Milad-Un-Nabi (This question was bound to come)

Q: Assalama Alaikum Imam,
What does Islam say about milad un Nabi? Are we allowed to have special events  just for this month?Hold especial events just for this month,Isn’t celebrating the birth of our beloved Prophet (s)?
Jazakumullah Kahir.
Time: Tuesday February 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm
Q: is it a sin to eat milad food? is it a sin to attend? if i say Christ is not alive can i say he is with me at the Milad? If an imaam allos for it can we perform salah behind him? any advice to this matter would be appreciated.
Time: February 01, 2011 at 08:01 am (text)

A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

  • No proof exists in religion as it relates to celebrating the birthday of any prophet (peace be upon them all.)
  • These is no evidence as to the exact date of when Prophet Mohamad (SAW) was born from any authentic source. To make up a date is false and would thus register as a lie, and to lie would impose the curse of Allah (SWT) upon the liar. (Yes, we know the month and day as best as possible, this does not indicate date!)
  • To go to events in which there is a direct link to ‘milad-un-nabi ‘is not sanctioned by our religion, even if the name or title of program states otherwise. However, if such programs are held every month, for example sirah of Rasulullah (SAW), than to attend this event in any month of the year would not be part of an innovative (bidah)  behavior. In-fact it would be very rewarding, mainly due to the consistency of such an event. Allah (swt) loves people that are consistent (hadith) more so in the love of His Prophet (SAW).
  • To attend an event that titles itself as Milad-Un-Nabi is a bidah — innovation.
  • To accept that the prophet (saw) is physically present in such gatherings is part of shirk. This is a major sin in Islam.
  • To feed people with the niyah th (intention) that the prophet (saw) is present is haram, to accept that he (SAW) is eating that food is shirk (kufar to some), to consume such food is forbidden for people that wish to remain as part of ahle sunnah wal jamat.
  • To attack people that do these events without attaining the facts is a sin. One can denounce such events if they are forcing you to attend. If in doubt regarding these events, do not attend. Do not eat such foods if they are linked to what is called ‘milad-un-nabi.’ Pray for their spiritual well-being without a sense of superiority. Give warning to those that ask for it and are keen towards accepting your advice. Do not promote greater fitnah. Work with people to do good, do not work people away from you, work people towards you.
  • If an imaam promotes that Rasulullah (SAW) is present in such events, than one should read their salah behind him at the musjid they attend, however, they must later go to a private area or home and repeat the salah again. Such imaams are not kaffirs, they are just misguided. We deal with misguided people with sensitivity and in a cordial mature manner to gradually win them over.
  • I do agree, a person from amongst us must be firm in guiding the community away from wrongful actions. They must do so with wisdom (hikmah) — gently and with maturity.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

3 responses to “Milad-Un-Nabi (This question was bound to come)

  1. worried mother

    As-salaam-alaikum. It is my understanding that any form of education to our ummah about Rasulallah (saw) is good. It is important that our children learn more about history and an evening at the mosque does not have to be an issue about celebrating a birthday. In fact, as the Imam has indicated, if we don’t know the birthdate exactly then we are just gathering. As for food, I think it kind for a few families to want to feed our community, I think because the youth were having an all night sleepover the food was needed for them and thereby shared for all. Once I was asked why people have Quran recitals in their homes as a house warming and the Arab friend was against it. I told him, isn’t it best that the first event in our new home should be remembering Allah (swt) and reading the Quran? Isn’t it always a blessing for us to have a reason to gather and read the Quran? I think isn’t it a blessing for us to have a place to gather and learn more about Islam, whether it is called Milad-un-Nabi or Sirat-un-Nabi, it is remembering and learning more about our past. I am grateful for the new knowledge that I always get coming to the mosque and listening to the Imam. If you are doing this in your home already with your family then that is good but, there is something also said for doing things in a congregation. For women, it is not often we can do this with our families in the mosque. Imam is the scholar, it is just my opinion any form of knowledge or lecture opportunity that is given to us is good for our Ummah and for our children. I think considering to change the name, if that will bring knowledge to more of the community, then the EC should consider doing this. But, I think Sirat-un-Nabi seems fine, it is just saying that we are doing a speech, talk, about our Rasulullah (saw).
    Jazakullah-Khair.

  2. Assalamualaikum

    Knowledge about matters like validity of Milad is very important. As you have mentioned, muslims must love prophet (SAWS), and sahaba have shown us the correct way of loving the prophet (SAWS): by following quran and his sunnah (last sermon of prophet, SWAS). Abu Bakr Al-Siddique (RA) never celebrated prophet’s (SAW) birthday nor did any sahabi. Unfortunately, ignorant practices have become part and parcel of our communities in the subcontinent and elsewhere.

    Our children should be motivated to learn about prophet (SAWS) in a proper way. It is very difficult to develop an islamic behaviour -just by attending a speech or a dinner; it has to be inculcated in a sunnah way (the way prophet, SAWS, taught his sahaba) : Five prayers in the masjid, regular religious education at home and practicing islam in all our dealings.

    Indeed, we should have more programs at our masjid, teaching the right way of practicing islam. It is very important for every muslim to know what Allah expects of us and how we should respect and love our prophet (SAWS).

    May Allah help us and our children to practice islam in day-to-day life. Ameen!

    Jazakallah-Khair

  3. وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته
    *Each of your points are VERY well taken.
    *I reflect your sentiments when you said: ‘Knowledge about matters like validity of Milad is very important.‘ (Key word to me being that of validity. You bring back memory of taking classes in the stats department! Good job)
    *Your concern for children remains correct. It is imperative to assist them in knowing religion for what religion is.
    و السلام