Among the reprehensible innovations that people have invented is the celebration of the birth of the Prophet, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam, in the month of Rabee’ al-Awwal.
Some people simply make it an occasion to gather and read the story of the Mawlid, then they present speeches and Qaseedahs (songs) on this occasion. Others prepare food and refreshments to serve to the people present. Yet others hold these celebrations in the mosques, and some of them hold them in their houses.
Some people however transcend the boundaries by engaging in Haram (unlawful) and reprehensible things, such as free mixing of men and women, dancing and singing, or committing actions of Shirk (polytheism) such as seeking the help of the Prophet, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam, calling upon him, seeking his support against their enemies and so on.
Whatever form it takes and whatever the intentions of those doing this, there is no doubt that Mawlid is an invented, Haram innovation which was introduced after the three best centuries, in order to corrupt the religion of the Muslims.
Below we take a look at three reasons why celebrating the birth of the Holy Prophet is an innovation and therefore a forbidden (Haram) act.
#1.The Prophet Never Celebrated His or Anybody’s Birthday
Celebrating birthdays is not part of the Sunnah of the Messenger, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam, or of the Caliphs who succeeded him. Since this is the case, then it is a forbidden innovation.
The Prophet, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam, said: “I urge you to follow my Sunnah and the way of the rightly-guided caliphs after me; adhere to it and cling to it firmly. Beware of newly-invented matters, for every newly-invented matter is an innovation (Beda’s) and every innovation is a going-astray.” (Reported by Ahmad, 4/126; at-Tirmidhi no. 2676).
None can get close to Allaah by acts of worship which were not performed by the Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam, his companions and the four righteous Caliph that succeeded him. Legislating acts of worship that the Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam and his people never did upon the Ummah is accusing the Prophet of hiding knowledge. If there was any virtue in celebrating the Prophet’s birthday, he would not have hidden that from his companions.
#2.Immitation of the Kuffar
Celebrating the birthday of the Prophet, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam, is an imitation of the Christians, because they celebrate a day they chose as the birth of the Prophet Essa (may Allaah exalt his mention). Imitating them is extremely Haram. The Hadith tells us that it is forbidden to imitate the non-believers and we are commanded to differ from them. The Prophet, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam, said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them” (reported by Ahmad, 2/50; Abu Dawood, 4/314). And he said: “Be different from the Mushrikeen” (Reported by Muslim, 1/222, no. 259) – especially with regard to things that are the symbols or rituals of their religion.
#3.Causes Exaggeration that May Lead to Worship
Besides being Beda’s and an imitation of the Christians, both of which are Haram, celebrating the birthday of the Prophet, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam, is also a means that leads to exaggeration and excess in venerating him, which even goes as far as calling upon him (making Du’a’ i.e., supplicating to him) and seeking his help, instead of calling upon Allaah. This is commonly seen among many of those who observe the Beda’s of the Mawlid, when they call upon the Messenger, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam, instead of Allaah, and ask him for support, and sing Qaseedahs (odes) of Shirk praising him, like Qaseedat al-Burdah etc.
To those who celebrate this day, we say there are many authentic traditions of the Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam that you did not complete doing, then why would you start something that he never did?