Why we celebrate Milad/Mawlid?
نحمدہ و نصلی و نسلم علی رسولہ الکریم
فاعوذ باللہ من الشیطان الرجیم
بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
قال اللہ تعالی فی القرآن المجید والفرقان الحمید
صدق اللہ العظیم و صدق رسولہ النبی الکریم
ٰان اللہ و مالائکتہ یصلون علی النبی یا ایھا الذین امنوا صلوا علیہ وسلموا تسلیما
Please read the following out loud:
الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا رسول اللہ
الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا حبیب اللہ
الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا نور اللہ
الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا رحمۃ للعالمین
Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,
May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala make me write only the truth and the right, and May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala make us all read, understand, implement, and spread the right and the truth. (Ameen)
Every year when Rabiul Awwal arrives most people rejoice awaiting the 12th of Rabiul Awwal (Milad un Nabi), but then there are some who call out this act of joy as a wrongful act. Why do they state this as a wrongful act? Why do they say Milad is Haraam and not allowed?
1. Before anything else you need to know what actually IS Milad?
Milad basically came from the Arabic word Mawlid which means birth. So, Milad un Nabi means the Birth Celebration of the Prophet Muhammad Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam.
2. Now why do we celebrate the birth of The Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam?
Simple, because Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala told us to. Allah Almighty tells us to give thanks for the gifts he gives us. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala gave us every gift, but never once said that oh people I granted, bestowed, conferred on you, but when The Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam was sent to us Allah Almighty said in the Quran Surah Ale Imran Ayat 164:
Allah has indeed bestowed a great favor upon the Muslims, in that He conferred on them a Noble Messenger (Prophet Mohammed ﷺ) from among them, who recites to them His verses, and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and wisdom; and before it, they were definitely in open error. (The Prophet Mohammad ﷺ – is one of Allah’s greatest favors to mankind.)
Now think and ask yourself why would celebrating the day the biggest gift was given to us be haram? Celebrating, giving thanks, showing signs of happiness, and we don't just do it for a day we do it continuously, year around, 365 days, even the holidays. Every moment we're giving thanks to Allah for The Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam.
By rejoicing in Milad
3. Now why do some people say it's haram, if it's just giving thanks?
Some "people" have declared Milad to be haram saying it's an evil Bid'at because in their opinion the celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries have no connection with Islam, since this is what the kuffar do, and they accuse us of promoting the customs of the kuffar when we celebrate Milad. They also say Milad is a form of imitation of the kuffar, which The Prophet has strictly forbidden.
4. Now to answer the questions some "people" pose.
a. celebration of birthdays/anniversaries like kuffar in Islam is not permissible?
b. is Milad promoting/imitating the customs of kuffar?
Yes, I know you're probably thinking wait she just wrote that Milad is the birth celebration of the Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam and now she's saying no it's not a birthday. Huh?
Think to yourself. What takes place at a Milad celebration?
A few Naats (Poems in praise of The Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam), Dars (speech), mostly people are fed, but most importantly an effort is made to fill people's hearts with the Love of The Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam, to educate them of His sunnah, His miracles, His character. Milad is one of the best places for a person to learn about The Prophet, and learning about The Prophet, you learn about Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala, because of course The Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam told us about Allah.
Surah Maryam Ayat 15 Allah says about Hazrat Yahya, “And mercy is on him the day he was born, and the day he will taste death, and the day he will be raised alive.”
"Mercy is on him the day he was born," our Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam is better than all the other Nabis. Then how can it be that The Prophet's birth date cannot be of mercy and happiness.
Are we really imitating kuffar when we're doing Milad? Think birthdays. What comes to mind? Cake, candles, and the infamous "happy birthday to you" song. Now think of Milad. What comes to mind? Naats, Zikar, Rasoolullaah, Allah. Do you see a similarity? Birthdays are once a year, and Milads are every week. (yes, every week sometimes there are 5 in a week, and I'm only talking about Chicago)
Milad is not just 12th Rabbiul Awwal, yes that day is the most important of all, because that is the day our Beloved Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam was sent to us, the biggest gift given to us. Every Monday is a special day because it was the day The Prophet came in this world. The Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam fasted on Mondays.
Every night, at the time when the Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam came in this world, Allah's mercy comes down to the first sky (there are 7) and calls down to the people, “Oh people ask me anything and I will grant it to you.” What is this? This is Milad
Hajj? What is this? Why do people travel so far just to go around a house made of bricks, wearing nothing but a simple white dressing, not cutting their nails? Why do they throw pebbles? They're all random actions, but why? In remembrance of The Prophet Ibrahim and Ismaeel Alaihis Salaam, and our Prophet is above them, so why is remembering Him Haram?
Namaz/Salaah? Why do we read 2 rak'at fard for Fajar? 4 for Zohar? 4 for Asar? 3 for Maghrib? 4 for Isha? In remembrance of the Prophets, Prophet Adam Alaihis Salaam for Fajar, Prophet Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam for Zuhar, Prophet Moosa Alaihis Salaam for Asar, Prophet Aiyyub Alaihis Salaam for Maghrib, and Prophet Isaa Alaihis Salaam for Ishaa. And our Prophet is above all of them, so why is remembering Him Haram?
Milad is a way of remembering our Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam, a way of learning about him.
How is this haram? Ask them what is haram? Haram is something that is proven from the Quran. Quran itself is a Naat of Our Prophet Sallal lahu alaihi wasallam. Quran itself is Milad e Mustafa.
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala says in Surah Alam Nashrah Ayat 4
And We have exalted your remembrance for you (O dear Prophet Mohammad ﷺ).
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala says in Surah Anbiya Ayat 107
And We did not send you (O dear Prophet Mohammadﷺ ) except as a mercy for the entire world.
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala says in Surah Nisa Ayat 174
O mankind! Indeed the clear proof from your Lord has come to you, and We have sent down to you a bright light.
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala says in Surah Ahzab Ayat 45, 46, and 47
O Nabi! We have indeed sent you as an observing present witness and a bringer of glad tidings and warning. And as a caller towards Allah, by His command, and as a sun that enlightens. And give glad tidings to the believers that for them is Allah’s extreme bounty.
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala says In Surah Fath Ayat 10
Those who swear allegiance to you (O dear Prophet Mohammadﷺ ), do indeed in fact swear allegiance to Allah; Allah’s Hand of Power is above their hands; so whoever breaches his oath, has breached his own greater promise; and whoever fulfils the promise he has with Allah - so very soon Allah will bestow upon him a great reward.
The thing to think here is Allah's Hand? When the Prophet put his Hand, Allah said that is MY hand.
That is what Milad is,
Indeed Allah and His angels send blessings (durood) on the Prophet; O People who Believe! Send blessings (durood) and abundant salutations upon him
What is Allah's durood on His Prophet?
What is our durood?
Milad e Mustafa
There’s way more to Milad than just this article; this is only a fraction about Milad.
Please remember Noor Academy, me, and my family in your prayers.
1/25/2013 01:49:54 pm
I liked very much this definition of Meelad
2/14/2013 07:11:17 pm
Noormuhammad Hajee Sheriff
8/25/2013 07:13:36 am
Beautiful explanation :) I was just watching the video of Alhaaj Owais Raza Qadri's milad at the darbaar of Khwaja Ghareeb Nawaz r.a. on Youtube, the 2005 one for the chatti of Khwaja r.a. and i had forgotten the definition of 'wa ra fa'na laka zikrak' and while googling it to see the definition again, i came accross this post :)
8/27/2013 01:22:42 pm
JazakAllah for your prayers. May Allah also reward His countless blessings on you and your family.
1/9/2014 11:32:12 pm
Beautiful explanation May Allah bless you with plenty of knowledge.jazak Allah khari
Ayyub M. Dada... Kenya
6/2/2014 04:32:57 am
1/26/2015 03:35:18 pm
Excellent.. Very well written sister R..will be posting this on FB
2/8/2015 04:39:46 am
JazakAllah for sharing your feedback and spreading the word.
8/16/2015 10:56:04 pm
I was googiling Warafhna Laka Zikruk when i came across your definition of milad. I hope those that say its haraam read it understand it and respond. I like the definition of a christian birthday to the milad, i can use this as base when i debate with someone"a so called believer" about milad being haraam. Jazakallah Shukran
6/22/2016 05:09:42 am
I want to thank you for this beautiful description, May Allah bless you and your family, and all the members of the Noor Academy. May Allah forgive all our sins, by the waseela of Hazrat Muhammad swallallahu alaihi wa swallam!
10/4/2016 07:51:21 pm
Ameen, Allahumma Ameen. JazakAllahu Khair. Please continue to remember Noor Academy in your duas.
12/14/2016 08:51:02 pm
Masha Allah. This article shut the mouth of People who speak against Milad e Mustafa SWA is bidat
6/1/2018 01:35:00 am
MashaAllah. Indeed you are Enlightened
Rais Uddin Ahmed
9/13/2020 04:56:28 pm
MashAllah you have given a wonderful evidence in favour of Milad E Mustafa S.A.
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