Sufi Answer: On Celebrating Mawlid

EVIDENCE FOR CELEBRATING MAWLID NABI:

HADITH ON TRUE BELIEVERS CELEBRATE THE MAWLID (BRITH) OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (ALAIHISWALATHU WA SALAM):

In the Name of Allah Most Merciful Most Beneficent
It was narrated that Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (R.A) said: Mua’wiya (Radiyallahu ta’ala Anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam) went out to a circle -meaning ,of his companions- and said: ‘What are you doing?’
They said: ‘We have come together to pray to Allah and praise Him for guding us to His religion, and blessings us with you’.
He said: ‘I ask you ,by Allah, is that the only reason?
They said: “By Allah,we have not come together for any other reason..
He (Nabi Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam) said:I am not asking you to swear an oath because of any suspicion; rather Jibreel (A.S) came to me and told me that Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, is boasting of you to the angels.(Sahih).
Reference: Sunan an-Nasa’i Vol 6Hadith 5428, Darussalam Publications (Saudi-Salafi publications)

Comments: From this Hadith we can perceive that, Sahaba gathered together to Praise Allah and Thank Allah, which was not directly commanded by Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam), their main purpose of their gathering was to recite Zikr and to thank Allah for granting them the blessings to be with Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam).

Some people misguided by devil, are deprived of such blessed gatherings (Zikr and Mawlid Majlis) where Angels attend and Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala is Proud of them.
This is the Al Jamah, (Quran 4:69) the Creed whom Allah is Happy with and they are happy with Him.

NECESSITY TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLES OF THE COMPANIONS:

On the authority of Abu Najeeh al-’Irbaad ibn Saariyah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave us a sermon by which our hearts were filled with fear and tears came to our eyes. So we said, “O Messenger of Allah! It is as though this is a farewell sermon, so counsel us.” He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “I counsel you to have taqwa (fear) of Allah, and to listen and obey [your leader], even if a slave were to become your ameer. Verily he among you who lives long will see great controversy, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafa ar-Rashideen (the rightly guided caliphs), those who guide to the right way. Cling to it stubbornly [literally: with your molar teeth]. Beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for verily every bidah (innovation) is misguidance.” [Sunan Abu Dawud 4607]


THE PEOPLE OF ALLAH AND THOSE WHO OPPOSE THEM:

Quran 58:22 You will not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day having affection for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred. Those – He has decreed within their hearts faith and supported them with spirit from Him. And We will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally. Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him – those are the party of Allah. Unquestionably, the party of Allah – they are the successful.

THE PEOPLE WHO DISAPPROVE MAWLID AND SLANDER THOSE WHO CELEBRATE THE PRAISE OF ALLAH, ARE NORMALLY SEEN AS VIOLENT PEOPLE AND ARE FOLLOWERS OF EXTREMIST DOCTRINES:
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah and Abu Sa’eed both bore witness that the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “No people sit in a gathering remembering Allah,. But the angles surround them, mercy covers them, tranquility descends upon them and Allah remembers them before those who are with Him” Sahih , Ibn Majah,Hadith Number 3791

Their heart is not peaceful and they are people of harsh words and behavior!

So stay away from them and stick to the tranquil and peaceful Jamah lead by peaceful and soft hearted Imams and Pious Scholars!

WHAT IS PRACTICED IN MAWLID CELEBRATIONS:

Jareer (Radiyallahu Anhu) reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever institutes a good practice in Islam will have its reward and the reward of whoever acts upon it without detracting from their rewards in the slightest, and whoever institutes an evil practice in Islam will have its sin and the sin of those who act upon it without detracting from their sins in the slightest.”Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1017

Nobody have pointed out that there is an evil practice in Mawlid celebrations. Main Body of Muslims (Saved Sect) who are lead by the Khalifas of Islam (Abbasids/Ottomans) .It is only heretics who slander Muslims for celebrating Mawlid Sharif!.

Mawlid is A Good Practice Which Usually Include:

1- Recitation of Zikr and Salawat Nabi (Durood)

Zikr and reciting Salawat Nabi are most virtuous deeds. 

2- Muslims gathering to praise Allah and to remember Allah’s Mercy 

3- Open Dawah by reciting the Poems, talks about History of the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) and Sahaba. Heretics who reject Mawlid, doing their own version of modern Dawah and debates which have no basis in Quran and Sunnah!

4- Feeding people: Giving food and distributing gifts and spreading greetings among Muslims is also commanded in Sunnah!

Abu Huraira (Radiyallahu Anhu) reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Give each other gifts and you will love each other.Source: al-Adab al-Mufrad 594

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) it is related that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said,

“I swear by the one in whose hand lies my soul that you will not enter paradise until you believe. And you shall not believe until you love one another. Shall I tell you something, that if you practice it you will love another? Spread the (salam) Islamic greeting amongst yourselves.”[Sahih Muslim]

Social Gatherings like Mawlid Celebrations brings Muslims together and gives them an opportunity to meet fellow Muslims and exchange greetings of Peace, Smile, and gifts to young people!

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 12: Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (Radiyallahu Anhu):A man asked the Prophet(alaihiswalathu wa salam) , “What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?” The Prophet replied, ‘To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not Know (See Hadith No. 27).

So we can see that, there is  no evil associated with Mawlid, but the virtues and benefits related to celebrating Mawlid make it essential in this days to celebrate Mawlid!.

May Allah save us from heretics, hypocrites and innovators , those who deny the Sunnah and good practice which is established by Muslims by putting Sunnah acts together!

THOSE WHO DISTORT ISLAM AND CALL MUSLIMS MUSHIRK:

Quran 5:41 O Messenger, let them not grieve you who hasten into disbelief of those who say, “We believe” with their mouths, but their hearts believe not, and from among the Jews. [They are] avid listeners to falsehood, listening to another people who have not come to you. They distort words beyond their [proper] usages, saying “If you are given this, take it; but if you are not given it, then beware.” But he for whom Allah intends fitnah – never will you possess [power to do] for him a thing against Allah. Those are the ones for whom Allah does not intend to purify their hearts. For them in this world is disgrace, and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.

Quran 4:65 But no, by the Lord, they can have no (real) Faith, until they make thee judge in all disputes between them, and find in their souls no resistance against Thy decisions, but accept them with the fullest conviction.

Quran 49:14 The dwellers of the desert say: We believe. Say: You believe not, but say, We submit; and faith has not yet entered into your hearts. And if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not diminish aught of your deeds. Surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

On the authority of Abu Muhammad Abdullah bin ’Amr bin al-’Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “None of you [truly] believes until his desires are subservient to that which I have brought.” 40 Hadith Nawawi [Imam an-Nawawi says:] We have related it in Kitab al-Hujjah with a saheeh chain of narrators.

True faith comes with complete acceptance and submission to the Way as propagated by the Prophet Muhammad (alaihiswalathu wa salam)

So,we can see that those who oppose Mawlid with silly arguments have a defect in their faith in Islam!

Explained by: Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani
*Representative of the Naqshbandi Tariqah

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