All Praise is due to Allaah. May peace be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, and Companions.
Several days ago, I wrote an article containing a response to a question of the ruling on celebrating the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) in which I explained that celebrating the Mawlid is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion). The article was published in the local Saudi newspapers and broadcasted on the radio. Later on, I discovered that the BBC reported in its morning news that I said that celebrating the Mawlid is an act of Kufr (disbelief). So I have to explain the truth to the audience. The statement which the BBC reported from me on its morning news in London that I said that celebrating the Mawlid is an act of Kufr is a mere lie and groundless. Whoever reads my article will know that for sure. I feel terribly sorry that a worldwide broadcast like BBC that are widely respected by many people reports a mere lie like this. Undoubtedly, the audience must ascertain all the reported news lest it should contain lies as happened in this topic… read more here.