Question 3: My question is about celebrating the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday). In our locality there is a custom that after three days of a person’s death, the family of the deceased holds a celebration of the birthday of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Some people hold it one month or one year after a person’s death. They slaughter a cow or buy meat, prepare food and distribute it to the people of the village; afterwards, they hold a celebration of the birthday of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Is this permissible? Is it recommended to do this? Was it practiced by the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet Muhammad) or by anyone from the Salaf (righteous predecessors)? Please explain this issue, may Allaah reward you with the best!
Answer: Celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is one of the Bidd`ahs (innovations in religion) introduced into Islaam. There is no difference between celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and other’s birthdays… read more here.
Question 2: What is the ruling on celebrating the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) in Rabee‘ al-Awwal as a tribute to the Prophet (peace be upon him)?
Answer: Paying tribute to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and respecting him should be expressed by belief in all that was revealed to him from Allaah; following his Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law) in beliefs, words, deeds and manners; and by shunning Bidd‘ah (innovation in religion). Among the newly-invented practices introduced into the religion is celebrating the Mawlid… read more here.
Question 1: I want to learn about the life of the Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him). When was he born? How long did he live? When did he die? How many women did he marry? What was the Du‘aa’ (supplication) he used to say before going to sleep?
Answer: The Prophet (peace be upon him) was born on Monday, 12th of Rabee‘ Al-Awwal, in the Year of the Elephant (approximately 570 A.C.). He (peace be upon him) lived for sixty-three years and spent fifty-three years of his life in Makkah Al-Mukarramah and ten years in Al-Madeenah. He died in Al-Madeenah on Monday, 12th of Rabee‘ Al-Awwal, 11 A.H… read more here.