer, sending peace and blessings upon him, and other practices done by people in this event.

The answer is that it is not permissible to celebrate the Mawlid of the Prophet (peace be upon him) or anyone else, as such a practice is a Bid`ah (innovation in the religion). The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not celebrate such an event and neither did the righteous Caliphs, the Companions or those who followed them in the best times of Islaamic history. They were the best with regard to knowledge of the Prophetic Sunnah, love to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and following the laws of Islaam. It was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.


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