Question: Muslim brothers, I want you to enlighten me and answer a question that worries me greatly about the beloved and chosen Messenger of Allaah, Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him, his family and Companions. Muslim brothers, I heard some Shaykhs in the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) ceremonies saying that if it were not for Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), the heavens and the earth would not have been created, and that Allaah created him (the Prophet) before Adam (peace be upon him) by thousands of years. They also say that Allaah (Exalted and Glorified be He) has created the sun from the light of the Prophet’s forehead, the stars from the light of his teeth, and many other similar things which I cannot recall. I also hear that “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah, Muhammad Rasoolul-Allaah” (There is no god but Allaah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah) is written on the gate of Jannah (Paradise). I have asked some scholars about these sayings, some confirmed them, but others did not. This has put me in confusion; which of the two parties should I believe? I feel afraid and always distracted. I remember when I went this year on the occasion of the Prophet’s birth to Daar Al-Qur’aan in Amman to celebrate this blessed night.
Shaykh Hazim Abu Ghazalah was narrating part of the Prophet’s biography (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), saying that whenever he visits the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) he approaches the iron window surrounding it, pretending to remove dust, but he in fact distracts the attention of guards to seek blessings. He added that one of his friends once brought him some dust from the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and that the smell of this dust is more fragrant than perfume.
As I heard this story, I remembered an incident that happened to me ten years ago when I went with some friends to visit the Church of the Resurrection. The purpose of the visit was to have fun and flirt with foreign Christian women there, may Allaah forgive us all. There, in that church, we met one of the monks who offered us some perfume and told us it was the water with which Al-Maseeh (Jesus, peace be upon him) was baptized. I do not know what made me link between these two incidents in my mind, but I really suffered.
Back to the Shaykh, he then started celebrating with the attendees by standing, jumping, and bending in irregular movements to the extent that Allaah’s Words, which they were reciting, were hardly heard from them. I did not like this scene, so I left. But doubts started to afflict me whether I did right or wrong. The same incident was repeated on Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Decree) and all other religious ceremonies.
I beseech you by Allaah to guide me as I am suffering greatly. I would also like to ask Your Eminence: Am I or any Muslim permitted to see the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) from the window? I was lucky enough to visit it and stand by the window. I wished I were a butterfly to be able to draw closer to his grave, not for any other reason but to be close to him (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). I believe that the grave is made of dust and that Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) and his Messenger are in the heart of every believer. I wish I can visit the sacred places just to watch the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), the Sacred Rawdah (the area between the Prophet’s pulpit and grave)and the Sacred Ka‘bah, but I cannot afford the journey, and Allaah burdens not a person beyond their capability.
Answer: Firstly, Celebrating the birth of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is an act of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) that was not observed by him (peace be upon him), any of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, or his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them)… read more here.