Question: I ask your legal opinion on the practices of a group of Muslim people, who, on the 12th of Rabee‘ Al-Awwal of every year, on wedding occasions, and when naming newborn babies, read and venerate a book entitled, “Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawee” by Shaykh Muhammad ‘Uthmaan Al-Mirghanee. The book is a biography of the Prophet (peace be upon him). The writer of the book claims that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) attends in person when that book is being recited. The book consists of two chapters.
The first chapter is read by the leader of the group while he is standing.
The second chapter contains formulae of invoking Allaah through anonymous persons. It reads: “O Allaah, we invoke you in their name and by their families to speed up our triumph and relief.” We do not know to whom the pronouns in this invocation refer, for this invocation is the first line in this chapter. I ask Your Eminence to give the legal opinion on this practice. Is it permissible to offer Salaah (Prayer) behind such people? I told them that it is wrong to overestimate this book to such an extent. There is no harm in reading it individually to know about the Prophet’s biography, but not in the way they do.
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Answer: Celebrating the Mawlid (birthday) of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in Rabee‘ Al-Awwal or other times, is a prohibited Bid‘ah (innovation in religion). Similarly, reciting the Prophet’s biography on his birthday anniversary, on wedding occasions, childbirth and naming, offering an ‘Aqeeqah (sacrifice for a newborn) on the seventh day after the birth, or any other occasion, are unauthorized acts for which there is nothing authentically reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), any of his Companions, or the righteous ‘A’immah of the first and best three generations (may Allaah be pleased with them all)… read more here.