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The Mawlid Papers – Part 43 – ***Mawlid is Fiction not Fact*** – A Reply to the Sufi Barelwi’s of Coventry, UK

Compiled, Translated & Annotated
Abu Hibban & Abu Khuzaimah Ansari

 

I received this a few days ago. The text in red is the Sufi Barelwi claim and the text in bold black after >>> is the Salafi Answer. the sufi writer was “Shaykh” Nabeel Afzal Qadri of Coventry.

***MAWLID!! FACT NOT FICTION***
>>>Yes the Mawlid is a fiction!<<<

—–Facts of Mawlid, A gift for those who Accept & Deny—–
>>>The fiction of Mawlid, a gift for those who accept without evidence.<<<

The Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ birthday celebration…
>>>The Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam did not celebrate his birthday even once, during his whole life time, we ask those who accept the mawlid to give one clear evidence which proves he celebrated his birthday, just one clear ayah or even one hadith! Not generic or ayat or hadith.

*Does the concept/belief of the ‘celebration of Mawlid/Milad’ exsist in the Quran? YES: 
Evidence: ■(10:58) ■(19:15) ■(19:33) ■(14:5) and many more.
>>>Does the concept/belief of the ‘celebration of Mawlid/Milad’ exist in the Quran? NO:

Evidence ■(10:58)
>>>
1.This ayah does not mention anything whatsoever of the blessed birth of the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam. The preceding ayhs talk about something totally different.

2. The word Yafrahu in this ayah according to the arabic language means to be and feel happy, it does not mean to celebrate the birthday with festivities, public demonstrations, flags, house lights and organising mawlid gatherings. There is a clear difference in being happy and celebrating his birth as an Eid, as you often say “Eid Milad an-Nabi”. For example Allah says about the hypocrites also got happy when they remained behind from the battle of Tabuk (9:81) how about these ayahs with the same meaning of being happy, please explain them and apply the same principle, (11:10)(30:32) (42:48)  and many more.

3. If this ayah is an evidence for celebrating the Mawlid/Milad, why did no one from the early generations, the Sahabah, Tabi’een and Taba Tabi’een celebrate the Mawlid using this understanding of the ayah?

4. Umar bin al-Khattab رضي الله عنه did not understand this ayah like this. When he received the Islamic tax on agriculture from Iraq, someone said this was from Allahs mercy and blessings. Umar رضي الله عنه recited the same ayah and said this means to be happy with guidance, the Quran and the Sunnah, so be happy with these things , for they are better then what you have gathered (i.e. wealth). Evidence Hilyatul Awliya vol 5 page 133.

Evidence: ■(19:15) ■(19:133)
>>>You looked at the words “Yawma Wulida” and “Yawma Wulit-tu” and ran with these words to prove the Mawlid. These two ayahs mention Yahya and Isa Alayhimus Salam and we know Allah and our Nabi Akram Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam have reprimanded and rebuked the practices of the Christians. Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه reported: The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Do not exaggerate my praises as the Christians did with the son of Mary. Verily, I am only a servant, so refer to me as the servant of Allah and his messenger.” Evidence: Sahih al-Bukhari hadith No# 3261. 

So can you use this as evidence? The 2 ayahs also mention death of the Prophets, so will you also celebrate the death of the blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam in the same way you celebrate his birth? Why is there a biased selective policy and what you like you chose? “Wa Yawma Yamutu” and “Wa Yawma Amutu”, let us see if you are true to your FACTS and celebrate the death as well.

Evidence■(14:5) and many more.
>>>We have no idea what this ayah has to do with the Mawlid/Milad, this is nothing but distorting the Quran to conform to your views. Rather, this is pure fiction, with the lack of ability to even bring one clear proof from the Quran.

*Does the concept/belief of the ‘celebration of Mawlid/Milad’ exsist in the AHadeeth (Prophetic traditions)?: YES
Evidence: ■Sunan Nisa’i hadith No# 5428, ■Sahih Muslim Book of Sawm Hadith No#1162, ■Tirmidhi vol 1  Chapter of the birth of prophet ﷺ
>>>Does the concept/belief of the ‘celebration of Mawlid/Milad’ exists in the Ahadeeth (Prophetic traditions)?: NO

Evidence: ■Sunan Nisa’i hadith No# 5428
>>>This hadith has nothing to do with the Mawlid/Milad. For example Imam al-Nasa’i established the follower chapter heading for this hadith – باب كَيْفَ يَسْتَحْلِفُ الْحَاكِمُ – Chapter: How the Judge is to Ask People to Swear for an Oath, what does this have to do with Mawlid? The hadith mentions the companions praised Allah and made dua to him. This is not how these people celebrate Mawlid, they do the opposite. They place a chair in the Masjid, believing The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam will come to the gathering and sit on it!!!

■Sahih Muslim Book of Sawm Hadith No#1162
>>>In this hadith The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam just mentioned Monday, the day he was born. This has nothing to do with the Eid Milad an-Nabi or the way the Mawlid is celebrated, it certainly does not prove the Mawlid. Another reason why this is a fiction is because these people only celebrate the Mawlid/Milad on weekends at the Masajid and not on a Monday, so they don’t even follow this hadith themselves.

*Did the Prophet ﷺ celebrate his own birthday (mawlid/milad)?: YES! 
Evidence: ■Sahih Muslim, vol 2 Book of Sawm Hadith No# 1162
>>>Did the Prophet celebrate his own birthday (mawlid/milad)?: No!
The Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam used to fast on Mondays, if these people use this as an argument, do they fast every Monday? Of course not, so therefore using this as an evidence is wrong because they don’t even act upon it themselves.  The hadith also mentions revelation was also sent down on Monday, so how can they ascertain if the fasting on Monday is just due to the birth and not because revelation was sent down on Monday.

*Did Sayuduna Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه celebrate the Mawlid/Milad?: YES Evidence: ■Sunan Al Nisa’i hadith No# 5428
>>>Did Sayuduna Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه celebrate the Mawlid/Milad?: NO
The hadith does not mention the name of any companion, it is a gross distortion to say that Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه was sitting in the gathering, produce your evidence if you are truthful.

*Did Sayuduna Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه celebrate the Mawlid/Milad?: YES
Evidence: ■Sunan Al Nisa’i hadith No# 5428
>>>Did Sayuduna Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه celebrate the Mawlid/Milad?: NO
The hadith does not mention the name of any companion, it is a gross distortion to say that Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه was sitting in the gathering, produce your evidence if you are truthful.

*Did Sayuduna Uthmaan ibn Affaan رضي الله عنه celebrate the Mawlid/Milad?: YES
Evidence: ■Sunan Al Nisa’i hadith No# 5428
>>>Did Sayuduna Uthmaan ibn Affaan رضي الله عنه celebrate the Mawlid/Milad?: NO
The hadith does not mention the name of any companion, it is a gross distortion to say that Uthman رضي الله عنه was sitting in the gathering, produce your evidence if you are truthful.

*Did Sayuduna Ali ibn Abi Taalib رضي الله عنه celebrate the Mawlid/Milad?: YES
Evidence: ■Sunan Al Nisa’i hadith No# 5428
>>>Did Sayuduna Ali ibn Abi Taalib رضي الله عنه celebrate the Mawlid/Milad?: NO
The hadith does not mention the name of any companion, it is a gross distortion to say that Ali ibn Abi Taalib رضي الله عنه was sitting in the gathering, produce your evidence if you are truthful.

*Did Imam Abu Hanifah (may Allaah have mercy on him) Ever say Celebrating Mawlid is Haram, Innovation or Shirk?: NO.
>>>Did Imam Abu Hanifah (may Allaah have mercy on him) Ever say Celebrating Mawlid is Halal, permissible and allowed?: NO
Just show us ONE reference where Imam Abu Hanifah said it is allowed and permissible in the Shari’ah to celebrate the Mawlid/Milad!

*Did Imam Muhammad Idrees ash-Shaf’ee (may Allaah have mercy on him) Ever say Celebrating Mawlid is Haram, Innovation or Shirk ?: NO.
>>>Did Imam Muhammad Idrees ash-Shaf’ee (may Allaah have mercy on him) Ever say Celebrating Mawlid is Halal, permissible and allowed?: NO
Just show us ONE reference where Imam Muhammad Idrees ash-Shaf’ee said it is allowed and permissible in the Shari’ah to celebrate the Mawlid/Milad!

*Did Imam Maalik ibn Anas (may Allaah have mercy on him) Ever say Celebrating Mawlid is Haram, Innovation or Shirk ?: NO.
>>>Did Imam Maalik ibn Anas (may Allaah have mercy on him) Ever say Celebrating Mawlid is Halal, permissible and allowed?: NO
Just show us ONE reference where Imam Maalik ibn Anas said it is allowed and permissible in the Shari’ah to celebrate the Mawlid/Milad!

*Did Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (may Allaah have mercy on him) Ever say Celebrating Mawlid is Haram, Innovation or Shirk ?: NO.
>>>Did Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (may Allaah have mercy on him) Ever say Celebrating Mawlid is Halal, permissible and allowed?: NO
Just show us ONE reference where Ahmad ibn Hanbal said it is allowed and permissible in the Shari’ah to celebrate the Mawlid/Milad!

*Did any of the first THREE GENERATIONS of muslims Reject The celebration of Mawlid/Milad?: NO
>>>Did any of the first THREE GENERATIONS of muslims Reject The celebration of Mawlid/Milad?: YES

The Barailwi author and defender of the Mawlid, Abdul-Sam’i Rampuri clearly says the Mawlid gatherings were conducted in the sixth (6th) century of Islam, he says.

“The Mawlid gatherings which were organised at the end of the sixth (6th) century were considered to be good by the scholars and honourable people.” (Anwar Sati’a Dar Bayan Mawlud  wa Fatihah p.50)

Abdul Sam’i Rampuri scholar went onto say

“The selling of goods and products (related to Milad –  i.e. christmas milad trees, milad cakes, milad lights and HALWA) and with it being specific to the month of Rabi ul-Awwal and then further restricting and designating the 12th day for Milad was practised in later times i.e. at the end of the Sixth (6th) century.” (Anwar Sati’a p.159)

The Barelwi scholar Ahmad Yar Naeemi cites the view of Hafiz al-Sakhawi via the statement of Hafiz Ibn Hajr al-Haithami who said (i.e. al-Sakhawi) said,

“The Milād was not celebrated by anyone in the first three generations, it was introduced (innovated) later on.” (Ja’a al-Haq 1:235)

Another Sufi Barelwi scholar, Didar Ali, who is held with great esteem also acknowledged and affirmed there was no evidence for Mawlid during the first generation and the Salaf us-Salihin was in fact introduced (innovated/fabricated) later. (Rasul al-Kalam Fi Bayan al-Mawlid wal-Qiyam p.15)

The Barelwi Sufi Hadith explainer, Ghulam Rasool Saeedi said,

“I say: the Salaf us-Salihin meaning the Sahabah and the Tabi’in did not practise or organise Milad gatherings, and this is correct, however neither did the Sahabah or Tabi’in prohibit it” (Sharh Sahih Muslim 3:179)

It is very bad to say the four rightly guided Khulafa, Abu Bakr, Umar bin al-Khattab, Uthman bin Affan, Ali bin Abu Talim, the four Imams, Imams Abu Hanifah, Malik al-shafi’i and Ahmad bin Hanbal and the later scholars celebrated the Mawlid/Milad when we know from the quotes of the Barewli scholars themselves and historians that the Mawlid/Milad celebrations started in the 5-6th century of Islam, so could have these early righteous and pious people have celebrated the Mawlid/Milad.

*Does the concept/belief of the celebration of Mawlid/Milad’ exsist in the view of any previous scholars?: YES! Evidence: 
■Ibn Taymiyya Iqtidaa’ us-siraat-il-Mustaqeem, page 29 
■Ibn Kathir Seerat unNabi & Tareekh Islam vol 13
■Ibn Hajar Asqalani Fath ul Bari book of Nikah
■Imam Jalaluddin Sayuti- Al Hawi Lil Fatawi
■Shah Abdul haq Dehalwi Midarijun Nabuwwa Vol 1 (& Many more)
>>>Does the concept/belief of the celebration of Mawlid/Milad’ exsist in the view of any previous scholars?: NO! This is not true and a lie on this scholars. For example Ibn Taymiyya refer to
The Mawlid Papers – Part 33 – Part A – Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (728H) Demolishing the Bid’ah of Mawlid – What did he really say!!!

The Mawlid Papers – Part 34 – Part B – Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (728H) Demolishing the Bid’ah of Mawlid – What did he really say!!!

The Mawlid Papers – Part 35 – Part C – Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (728H) Demolishing the Bid’ah of Mawlid – What did he really say!!!

http://www.salafiri.com/the-mawlid-papers-part-33-part-a-shaikh-al-islam-ibn-taymiyyah-728h-demolishing-the-bidah-of-mawlid-what-did-he-really-say/

http://www.salafiri.com/the-mawlid-papers-part-34-part-b-shaikh-al-islam-ibn-taymiyyah-728h-demolishing-the-bidah-of-mawlid-what-did-he-really-say/

http://www.salafiri.com/the-mawlid-papers-part-35-part-c-shaikh-al-islam-ibn-taymiyyah-728h-demolishing-the-bidah-of-mawlid-what-did-he-really-say/

For Ibn Kathir refer to
The Mawlid Papers – Part 41 – Part A – Did Hafiz Ibn Kathir (d.774H) Endorse the Mawlid?
http://www.salafiri.com/the-mawlid-papers-part-41-part-a-did-hafiz-ibn-kathir-d-774h-endorse-the-mawlid/

*Is the celebration of Mawlid/Milad part of the religion of Islam?: YES 
As this is proven from Quran, Authentic Narrations & Rulings of scholars of Ahlusunnah aswell as Non-Ahlusunnah.
>>>Is the celebration of Mawlid/Milad part of the religion of Islam?: NO

Not at all, we only have two eids in Islam. Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, arrived in Medina during two days in which they were celebrating. The Prophet said, “What are these two days?” They said, “We would celebrate these two days in the time of ignorance.” The Prophet said, “Verily, Allah has replaced these two days with two better days: Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.” Evidence Sunan Abi Dawud hadith No# 1134.

*Do Majority of Muslims Celebrate Mawlid? YES 
■47 Islamic Countries have the Mawlid as a National public holiday.
>>>Majority is not a criteria for the truth, in fact islamic texts indicate the majority are misguided and destined for the hellfire. Evidence Allah said: “And most of them believe not in Allah except while they are mushrikun. (12:106)Mu’aawiyah ibn Abi Sufyaan رضي الله عنه that he said: The Messenger of Allaah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam stood among us and said: “Those who came before you of the people of the Book split into seventy-two sects, and this ummah will split into seventy-three: seventy-two in Hell and one in Paradise, and that is the jamaa’ah (main body of Muslims).” Evidence Sunan Abu Dawud hadith No# 4597; Mustadrak al-Hakim, 1:128.

*Who does not like to rejoice on the birth of the best of creation? 
Indeed everyone rejoices except for THE DEVIL and his counterparts: Evidence:
أن إبليس رن أربع رنات حين لعن وحين أهبط وحين ولد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وحين أنزلت الفاتحة
■Iblis (Satan) CRIED (screamed) loudly four times, 1- When Allah declared him as cursed, 2- When he was thrown out of Paradise, 3- When THE PROPHET ﷺ was BORN (MILAD) and 4- When Surah Fatiha was revealed [Ibn Kathir in Al Bidayah wan Nihayah, Volume 2, Page No. 166]
>>>I have checked three editions and the reference is totally different, in the Dar al-Fikr edition the reference is 9:224, in the Dar al-Ihya al-Turath al-Arabi print the reference is 9:251 and in the Dar al-Hajr print, it does not even mention this text. This is not the statement of the  The Messenger of Allaah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam but rather the statement of Mujahid and it is therefore mawquf, i.e. the reports stops at a Tabi’ee an his statement is not hujjah. Some scholars are of the view this statement is from the Isra’iliyat and therefore not a hujjah, which cannot be denied or affirmed.

Imam al-Qurtubi (d.656H) in his explanation of a hadith in Sahih Muslim hadith No# 81 which mentions the crying of Iblis said “The crying of iblis is not a remorse for his sin, nor a return from it, but because of the excessive envy and anger and pain that he had”. Evidence Imam al-Qurtubi, al-Mufham Lima Ashkala Min Talkhis Kitabi Muslim, Book of Iman, 1:273 under hadith No# 64.

*No surprise you see some crying faces in this month of Rabi ul Awal we can trace back their lineage.
>>>Perhaps this is the reason why you have crying faces when you never recite Surah al-Fatihah in any of the prayers when your pray in congregation behind the Imam!

*The Prophet ﷺ said: “I Fear when a so called Muslim will attack his neighbour Muslim with accusing him of SHIRK. The Prophet ﷺ was asked – which of the two will be deserving of such an accusation? – The attacker or the attacked? The Prophet ﷺ replied – The attacker (the one accusing the other of Shirk will in reality be a mushrik and committing shirk himself) (Bukhari, tarikh ul kabir)
>>>We have a principle from the hadith in Bukhari which is narrated by Abu Hurairah The Messenger of Allaah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “If a man says to his brother, O kafir (disbeliever)!’ Then surely one of them is such.” Evidence Sahih al-Bukhari hadith No# 6103. This hadith applies to the Muslim who is accused yet he is not committing shirk, if the accused is coming shirk or disbelief, then it will apply. Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنه reported the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “If any believing man calls another believing man a kafir, if he is one then it is applicable; if not, then he (the accuser) will become a kafir” Evidence Sunan Abu Dawud, hadith No# 4687.

This hadith is in Sahih Ibn Hibban Evidence Sahih Ibn Hibban, hadith No# 282. Imam Ibn Hibban placed the following chapter heading “Chapter: “The Prophet fearing on his Ummah the arguments of the hypocrites”. SO, it those people who say they follow Islam and its teachings but do everything against the teachings of Islam.

*Those who attack us with accusations of Shirk should fear for their own faith and read the above narration.
>>>We don’t attack anyone, we clarify the truth with regards to Shirk and Bid’ah

*Is it so hard to listen and obey The Quran & The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ? your choice!!!
>>>Every Muslim must consider the following saying of the Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam very seriously, Jaabir reported that the Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam used to deliver his sermon with this opening:

“The best word is the Book of Allâh and the best way is that of Muhammad (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam). The worst deed is innovation and each innovation is a deviation from Islaam.” Evidence Sahih Muslim hadith No# 1885.

There is an additional remark in Sunan An-Nasaaee:

“Every deviation from Islaam leads to Hell-fire”. Evidence Sahih Muslim hadith No# 1581.

‘A’ishah reported that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“Whoever does an act which is not in agreement with our faith, such an act is rejected.” Evidence Sahih al-Bukhari hadith No# 861.

There is another report by her with different wordings:

“Whoever invents something in our faith which does not originally exist, has nothing to do with us.” Evidence Sahih Muslim hadith No# 4266-7.

*Do you want to follow the Quran & Sahabi or the Shaytaan & Wahabi?
>>>‘Irbaad ibn Saariyah reported that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever survives me would observe many differences. However, you should follow my sunnah and that of my rightly guided caliphs. Adhere to it firmly. Beware! Avoid innovation, for each innovation is a deviation from Islaam.” EvidenceSunan Abi Dawud hadith No# 4590.

*Dont delay make the decision today!!!
>>>Dont delay make the decision today!!! Yes by Allah don’t delay, think about the Quran and Hadith and the amazing intellect Allah has given you. and this is not one TV advert that sell yourself for falsehood.

“The Chanting of Salutaions will be forever, from which the hearts will blossom,
>>>“Allaahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa ‘ala aali Muhammad kama salayta ‘ala Ibraaheem wa ‘ala aali Ibraaheem, innaka hameedun majeed. Allaahumma baarik ‘ala Muhammad wa ‘ala aali Muhammad kama baarakta ‘ala Ibraaheem wa ‘ala aali Ibraaheem, innaka hameedun majeed (O Allaah, send prayers upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad, as You sent prayers upon Ibraaheem and upon the family of Ibraaheem; You are indeed Worthy of Praise, Full of Glory. O Allaah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad as You sent blessings upon Ibraaheem and upon the family of Ibraaheem; You are indeed Worthy of Praise, Full of Glory).” Evidence Sahih al-Bukhari hadith No# 3700 Sahih Muslim hadith No# 406.

Allah keep the Ahlusunnah Thriving, The Messengers ﷺ Milad will forever Continue”
>>>May Allah aid Ahl al-Sunnah to continue to defend this beautiful religion and to follow and love the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam in the best possible way, as this is true ultimate love and following his teachings.

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