Eid Milad-un-Nabi or Al-Mawlid is known as the festival of celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. It occurs on the 12th Rabi-ul-Awal. Nowadays, many muslims practise it. Some even go on to call it a duty of a muslim to celebrate this day; But have we ever stopped and considered the validity of this festival?
Most Muslim scholars are of the view that celebrating a fully blown festival is considered a bidaa. They cite that during the times of Prophet Muhammed himself such festivals were never celebrated. Also, In support of this argument i the fact that even during the times of the companions of Muhammed PBUH such celebrations were not common and widespread. Leading to an opinion that Eid Milad-un-Nabi or Al-Mawlid is wrong to celebrate.
Many say the that this celebration is not rightly an ‘Eid’ (Islamic Festival) thus it is downright unlawful to celebrate during these times.
The flip side of this coin are the supporters of these celebrations. One of the most ardent supporters of this festival is Ibn-Kathir (a celebrated muslim scholar) who says:
“Ibn Kathir says in his “Mawlid,” page 30: “The Prophet’s (s) uncle al-’Abbas (r) composed poetry praising the birth of the Prophet (s), in which are found the following lines: `When you were born, the earth was shining, and the firmament barely contained your light, and we can pierce through, thanks to that radiance and light and path of guidance.’ ”
There are also other supporters of this version which seem reasonable enough.
Now lets try to look at this logically, sending praise and good wishes to Prophet Muhammed PBUH is fine by all means but one shouldnt make a mountain out of a mole hill (like huge processions, Praise Poems/Songs on Loud Speakers/Disrupting City Life/Abandoning Salah ), especially if there are not clear cut explanations from Quran.
But these are just my views.. What about yours? Do you celebrate this day? If you do, Why do you think its allowed in Islam? If not, Why do you think its dis-allowed? Share your Thoughts in the comments section.
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