Malawian Muslims Chased at Asian Muslims Milad–un-Nabee Feast

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    BY BASHIR AMIN

    BLANTYRE:One’s misfortune is someone’s luck, so they say. But in all fairness, we do not celebrate at the misfortunes of other people. What this adage tries to convey is that we should tread carefully where a colleague wronged or exceeded bounds. The traditional maxim is a call for people to learn from the mistakes of others. But even to the victims themselves, the rough encounters are lessons, hence the adage: once bitten twice shy. One Richard Hooker once said, “Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.” This brings me to the conclusion that forewarned is fore-armed.

    If you are one of those people who sniff at every feast that you hear, then the following story should caution your greed:

    Just a few days after a historic Ziyara Parade in Blantyre, a celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad, Malawian Muslims got a shock when they were chased out of a feast which was organized at Mpingwe Sports Club Hall, as part of the celebration.

    Confiding to Malawi Muslim Official website after Dhuhr prayers in Limbe, a group of brothers said the ordeal happened on Sunday, four days after the parade. Yaseen Aufi, one of the brothers said:

    “A few days ago, all Muslims celebrated the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) together as one family. We gathered and marched in large numbers in various places for the celebrations. Just last Sunday, the celebrations reached the climax when Muslims around Limbe convened at Mpingwe Sports Club to share a meal. But to the surprise of Muslims of Malawian origin, only Asian Muslims (Amwenye) were allowed into the dining hall.” Aufi continued to lament that he endeavored to enter but he could only salivate at the mouth-watering food.

    “When I entered and I was about to dish out for myself, one Asian (name withheld) grabbed my plate and said that I was not allowed to enter the hall. ‘It’s only Asians who are allowed here!’ exclaimed the Asian” said Aufi.

    “When I asked why, this Asian pushed me out. I insisted to know the reasons for their hostility, and then I was told that if we were to eat, we had to wait for left-overs. This didn’t go well with me because I wanted some answers as to why Malawians should be subjected to such dog-like treatment, but my curiosity became more disconsolate. He only told me that it was their arrangement that Asians must eat first and Malawians later if at all there were left-overs. He told me to obey his authority because he was in-charge of the hall. He got furious that it took the intervention of on-lookers to separate us.” worried Aufi.

    “We are worried and tired of this racist behavior. What is most ironic is that just a couple of days ago, these same people (Asians), sent trucks to ferry people (Malawians) and we responded positively. Now that they have fulfilled their objective, today they don’t want to dine with us. They only use us and continue to segregate us just because we are black.

    “This is total racism and I don’t think it can be condoned in Malawi. Surprisingly, on the day of the parade, there were thousands of Malawians against a handful of the Asians. This is not even the first time, last year the same man exchanged blows with some Muslims over similar issues. It’s high time we spoke out and something must be done. No one should suppress us. We need to speak about this attitude so that it must stop. We are all humans and we deserve respect as citizens of this country.” he complained.

    Another brother, Adam Taipi, who also suffered the embarrassment, concurred with his colleague. Taipi said Asian Muslims have no single respect for Malawians as witnessed by their conduct even at Mosques. He wondered what kind of Islam they practice. “Islam promotes peace and love, humbleness and empathy. But you will rarely see these people interact with us (blacks). They live a closed life of high esteem and pride. They think lavishness is anything to grant them Jannah. Their character and attitude to other races are far from our noble prophet Muhammad (SAW). We have seen how Arabs show love to their fellow Muslims. When you meet at the Mosque, they would greet and embrace everyone. But Asians would never do that. They are selfish.”

    It is also reported that a son to Sheikh Muhammad Ismail, a renowned and long time employee with Limbe Muslim jamaat, Salim Ishmail, was told off at the feast. His father was only allowed on compassion.

    Also commenting on the issue of Asian Muslims being racist, another brother noted persistent nepotism and ill treatment against Malawian employees in their companies. He mentioned the pathetic conditions and wages that Malawians get in Asian organizations and companies. “We are subjected to risks when discharging our jobs but they offer us peanuts yet their fellow unqualified and inexperienced Asians enjoy good perks and conditions at the expense of well qualified Malawians. Merit does not exist in these people. They feel no remorse in their conduct. They treat as like dogs.” he said.

    Similar sentiments were also uttered by a cross section of Muslims in Limbe. Speaking to Malawi Muslim Official Website, one brother cited as an example some Asians who do not want to share a space with Malawians during prayers in a Mosque. “On several occasions, I have been pushed away by a certain Asian in Limbe Mosque. He doesn’t want to sit close or get into contact with Malawians. He is so rude.” said the brother.

    One sister also recalled an incident at Lilongwe’s Area 2 Mosque where Asians would walk out of the Mosque when a Malawian was reading Khutbah (Friday sermon), saying they would not allow to be led by a black man who they believe is cursed.

    Malawi is one of the few countries in this part of Africa where financial status earn Asians undue respect from indigenous locals.

    The celebrations were organised by Attariqatul Qadriyah Sunni Association (AQSA). This year, the Ziyara parade (Eid Melaad-un-nabee) hit a record of about 130 000 patrons in Blantyre alone. Eid Melaad-un-Nabee is an annual celebration of Muslims on the birth of prophet Muhammad (SAW), who was born on the 12th day of the lunar Islamic month of Rabi-ul-Awwal in 570 AD. However, some schools of thoughts express reservations about the authenticity of the celebrations because the prophet himself neither observed his birthday nor did he advise his followers to do so.

    This Muhammad, whom Muslims were celebrating his birth, was commanded to warn people and call them to the worship of one God. He preached about truthfulness, fidelity, honesty, charity, and compassion. He taught man to be just, to treat lovingly and kindly, to bring goodness to every orphan, the weak, the oppressed and the poor. He said all human are equals; race, colour, creed, wealth or power, are nothing in the sight of Allah. Slaves and prisoners were ransomed. He died at the age of 63 after completing his prophetic mission.

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    1. Iam not surprised at all this is how they behave,they feel they are a superior race in the eyes of Allah because of their colour and that Allah blessed them with cash,in such that they can abuse us anyhow.

      You agree with me that next year's turn up for their parade will be even much higher after being promised that they will recieve plastic buckets of water.

      This practice was never practiced by our beloved Prophet even those who followed him,if it was worth saawad he could have told us on his Last Hajj,please my fellow Muslim we need to wake up he forewarned us not follow the way Christians do,beware of Idolators and bidaah

    2. It is sad to hear that muslims can treat their fellow muslims like trush.

      It is not surprising to me that muslims of Indian origin treated other muslims (black muslims) in this way.The fact is in most cases our brothers are racists.check when performing swalat,you will find that the majority of them really ditaste even to stand shoulder to shoulder with a black muslim in swalat.Is only that Islam promotes brotherhood in faith but if they had a way they would not be mingling with us black muslims.Besides,to them money is a criteria they use on who to befriend and who is not.

      A word of warning to those brothers and sisters who want to make themselves servants to other human beings is that they will be answerable to Almighty Allah on why they had to reduce themselves to that low levels.Let us be thankful to Allah of whatever He has blessed us with. why should we be the receiving end always.we should also pay/give.

    3. Malawians? discriminated in their own country? If they were doing this celebration in the cause of the Prophet (saw) without practicing what the Prophet taught us; to live as one Ummah, I doubt if their sacrifices were accepted…moreover, do you expect them to behave Islamically while in the practice of innovation like this?

      We Malawian Muslims should take this as a lesson. These people like us (the blacks) only when we can do something which they cannot do.

      Then next year we see the same discriminated Malawians following these people, that is because ife a Malawi sitimamva kamodzi.

      May Allah protect us

    4. Mmmh! this is too much, what kind of Islam is this! all this just because of food! with this kind of behavior they must know that they are very far from the teachings of Islam. Qur'an should not be a just decorative book in their cars, they have to read and understand it how the Prophit Muhammad (pbuh) treated the Muslims in general and the needy in particular. Blacks and whites the only difference between them is Taqwa, this is how our beloved (pbuh) the leader of all messangers of Allah taught us. (FOOD?)

    5. Tikamati 'amwenye' thats what we mean. They are the worst hypocrites I have ever met. They think they are more closer to Allah than us. Even us sisters when we meet their wives and pass salamu to them, they never respond. Can u imagine a Muslim failing to respond to the beautiful Islamic greeting from another fellow Muslim just because she is black.

      May Allah forgive them and us as well. Let these horrible acts of them not affect our iman. InshaAllah we are going to meet on Judgement Day and the Almighty is going to show us who is who. Keep your iman up and continue living your life the Islamic way.

    6. But Brother Bashir Amin, did you try to talk to the concerned Asians to hear their side of the story? I can hardly belive this!

      • Believe it or not, typically muslim Asians, more particularly of Malawi origin, are never devoid of racism traits. Only those who are employed to defend their 'inappropriate' behaviour towards Malawians, muslims or christians, can hardly believe the story in its entirety.

    7. E!E!E! Food food food, I see food is realy important than the teachings of Islam especially to muslims be them black of the other races. So its food now, Keep it up next time shoot them if they will be disturbing you in your foodling sessions.And expect to enter Jannah, sichoncho. oti mwawamana zakudyawo mumakaimanawonso panzere wa swala limodzi inu nkumageya enawo akunjenjemera ndi njala

    8. AuthubiLlah minnathalikah thts why our Nabbi ddnt celebrate this and he ddnt mention either,it jst shws that it is Biddiah.If these Amwenye thinks that 1leg is in Jannah they are lying to themselves its amatter of Taqwah we are equal pamaso pa ALLAH,may ALLAH save us..Ameenah

    9. Olakwa ndi amene amapita kukadya nawo zakudyazo pambuyo poti alandila mabigili.I don't think we must feel sorry for these pipo, are they not the ones who are assisting this asians to promote their biddah of celebrating the birth of our beloved Prophet? May Allah Guide this Umah.

      • you dont have to say kuti olakwa nda amene amapitao okey because you never worked with them and wait aminut idont know what to say, mr think about your fellow muslims not only about the food but also at working places

    10. VERY DISTURBING!!

      This lunch is called Niyaaz organized by Limbe Muslim Jamaat. Their masjid is the one in Limbe town and in Kanjedza. The buckets that were distributed were from their Chairman's factory.

      In the next Islamic month they are going to be celebrating Goass Paak month whom they believe is everywhere. They also ask him for protection. (Goass Paak was a servant of Allah who spread the word of Islam in India but he never said that after I die you people should worship me). These people from Limbe Jamaat will have the same lunch called Niyaaz on one of the Sundays. this is un-Islamic and please keep away from such gatherings. These people don't do anything themselves, they wear green turbans and make black Malawians march 2 or 3kms. Where were the Asian Muslim ladies?? They were sitting at one of their friend's residence in Mudi eating samoosas, pastries and drinking tea while looking at a HAIR they say it belonged to our Prophet Muhammad (saw).?? Isn't this the same as what the Hindus do?? All this was happening whilst Malawian ladies were ferried from as far as Chikwawa on trucks donated by the big major Asian Muslim transporters to march.

      To believe me, you should pass by the Limbe Mosque next month and ask an insider what the functions are for.

      Brother Bashir Amin, keep up the good work.

    11. Subhanallah

      This was the last thing I thought of. Another muslim spreading the faults of his fellow muslim.

      The asian muslims try their best to help their fellow malawians in as many ways as they can. But some malawians never get satisfied. This lunch is also given to the local malawians. We do not let them sit with us because these malawians dnt know when to stop.

      As muslims we do organise a seperate pot of food for the local malawian. We do NOT give anyone leftovers. Why is it at weddings local malawians do not invite asians?? Why is it that you look at the one sided racism??

      Illiterate people will remain illiterate.

      Think with your heart. Would our prophet like the promotion of the faults of other muslims?

      We must unite. Brother Bashir get your facts right. And always look at both sides of a story. That is trua professionalism.

      • Bro. Muhammad's comment need to be responded to: What the author of the article has done is NOT to spread the faults of a fellow Muslim but rather to report what actually happened at the feast. He has not mentioned the accused's name but he is condemning those evil acts done by a community against another.

        I have lots of friends who invite Asians to their weddings and nobody turns up. Since they deliberately choose not to attend for whatever reasons, should you therefore say they are not invited? Some Asians attend weddings ONLY of those rich black Muslims (in order to protect their business interests) and not otherwise.

        The only exception to this behaviour is Brother Ibrahim Panjwani and his wife. This couple (May Allah bless them always) never looks at the color of the skin or the strength of the bank account. They are so humble and you would wish that if all Asian Muslims were like the Panjwani's, Islam would have been one, strong and untouchable in Malawi – because we could have been conducting our affairs in unison.

        Illiterate, yes, one of them it's me, an illiterate villager who doesn't want any separation between Asian and Black Muslims, for I feel that we are all one in faith. Had Brother Bashir not highlighted this vice, you could not have known how black Muslims feel when you segregate them as third class citizens in their own country and in the same Masjid.

        Bravo Brother Bashir, bring up such vices because they are totally un-Islamic and they have to be rooted out of our society. ONE ISLAM ONE UMMAH; No Amwenye, No Anthu Akuda, ISLAMIA, ISLAMIA!

        • Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh, Brothers & Sisters In Islam, Allah swt says in the Quran "We have created you into nations and tribes so that you may recoginise each other (not that you despise each other) Verily the best among you in the sight of Allah swt is one with Taqwa, (Righteouness, God Conciousness etc)

          The Sister Asma it seems likes to google, cut & paste information without verifying it with authentic sources (Quran & Sunnah)

          UNITY IS of THE ATMOST importance in the ummah. With one voice we will be ONE BODY and through it will come ONE UMMAH.

          I am a UK muslim – have read this with much interest. I am of asian origin, but I am a MUSLIM. I have been to Malawi in the past and I can say that I have experienced the kind of racism that has been eluded to in Br Bashir's report. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

          BR – Could I please have details of Br Ibrahim Panjwani? I would like to contact him as he seems like a person that can be of help to me.

          JazakAllah Khayr – Muhammad.

    12. And the prophet has said something to the effect that

      I observe the faston mondays as a manner of thanks to Allah. As this is the day I was brought into this world.

    13. [Surah As-Saf, Verse 6]لَقَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُم بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَؤُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌAssuredly there has come to you a messenger from among yourselves, heavy upon him is your suffering; ardently desirous of your welfare, and to Muslims is most Kind and Merciful. [Surah Tauba, Verse 128]لَقَدْ مَنَّ اللّهُ عَلَى الْمُؤمِنِينَ إِذْ بَعَثَ فِيهِمْ رَسُولاً مِّنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ يَتْلُواْ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِهِ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُواْ مِن قَبْلُ لَفِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍUndoubtedly, Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta did a great favor to the Muslims that in them from among themselves sent a Messenger who recites unto them His signs and purifies them and teaches them the Book and wisdom, and necessarily before that they were certainly in apparent error. [Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 164]يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاءٌ لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ Û”Û”Û” قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُواْ هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَO people! There has come an admonition to you from your Lord, and healing of hearts, and guidance and a mercy for the believers. Say you, 'only Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta' grace and only His mercy, on it therefore let them rejoice. That is better than all their wealth. [Surah Al-Yunus, Verse 57/58]And this is what we do, we celebrate; we rejoice; we do spend our money to show gratitude to Allah Almighty on his greatest mercy and Blessing i.e. celebrations of Milad-un-Nabi because Qur’an Says:وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَAnd We sent not you, but a mercy for all worlds. [Surah Al-Anbiya, Verse 107

      See in the light of Ahadith ::..

      Let us have the opinions of Prophet (Peace be with him) who himself celebrated his Birthday. See Muslim Sharif:

      عَنْ أَبِى قَتَادَةَ الأَنْصَارِىِّ رضى الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- سُئِلَ عَنْ صَوْمِ الاِثْنَيْنِ فَقَالَ « فِيهِ وُلِدْتُ وَفِيهِ أُنْزِلَ عَلَىَّAbi Qatada Ansari (Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta be pleased with him) reported that Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta's Messenger (may Peace and Blessings of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta be Upon Him) was asked about fasting on Monday, whereupon he said: It is (the day) when I was born and revelation was sent down to me.References:1. Sahih Muslim, Book 6 – Fasting, Vol. 7, Page 323, Hadith 28072. Asad al-Gaba fi Ma’arfat as-Sahaba, Vol. 1, Page 21-22, published in Lahore 19873. Sunan al-Kubra lil Bayhaqi, Vol. 4, Page 2864. Musannaf Abd ar-Razzak, Vol. 4, Page 296, Hadith78655. Sunan Abi Dawood, Vol. 7, Page 255, Hadith 24286. Musnad Ahmad, Vol. 49, Page 195, Hadith 23200When beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) is celebrating his birthday not yearly but every Monday then how it can be labeled as Shirk or Bid’at?Beloved Prophet Muhammad SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam himself commemorated about his birth in numerous Ahadith. Few of them are presented below.ورأت أمي حين حملت بى أنه خرج منها نور أضاء له قصور بصرى من أرض الشامHoly Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) said: “When my mother gave birth to me she saw a light proceeding from her which showed her the castles of Syria”References:1. Ibn Hisham; Tafsir Ibn Kathir 4:3602. Bayhaqi, Dala’il an-Nubuwwa 1:1103. Haythami, Zawa’id 8:2214. Ibn al-Jawzi ‘al-Wafa’5. Qadi Iyad, ‘al-Shifa’6. Musnad Ahmad 4:127أول ما خلق الله تعالى نوريThe Holy Prophet Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) has stated, "The very first thing which Almighty Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala created was my Noor."References:1. Tafseer Nashyapuri, Page 55, Vol. 82. Tafseer Araa'is ul Bayaan, Page 238, Vol. 13. Tafseer Roohul Bayaan, Page 54 Sharih al-Bukhari Imam Ahmad Qastalani (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) states in his most distinguished work "Muwahib al ladaniyah" that narration has been made by Hadrat Imam Zainul Abedeen (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) who narrates from His father Hadrat Imam Husain (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) who narrates from His father Hadrat Ali Mushkil Kusha (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) that the Holy prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) has stated,كنت نورا بين يدى ربى قبل خلق آدم باربعة عشر ألف عام“I was a Noor (Light) by my creator 14000 years before the creation of Hadrat Adam (Alaihis Salaam)"References:1. Muwahib al-Laduniyah, Page 10, Vol. 12. Zirkani ala al-Mawahib, Page 49, Vol. 13. Jawahir al-Bihar, Page 7744. Anwaar al-Muhammadiya, Page 95. Tafseer Rooh al-Bayan, Page 370, Vol. 26. Hujjatullahi Ala al-Alameen

    14. from the second, the Kursi (Divine Chair) and from the third, He created the Angels. He again divided the remaining parts into a further four parts. From one, He created the skies. The second was used in creating the planets. From the third, Heaven and Earth were created. Once again, He divided the fourth part into a further four parts. From one part He created the power with which the believers see. From the second, He created in the hearts of the Believers the Noor of Marifat. From the third, He created Noor in the tongues of the Believers, so that they can read the Kalima of Tauheed.References:1. Muwahib al-Ladunniyah, Page 9, Vol. 12. Zirkani Shareef, Page 46, Vol. 13. Seerate al-Halabia, Page 37, Vol. 14. Mutali ul Musarraat Sharah Dalail Khayrat, Page 6105. Afdal al-Qura by Imam Ibn Hajr Makki6. Hujatullahu ala al-Alameen, Page 687. Anwaar al-Muhammadiya, Page 98. Aqidat ash-Shuhada, Page 1009. Fatawa Hadithia, Page 5110. Dalaa'il an-Nubuwwah By Imam Baihaqi11. Khamees by Allama Dayar Bakri12. Madarij an-Nabuwwat by Skaykh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlvi

      The Beloved Messenger (peace upon him) was born in the First Spring (Rabi ul Awwal)

      The wisdom behind his birth in this month can be understood when we analyse Spring itself. With the Arrival of Spring, we find that it breathes new life into everything following the the gloomy look left by autumn.

      Autumn here signifies the state of imaan, and the decline of polytheism.

      Spring signifies the revival of Imaan and the new Era for monotheism in the form of Islam…

      The Beloved Messengers Birth (peace be upon him) was placed in this month, as his arrival surely was the Spring of All Springs.

    15. Regarding the Blessed Hair of the Messenger (peace be upon him).

      The Best way to understand this is to understand how is it that people have th Blessd hair in their possession…

      Hazrath Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) states, "I saw the Messenger (peace be upon him) getting his hair shaved, and the companions are placing thir hands so that his bleessd hair dos not touch the ground" (Sahih Muslim.Vol.2, Shifa, Vol.2)

      The companions had a tremendous respect for his Blessed hair.

      So why did they possess this great respect and honour?

      The qur'an has displayed in many occassions that simple and ordinary objects become extraodinary when they are linked to someone or something which is loved by Allah.

      The water of ZamZam is the longest flowing spring / well in the history of mankind. This is due to thee fact that the very first drops had touched the body of Nabi Ismaeel (alayhis salaam)

      Similarly, muslims are commanded in Surah Al-Baqarah to perform salaah at the Hajr e Aswad. It was just an ordinary stone, but once the Blessed feet of Nabi Ebrahim was placed on it, and his footprint was imprinted on it, it became extroadinaty, to the extent that Muslims from all over the world pay their respect to this Symbol of Allah.

    16. Why do muslims today pour water over it and then drink?

      Ummol Mu'mineen, Hazrath Umme Salamah used to keep th Blessed Hair of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) in hour possession. When anyone was ill, they would come to her and sh would pour water on it, then ask them to drink it.

      (Mishkaath Shareef,with refrence to Sahih Al-bukhari)

      Hazrath Khaalid Bin Waleed once during a fierce encounter with a kaafir , dropped his Turban. Instead of defending his life, he was defending the Turban. After killing the Kaafir, he was asked about his action. H replied by saying that he was not defending the Turban, but that which was embedded within it…and that was a few strands of the Blessed Hair (baal mubaarak)

      (Omdatul Qaari, which is a commentary of Sahih Al Bukhari, Shifa Shareef)

      Hazrath Seereen mentioned to Hazrath Ubaidah , that he had received the Baal Mubarak from Hazrath Anas (may Allah Be pleased with them), and that he loved it more than the world, and all things within it

      (Sahih Bukhari, Vol.1)

    17. Also, with regards to the distribution of the Baal Mubarak.

      Hazrath Anas mentions that during hajj, The Messenger stoned the Jamarah, then Shaved his Hair, from the right side,and then the left, and called for Hazrath Abu Talhah, and gave it to him, thereafter He said, "distribute it to the people" (Sahih Muslim, Vol.1, Mishkaat)

      The Summary of the above mentioned hadith can also b found in Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol.1

      Meelaad un Nabi :

      History of Celebrating Mawlid an-Nabawi Sharif1. Hadrat Allama Mulla Ali Qari narrating the routine of the people of Madina Munawwarah writes,“The people of Madina Munawwarah (May ALLLAH have Mercy on them) used to arrange and attend mawlid gatherings with great enthusiasm and sincerity on the occasion of Mawlid Sharif.” [Mawrid ar-Rawi Fi Mawlid an-Nabawi, Page 29]2. Ibn Jauzi says:"People of Haramain Shareefain (Makkah and Madinah) and Egypt and Yemen and Syria and of the eastern and western cities of Arabia hold functions in celebration of the birth of the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam), they rejoice at the sighting of the moon of Rabi al-Awwal, bathe and put on their best dresses adorn themselves in various ways, put on scent, and give alms with great joy, and exert themselves in listening to the Mawlid of the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam).

      ‎​‎​By doing so, they themselves attain to success, as it has been proved that by celebrating the Mawlid of the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) much good accrues the whole year round, security and comfort, greater means of livelihood, increase in children and in wealth, peace in cities and contentment and peace in homes.

      "References:1. Tafsir Ruh al-Bayan by Allama Ismail Hiqqi, Vol. 9, Page 562. Milad al-Uroos – Urdu “Bayan-e-Milad-un-Nabi”, Page 34/35, Published in Lahore.3. Ad-Durr al-Munazzam, Page 100/1014. Al-Milad an-Nabawi, Page 5

      ‎​Gatherings of Mawlid an-Nabi SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam was switched to Prose in 3rd/4th Hijri then 700 years back from today, A pious and virtuous person named Umer bin Mullah Muhammad Mousli Alaihir RaHma established it on regular basis. Following him the great commander Sultan Salahuddin Ayyubi’s dearly loved Sultan Arbal Malik Abu Saeed Muzaffar al-Din celebrated Mawlid an-Nabi officially. Ibn-e-Khalqaan Arabali Sha’fai was eyewitness of that festival.4. According to “Tarikh-e-Mar’at az-Zaman” billion of rupees were used to spend on those festivities. In the beginning of 7th Century of Hijri Calendar; Great Scholar named Abul Khattab Umer Bin Hasan dah’hia Qalbi Andalusi Balansi wrote a book on the topic Milad an-Nabi SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam named “At-Tanveer Fi Mawlid as-Siraj al-Muneer”. In 1207, He went to Sultan Arbal’s castle and presented his book on Mawlid to him, for which he was awarded thousand Gold Coins from Sultan. This was the status and respect of Mawlid Shareef in hearts of earlier leaders of Islam

      Not only Sultan Arbal, King of Egypt celebrated the Mawlid Shareef; Allama Ibne Juzri Alaihir RaHma is one the eyewitnesses. For the celebration of this festival 1000 Mithqal of Gold was spent on it. Sultan Abu Hamu Musa Talamsani and earlier rulers of Aqsa and Andalus used to Celebrate Mawlid an-Nabi SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam. Abdullah Tonsi Summa Talamsani has written the details of these festivals in his book “Raah al-Arwah”.References:1. Subl al-Huda wa ar-Rishaad Fi Seerah Khair al-Ibaad by Muhammad Bin Ali Yusuf Damishqi2. Ad-Durr al-Munazzam Fee Hukmi Mawlidin Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam3. Wafyat al-Da’yaan Anba’a Abna az-Zaman, Published in Cairo4. Allama Muhammad Raza Misri’s Muhammadur Rasoolullah SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam, Published in Lahore,

      Page 335. Ahsan al-Maqsad Fee Amilil Mawlid6. Anwar as-Sati’aa (1307 H), Pg 261, Published from Murad Abadi

      6. It is stated in Seerah al-Halabiya that:Muslims have been celebrating gatherings of Mawlid Sharif in large cities for-long. [Seerah al-Halabiyah, Page 80]7. Shaykh Yusuf bin Ismail an-Nabhani states:Dwellers of Makkah visits Birthplace of Prophet Peace be Upon him on the eve of Mawlid an-Nabawi every year and arrange enormous gatherings. [Jawahir al-BiHar, Page 122]8. In "Fuyudh al-Haramain", Shah Waliullah has pointed out,“The birth of the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) was celebrated by the people of Makkah who received blessings on account of it.”

      The Al-Qibla Newspaper of Makkah al-Mukarrama witnesses:On the eve of Mawlid an-Nabi SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam celebrations are observed in Makkah and dwellers of Makkah name this day as Youm al-Eid Mawlid ar-Rasoolullah SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam. People use to cook food. Ameer of Makkah and Commander of Hijaz with their army use to visit birthplace of Prophet Peace be Upon Him and recites Qasida there. Rows of shining candles are positioned from Haram al-Makki to Birthplace and Shops and Houses on the way are also decorated. People use to recite Qasaid whole day at Birthplace. On the night of 11th Rabi al-Awwal after Isha, Mawlid Gathering is organized. From Maghrib prayer of 11th Rabi al Awwal to Asar Prayer of 12th Rabi al Awwal, after every prayer Salutations of 21 tanks is presented.References:1. Al-Qibla Paper – Makkah Mukarramah2. Monthly Tariqat – Lahore, January 1917, Page 2/3

      Encyclopedia of Islam verifies:On the Eve of Mawlid an-Nabi; whole Islamic world is observed to be delight and celebrating it. And it is celebrated till now with enthusiasm and integrity. [Encyclopedia of Islam, Vol. 21, Page 824, Published By: Punjab University, Lahore]11. Ibn Jawzi in his book on Mawlid, says:In Haramayn (i.e. Makkah Mukarrama and Madina Munawwarah), in Egypt, Yemen rather all people of Arab world have been celebrating Mawlid for long. Upon sight of the moon in Rabi ul Awwal their happiness touches the limits and hence they make specific gatherings for Dhikr of Mawlid due to which they earn immense Ajr and Success. [Bayan al-Mawlid an-Nabwi, Page 58]12. Shah Waliullah Dhelvi mentions one of his all time wonderful experiences as:I took part in a gathering of Mawlid inside Makkah where people were sending Darood and Salam upon Prophet (Peace be upon him) and commemorating the incidents which took place during the time of the blessed birth (before and after) and those which were witnessed before He was appointed as a Nabi (such as Noor eliminating from Bibi Amina Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anha, she seeing Noor, woman proposing to Sayyiduna Abdullah Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho on sighting the Noor on his forehead etc…) suddenly I saw Noor to have enveloped one group of people, I don’t claim that I saw this with my bodily eyes, nor do I claim that it was spiritual and Allah knows the best regarding these two, however upon concentration on these Anwaar a reality opened upon me that these Anwaar are of those Angels who take part in such gatherings, I also saw Mercy to be descending along with Anwaar of Angels. [Fuyudh al-Haramayn, Pages 80/81]

      ‎​Shaykh al-Islam Imam Ibn Hajr al Haytami (Rahimuhullah) writes:The gatherings of Mawlid and Adhkaar which take place during our time, they are mostly confined to good deeds, for example in them, Sadaqat are given, Dhikr is done, Darud and Salam is sent upon the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) and he is praised. [Fatawa al-Hadithiyyah, Page 202]

      ‎​‎​The 7th-century historians Shaykh Abu al-Abbas al-Azafi and his son Abu al-Qasim al-Azafi wrote in their Kitab al-Durr al-Munazzam:pious pilgrims and prominent travelers testified that, on the day of the Mawlid Shareef in Makkah al-Mukarrama, no activities are undertaken, and nothing is sold or bought, except by the people who are busy visiting the noble birthplace, and rush to it. On this day the Holy Ka’abah is opened and visited.15. The famous eighth-century historian, Ibn Battuta relates in his Rihla thatOn every Jum’uah after the Salah and also on the birthday of the Beloved Prophet Alaihis Salat wa as-Salam, the door of the Holy Ka’abah is opened by the head of the Banu Shayba the doorkeepers of the Holy Ka’abah while on the Mawlid Shareef, the Shafi’i head judge of Makkah al-Mukarrama, Najm al-Din Muhammad ibn al-Imam Muhyi al-Din al-Tabari, distributed food to the descendants of the Beloved Prophet Alaihis Salat wa as-Salam and to the people of Makkah al-Mukarrama.

      ‎​The historian Shaykh Ibn Zahira from his Jami al-Latif fi Fadli Makkata wa-Ahliha; Shaykh al-Haytami from his book al-Mawlid al-Sharif al-Muazzam; and the historian Shaykh al-Nahrawali from al-Ilmam bi-Alam Bayt Allah al-Haram says:Each year on the twelfth of Rabi al-Awwal Shareef, after Maghrib Salah, the four Qadhis of Makkah al-Mukarrma (representing the Four Sunni Schools) and large groups of people including the jurists and notables of Makkah al-Mukarrma, Shaykhayn, Zawiya teachers and students, magistrates and scholars, leave the Mosque and set out collectively for a visit to the Noble Birthplace of the Beloved Prophet Alaihes Salato Salaam, shouting out Dhikr and Tahlil.The houses on the route are illuminated with numerous lanterns and large candles, and a great many people are out and about. They all wear special clothes and they take their children with them.Inside the Noble Birthplace, a special sermon for the occasion of the birthday of the Beloved Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam is delivered. Hereafter the Dua’ for the (Ottoman) Sultan, the Ameer of Makkah al-Mukarrma, and the Shafi’i Qadhi is performed and all pray humbly.Shortly before the ‘Isha prayer, the whole party returns to the Great Mosque, which is almost overcrowded, and sit down in rows at the foot of Maqam Ibrahim.A similar description is given by Shaykh al-Diyar Bakri (d/960) in his Great Sirah entitled Ta'rikh al-Khamis fi Akhbari Anfasi Nafis.

      This is more then enough proof that the Meelaadun Nabi is not something new…and was not invented or innovated in the indo-pak.

    18. I think the Niyaaz is for the poor people…

      Why are the rich people going…

      And how can you let us blacks sit alone.

      U say we need to unite then u say u make us blacks sit alone…

      May Allah guide us all..

      Ameen..

      Jimiy i like ur coment

    19. I congratulate Bro (or is it Sis.) Asmaa. malawimuslim.com will transfer and consolidate your comments into a fully fledged article. I really appreciate the authorities and narrations provided, I think it will now bring the matter (the legality of Meelad celebrations) to rest.

    20. Can I ask is this ziyaara parade; is it only for black women?And Niyazi, is it for rich Asians? Is that fair (in Islam)? Is that ziyaara?

      And why you seclude sunni people? Why if you go for Hajj you don't pray behind the Imam there but you pray in hotels, why?

    21. We have been brain washed by these Moulanas from India and Pakistan. In the past, no one celebrated this..

      It's people ('s wishes) trying to take over the religion..

      And you Asians don't want to associate and eat together with us blacks..

      Now tell me, can you make blacks pray salah in one portion?

      The people who believe in this gosya katam, melad, and all other things, (to me personally), is an act of bidaat..

      You preach unity, so you should demonstrate this by mixing with us blacks in all our mosques..

      Is this Islam?

    22. Firstly you are discussing on uniting but are creating divisions ourselves on sunni, wahabbi and najdii's.

      All of which is being spoken about is irrelevant and besides the point. Niyaaz and believing in Ghous e Azaam is all personal belief's. Mr Mahomed seems to be fueling unecessary chit chat into this topic.

      Can we please stick on to the mainline of racism and not create and mock at our own religon.

      It is said on the day (that) our prophet came into this world, (that) the animals, trees, humans, mountains each and everything was rejoicing besides from Iblees – Shaytaan.

    23. brother asma.you have given authorities.one thing am failing to understand is that.you said the prophet fasted on his birthday.when did fasting become feasting? so the prophet fasted at the same time feasted.I understand why fasting is encouraged in Islam.because it brings people closer to Allah.in that people are more mindful of Allah when fasting than when feasting.the prophet commanded us to laugh less and weep more.what he meant is that we should not be merrying people like other ummahs.we should always think of the wrath of Allah and ask for His forgiveness.

      The other thing that we should take into account is that within muslims we have different groups,we have ahmedias,shias,sunnis etc.each group will quote what they prefer.it is always deadly to those who dont know where they belong.we know what the shias do on 10th muharram.

      what is bad is to take advantage of those illiterate muslims.look at the 4 immams.there are always slight differences in the way they do things.but in Malawi this has raised eyebrows.why dont the sheikhs there tell people the root cause of these differences.it will be better if we knew who are ahmedias,who are shias, sunnis etc.I am sunni and I know what it means to be sunni.The question that each one has to answer is who are you and how much do you know about it? Allah willing this will settle the dust on this issue.

    24. As for unity,we need a postmortem amongst muslims to find out what brings/causes this disunity and address it head on.the fact is that there is disunity amongst muslims everywhere.This is more visible if you are made up of most races;Indians,Arabs,White,blacks,etc.Muslims value money more than they value religious ties.Is high time we learnt from our Christian colleagues on unity in an organistion.Islam has the best social teachings and yet we are not impacted by it.Let us forget about money,power and come together and practice this beautiful religion.let the rules apply to each and everyone of us.be it black,white,rich or poor.thus what universal religion means.there should be uniformity amongst us.

      May Allah guide and help us achieve unity in Islam.Ameen.

    25. What we are talking here is racism; if we are one Umma, our Prophet is one, our Qur'an is one; is this the way to treat one another?

    26. Salaam

      Looking at the proofs posted by sister Asma we do not see anywhere a single proof that the Prophet or Sahaaba or Tabieen celebrated this. None of the Quraan ayaat presented have anything to do with it either. The hadith states the day of monday and has nothing to do with the date 12th Rabiulawwal. All the other Hadeeth only state the condition at the time of His birth. Nothing to do with celebration!

      On the Hair of the Prophet we do not condone nor do we condemn, but where's the proof that it is really His hair!

      On the History of Celebrating Meelad this not from Quraan or Hadeeth but just incidents of what some people did.

      In Islam if you are doing a good act(which is Sunnah or Mustahab) and something Haraam is happening due to doing that good act then it is compulsory to stop doing that good act. If we say that celebrating Meelad is good then the inter mingling of sexes, missing of Fard salaat, discriminating and extravagance (30 million kwacha this year) at this function would obviously make it unacceptable.

      The best way to celebrate would be to follow His way of life everyday in every action of ours and not once a year.

      Jazakallah

    27. I agree with Msilamu Weniweni Wakumudzi

      The Author is not pointing faults rather his saying the truth..

      And we belive in freedom of expression..

      So we need to be heard..

      This issue can be taken to human rights,but it has'nt

      ''Simunye''

      we are all one…

      Not black,brown,yellow,which eva colour when we die we all go in the grave…

      Read the Quran and understand it..

      The Quran was sent down for guidence…

      Dont listen to these hypocrites..

      Find out the truth for yourself..

    28. This is in response to Sister Asmaa and brother Muhammad.

      Muslim (1162) narrated from Abu Qataadah al-Ansaari (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was asked about fasting on Mondays and he said: “On (that day) I was born and on it Revelation came down to me.”

      Al-Tirmidhi (747) narrated, in a hadeeth that he classed as hasan, from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Deeds are presented (to Allah) on Monday and Thursday and I like my deeds to be presented when I am fasting.”

      Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

      From the saheeh hadeeths quoted above, it is clear that just as the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) fasted on Mondays out of gratitude for the blessing of his birth on this day, he also fasted it because of its virtue, because the Revelation came down to him on that day, and on that day deeds are presented to Allah. So he (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) liked his deeds to be taken up when he was fasting. The fact that he was born on that day was one of several reasons for fasting that day

      If a person fasts on Mondays, as the Prophet did, then its ok. But he should not single out one week for that to the exclusion of others, or one month to the exclusion of others. Rather he should do that as much as he can on a permanent basis. Thus celebrating birthday of the prophet is complete BIDA’H.

      First of all not every thing that is printed is authentic.Secondly not every sheikh who writes a book has the right aqeedah(belief).

      The reports which say that the first thing created by Allaah was the light of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), or that Allaah grasped a handful of the light from His Face and that this handful was Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), then He looked at it and it formed drops, and from each of these drops He created a Prophet, or He created all of creation from the light of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) – all of these reports and the like are not saheeh, and nothing like this has been narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).”

      This also what the sheikhs in Saudi Arabia said {Al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wa’l-Ifta’ (Standing Committee for Academic Research and the Issuing of Fatwas). Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 1/310.}

      The narration which you quoted “When my mother gave birth to me she saw a light proceeding from her which showed her the castles of Syria”References:1. Ibn Hisham; Tafsir Ibn Kathir 4:3602 . Does not in anyway mean that he was created from light rather it was a miracle.

      It is permissible to seek barakah from the relics of the Messenger , such as his hair, sweat and other things, because there is evidence. But the claim nowadays that this is one of the hairs or relics of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is a claim for which there is no proof. Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: We know that his relics – such as his garments, hair and so on – have been lost, and it is not possible for anyone to prove that any of them exist for certain. Al-Tawassul, p. 147. Based on this, it is not permissible to seek barakah from the water allegedly containing the ‘hair of the prophet’ , unless it is known for certain that what was placed in it is a hair of the Prophet, but there is no way to prove that.

      Now let me respond to Meelad un Nabi

      You quoted verses from surat yusuf” O mankind! There has come to you good advice from

      your Lord and a cure for that which is in your breasts, a guidance and a mercy, Say: "In the bounty of Allah, and in His mercy; therein let them rejoice.That is better than what (the wealth) they amass..'' (10):57-58 . If you read different tafseer of quran (including tafseer ibn katheer) you will see that the word “فليفرحوأ” has been translated as “then let them rejoice” and NOT “then let them celebrate (festivals)”. And Ibn katheer adds “rejoice in what has come from Allah. Let them rejoice in the guidance and the religion of the truth. It is better than anything they might rejoice in”. IT NEVER AND DOES NOT MEAN(S) CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SAW)

      Be reminded that there is authentic hadeeth from the prophet that informs us,muslims, that in islam, we have got Two Celebrations only ( ‘eid ul-fitr and ‘eid ul-Udh-ha).

      {Of course, there are other joyous occasions for which the Islamic shari’ah dictates appropriate celebration, such as gathering for special meals during weddings or on the occasion of the birth of a child (aqeeqah). However, these days are not specified as particular days in the year; rather, they are celebrated as they happen in the course of a Muslim’s life.}.

      Your comment is full of quotes from history books. You have to know that if something has been recorded in History books, then it does not necessarily mean that it is permissible in islam rather it just shows that it started or happened before you.so its illogical to quote historians when trying to authenticate islamic rulings. Rather we should prove whether it is allowed or not NOT whether it is recorded in books or not.

      Now because of space I will send you and my other brothers and sisters an email containing the detailed ruling on meelad un nabi by

      Shaykh Dr. Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

      Member of the Committee of Senior Scholars, Saudi Arabia.{ Huqooq al-Nabi (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) bayna al-Ijlaal wa’l-Ikhlaal, p. 139}

    29. Illiterate people dont remain illiterate according to stories when our prophet muhammad (Pbuh)

      was in the cave of hira,the Holy Quran was revealed to him at the age of 40..

      Prophet Jibrael said to the beloved prophet Iqra (read)

      he could'nt read the suddenly read..

      He could'nt read or write but he spoke with light..

      And today his a legend to all of us…

    30. Very Interesting Must Read:

      I will provide you with a point to point question and answer session,
      Questions we’re asked by the Tablighi, Najdi and Wahabi group knonw as Majlis ul Uleema…

      THREE NECESSARY CLARIFICATIONS

      Before I begin answering those objections which the organisation, Majlisul Ulema, has written against the celebration of Meelad, I feel it necessary to first clarify three important issues. These are:-

      1. With reference to the Meelad celebration, only those celebrations or acts are recognied which discusses the Seerat-un-Nabi or noble life of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). In such a celebration a session of Naat (Poems in praise of Rasoolullah – sallal laalhu alaihi wasallam) recitals take place, people are fed, and a sincere effort is made to fill the hearts of Muslims with the love of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

      2. For the permissisbility of Meelad celebrations, we have never meant that one should fix a particular day or night for the Meelad and believe that Meelad is not Ja’iz (permissable) on any other date. It is our view that whosoever does such an act does so out of ignorance because the love and the relation to the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) demands that one should always mention him continuously. Yes, we do say that to mention him in the month of his birth should be increased so that the people could arrange gatherings and congregations to refresh the memories of the Nabawi period.By doing so, the message of the Deen could reach the audience in a strong way through these gatherings. 

      3. Thus, the gatherings of Meelad-un-Nabi are indeed a great means for calling people towards Almighty Allah. This is a golden opportunity which should not be wasted at any cost. It is, therefore, compulsory on the lecturers that they should teach people about the virtues, excellences, character, Adab, life, dealings and worship of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). The masses should be invited towards good deeds, success and the fear of Shirk (polytheism), evil, Bid’at and Fitna (mischief) should be instilled in them.

      With the blessings of Allah Ta’ala this had always been the tradition or way of our life.We wish to say in no uncertain terms that the purpose of these gatherings are not to merely gather the masses and demonstrate our collectivity. Rather, these functions are the means of achieving great and virtuous objectives.

      The Majlisul Ulema have dropped bombs of abuse and unnecessary scandalous accusation in their booklet. Many statements were made which do not make sense to the people of knowledge and wisdom. We will not elaborate much about these in our discussion but we will try to briefly cover them towards the end of our treatise.

      We will begin our subject by firstly making the readers aware of the 17 points which the Majlisul Ulema had so erroneously presented in their objections. What are their 17 points?

      FACTORS WHICH MAKE THE CUSTOMARY MOULOOD CELEBRATIONS UN-ISLAMIC ACCORDING TO THE MAJLISUL ULAMA

      There are many wrongs and evil attendant to the present forms of celebrating Meelad.These are as follows:

      1.The Compulsory Nature assigned to Meelad by its votaries.

      2. The Practice of Qiyaam or standing in reverence when the Salaami or Salawaat is recited.

      3. Meelad functions regarded as being of greater importance than Salaat in Jamaat.

      4. Qawwali – Music at Meelad functions.

      5. Reciting of verses which transgress the limits of legitimate praise, thus assigning a position of Divinity to our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

      6. The congregation of various types of people such as Fussaaq (open and rebellious sinners), immoral people with evil intentions, etc.

      7. Singing at these functions by young boys and girls.

      8. Intermingling ofthe sexes at such gatherings.

      9. Salaat and its performance by Jamaat neglected on a mass scale.

      10.Abstention from the command of Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahy anil Munkar when these become necessary at these functions.

      11. Israaf or waste of money is unnecessary ventures.

      12. Soliciting public funds for the upkeep and organisation of these functions.

      13. Tashab’buh Bil Kuffaar.

      14. Maintaining a custom which was originated by irreligious persons.

      15. Reviling and branding as unbelievers and heretics those who do not participate in these functions.

      16. Regarding the distribution of sweetmeats as essential to these functions.

      17. The belief that the soul of our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) presents itself at these functions.

      It is clear that Majlisul Ulema have made several attacks on “The present form of celebrating Meelad”.Before we answer each ofthese 17 points it is important to explain the present manner in which the Meelad is celebrated. The present manner or form in which Meelad iscelebrated consists of the recitation of the Holy Quran, praises of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in the form of Naats and educational lectures, charity, feeding and Salaatu Salaam which is respectfully recited in the standing position. All the above-mentioned practices are tangibly proven by the great Mohaddithin and pious personalities of Islam who are accepted as authorities amongst us and belong to the school of thought whom even the members of Majlisul Ulema claim to follow.References will be given in the discussion wherever necessary.

      REPLY TO THE 17 OBJECTIONS POSED BY

      MAJLISUL ULAMA

      FIRST OBJECTION

      Meelad celebration is declared as Haraam and an evil Bid’at because of the following reasons:

      1. The compulsory nature assigned to Meelad by its votaries.

      2. It was completely unknown to the Messenger of Allah, hisnoble Sahabah and the great Jurists and Ulema of Islam (pg.12).

      OUR ANSWER

      1. NoSunni Muslim believes that Meelad celebration is compulsory. We believe that the Meelad celebration is Mustahab (recommended).Alamma Ismail Haqi (radi Allahu anhu) quotes in “Tafseer Ruhul Bayaan”: “Imam Jalaaluddin Suyuti has said that it is Mustahab for us to celebrate Meelad of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) as to thank Allah”. (Ruhul Bayaan, Vol. 9,pg. 56). Majlisul Ulema claimsthat Meelad is not even Mustahab (pg. 12). 

      I could present many facts to prove that the Meelad celebration is Mustahab, but would prefer to leave you, the reader, with the view and belief of the great Imam Suyuti (radi Allahu anhu).Let us see what Fatwa Majlisul Ulema will give on Imam Jalaaluddin Suyuti (radi Allahu anhu)!

      CHALLENGE

      If Majlisul Ulema is honest in their claim that the Ahlus Sunnah Wa Jamaah believe that Meelad celebration is necessary, then they must show us the proof of who wrote that?

      2. It is true that in the time of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the period of the Sahabah and in the period of the Tabi’in, Meelad was not celebrated as it is done in the present form. But the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), Sahabah or Tabi’in did not prohibit it as well. This is an accepted principle of Shari’ah that the performance of something is proof of Jawaaz (permissibility), and not doing it is NOT the proof of it’s prohibition. The same principle has been explained by Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi in “Nashrut-Teeb”, pg.87, published by World Islamic Publishers, Delhi. Your claim that the Sahaba did not celebrate Meelad is destroyed by your own leader! In fact, this style of argument is childish and not academic. Please try to find some other proofs so that you may be heard!

      The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the Sahabah and the Tabi’in did not have Ijtima, Ghust, forty days or Shab Ghuzari. The present form of “Tableegh” activities are completely unlinked with Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the Sahabah, Tabi’in and Jurist Imams (radi Allahu anhum). Following the same principles, why don’t you also regard these “Tableegh” related activities as Haraam? I suppose that you have taken Shari’ah as your slave-girl, therefore, Shari’ah must give ruling according to your desire. Allah forbid!

      SECOND OBJECTION

      The Meelad celebration is declared as Haraam and an evil Bid’at by Majlisul Ulama due to the following reasons:-

      1. The practice of Qiyaam or standing in reverence when the Salaami or Salwaat is recited.

      2. The votaries of Meelad believe that it is Fardh (compulsory) to make Qiyaam (standing) during these Meelad functions.

      3. They proceed further to commit an act of extreme gravity by branding as Kaafir the one who does not make this Qiyaam in the Meelad celebration.

      4. Kitaabs written by the votaries of Moulood ambiguously state that the one who does not make Qiyaam (standing) is a Kaafir.

      5. Hazrat Anas (radi Allahu anhu) narrates the following Hadith: “There was none whom the Sahabah loved as much as Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). When they saw Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), they did not stand because they knew that he detested this (practice of standing)”.(Tirmizi ; Musnad Ahmed) (pg. 12) In the commentary of this Hadith, Majlisul Ulama writes that the “Sahabah did not stand in respect of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and that Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) disliked such a practice”.(pg. 13)

      6. Majlisul Ulama write: Why don’t you people stand when Rasoolullah’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) name is mentioned in Tashahud, lectures, reciting of the Kalima, Khutba, etc.? Why you do not stand when the Quraan is recited or when Allah’s name is mentioned? (I have summarised this question) (pg. 13 -14).

      7. Others again stand because of a reason which is much more dangerous than the reason for which the majority of people stand.Some cherish the believe that the Soul of our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) presents itself at these sessions of Meelad, hence it is necessary to stand in respect.This is a fallacious and a highly misleading belief.This belief leads to Shirk or association with Allah Ta’ala in an attribute which is exclusive in Divinity. Let us assume that A holds a Meelad function in his home, B does the same in his home, C also has a Meelaad celebration and D does likewise also. Meelaad functions are taking place in various masaajids all over the world.Now let us assume that these functions happen to take place at the same time and the Salaami is being recited at these various venues at once at the same time. A is under the impression that Rasoolullah’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) Soul is present at his function. B, C, D and the people in the various masaajid all over the world are under the same impression.We have assumed that the Salaami is being recited at the same time in the various places, hence it will follow that our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is present at the place of A, B, C, D, etc. at one andthe same time.In other words, this belief means that our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is present here, there and everywhere at one at the same time.This is bestowing the Divine Attribute of Omnipresence upon our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Thus, this belief assigns to our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) Divinity by way of according Omnipresence to our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). This is in reality the commission of Shirk which is a capital crime – a crime most heinous in the Eyes of Allah (pg. 15)

      OUR ANSWER

      1. The Peer-o-Murshid (Spiritual leader) of the Ulema-e-Deoband, Hazrat Haji Imdadullah Muhaajir Makki (radi Allahu anhu) writes: “The way of life of this Faqeer (Muhaajir Makki) is that I participate in the assembly of Moulood, and I celebrate this function every year and regard this assembly as a source for blessings and I find enjoyment in Qiyaam (standing)”. (Faisala HaftMas’ala, pg. 5, printed by Madani Qutub Khana, Multan, Pakistan).

      The following issues are proven from the above quotation of Hazrat Haji Imdadullah (radi Allahu anhu): 

      A. The Peer-o-Murshid says that Qiyaam is Ja’iz (permissible) and that he finds enjoyment in it. The Mureeds say that it is Haraam and evil Bid’at. I am sure that both cannot be correct. If the Mureeds are correct then it would mean that the Murshid has commited an act which is Haraam and evil Bid’at. But, if the Murshid is correct, then the Mureeds have given a wrong Fatwa on the Murshid for committing a Haraam and an evil Bid’at. Is this the Adab (respect) shown by the Ulema-e-Deoband for their spiritual leader? The Majisul Ulama do not feel ashamed in addressing themselves as spiritual students of such a person, on one hand, yet this noble personality practiced something which they condemned as unacceptable.

      B. Committing Haraam makes a person a sinner and to announce the sin makes a person a Fasiq-e-Mo’lin (an open sinner). It is Haraam to make Bai’t (allegiance) on the hand of a Fasiq-e-Mo’lin.The spiritual Silsila (order) of the Majlisul Ulama becomes munqa-te (inconsistent) if theirMurshid committed a Haraam act (which is Qiyaam). Why then do their Mashaa’ikh deceive people by making them their Mureeds, since they have no consistent spiritual order.

      2. This is another false and baseless accusation. No one has ever said that the act of Qiyaam in Meelaad functions is Fardh.Aa’la Hazrat, Imam Ahle Sunnat, Moulana Ahmed Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) writes: “Qiyaam is consistently practiced by famous Imams. None of them refuted or denied this. Therefore, it is Mustahab (recommended)”.(Iqaamatul Qiyaamah, pg. 19, Noori Qutub Khana).

      CHALLENGE

      You are requested to quote from an authentic source to prove that we have declared Qiyaam in Salaato-Salaam as Fardh.

      APPEAL

      We appeal to the public who follow the Ulema-e-Deoband that they should ask them proof for their claims.If they cannot present a proof, which I am certain that will be unable to, then at least tell them to please stop lying and to stop causing Fitna.

      3. Another baseless accusation and an open lie.We have never ever branded anyone as Kaafir just because he does not participate in the act of Qiyaam (standing). Qiyaam is only regarded as Mustahab according to us. One who leaves a Mustahab act is not even a sinner, let alone becoming a Kaafir. Those who stop the people from taking part from Qiyaam or Meelaad are absolutely wrong because they are stopping people from taking part in a Mustahab act.

      Aa’la Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu) or any other Ulema-e-Ahle Sunat have given the Fatwa of Kufr only against those people who were Mirza’i or those who insulted Almighty Allah and His Rasool (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Even till today, their blasphemous statements are being published in their books. 

      Now read carefully what Moulana Murtuza Hassen Naazim-e Taaleemat-e Darul Uloom Deoband has to say in this regard: “Khan Bereilvi says that some Ulema of Deoband do not accept Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) as Khaatamun Nabiy’yeen, regard the knowledge of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) equal to animals and the insane, and regard Shaytaan as more knowledgeable than Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), therefore, they are Kaafirs.All the Ulema of Deoband say that this ruling of Khan Saheb is correct.Whoever makes this type of statement is a Kaafir Murtad (apostate) and cursed one.Bring your Fatwa. We will endorse it as well. One who does not regard these type of Murtads (apostates) as Kaafir, he is also Kaafir. These beliefs are indeed blasphemous”.( Ashaddul Azaab, pg.11).

      “If, according to Khan Saheb, some Ulema of Deoband were really like that as he thought, than it was Fardh (compulsory) on Khan Saheb to declare them as Kaafirs.If he did not call them Kaafirs, then he himself would have become Kaafir”. (Ashaddul Azaab, Moulana Murtaza Hassen Dar Banghi, pg. 12).

      The following issues are proven from the above two statements from “Ashaddul Azaab”:-

      A. Aa’la Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu) did not regard anyone as Kaafir because of not participating in Meelaad or Qiyaam.

      B. Aa’la Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu) only regarded those people as Kaafirs who insulted Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

      C. The principles upon whom the Fatwas of Kufr were given are accepted between Deobandi and Sunni Ulema.

      D. Aa’la Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu) was compelled by the Shari’ah to issue Fatwas of Kufr upon those people, otherwise he himself would have become Kaafir.

      E. Aa’la Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu) had given the Fatwa of Kufr on only few people – those who wrote blasphemous statements, and those who after understanding fully these statements, regarded them as accurate and in the spirit of Islam and Shari’ah.

      CHALLENGE

      We challenge Majlisul Ulema and all their affiliates to prove that which recognised Sunni Aalim has written that those who do not participate in Qiyaam are Kaafirs.If they can prove their claims, I will leave Sunnism to join them.

      APPEAL

      I appealto the Tableegi Jamaat: Obtain the proof from your Ulema, because if you are able to obtain this proof from your Ulema, you will win me over in your mission. Lots of others will come with me aswell and your job will become easier as well asyou have been trained to convert people from Islam into the fold of Tableegism. We are prepared to come and join you just with one condition – just obtain the proof for us.If you are unable to do so, then do the real Tableegh and tell your Ulama, “Shame on you.What do you want to achieve through lying?” The people are not fools out there. Please stop lying!

      4. This is another lie. If Kitaabs are written by the Meelaad supporters whereby it is stated that those who do not make Qiyaam are Kaafirs,why then did you not give the name of at least one Kitaab? Readers, please phone and write to Majlisul Ulama and the Y.M.M.A. and demand from them at least one of the namesamongst of those Kitaabs.

      5. Moulana Mohammed Zakaria, the author of “Tableeghi Nisaab”, explains the Hadith of Hazrat Anas (radi Allahu anhu)in “Sharah Shama’ile Tirmizi”: “This Hadith indicates towards the high degree of humbleness of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) did not like (that people should stand for him), although he is possessor of high glory and is Master of both the worlds. Therefore, the Sahabah sometimes did not stand due to the love because Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) disliked it as it is the requirement of this narration (of Hazrat Anas) and sometimes they used to stand due to the demand of love”.

      It is stated in “Abu Dawood” that, “Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to talk to us in the masjid. When Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to stand, we used to stand up and we used to remain standing till Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to get into the home”. (Sharah Shamaa’ile Tirmizi,pg. 342, Maktaba Rahmania , Lahore).

      Moulana Zakaria explains the reason for not standing, “Qazi Ayaz (radi Allahu anhu) says that, ‘Qiyaam is prohibited whereby somebody well known is sitting and rest of the people are standing. Therefore, in the Hadith of prohibition (from Qiyaam), it is also said, ‘ do not stand as the Ajmees (non- Arabs) stand for their chiefs’”. (Sharah Shamaa’ile Tirmizi,pg. 342)

      Moulana Zakaria writes further: “Imam Nowvi says that it is Mustahab to stand for Ulema, respectful and noble people”. (Sharah Shamaa’ile Tirmizi,pg.342).

      Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi has written a long story about Moulana Qassim Nanotwi and Hakim Abdus Salaam. “Hakim Abdus Salaam had a desire to meet Moulana Nanotwi who was at the time sitting with many people. When Hakim Abdus Salaam arrived, everybody stood up to pay respect to him”. (Arwahe Salaasa, pg. 230,story number 215,Islami Academy, Lahore.)

      The narration of “Abu Dawood” proves that the Sahabah used to stand for Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and the reason for prohibition was alsodealt with.Imam Nowvi (radi Allahu anhu) said: “It is Mustahab to stand for Ulemaand Moulana Nanotwi and all his fellows stood up to pay respectfor Hakim Abdus Salaam”.

      I suppose that Majlisul Ulamaare quick to condemn others and are lazy to study the literature of their own elders. Do we have to teach the Majlisul Ulama about their household matters also!

      6. This objection is not worth any consideration. If Allah gives Tawfeeq to someone that every Zikr he recites or listens to from the beginning to the end in a standing position, it is a good practice and we will not stop him. We will not tell him to only stand at the time that the Salaami is recited and to remain seated for the other Ibaadah . It is difficult for people to stand in a Meelad assembly from the beginning to the very end, so they stand up when the birth of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is being mentioned or when the Salaami is read. 

      Why did the Ulema of Deoband open a Darul Uloom in Deoband and not in Makkah?Why do South African Tableeghis have Ijtijma during the Easter holidays and not in the December holidays? Why did Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi write “Nashruteeb” in the Zikr of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and not write a separate book about the Zikr of Allah only? Can someone prove Hurmat (prohibition) with thesetypesof silly arguments?

      7. Majlisul Ulema’s spiritual guide,Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi,writes: “Mohammed Al Hazrami Majzoob was a possessor of amazing qualities and miracles. Once, he performed Jummah and gave Khutbah in 30 cities at the same time. He could be present in many cities in the same night”.(Jamalul Auliya, pg. 188,Maktaba Islamia, Lahore).

      Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi believed and trusted this story, therefore, he has included it in his book, “Jamalul Auliya”. The presence of Mohammed Al Hazrami in many places was accomplished with his physical body. The physical world is a restricted place. Mohammed Al Hazrami was the servant of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). He indeed achieved this station because of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). One can now imagine the powers and the station of the mubarak (blessed) Soul of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who is the Master and Chief of all the Prophets. So the possibility of his soul being present in many places should not even be an issue of debate amongst Muslims.

      If it was Shirk to believe that one person can be present in many places, then according to your own Fatwas, your elder, Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, is a Mushrik because he believed in the correctness of the story of Mohammed Al Hazrami.Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi mentioned the story in his book and did not refute it. Thisproves that this story is authentic according to himand correct in his view.

      Moulana Qassim Nanotwi explains the meaning of this verse “An Nabi Yu Aula Bil Mu’menina Min Anfosihim ….” by saying: “Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has such nearness with his Ummah that even their souls do not have, because in this verse the word ‘Aula’ is in the meaning of ‘Aqrab’ (nearest).”(Tahzeerun Naas, pg.14, Darul Isha’at, Karachi).

      According to the explanation of Moulana Nanotwi, the meaning of the verse will be “The Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is nearer to the Believers then their own lives”. Our lives are “present”. Nobody can deny this fact because if the life is absent then it would mean that we are dead. Our being alive proves that our life is “present”.I cannot seem to understand that when our life itselfis “present” and the one who is nearest to us than our own lives, is regarded as being “absent”. If someone believes that the Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is “present”,then he is a Mushrik! What logic is this? Will the Majlisul Ulema or any other Deobandi Aalim be able to prove that the one who is nearest to our lives is absent? Let’s see how much logic you can have behind your arguments.

      Hazrat Haji Imdadullah Muhaajr Makki (radi Allahu anhu) writes: “Our Ulema fight in the issue of Meelad Shareef. The Ulema believed in its permissibility as well.When the side of permissibility exists, why then is there so much hardness on this issue? For us, it is sufficient to follow the people of Haramain (Makkah and Medina). At the time of Qiyaam one should not have the belief of Tawallud (that Rasoolullah – sallal laahu alaihi wasallam -is born now). The possibility of the arrival of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in the Meelad assembly is not wrong because the bodily world is restricted to time and place, but the spiritual world is free from both. So the arrival of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is not far from being possible”.(Shamaime Imdaadiya, pg.50,Madani Qutub Khana, Multan).

      THE SUBJECT OF “OMNIPRESENT”

      This is another false accusation that Sunnis believe Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) to be omnipresent.This is not the belief of the Ahle Sunnah Wa Jamaah, neither is it the meaning of the words “Haazir”and “Naazir”. The word “omnipresent”, according to the Oxford Dictionary, means “present everywhere”.When the word “Haazir” and “Naazir” is used for Almighty Allah it means “Knower” and “Seeir” and does not mean to be present everywhere. (See details in “Fatawa Shami”, Vol. 3, pg. 337). The meaning of the word “Haazir” in the Arabic dictionary is, “one who can be seen with the naked eye.” (For refrence, refer to “Sarrah”, pg. 170; “Mukhtaarus Sihaah”, pg. 159; “Mufreedaat Imam Raaghib”, pg. 372).The meaning of the word “Naazir” is “blackness of the eyeball in which the pupil of the eye is”. Sometimes, the eye itself is called Naazirah ( Reference “Mukhtaarus Sihaah”, pg. 691) 

      It is now proven that the words “Haazir” and “Naazir” according to its literal meaning are not suitable for Almighty Allah. Whenever it is used for Allah it is used with Ta’weel (re-interpretation),as explained above.

      CHALLENGE

      We challenge Majlisul Ulama to prove that the words “Haazir-o-Naazir” means “omnipresent”. (N.B.: not from Urdu to English or modern Arabic dictionaries because they are not based on Quranic Arabic). The literal meaning of the words “Haazir-o-Naazir” has been explained above and the Mu’awwal (re-interpreted) meaning of the words “Haazir-o-Naazir” for Allah is “Knower” and “Seeir”. I have consulted many dictionaries to look for the word “omnipresent” and in all the dictionaries there are no meanings even close to the meaning of the words “Haazir-o-Naazir”. I found that “omnipresent” is not the meaning of the words “Haazir-o-Naazir”at all. 

      The words “Haazir-o-Naazir” in its literal meaning is never used for Allah Ta’ala. Therefore, in the 99 Names of Allah, one would not find the Names of “ Haazir” and “Naazir”. Nowhere in the Quraan or Hadith are the names “Haazir” and “Naazir” used as Allah’s Names. No one can prove that the Sahabah or Tabi’in or Jurist Imams have ever used the words “Haazir” and “Naazir” for Allah Ta’ala.

      THE USE OF THE WORD “HAAZIR-O-NAAZIR” FOR THE HOLY PROPHET (SALLAL LAAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM)

      Since it is proven that “Haazir-o-Naazir” does not mean “omnipresent” nor is it an Attribute of Allah Ta’ala which is impossible to manifest in the servants of Allah, like Uluhiyyat (Divinity). The Ulema have used the words “Haazir-o-Naazir” for Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Haq Muhaddis Delwi (radi Allahu anhu) writes: “Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is Haazir-o-Naazir on the deeds of his Ummah”.(Haashiya Akhbarul Akhyaar, pg. 155).

      THE CONCEPT OF “HAAZIR-O-NAAZIR” USED FOR RASOOLULLAH (SALLAL LAAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM)

      Imam Ahle Sunnat, Hazrat Sayed Ahmed Sa’eed Qazmi (radi Allahu anhu) states: “When the word Haazir-o-Naazir is used for Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), it does not mean that the physical body of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is everywhere and that he is present in front of everybody. This in fact means that as the soul exists in every part of the body similarly the light filled reality of the Soul of both the worlds (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) exist in every atom of the worlds. Based on that Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) arrives with his spirituality and lightfulness in many places at one time. Many times, the Pious observe the beauty of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in a state of wakefulness with their physical eyes”. (Taskeenul Khawatir fi Mas’alatil Haazir wan Naazir,pg.13, Maktabah-e-Haamdya,Lahore).

      Nowhere in the above definition has it been mentioned that “Haazir-o-Naazir” means “omnipresent”. It seems that the entire research of Majlisul Ulema is based on the issues which they have heard of or assumed.

      THIRD OBJECTION

      Meelad celebrations are declared as Haraam and an evil Bid’at because of the following reason: “Meelaad functions are regarded as being of greater importance than Salaat and performance of Salaat in Jamaat”.

      OUR ANSWER

      This is another false accusation. No Muslim ever regards the Meelad function as being more important than Salaat. It is almost 10 years that I am residing in South Africa and I have attended hundreds of Meelad fuctions. Alhumdullilah, I have always found that the Salaat arrangement had been made with Jamaat. Those who are not punctual with their Salaat will miss Salaat even if they are sitting at home or are gone to attend a Tableeghi Ijtima. Now, due to some people not reading Salaat, does this make the Meelad function Haraam? 

      It is strange that those who have never attended Meelad functions, to them no arrangement of Salaat is made and people don’t read Salaat at Meelad functions. You are giving testimony of an issue to a place in which you have not been present! Is this correct according to the Law of Shari’ah?This objection is just an excuse to stop people from participating in the Zikr (remembrance) of our beloved Rasool (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

      Sometimes we observe in a Nikah (marriage) assembly that people get delayed due to some reason. Thereafter, some read their Salaat whileothers do not. Will one pass a Fatwa that Nikah functions are Haraam? If a person travellling by car from Johannesburg to Cape Town misses a few of his Salaah or misses the Jamaat, will one pass a Fatwa that travelling in a car from Johannesburg to Cape Town is Haraam?If an assembly of Nikah and travelling remains Halaal, why then does the Meelad function become Haraam?What criteria are you using?

      FOURTH OBJECTION

      Meelad functions are declared Haraam because of the following reason: “Qawwali – Music at Meelad functions”.

      OUR ANSWER

      This is another baseless accusation.I have never observed any function of Meelad in which Qawwali is sung.If anyone has Qawwali with music in a Meelad function then he or she should be stopped and told that it is not correct. They should be advised to put a stop to such an activity, butshould not be stopped from celebrating the Meelad function.

      Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha are days of worship and collective happiness for the Muslims. Some people have made these days as occasions of merry-making. On Eid-ul-Fitr, people in Johannesburg get together at the Zoo Lake. Inter-mingling of sexes is seen openly. Women wear fancymake- up on their faces. Blaring music is played. No Mufti has ever issued a Fatwa that Eid-ulFitr or Eid-ul-Adha should be stopped based on the non-Shari’ activities, or that the days of Eid should not be celebrated anymore. Eid celebrations are not stopped although many Haraam activities have certainly mixed with the occasion. Why then should the Meelad celebrations be stopped?

      FIFTH OBJECTION

      Meelad function is declared Haraam because of the following reason: “Reciting of verses which transgress the limits of legitimate praise, thus assigning a position of divinity to our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).”

      OUR ANSWER

      Here is another lie and false accusation. We believe that if anyone writes or says anything which proves Divinity to our Rasool (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), then that person isa Kaafir and Mushrik. Majlisul Ulama failed to furnish any proof of the blasphemous verse being sung. This is another accusation based on assumption. This type of baseless accusation are not suitable at all for those who claim to be learned.

      SIXTH OBJECTION

      Meelad function is declared Haraam and an evil Bid’at because of the following reason: “The congregation of various types of people such as fussaaq (open and rebellious sinners), immoral people with evil intentions, etc.)”

      OUR ANSWER

      Before I answer this objection, I would like to ask all the Ulema of Deoband – you say that the Prophet’s and the Awliya do not have Knowledge of the Unseen, since when do you have the Knowledge of the Unseen for you are able to see the good or evil intentions of people? 

      Can you say with certainty that not one amongst all those thousands of people who attend the Ijtimais an open sinner?I am sure that you cannot because this type of claim can only be done via Wahi (Revelation). Many sinners definitely attend the Ijtima. Why then you do not issue the Fatwa that Ijtima and partaking in the Ijtima is Haraam and an evil Bid’at?

      If an open sinner recites Quraan,will you stop the recitation because the sinner is participating in the recitation of the Quraan? So if any sinner attends the Meelad function,why then does the Meelad function become Haraam and an evil Bid’at?

      SEVENTH OBJECTION

      Meelad function is branded Haraam, un-Islamic and an evil Bid’at because of the following reason: “Singing at these functions by young boys and girls”.

      OUR ANSWER

      First and foremost, to describe the beautiful recitation of praises of our beloved Rasool (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) with the word “singing” discloses your hidden agenda. It is a psychological fact that if you describe something with a distasteful or vile term it will definitely not create any importance in the mind of people about what you wish to describe. Your job is to belittle all those things which lead towards the love of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

      If Na-Baligh (immature) boys and girls read in Meelad functions, there is nothing wrong with that. Baaligha (mature) girls do not read at all in Meelad functions.If in any function a baaligha girl reads a Naat in front of the audience, that will not make the Meelad Haraam. Rather, people should be told about the illegitimacy of this act. The reading of Baligh boys in front of an audience is Ja’iz (permissable). There is no proof in Shar’iah against it unconditionally. Therefore, it should not be an issue of debate.

      In many Darul Ulooms, Amard (young boys with no beard grown yet) study with adult men and they mix with each other. Sometimes, evil results of that mixing emerge as well. Why then do the Ulema of Deoband not close Darul Ulooms?If they do not wish to close their Darul Ulooms, why then do they ask us to stop the celebration of Meelad in which such danger does not even exist because young children are under the continuous scrutiny of their parents and guardians? Otherwise, explain the reason for your illogical objection!.

      EIGHTH OBJECTION

      Meelad is Haraam and Bid’at because of the following reason: “Inter-mingling of sexes at such gatherings”.

      We may add that Majlisul Ulama published a very interesting ruling: “Even if it is possible to screen the females completely from the man, then too, it is not possible for them to emerge from their homes to attend these functions for the simple reason that the Shari’ah has decreed that they may not emerge from their homes for even Salaah in the Masjid”.(page 17)

      OUR ANSWER

      This is another false accusation. Women sit in Meelad gatherings separate from men with necessary Shari’ Hijab.

      NECESSARY SHARI’ HIJAB (PARDAH)

      The Shari’ limit of Hijab for women is that they mustcover the whole body besides the face, both hands and feet. Their hair must be covered and the clothes must not be so thin that the colour of the body may be seen. In the light of the Holy Quraan, Hadith and Fiqh it is not compulsory for woman to cover the face, hands and feet from a Ghair Mahram. (N.B.: It is Mustahab for women to cover the whole face and not Waajib) For further reference consult “Tafseer Mazhari”, Vol. 6, pg. 493; “Tafseer Kabeer”, Vol. 23, pg. 203; “ Roohul Ma’aani”, Vol. 18, pg. 128; “Khazin”, Vol. 6, pg. 68; “Abu Dawood”, Vol. 2, pg. 211; “Mishkaat”, pg. 377; “Muslim”, Vol. 2, pg. 212; “Mu’atta Imam Malik”, pg. 708; “Quduri”, pg. 246; “Kanzud Daqa’iq”, pg. 424; “Mabsoot”, Vol. 10, pg. 152-153; “Badaai-us-Sanaai’”,Vol. 5,pg.121-122

      If the women attend the Meelad functions with Shar’i Hijab, which they do, and sit separately from the men, surely this is not called “inter-mingling of sexes”. Even if in a Meelad function, inter-mingling of sexes does occur, the actual Meelad celebration still will not become Haraam or an evil Bid’at. In this case, if such a thing happens then thepeople shouldbe taught the correct manners.

      Allama Shaami (radi Allahu anhu) states: “One must not leave visiting the graves just because some illegal activities are taking place, for example, inter-mingling of sexes. Mustahabbaat (recommended acts) should not be left out because of this type of illegal activities. It is necessary for the people to visit the graves and stop the Bid’at”. (Fatawa Shaami: Kitabul Jana’iz – Discussion on visiting the graves)

      Allama Shaami (radi Allahu anhu) has stated categorically that inter-mingling of sexes will not make any Mustahab act Haraam or avoided. There were idols in the Kaaba before Makkah was conquered, but Muslims did not leave out performing the Tawaaf (circumbulation) or Umrah because of the idols. Yes,when Almighty Allah gave them the power,they eventually destroyed the idols.

      When people go for Haj, there is inter-mingling of sexes at the airport, in the plane, during Tawaaf,at Mina and at Muzdalifah, yet no one puts a stop to Hajj. In Meelad gatherings, at least men and women sit separately and women are with Hijab. In the Nikah assembly, inter-mingling of sexes occurs and most of the women do not come with Shari’ Hijab. Will the Majlisul Ulama issue Fatwas condemning Nikah gathering to be Haraam? If not, why then is your entire effort spent to make Meelaad functions Haraam?

      INTERESTING RULING

      Please read the eight objection (above) on the ruling of Majlisul Ulama and then read the our answer. There ruling is totally baseless. I wish that Majlisul Ulama could give proof of their ruling that under no circumstances may a woman emerge from her home.

      LADIES TA’LEEM BECOMES HARAAM

      Women belonging to the Tableeghi Jamaat have ladies Ta’leem programmmes, which takes place sometimes during the day and sometimes during the evenings. The women emerge from their homesand gather at a particular house to have their programme. If, according to the Majlisul Ulama’s argument, they cannot emerge from their homes even for Salaat, how can they emerge from their homes for ladies Ta’leem? According to the Fatwa of Majlisul Ulama, ladies Ta’leem programmes should also be considered Haraam.

      NINTH OBJECTION

      According to the Majlisul Ulama: “Salaat and its performance by Jamaat neglected in a mass scale”.

      OUR ANSWER

      To show how seriously they object to the Meelad function, the Majlisul Ulama are merely repeating their objections just to add more condemnation. Please refer to the detailed answer given under objection number 3 earlier in our book.

      TENTH OBJECTION

      Meelad is declared Haraam and an evil Bid’at because of the following reason: “Abstention from command of Amr Bil Ma’roof and Nahy anil Munkar when these becomes necessary at these funtions”.

      OUR ANSWER

      This is another baseles accusation. It seems that the Majlisul Ulama translate “light” into “darkness”. We regard Meelad functions as the best opportunity for “Amr bil Ma’roof” and “Nahy anil Munkar”. Our Ulema take full advantage of these functions and command “Amr bil Ma’roof” and “Nahy anil Munkar” (Commanding that which is Good and Forbidding that which is Evil). 

      The members of Majlisul Ulama do not attend Meelad functions, so how then can they say “Amr bil Ma’roof” and “Nahy anil Munkar”is not carried out at these functions?

      ELEVENTH OBJECTION

      Meelad functions are declared Haraam and an evil Bid’at because of the following reason: “Israaf or waste of money in unnecessary ventures”.

      OUR ANSWER 

      People are served a meal at Meelaad functions. This is regarded as a waste of money by the Majlisul Ulama. On the ocassion ofWalimah and Aqiqah, it is Sunnah to invite people for partaking in food. Why? Because it is an occasion of happiness. When the assembly of Zikr of the beloved Rasool (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) takes place, a Muslim is happy and joyful, therefore, he invites people to partake in the food provided, he gives charity and distributes sweatmeats. To feed people after an important or virtuous deed is the practice of the Sahaba.

      Shah Abdul Aziz Muhaddis Delwi (radi Allahu anhu) writes: “Imam Bihqi reports in ‘Sha’bul Iman’ that Ibn Umar narrated that when Hazrat Umar (radi Allahu anhuma) completed the study of Surah Baqarah with all its secrets and hints in twelve years, he slaughtered a camel, prepared lots of food and fed the Sahabah”. (Tafseer Fathul Aziz, pg. 86)

      Thus, it is proven that one may feed the people after an important virtuous deed. Meelad is also an important virtuous deed in the eyes of the Believers. Therefore, the distribution of food and sweatmeats is not Israaf (waste).

      We wish to remind you of the famous saying of Hazrat Ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhuma). Somebody told Hazrat Ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhuma) that there is goodness in waste. He immediately replied that to spend in goodness is not waste.

      TWELFTH OBJECTION 

      Meelad is declared Haraam and an evil Bid’at because of the following reason: “Soliciting public funds for the upkeep and organizing of these functions”.

      OUR ANSWER

      The Wahabi and Deobandi public do not contribute to Meelad functions at all. Why should there be a question of this nature? In most places, Meelad functions are arranged by individual families. They do not collect funds from anybody. In some places, certain organizations arrange massive Meelad gatherings and the members collect funds only from those people who believe in Meelad and thus, contribute happily. So, we ask, what is wrong with that? Don’t you collect funds for your Tableeghi Ijtima, which is, in our view, a waste of time and Muslim resources? Hundreds and thousands of Rands are spent just to erect the structure of the stage and tent, etc. Where does that money come from? Why does the Majlisul Ulama not issue a Fatwa against Ijtima because of the use of public money? Why is the entire effort madeto make Meelad Haraam only?

      THIRTEEN OBJECTION

      Meelad is declared Haraam and an evil Bid’at because of the following reason: “Tashabboh bil Kufaar, the celebration of birthdays and anniversaries has no connection with Islam. This is an exclusive custom of the Kuffaar. Our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) did not celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Nor did the Sahabah or the great learned Jurists of Islam. Such celebrations have no basis in the Shari’ah. In upholding these innovatory customs, Muslims are in fact imitating the Kuffaar and this our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has strictly forbidden”.

      OUR ANSWER

      A. The Ulama of Deoband celebrated their hundred years anniversary of Darul Uloom Deoband in which they called Indhira Ghandi who was dressed in a Sarrie. She was seated on the stage while hundreds of Ulama were seated on the ground. Was this Islamic? Early Muslims did not celebrate hundred years establishment of Islam which was far more important that the establishment of Darul Uloom Deoband. According to you, our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) did not celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. If the Ulama-e-Deoband claim to be true followers of the Sunnah, why then did they celebrate the hundred year anniversary of Darul Uloom Deoband? Was this not a Bid’at? 

      According to you, every Bid’at is an evil Bid’at. Well, I suppose that it is permissible in the Shari’ah of Deoband that you mayact upon evil Bid’ats sometimes or maybe there is exemption for Ulema-e-Deoband in Shari’ah as there is exemption for elite Brahaman Caste in Hinduism!

      B. It is Sunnah to commemorate happiness. In order to explain this, I would like to quote a Hadith: “Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was asked about fasting on a Monday. He replied, ‘I was born on that day and Wahi (Revelation) began upon me on that day’.” (Mishkat, Kitabus Sawm, Baab Sawmut Tatawwo)

      It is now proven that to keep fast on a Monday is Sunnah because Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was born on that day. Two issues are proven from the above Hadith:-

      1. To commemorate important things is Sunnah.

      2. It is Sunnah to do virtuous deeds and express happiness on the birth of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). These virtuous deeds can be in the form of Badni Ibaadat (bodily worship), such as fasting and Nafil Salaah, or it can be in the form of Maali Ibaadat (worship by utilising one’s wealth for Deen), like charity, feeding and distributing sweatmeats, etc.

      To brand Meelad celebrations as being similar to the act of the Kufaar is an insult to Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and an expression of total ignorance.

      FOURTEENTH OBJECTION

      Meelad is declared Haraam and an evil Bid’at because of the following reason: “MAINTAINING A CUSTOM WHICH WAS ORIGINATED BY IRRELIGIOUS PERSONS.It has already been explained elsewhere in this article that the originators of Meelad custom were irreligious persons. Six hundred years after our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the irreligious ruler of Irbal, assisted by irreligious learned men, invented and established this custom. Thus, those who organize Meelad functions and those who participate in them are in reality assisting to establish a practise introduced by evil men. They are aiding and abetting in the fostering of a custom which is in total conflict with the Shari’ah of Islam. It is a great crime to maintain and encourage customs and practices which were brought into being by those who had no connection with the Deen, more so, when these customs and practices are a conglomeration of un-Islamic elements”.

      OUR ANSWER

      Some scholars have written that Meelad was invented in the 7th century by the king of Arbal, Abu Sa’eed Muzaffar. Those scholars have explained this with the reference of Haafiz Ibn Kaseer. But this not correct. Haafiz Ibn Kaseer has mentionedAbu Sa’eed Muzaffar in detail in “Al Bidaya Wan Nihaya”. He wrote that King Abu Muzaffar used to celebrate Meelad-un-Nabi with pomp and glory, but nowhere has he mentioned that the King was an inventor of Meelad. 

      We present a complete quotation of Haafiz Ibn Kaseer for a clear understanding. Ibn Kaseer writes regarding the events of the year 630 A.H.: “Amongst pious, generous and great Kings, there was a King, Abu Sa’eed Muzaffar. He used to celebrate Meelad in Rabi-ul-Awwal. His assembly of Meelad used to be one of its kind. He was brave, a thinker, pious, just and an Aalim of Deen. Sheikh Abul Khitaab Ibn Dahya wrote a book on the topic of Meelad titled ‘At Tanweer fi Moulidil Basheerin Nazeer’. On this, the King rewarded the Sheikh with one thousand Dinars. His government remained for a long time. He died while besieging Aka. His government and his character was excellent. Those people who attended the Meelad function arranged by King Muzaffar say that in his Meelad function there used to be 5 000 roasted sheep heads, 10 000 chickens, 100 000 pieces of cheese and 30 000 pieces of sweatmeats. Great Ulama and Sufis of that period participated in his Meelad assembly. His food table was open for people of all walks of life and from all areas. He used to give charity in all types of Ibaadah. He used to spend a lot on the Ibaadah of Makkah and Madina. He used to spend 30 000 Dinars in arranging water for Makkah and Madina. Charities which he gave secretly are hidden from us. May Allah send His Mercy upon King Muzaffar. He died in the year 630 A.H. in the fort of Arbal. He made a Wasiyat to be buried in Makkah but it was not carried out. He is buried in the neighbourhood of Hazrat Ali (radi Allahu anhu)”. (Al Bidaya Wan Ni haya, Vol. 13,pg. 136-137,Darul Fikr, Beirut)

      The following matters arise from the statement of Haafiz Ibn Kaseer:-

      1. King Abu Sa’eed Muzaffar was not the inventor of Meelad celebrations,

      2. He was a pious, brave, thinker, just, an Aalim-e-Deen and not an evil man,

      3. Great Ulama and Sufisof that time participated in Meelad functions,

      4. He was generous and hospitable,

      5. Nowhere is it said that he used to spend Baitul Maal money to celebrate Meelad,

      6. People like Haafiz Ibn Kaseer regarded King Muzaffar as one of the great kings amongst Muslim Kings.

      Note that all the things which the Majlisul Ulama have mentioned about King Muzaffar are without any reference, therefore, making them unreliable. We have given our references in detail. You may check the original source.

      FIFTEENTH OBJECTION

      Meelad functions are branded Haraam and un-Islamic because of the following reasons: “Reviling and branding as unbelievers and heretics those who do not participate in these functions”.

      OUR ANSWER

      This is another lie and baseless accusation. This objection has already been answered under the Second Objection earlier in our book. Please see the details there.

      SIXTEENTH OBJECTION

      Meelad function is branded Haraam because of the following reason: “Regarding the distribution of sweetmeats as essential. This too, is a further transgression committed against the Law of Allah. This custom of distributing sweetmeats at these functions is regarded as compulsory.A gross falsity in the name of Islam”.

      OUR ANSWER

      This is another lie and baseless accusation. No Sunni Muslim believes, wrote or said that the distribution of sweetmeats is compulsory.If you are certain with your claim, why then are you hiding the proof? It seems that the Deobandi Ulama have qualified in a Masters Degrees in lying, deceiving and making false accusations.Remember,this is an issue of belief. You are unable to ascertain someone’s belief without that person uttering it or writing it. Why not show us who uttered or wrote that the distribution of sweetmeats is compulsory in Meelad functions?

      SEVENTEENTH OBJECTION

      Meelad functions is branded as Haraam because of the following reasons: “The belief thatthe soul of our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) presents itself at the Meelad function. This factor has already been explained under the section dealing with Qiyaam, and it was shown there how crime of Shirk is resultant on this belief”.

      OUR ANSWER

      The answer to this objection has already been explained in the section of Qiyaam. It was shown how ignorant Mujlisul Ulema are about the teaching of their own Elders.

      Alhamdulillah! Thus far, we have answered all the 17 objections of Majlisul Ulema which will provide the reader with the full knowledge of the deception of Majlisul Ulema. Beside these 17 objections there are some other issues which we feel needs to be explained as well. With the Blessings of Allah, we will elaborate on those issues.

      REPLY TO MAJLISUL ULAMA’S

      OTHER OBJECTIONS

      OBJECTION

      Majlisul Ulema wrote on page 8:- “Ibn Masood (radi Allahu anhu) heard that some people gathered in the Musjid and were reciting ‘Laa-ilaaha ilallah’ and Durood Shareef aloud. He went to them and said: ‘This (way of recital) was non-existent during the time of the Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).I regard you as innovators.’ Ibn Masood (radi Allahu anhu) repeated this over and over until the people were rejected from the musjid”.

      FATAWA QAADHI KHAN

      It must be noted here that these people were only reciting Laa-ilaaha illallah and Durood Shareef, and both these are acts of Ibaadat of a very high order.Despite this, Hazrat Ibn Masood (radi Allahu anhu) had these people ejected from the musjid and described them as innovators because they were reciting these two forms of Thikr in a manner not taught by our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and in a manner not practiced by the noble Sahabah of Rasulullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Further, Hazrat Ibn Masood (radi Allahu anhu) said: “This method was not in vogue during the time of Rasulullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)”.

      This statement of Hazrat Ibn Masood (radi Allahu anhu) clearly means that if a form of worship was not instructed by our Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) then it will be a Bid’ah. If the Sahaba did not entertain any new systems or any new ways of worship then we have no right whatsoever of introducing into Islam any new way or form of worship.

      OUR ANSWER

      There are two answers to this misleading attempt:-

      1. You are also Bid’ati and act upon Haraam as well. You shout “Naara Takbeer” during your Jalsas when the lecturer makes a good point. You do not pass Fatwa against that and do not stop that loud Zikr.

      Moulana Rashid Ahmed Gangohi writes: “Zikr is correct in whatever way it may be”. (i.e., loud or soft) (Fatawa Rashidia, pg. 251) According to your Fatwa, MoulanaRashid Ahmed Gangohi has become a Bid’ati. Why then do you people make so much noise about Bid’at? Your Elders are Bid’atis themselves!

      2. The qoutation of “Fatawa Qazi Khan” is explained in “Fatawa Bazaazia”: “To make Zikr with a loud voice is permissible as it happens in Azaan, Khutba, Jumma and Haj. This issue is explained in Fatawa Kharia Tharaly. Whatever is mentioned in Fatawa Qazi Khan,it means harmful loudness (is Bid’at)”. (Fatawa Bazaazia, pg. 378)

      It became obvious from here that Hazrat Ibn Masood (radi Allahu anhu) called those people Bid’atis who were making Zikr with harmful loudness. It is possible that they may have been making loud Zikr at the time of Jamaat or that this might cause harm to the Deen.

      This “proof” which Majlisul Ulema presented to prove that Meelad functions are Bid’at did not help them at all. Rather it made them Bid’atis because Moulana Rashid Ahmed Gangohi wrote eight Fatawa in “Fatawa Rashidia” proving that loud Zikr is permissible.

      OBJECTION

      On page 7, Majlisul Ulama wrote (N.B. Transliterations were in Arabic):

      A man sneezed in the presence of Abdullah Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) and said: “Al-Hamdu lil laahi was salaamu ‘ala rasoolil laahi”.

      Abdullah Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) immediately rebuked this person and said that our Nabi (Salla lahu alayhi wa sallam) taught us to recite : “Al-Hamdu lil lahi ‘ala qulli haalin” when we sneezed. This Hadith has been narrated by Tirmizi.

      The point which we have to ponder here, is Abdullah Ibn Umar’s rebuke because this man recited was, “Salaamu ‘alar rasoolil laah”, after the words “Al-Hamdu lillaahi”. In reality, the recital of the sentence was “Salaamu ‘alar rasoolil laah” is an act of merit. The more we remember Rasulullah Sallal lahi alayhi wa sallam the more thawaab we get. In fact, we have been commanded to constantly offer salutations to our Nabi sallal lahu alayhi wa sallam. However despite this, Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) (one of the great Sahabah) rejected this form of recitation after one has sneezed. And, the reason as explained by Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) was that this formula was not taught to us by Rasulullah sallal lahu alayhi wasallam.

      OUR ANSWER

      From this Hadith it is proven that people should not add any thing to that what is being proven in Shari’ah. It is stated in “Durre Mukhtaar”: “Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, ‘Do not mention me (my name) at the time of sneezing and at the time of slaughtering’”. (Durre Mukhtaar, Kitaabuz Zabaih)Therefore, the saying of that person’s, “Assalaamo Ala Rasulillah” falls under the prohibited command. It was the duty of Hazrat Ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhuma) to stop that person from committing a prohibited act, and, Alhamdulilah, wealso stop people from performing prohibited acts.

      We say that the reason of stopping was because this man established the rule of greeting by saying “Assalaamo Ala Rasulillah” at such an occasion in which there was already a fixed rule of Shari’ah to say “Al hamdo lillah”. This was against the Shari’ah and a change in the Deen. What relation can this incident have with the celebration of Melaad Shareef? The increase and creation of good and virtuous deeds in Islam is in accordance with this Hadith, “Whosoever establishes a virtuous path in Islam will be rewarded.” (Mishkaat, Babul I’lm). This (Melaad) is not against the Shari’ah, and it does not cause a change in the Deen. In fact, it is a virtuous deed in which a person is rewarded.

      In conclusion, I wish to state with regards to the Hadith of sneezing that, that person added “Assalamo Ala Rasulillah” which was in contradiction to the Nahi (prohibition) of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Therefore, Hazrat Ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhuma) did his duty and stopped him.

      Practices attached to Melaad are not prohibited in Shari’ah, so to make analogy of non-prohibited practices on the prohibited practices isincorrect and based on ignorance.

      Majlisul Ulama have used wrong analogies throughout their book, “Moulood and the Shari’ah”, to prove Melaad as Haraam, which makes veryclear the height of their “Islamic knowledge”.

      OBJECTION

      On pages 8-9, Majlisul Ulama wrote:

      “Mujahid says that Urwah Bin Zubair and himself entered the Musjid and saw Abdullah Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) sitting near to the room of Aishah (radhiyallahu anha). Some people in the masjid were performing the Dhuhaa prayers (the Salaat which is performed sometime after sunrise). We asked Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) about the Salaat being performed by these people. He replied that it was a Bid’ah innovation”. (Bukhari-Muslim)

      It should be remembered that Salaatud-Duhaa has been narrated by many Sahaabah. It is an act of Ibaadat which carries considerable reward. We are encouraged to perform this salaat. The great pious men of Islam hardly omit this salaat. However, despite this fact, Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) described the Dhuhaa Salaat of this particular group of people as Bid’ah. The reason for branding it as Bid’ah is the fact that these people originated a new method of performing this prayer. They congregated and performed this salaat conspicuously in the Musjid, and this method of performing it in congregation form was not instructed by our Nabi sallal lahu alayhi wa sallam”.

      OUR ANSWER

      This argument is not useful at all for the deniers of Melaad celebration, because Hazrat Ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhuma) regards this Salaat of Dhuhaa as Bid’ate Hasanah. Khaatamul Mohaddeseen, Imam Zurqani (radi Allahu anhu) quotes a narration from Sha’bi in “Sharah Mawaahib”: “I have heard Ibn Umar saying, ‘Muslims have not invented anything better than Salaatud Dhuhaa (Chaasht)’. Ibn Shaiba reports from Hakam Bin Abdullah Bin Ishaaq Bin Al A’raj, who said, ‘I asked Ibn Umar about Salaatud Dhuhaa. He replied, ‘It is Bid’at and what a good Bid’at it is’.” (Sharah Mawaahib Le Zurqaani, pg. 13, with the reference of Anwaare Saate’ah, pg. 84)

      The Ulama of Islam said that this was not the denial on Salaatud Dhuhaa itself because this is Bid’ate Hasanah according to Hazrat Ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhuma) as well. In fact, people were reading this Salaat with the proper arrangement in the Masjid like Fardh Salaat, and this was against the Hadith.

      Imam Tirmizi reported a Hadith from Hazrat Umar, Jabir, Abu Sa’eed, Abu Hurairah, Ibn Umar, Hazrat Aisha, Abdullah Ibn Mas’ ood and Zaid Bin Khalid (radi Allahu anhum) that Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Opeople, read your Nafil Salaat at home”.

      Hazrat Ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhuma), through his Ijtihaad (authoritative interpretation), found this practice of some people against the Hadith, and for this reason he declared it as Bid’at. We also say that if anything is being invented against the Quraan and the Hadith (Sunnah) it is an evil Bid’at. 

      Therefore, this argument cannot be used against Meelad celebration, because Meelad celebration is not against any commandment of the Quraan or the Hadith.

      OBJECTION

      Majlisul Ulema writes under the title:- “WHAT THE LEARNED AUTHORITIES OF ISLAM SAY ABOUT MOULOOD – Imam Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Basri Maaliki (radi Allahu anhu) states: “And, the Ulama of the four Mathhabs (Hanafi,Shafi, Hambali and Maaliki) are unanimous in condemning this practice (i.e. Meelaad )”. (Al Qoulul Mu’tamad).

      OUR ANSWER

      Allama Burhanuddin Halbi (radi Allahu anhu) writes refuting this: “Undoubtedly, Ibne Hajar has originated Meelad from Sunnah, and similarly, did Hafiz Imam Suyuti, and both of them severely refuted the saying of Allama Maliki that Meelaad is evil Bid’at”. (Sirat Halbia, pg. 80). A quotation that had been refuted by great Ulema like Hafiz Ibn Hajar and Imam Suyuti (radi Allahu anhuma) is the kind of proof of Majlisul Ulema against Meelad.

      OBJECTION

      Majlisul Ulema wrote:- Imaam Ibnul Haaj states: “Among the Bid’ahs (innovations) which these people have introduced is the practice of Moulood during the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal. They believe that the Moulood is among the great acts of Ibadaat (worship) and the customs of Islam. This practice consists of Bid’ahs and Haraam acts”. (Mudkhal, pg. 20)

      ANSWER

      Imaam Ibnul Haaj did not write anything in “Madkhal” against Meelad itself in the manner that Majlisul Ulema expressed themselves.He only said that Meelad is a Bid’at. We shall elaborate on the point of “Bid’at” later in the book. 

      Imaam Qastalaani (radi Allahu anhu) explains the statement of Ibnul Haaj: “Imaam Ibnul Haaj has discussed in detail and refuted those things which people have invented through their carnal desires; adding singing with prohibited instruments in Meelad. Allah reward Ibnul Haaj for his good intentions”. (Mawahibul li Duniya, Vol. 1, pg. 27)

      Allama Ibnul Haaj (radi Allahu anhu) did not deny the very celebration of Meelad itself but those actions which are not permissible in Islam.Every Sunni Muslim also disapproves of un-Islamic activities if that take place in Meelad.

      Allama Yousuf Salihi (radi Allahu anhu) comments on the statement of Ibnul Haaj: “Allama Ibnul Haaj did not condemn Meelad itself. But, he refuted those assemblies which contain un-Islamic and prohibited activities. He called Meelad Bid’at. This is against what he has first said (he approved of Meelaad). Maybe he meant Bid’at to beBid’at-e Hasannah (good innovation)”. (Sobolul Huda War Rishad, Vol. 1, pg. 453)

      OBJECTION

      Majlisul Ulema writes: “Shaikhul Islam, Taimiyyah Hambali, rejected this practice in his Fatawa”. ( pg. 21) 

      OUR ANSWER

      Ibne Taimiyyah was a misled person, so his Fatawa against Meelaad carries no weight in our view.

      Hafiz Ibn Hajar Asqalaani (radi Allahu anhu) writes in “Ad Durarul Kaamina” that: “Ibne Taimiyyah wrote in ‘Aqeedah Hamvia’ and in ‘Waastia’ in which mention is made about Allah’s Face and Hand and Shin are real Attributes of Allah, and Allah Ta’ala is sitting on the Arsh (Throne) physically. Some people have regarded Ibne Taimiyyah as Zindiq (heretic) because he used to say that you cannot seek help from Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

      “Some Ulema have said that he was a Hypocrite because he used to say that Hazrat Ali (radi Allahu anhu) made mistakes at 13 occasions and went against the Quraan.His fight was for Government (position) only, he was defeated every time. He tried to gain power again and again but he failed every time. He (Ibne Taimiyyah) said that Hazrat Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) was a lover of wealth; Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) was old and he did not know what he was doing; Hazrat Ali (radi Allahu anhu) became a Muslim in childhood and the Imaan of a person in his childhood is not reliable according t

    31. More evidence for the intellectually underprivileged:

      Question:

      Please give me the evidence about Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi in the light of Quran & Ahadith.

      Ans.

      Before writing the arguments of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him), I want to clear the meaning of Milad according to literature and Shariah.

      The word Milad has been derived from "viladut" which means birth. Therefore, according to Arabic language, Milad is word which signifies the place and time of birth. In the light of Shariah, we means, Milad is to remember the events which took place at the birth time of the Holy Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) and we get the opportunity of narrating the Seerat of the Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) on this occasion, we also presents the Holy Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) gifts of Durood -o- salam. We mention before the people attributes and praises of the Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him). We do not believe that Milad is specified with same night but, we believe that the remembrance of the Holy Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) is incumbent in each minute and second of time and every Muslim should act it sunnahs in the whole life time. Milad un Nabi (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) is a great source of preaching. It is incumbent for scholars to teach Muslims nations on this Holy occasion, moral behavior of the Holy Prophet, (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) his antiquates, His affairs, His Seerat, His dealings and His worships.

      Now I write the proofs of Milad from the Holy Quran, the hadith of the Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) and consensus of Ulemas.

      Evidence of the Holy Quran

      The Qur’anic verses proves that to celebrate Milad is not only a proper deed but it is also a praiseworthy.

      1) Allah Almighty says in Quran:

      "The peace is on Him the day when he was born and the day when he will die and the day when he will be raised alive." (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Al-Maryam, Verse 15)

      In the above verse Allah Almighty has mentioned the complete Milad of Hazrat Yahya (Alaihis Salam). And before this Allah Almighty has mentioned the events which took place before the birth. It is the same way of celebrating birth day as Ahle Sunnat adopts for the Milad of the last Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) of Allah Almighty. In other words the Prophet of Allah Almighty Hazrat Isa (Alaihis Salam) celebrates his own Milad.

      2) As Allah Almighty says:

      "And the same peace on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I would be raised alive."

      (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Al Maryam, Verse 33)

      Before this verse Allah Almighty has stated the whole story of Maryam (Allah may pleased with him) that who she got pregnant and gave birth her great son, the Prophet of Allah Isa (Alaihi Salam). Allah Almighty also mentioned the words of Isa (Alaihis Salam) by which Isa (Alaihis Salam) praised himself. This style of narrating story is nothing but celebration of Milad of Isa Alaihis Salam. Ahle Sunnat also narrate the story of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) in the same style. We too narrate the events which took place before the birth and after it as Allah Almighty narrated about Yahya and Isa (Alaihimus Salam). Therefore, a person who has eyes of justice will obviously accept that to celebrate Milad is an important deed which Allah Almighty has done. So it proves that the basis of Milad is found in the Holy Quran.

      3) Allah Almighty says:

      "And remind them of the days of the Allah."

      (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Ibrahim, Verse5)

      In this verse Allah Almighty orders his prophet Musa Alaihis Salam to remind his nation the days of Allah Almighty. "The days of Allah" are those days in which great events took place or Allah Almighty bestowed his great rewards to his creature. As the Holy Quran testifies this explanation of the days of Allah Almighty. In the Holy Quran Musa Alaihis Salam says:

      "And when Musa said it his people remember Allah's favor upon you, when he delivered you from Firawn's people who used to afflict you worstly, and slaughter your sons and let your daughters live and in it there was shown great mercy of your lord." (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Ibrahim, Verse 6)

      According to the Qur’anic verse emancipation of the nation of Musa Alaihis Salam from Firawn is a day of Allah, so the birth day of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) is, with any doubt, also a day of Allah, because the Prophet Muhammad (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) emancipated whole world from the darkness of ignorance and brought them to the light of guidance. Therefore, the birthday (Milad) of the Holy Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) deserves to be celebrated then the celebration of any other event. In case we would not be grateful to Allah Almighty for his favor, which is Muhammad (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him). He will punish us severely. As Allah Almighty says:

      "And remember when your lord proclaimed, if you will be great full then I shall give you more and if you’re thankless then my treatment is severe."

      (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Ibrahim, and Verse 7)

      4) Allah Almighty says:

      "Then remember the bounties of Allah and wander not in the earth spreading mischief."

      (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Araf, Verse 74)

      In the above verse Allah Almighty orders us to remember his bounties and rewards. The last Prophet of Allah Almighty Muhammad (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) is, undoubtedly, great blessing of Allah Almighty for whole mankind. Allah Almighty himself considers the Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) his great favor for mankind as He says:

      "Undoubtedly, Allah did a great favor to the Muslims that in them from among themselves sent a messenger who recites unto them His signs and purifies them and teaches them the book and wisdom and necessarily before that they were certainly apparent error.

      (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Ale Imran, Verse 164)

      Therefore, according to the Qur’anic commandments we must remember the beloved Prophet of Allah Muhammad (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) and Milad-un-Nabi is a best way of remembrance of the greatest Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him).

      In another words Allah Almighty says:

      "And publicize well the favor of your lord"

      (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Al Duha, Verse 11)

      The companion of the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) Hazrat Abdullah Ibne Abbas (Allah is well pleased with Him) explained the word favors. He says here, In this verse favor signifies the prophet hood and Islam.

      (Tafseer Ibne Abbas, Sure Al Duha, Page 651).

      So in the light of the given explanation by the cousin of the Holy Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him), we can say that Allah Almighty orders us to remember Holy Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) in our gatherings between the people, in our mosque between the worshiper and in our houses between our families and Milad un Nabi (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him), as I have written is a best way for this Qur’anic purpose.

      4) Allah Almighty orders us:

      "Say you oly Allah's grace and his mercy, on it therefore let them rejoice. That is better then all their wealth."

      In this verse Allah Almighty orders us to enjoy on his grace and mercy. If we see around us we find that each favor of Allah Almighty is great mercy for us. Even our existence is also a mercy of Allah Almighty. But the greatest of Allah is the Holy Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him). As Allah Almighty says:

      "And we sent not you but mercy for all worlds."

      (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Al Ambiyaa, Verse 107)

      So according the Qur’anic teachings it is necessary for us that ewe must be happy and pleased on the birthday of the Holy Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him). The one who pleases with the Holy Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) is really a true follower of the Quran. And it is obvious that, in whole world Muslims celebrates Milad un Nabi (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him). Specially for enjoying the mercy of Allah Almighty that is the beloved prophet of Allah Almighty (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him)Therefore the Holy Quran itself confirms the Milad un Nabi (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him)

      5) The gathering of Milad un Nabi (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) incite Muslims on saying Durood and Salam ( to pray for prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) of blessing and peace) Allah Almighty says:

      "Oh you who I believe send upon Him blessing and salute Him fully well in abundance. (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Al Ahzab, Verse 56)

      According to the law of Shariah, a thing which is desired by Shariah, is exactly a like an aim of Shariah. And the benefits of Durood -o- salam are so much in numbers that can not be counted. Durood -o- salam causes for the help of Allah Almighty in this world and here after. So Milad un Nabi (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) is a source of fulfilling the commandments of Allah Almighty

      6) Allah Almighty says:

      "And all that we narrate to you of the tidings of the messengers is for the purpose of strengthening your heart therewith." (Kanzul Iman the translation of Holy Quran, Sura Hood, Verse 121)

      This Qur’anic verse reveals that the wisdom of mentioning the stories and events of Prophets (Alaihis salam) was to stand fast the heart of the last prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him). And it is obvious that we are, also today, in need of being stand fast. We must know that how; the prophet of Allah (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) faced the problems of his time so that we may face the problems of our times according to the Sunnah. Therefore Milad un Nabi (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him) provides us an opportunity to know about the affair of the Prophet (Allah's Grace and Peace be upon him).

    32. Evidence of general consensus of Muslim ummah and scholars (Ulema)

      1) Imam Al-Hafiz Al-Suyuti in his famous book "Al-Hawii Lil-Fatawii" allocated a special chapter on that topic and named it "The Excellence of Objective in Celebrating the Mawlid" where he said: The question under consideration is what the verdict of the Shari'ah on celebrating the Holy Birthday of the Noble Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) during the month of Rabbi-ul-Awwal. From the point of view of Shari'ah is this a praiseworthy action or a blameworthy one? And do those who arrange such celebration Receive blessings or not? He said:

      "The reply to this question is that in my view the Milad Shareef (Celebration of the Birthday of the Noble Prophet Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) is in fact such an occasion of happiness on which people assemble and recite the Holy Qu'ran to the extent that is easy. Then they relate the prophecies concerning the appearance of the Noble Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) that have been transmitted in Ahadith and Author, and the miraculous events and signs that took place on his birth. Then food is set before them and according to their desire they partake thereof to satisfaction. This festival of celebrating the birthday of the Noble Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) is a Bid'ah Hasanah (good Innovation) and those arranging it will get blessing, since in such a celebration is found the expression of joy and happiness at the greatness and eminence of the Noble Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) and his birth".

      Even Ibn Tay'miah said in his book "Necessity of the Right Path", p. 266, 5th line from the bottom of that page, published by Dar Al-Hadith, the following:

      "As far as what people do during the Milad, either as a rival celebration to that which the Christian do during the time of Christ's birthday or as an expression of their love and admiration and a sign of praise for the Noble Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him), Allah Almighty will surely reward them for such Ijtihad". He then said: "Although Milad was not practiced by (Salaf), they should have done so since there was no objection against it from the Shari'ah point of view".

      And we certainly only celebrate Milad out of love and admiration to the Prophet of all Mankind.

      2. Imam Al-Hafiz Al-Qastalani, who gave commentary on Sahih Bukhari, said: "May Allah Almighty shower his Mercy upon a person who takes the days of the month of Rabbi-ul-Awwal, in which the Noble Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) was born, as days of feast and celebration for doing so is the best cure for the heart of an ailing person."

      3. Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar was asked, same reference of Imam Suyuti, about Milad Shareef. His reply was:

      "Milad Shareef is, in fact, and innovation, which was not transmitted from any pious predecessor in the first three centuries. Nevertheless, both acts of virtue as well as acts of abomination are found in it (i.e. Sometimes acts of virtue are found therein and sometimes acts of abomination). If in the Milad Shareef only acts of virtue are done and acts of abomination are abstained from, then the Milad Shareef is a Bid'ah Hasanah (good innovation), otherwise not."

      He then added "

      "To do any virtuous act and to observe it annually as means of recollection for any special day on which Allah Almighty has bestowed any favor or removed any calamity is a form of showing gratitude to Allah Almighty. Gratitude to Allah Almighty is expressed through different kinds of Ibaadah (worship) -prostration and standing in prayer, charity and recitation of the Holy Qu'ran. And what is a greater favor from Allah Almighty can there be than the appearance of the Prophet of Mercy (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) on this day (i.e. 12th of Rabbi-ul-Awwal)?" Some people do not limit it and celebrate the Milad Shareef on any day of Rabbi-ul-Awwal. Nay, some people have extended it even more and increased the period to the whole year. According to the latter, the Milad Shareef can be celebrated on any day of the year. The objective here is the same, i.e. to rejoice at and celebrate the Holy Birth of the Noble Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him).

      4. Imam Abu-Bakr Abdullah Al-Dimashqi compiled a number of books on the subject and called them "Collection of Traditions on the Birth of the Chosen Prophet", "The Pure Expression on the Birthday of the Best of Creations" and "The Spring for the Thirsty One on the Birth of the Rightly Guided".

      5. Imam Al-Hafiz Al-Iraqi wrote a book and called it "The Pure Spring on the Sublime Birth".

      6. Imam Ibn Dahyah wrote a book and called it "Enlightenment on the Birthday of the Bearer of Good News, The Warner".

      7. Imam Mulla Ali Qari wrote a book and called it "The Quenching Spring on the Birthday of the Prophet". (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him)

      8. Imam Shams ul-Din bin Naseer Al-Dimashqi, said in his book: "The Spring for the Thirsty One on the Birth of the Rightly Guided" about the story of Abu Lahab that he will receive a light punishment every Monday for expressing joy at the birth of the Noble Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon him) on that day. The Imam said the following verse of poetry, the translation is: If such Kafir was denounced in the (Qur'an) and perished are his hands, and in the Flames is his eternal abode It is narrated that every Monday.

      His torment is made easy for his Joy at the Birth of Ahmad What is the expectation then of a servant who spent all his life Happy with the Arrival of Ahmad (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him) and died on the Oneness of Allah.

      9. Imam Shams Ul-Din Ibn aL-Jazri, the Imam of reciters, wrote a book and named it "The Scent of Notification on the Blessed Birthday".

      10. Imam Al-Hafiz Ibn Al-Jawzi said in the description of Milad: "Peace and Tranquility takes over during that year and a good glad tiding to obtain your wish and inspiration".

      11. Imam Abu-Shamah, The Sheikh of Al Hafiz Al Nawawi, said:

      "The best of the innovations of our times is what is carried out on the day of corresponding to the birthday of our Beloved Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon Him), where people give out donations, practice what is right, express their joy and happiness, in doing so is surely a sign of love and admiration for the Prophet (Allah's Grace & Peace be upon him)"

    33. I fail to understand what difference does Majlisul Ulama see in the present day Meelad celebrations to that of the early days Meelad celebrations? All those things which take place in the present day Meelad are approved by quotations of great scholars of Islam. What are your reasons for continually harping on the present day Meelad celebrations ?

      TWENTY PROOFS ON MEELAD CELEBRATIONS

      Had I presented my own proof for the permissibility of celebrating the Meelad, Majlisul Ulama, according to their nature, would have accused me of distortion. Therefore, I decided to quote Hazrat Mullah Ali Qari’s (radi Allahu anhu) proofs on the permissibility of Meelad celebrations and see what Fatwa Majlisul Ulama issues on Hazrat Mullah Ali Qari (radi Allahu anhu). Now, we shall present the 20 proofs of Mulla Ali Qari (radi Allahu anhu) for the permissibility of celebrating Meelad.

      1. Abu Lahab set Thuwaiba free being happy for the Meelad of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). It is in “Bukhari” that Abu Lahab’s punishment is made light every Monday as a reward of his act, i.e. of expressing happiness for the birth of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

      2. Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to respect the day of his own Meelad. He use to thank Allah Ta’ala for that great favour. He used to fast in order to respect that day, as it is being reported in “Muslim” from Abu Qatadah (radi Allahu anhu). In assemblies of Meelad functions, although the manner of respect is different, but the meaning of respect is there.

      3. It is a requirement of the Quraan to show respect on the Meelad of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Allah Ta’ala says: “In the bounty of Allah Almighty and His mercy, in that, let them rejoice, that is better than the wealth they accumulate”. (Surah Yunus: 58) Almighty Allah had ordered us to rejoice on His Mercy and Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is the greatest Mercy of Allah Ta’ala to all the Worlds.

      4. If any great Deeni event occured in the past and when that period or season returns, then that period or season should be respected. Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) set this rule himself. When Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) saw the Jews fasting on the Day of Ashura and found out the reason for their observing fast on that day – to thank Almighty Allah for freeing them from Firoun (Pharoah) – Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, “We have more right than the Jews to rejoice on the bases of Allah’s Favour upon Moosa (alaihis salaam).”

      5. Although the present form of Meelad is Bid’at (Hasanah) but the origin of Meelad is found in the time of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) himself made mention of his own Meelad by saying, “I am the Du’a of my father Hazrat Ebrahim (alaihis salaam), I am the good tidings of ‘Isa (alaihis salaam), and I am the son of the two slaughtered ones (Hazrat Ismail – alaihis salaam and Hazrat Abdullah – radi Allahu anhu)”.

      6. Meelad celebration causes the recitation of Durood and Salaam. Durood and Salaam are required by Shari’ah. It is the Shari’ principle that any thing which leads towards an act which is desired by Shari’ah, then this leading factor (Meelad in this case) is also desired by Shari’ah.

      7. The miracles, excellences and the character of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is mentioned in Meelad gatherings. We are ordered to practice upon his life. In order to practice upon Rasoolullah’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) life, we need to learn about his life and the Meelad functions presents one with one of the best means of learning about Rasoolullah’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) life.

      8. When certain of the Sahabah used to recite the praises of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in poetry form, Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to rejoice and reward those Sahabah. In the Meelad function, the character and virtues of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) are explained and his praises are recited in poetry and prose form. This will make Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) happy. The happiness of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is the requirement of Shari’ah.

      9. To mention the miracles and character of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) leads towards love and the completion of Iman with him which isrequired by the Shari’ah.

      10. In the Meelad function there is rejoice, feeding of the people and the praises of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). All this shows the respect for him and the respect for Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is the requirement of Shari’ah.

      11. Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) expressed the virtues of Jummah (Friday) by saying that Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam) was born on that day. Therefore, imagine the virtue of that day when Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was born! A place where any Nabi is born is respected by Shari’h because at the time of Me’raj, Hazrat Jibraeel (alaihis salaam) indicated to Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) a special place near Baite Lahm. He said, “Ya Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), please perform two Rakaats Salaah. This is the place where ‘Isa (alaihis salaam) was born”.

      12. All the Ulema and Muslims of all the countries have regarded Meelad as Mustahab (recommended). According to the Hadith of Hazrat Ibn Masood (radi Allahu anhu), whichever deed is regarded as good by Muslims isgood by Almighty Allah as well, andwhichever deed is regarded as evil by Muslims is evil by Almighty Allah as well.Imam Ahmed (radi Allahu anhu) has narrated this Hadith.

      13. To gather in a Meelad function in order to distribute charity to the people and to praise Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is showing respect to Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). All these things are Sunnah andgood and desired in Shari’ah.

      14. AlmightyAllah says in the Quraan: “And all that We relate to you of the tiding of the Messengers is for the purpose of strengthening your heart therewith”. (Surah Hud: 20) We are in need of strengthening our hearts with the mentioning of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and other Prophets (alaihihimus salaam).

      15. All those things which did not exist in the time of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) cannot be regarded as evil or Haraam. In fact, it will be examined with Shari’ proofs. If there are any necessary expediency in it, then it will be regarded as necessary (Waajib). Similarly, Mustahab, Mubah, Makrooh and Haraam.All these are the various categoriesof Bid’at.

      16. Any thing which was not present in the first period with its present collective form but its singular members were there is also desired by Shari’ah because any thing whose singular members are required by Shari’ah.Its collective and plural form is also required by Shari’ah.

      17. If every Bid’at is Haraam then the collecting of the Holy Quran as was done by Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Omar (radi Allahu anhuma), Hazrat Omar (radi Allahu anhu) starting the Salaah of Taraweeh with Jamaat, and the writing of manyother useful know ledges will become Haraam.It will then be Waajib upon us to fight the enemies with arrows and spears. The use of guns and canons willbecome Haraam. It will be Haraam then to give Azaan in Minarets and to build Inns, schools,hospitals,guest houses and orphanages. Remember, that the only factor that makes new things Haraam is if it is based on evil things. Therefore, Meelad is permissible because it is based on good things.

      18. Hazrat Imam Shafa’ee (radi Allahu anhu) said: “Any thing which opposes (or changes) the Quraan, Sunnah, Ijma (consensus) or the sayings of the Sahabah is Bid’at. Any good deed which is not opposed to them is praiseworthy.” (Meelad celebration does not oppose any of them.)

      19. Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said that anyone who invented a good deed and people later practiced upon it, they will be rewarded.

      20. As in the practices of Haj, the running between Safa and Marwa are legal in order to refresh the remembrance of pious people, similarly, the celebration of Meelad-un-Nabi is also legal to refresh the remembrance of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). (Reference: Al Moure Dur Ravi Fil Moulidin Nabi,summarised pg. 9-17)

      WHY PEOPLE DO NOT GRIEVE ON THE WISAAL MUBARAK (DEPARTURE FROM THIS WORLD) OF RASOOLULLAH (SALLAL LAAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM)?

      Some foolish people pose this question: On the occasion of Eid Meelad-un-Nabi Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was born and made Wisaal on the same day in the same month. Why do the people only rejoice and not grieve? 

      There are two answers to this objection:

      1. To grieve is not the manner of the Muslim Ummah. To thank Almighty Allah for his favours and rejoicing in thanking Allah is the order of Almighty Allah. Allah Ta’ala did not command in any occasion that you should grieve. In fact, grieving is an insult to the Bounties of Allah. To disrespect the favours of Allah is indeed thanklessness. Let us see what Almighty Allah says about those who are thankless: “If you will be grateful, then I shall give you more, and if you are thankless then my torment is severe”. (Surah Ebrahim: 7) Therefore, it is not the manner of the Muslim Ummah to grieve.

      2. One can only grieve if the favour is snatched away from oneself. One can only grieve if something is finished orgone completelyand all its benefits are ended. For example, if someone has lost his son, that person will feel extreme grief and remorse because a favour (in the form of a son) is takenaway from him. But, this is not the correct manner of being thankful servants of Allah, because the loss of a son is buta test from Almighty Allah. 

      The greatest Favour of Allah which was bestowed upon us in the form of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and he is not taken away from us. Howthen does one have situation of grief?The Wisaal of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is a Mercy upon the Ummah just as his physical existence in this world.

      Before bringing forth their objections, people should at least bear in mind the Mas’ala of Hayaat-un-Nabi, that is, that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is alive. In reality, Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) exists. We should only grieve if the shadow of his mercy was removed from our heads and if the link and relation was disconnected with him. Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is aware of the conditions of Ummah and helps them inevery step.It will be prolonging to give proofs of the Mas’ala of Hayaat-un-Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). This is in itself another topic. Scholars from different Schools of Thought have written books on this topic and all agree to the fact that Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is alive in his blessed grave with the bodilylife.

      There is no shortage in his mercy, in his kindness upon the Ummah, in his guiding the Ummah, no shortage in his power, attributes, excellence and beauty. His status is still the same. He was the final Prophet and he is the final Prophet. When all these qualities and attributes are there, why should one express grief?

      Allama Jalaluddin Suyuti (radi Allahu anhu) gave a beautiful answer to this objection.He writes: “The Shari’ah commanded Aqeeqah on the birth (of a child). This is a way to thank Allah and rejoice, but on the time of death no such commandment has been given. In fact, mourning and grieving is prohibited. The same principle of Shari’ah demands that happiness and the joy should be expressed in Rabi-ul Awwal on the birth of the beloved Rasool (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and notgrieve on his Wisaal (Departure from this world)”. (Husnul Maqsad Fee Amalil Moulid Al Haawi Lil Fatawa, Vol. 1, pg. 193)

      OBJECTION

      On page 30-31, Majlisul Ulama wrote under the heading: “Mujaddid Alf-E-Thaani on Bid’ah” – “The happiest, the most fortunate person is he who recovers one of the forgotten sunnats and annihilates one of the widespread bid’ats in a time when irreligiousness is on the increase. We are now in such a time when a thousand years have elapsed after the Best of mankind Hadhrat Muhammad SallalLahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. As we get farther from the time of happiness of our Prophet, the sunnats are gradually being covered and, lies being on the increase, the bid’ats are spreading. A hero is needed who will uphold the sunnats and stop, expel the bid’ats. To spread bid’ats is to demolish Islam. To respect those who make up and commit bid’ats, to deem them great will cause Islam to perish. It is declared in a hadith,”He who says ‘great’ about those who commit bid’ats has helped the demolition of Islam”.The meaning of this should be given die consideration on. Utmost energy should be spent in striving for uncovering one sunnat and annihilating one bid’at. For strenghtening Islam any-time, especially when Islam has become so weak, it is necessary to spread the sunnats and demolish the bid’ats. The former Islamic savants, having seen maybe some beauty in the bid’ats, gave some of them the name of hasana (beautiful).But this faqir (Imaam-Rabbani means himself) do not follow them in this respect; I do not regard any of the bid’ats as beautiful. I see all of them as dark and cloudy. Our Prophet declared:”All bid’ats are aberration, deviation from the right way”.In such a time as this when Islam has become weak, I see that salvation and escaping Hell is in holding fast to the sunnat; and destruction of the din is, no matter how, in falling for any bid’at. I understand that each bid’at is like a pickaxe to demolish the building of Islam and all sunnats are like brilliant stars to guide you on a dark night. May Allahu ta’ala give enough reasonableness to the hodjas of our time so that they will not say that any bid’at is beautiful or permit any bid’at to be committed. They should not tolerate bid’ats even if they seem to illuminate darknesses like the rising of the sun! For the satans do the work easily outside the sunnats. In the early times Islam being strong the darkness of Bida’ts were not conspicuous, but, maybe, along with the world-wide powerful light of Islam, some of those darknesses passed as bright. Therefore they were said to be beautiful. Whereas, those bid’ats did not have any brightness or beauty, either. But now, Islam having become weak and disbelievers’ customs and even the symptoms of disbelief having become settled (as fashion) among Muslims, each bid’at has displayed its harm, and Islam, without anyone noticing it, has been slipping away. Our hodjas should be most vigilant in this respect, and they should not pioneer the spreading of bid’ats by saying ,”it is permissible to do so and so”,or “such and such things is not harmful”,and putting forward the old fatwas. Here is the place for the saying, “The din will change in process of time”. It is wrong for disbelievers to use this saying as things for demolishing Islam and settling the bid’ats and disbelief .The sunnats being on the decrease, their light as blink like fire-flies flying here and there in dark night. As the committing of bid’ats increases, the darkness of the night has been increasing and the light of sunnat has been decreasing. But the increasing of the sunnats would decrease the darkness and increase the light. He who wishes may increase the darkness of bid’at, thus strengthening the devil’s army! And he who wishes may increase the light of sunnat, thus strengthening the soldiers of Allahu ta’ala! Know well that the end of the devil’s army is calamity, loss. He who is in the army of Allahu ta’ala will attain endless bliss”.

      The above excerpt very adequately states the viewpoint of Hadhrat Mujaddid on the question of practices dubbed Bid’ah Hasanah. (extracted from “The Majlis”)

      OUR ANSWER

      There are three answers to this argument: 

      First answer: Majlisul Ulama have written a statement related to Hazrat Mujaddid Alif Saani (radi Allahu anhu), and the reference is given of “The Majlis” as if “The Majlis” is the book of Mujaddid Alif Saani. They have failed to give any reference from any of the original books of Mujaddid Alif Saani (radi Allahu anhu). Therefore, this argument is not even worthy of any consideration.

      Second answer: Majlisul Ulama quoted Hazrat Mujaddid Alif Saani (radi Allahu anhu) and the words are as follow, “The former Islamic savants, having seen maybe some beauty in the Bid’ats, gave some of them the name of Hasanah (beautiful). But this Faqir (Imam Rabbani means himself) do not follow them in this respect. I do not regard any of the Bid’ats as beautiful.”

      In fact, Hazrat Mujaddid (radi Allahu anhu) has acknowledged the existence of Bid’ate Hasanah in this paragraph and he said that he differs with the early scholars of Islam in this regard. Hazrat Imam Rabbani was a Mujtahid (Jurist). If the research of the Mujtahid shows him a way which is different and opposite to the rest of the Ulama, he is entitled to differ. But the Fatwa is always given on the saying of Jamhoor (majority). I am sure that Majlisul Ulama is not ignorant of this Islamic rule. Therefore, this argument does not help Majlisul Ulama against Melaad at all.

      Third answer: If this argument is taken to be correct, then this goes against the Ulama-e-Deoband as well. Because in this argument the existence of Bid’ate Hasanah is completely denied and the Ulama-e-Deoband confirm the existence and validity of Bid’ate Hasanah.

      Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi writes: Question: “Is there any kind of Bid’at, which is called Bid’ate Hasanah?” Answer: “There is no such thing as Bid’ate Hasanah, and the Bid’at, which is called Hasanah, is in fact Sunnah”. (Fatawa Rashidia, pg. 146, H.M.Saeed Company, Karachi)

      Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi, in his answer, denied the existence of Bid’ate Hasanah first, and then acknowledged it, but changed it into “Sunnah” which is in fact totally baseless and a distortion in the Deen.

      BID’ATE HASANAH IS NOT SUNNAH

      Bid’ate Hasanah is that which has any good in it, and is not against any Sunnah. For something to be Sunnah and for something not to be against Sunnah are two different things.

      DEFINITION OF SUNNAH

      Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Deobandi writes: “A path which is being established in the Deen by the saying and the practice of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is called Sunnah”. (Fatawa Mahmoodia, Vol. 1, pg. 233, Maktabae Mahmoodia Meerath, India)

      It becomes crystal clear from here that Sunnah is the name of the saying and the action of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Bid’at is that which Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) did not do or did not say. I wonder how Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi translated Bid’ate Hasanah into Sunnah?

      REASON FOR REGARDING BID’ATE HASANAH AS SUNNAH

      Bid’ate Hasanah is an accepted and proven reality in Islam. If we do not recognize the status of Bid’ate Hasanah, then no Muslim in the world will be Bid’atless. If Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi accepts the existence of Bid’ate Hasanah openly then he has to accept many practices which are against his desire, i.e. Melaad, ‘Urs, Giyaarw,i etc. Therefore, he committed an offence of distortion in the Deen and regarded Bid’ate Hasanah as Sunnah. But the fact remains that he too has acknowledged the existence of Bid’ate Hasanah, though he distorted it.

      DEOBANDI TRICKS TO DEFINE BID’AT

      Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi defines Bid’at in following words: “Reality of Bidat is this, that someone takes it as Deen, if someone has taken it as a remedy than it is not Bidat. Therefore, one is IHDAAS LID DEEN (innovation for the Deen) and other is IHDAAS FID DEEN (innovation in the Deen). The meaning of IHDAAS LID DEEN is Sunnah, and the meaning of IHDAAS FID DEEN is Bidat”. (Malfoozaat Hakimul Ummat, Vol. 1, pg. 230, Idaara Taaleefaate Ashrafia, Multaan, Pakistan)

      Deobandi Ulama use many tricks to define Bid’at, so they can come out clean when questions are posed about Bid’at. They know that they also commit many Bid’ats, so to justify their Bid’ats. They regard it as IHDAAS LID DEEN (Bid’at for the Deen) and the practices of those people who do not approve Deobandi/ Wahaabi teachings are regarded as IHDAAS FID DEEN (Bid’at in the Deen).

      In fact, to divide Bid’at into IHDAAS LID DEEN and IHDAAS FID DEEN in itself is Bid’at. It is against the correct Ahadith and the sayings of the Sahabah, Jurist Imams and Mohadditheen. Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Every new thing is Bidat.” (Mishkaat, Babul I’tesaam). In this Hadith,there is no condition of Bid’at for the Deen or Bid’at in the Deen. In fact, every new thing is described as Bid’at. Bid’at is Bid’at, may it be for the Deen or in the Deen! Therefore, Deobandis are Bid’atis as well!

      MOULANA ASHRAF ALI ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HE IS A BID’ATI

      Moulana Ashraf Ali says: “Nowadays people have mischief in their natures. Therefore, I created a new Bid’at (innovation) for the sake of correction”. (Malfoozaate Hakimul Ummat, Vol. 5, pg. 208, Idaara Taalifaate Ashrafia, Multaan, Pakistan)

      I suppose that the Ulama-e-Deoband have been granted special permit by the Shari’ah to do things (Bid’ats) which Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the Sahabah, Jurist Imams and early Muslims did not do.

      MOULANA RASHID AHMAD GANGOHI IS A BID’ATI

      Moulana Ashraf Ali writes a story about Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi: “Khan Sahib said that Moulana Gangohi told me himself, ‘When I came to stay in the Khanqah of Gangooh I never used to relieve myself in the Khanqah. In fact I used to go far in the jungle because this was the place of my Shaikh (Peer-o-Murshid). I never had courage to lie down and walk with the shoe’”. (Arwahe Salaasah, pg. 306, Islaami Akaadmi, Lahore, Pakistan)

      In fact it is Bid’at to relieve oneself in the Khanqah of the Sheikh or not to walk there with the shoe because this is not mentioned in the Quraan or in the Hadith that you should respect the place of your Peer-o-Murshid in this fashion. Sahabah Ikraam lived in Makkah and Madinah with Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and they did not do these types of practices as a sign of respect. Therefore, Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi is a Bid’ati.

      Whatever answer Deobandi Ulama will give here in order to protect Moulana Gangohi they must take the same as an answer from our side for the validity of Meelad,’ Urs, Giyaarwi, etc.

      BID’ATS OF DEOBANDIS 

      The Deobandi principle regarding Bid’at is: If a Muslim does anything which was not in the first three periods, it is Bid’at. Based on the above-mentioned principle, Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi has refuted the Meelad function. He writes: “This Meelad assembly is a evil Bid’at. It is sufficient proof for its being Na Ja’iz (unlawful), that it was not done in Qoroone Oola (first three Islamic periods).” (Fatawa Rashidia, pg. 114, H.M.Saeed Company, Karachi, Pakistan)

      The Ulama-e-Deoband have made Melaad function unlawful based on the above-mentioned principle. Let us examine, under the light of this very same principle, how many Bid’ats and Haraam acts are committed by Deobandis?

      The activities mentioned below were not there in the early Islamic periods, therefore, are evil Bid’ats and Haraam (unlawful) according to the teachings and principle of Ulama-e-Deoband:-

      (1) Formation of the Tablighi Jamaat,

      (2) Annual Tablighi Ijtima,

      (3) Gasht (moving house-to-house),

      (4) Going for three days, forty days, and four months with Tablighi Jamaat, (5) Appointing the book “Tablighi Nisaab” as a source of learning for the members of Tablighi Jamaat,

      (6) Organizing the ladies Ta’leem programs,

      (7) Making Tabligh to the Muslims only, since Sahabah Ikraam used to do Tabligh to the Kuffaar,

      (8) Establishment of Darul Uloom Deoband, 

      (9) Setting up syllabus in the Darul Ulooms and Madrassas, 

      (10)Teachers and Imams working on salary in Darul Ulooms, Madrassas and Masjids,

      (11)Setting up papers and dates for Madrassa and Darul Uloom examinations, and 

      (12) Working out holidays for Madrassas and Darul Ulooms, when to open and when to close, etc.

      These are just a few examples. In fact, there are many more. None of the above mentioned activities had existence in the first three periods of Islam. Therefore, they are all Haraam and evil Bid’ats.

      Dear readers, please think carefully! Deobandis given Fatwa of Bidat and Shirk on the Muslims for every little things, but all the Bid’ats they commit are Ja’iz (permissible) for them. It seems as if the Shari’ah is their slave girl. They dictate to theShari’ah on what should be Halaal and what should be Haraam, and Shari’ah gives the ruling according to their desire! (Allah forbid!

      In conclusion, I say, that those who themselves are Bid’atishave no right to fire the Fatwas of Bid’at upon others.

      ON THE TOPIC OF BID’AT

      Majlisul Ulema and all other Wahabis fire the Fatawa of Bid’at on every little thing.We would like to give you an explanation of Bid’at in a nutshell.

      In fact the Bid’at which is condemned in the Hadith is that Bid’at which opposes the Deen. Therefore, Sheikh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Delhwi (radi Allahu anhu) explains in the commentary of one Hadith: “Whoever invents an opinion in the Deen which is not from the Deen, then that opinion is rejected”. (that which isopposed to Deen or changes the Deen)(Ashatul Lamaat,Babul I’tisam).

      From the above explanation we understand that something which is not mentioned has no basis for it being considered Haraam or a bad Bid’at.In fact, the ruling of it being Haraam or a bad Bid’at will only be justified if it is opposed to Shari’ah or changes it, for example, if it removes any Fardh, Waajib or Sunnah and replaces these.

      Mufti Mahmood Hassan Gangohi Deobandi defines Bid’at with reference of “Shaami” in the following words: “To invent anything against the truth which has been proven from the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) according to knowledge, practice or condition is called Bid’at”.(Fatawa Mahmoodiya, Vol.1,pg. 235) According to this definition, if something is not against what has been proven from the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is not Bid’at, even though it did not exist in the first three periods of Islam.

      Those people who ask for proof regarding Meelad, Fateha, ‘Urs, Salaami, etc. should try another approach. Can they prove which Fardh, Waajib or Sunnah has been violated or removed by these practices?

      May Almighty Allah accept this humble effort and make it beneficial for the Believers and open the hearts of those who are unable to see the light of the beloved Rasool (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Aameen.

    34. ithink my beloved sister asmaa go back to islamic studies but go to karache pakistan or india. like you people the way you are, if prophet Muhammad was an asian idont know we could be a muslims to day.just because your selfish.

    35. Sister Asmaa have you read the fatwa sent to you or you have arrogantly ignored it? From your so-called evidence, all i can see is ignorance. Just because Imaams (mullahs) A, B,C…X,Y & Z from pakistan or India or whatever the places they come from.. agreed that meelad un Nabi is permissible , that does not change the rules of Allah. Unless they provide sound evidence.

      Its very unfortunate that every verse that you quoted from the Quran DOES NOT SUPPORT YOUR IDEA OF ALLOWING MEELAD.

      You have miserably failed to connect the dots to prove that meelad is permissible. All what you have given us is what your mullahs,imaams..etc believe. Nothing authentic whatsoever.

      In the fatwa sent to you, you have seen how the evidence from the quran and ahadeeth prove that Meelad un Nabi is BIDA'H. What else do you want?.

      You are even shamelessly respecting the 'opinions' of your 'Mullahs' more than the evidence that has been provided to you from the Quran and Sunnah.

      DONT BE AS CHRISTIANS AND JEWS WHOM ALLAH SPEAK OF IN THE QURAN, THEY LEFT WHAT ALLAH SENT TO THEM AND THEY OVER-RULED THE RULES OF ALLAH WITH THE OPINIONS OF THEIR RABBIS (MULLAHS)

      Allah says "They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allah, and (they also took as their Lord) the Messiah, son of Maryam, while they were commanded to worship none but One God, none has the right to be worshipped but He".Quran 9:31 (Read tafseer ibn Katheer of this verse then you will know what am talking about)

      Have you ever attended the classes/lessons of "asabaab nnuzuul (science dealing with reasons of revelation)" or you are just copying and pasting the info?.

      KNOWING HOW TO READ OR SPEAK ARABIC DOES NOT GRANTEE ANYONE TO BE A KNOWLEDGEABLE IN ISLAM

      SINCERELY I ADVISE YOU TO GO BACK TO ISLAMIC MADRASSAH,THAT WILL NOT KILL YOU OTHERWISE IGNORANCE WILL BE A COMPANION TILL DEATH– THUS IGNORANCE IS DEATH ITSELF.

      Stop saying Maulana X said…Maulana Z narrates…Maulana Y writes…

      WE WANT CONCRETE EVIDENCE HERE.!!

      • Brother you have just hit it. Keep it up and thanks for your response to this Asma lady. She needs full time fresh lessons so that she can forget whatever she was told to believe. I like your quote: Allah says “They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allah, and (they also took as their Lord) the Messiah, son of Maryam, while they were commanded to worship none but One God, none has the right to be worshipped but He”.Quran 9:31

        • Yes bro Bashir, Kaisi is absolutely right, the truth is plain in his writing. you will see people who truely love Nabi by the way they defend matters of deen, they say "the Qur'aan says, or the Authentic ahadeeth says", not maulana fulan ibn fulan says, or Boozulook fulan ibn fulan says, Laa ya ikhwaan. Lets learn properly our deen, not using emotions. To our sister in question, lets not hit hard at her, she our sister, most of the time people are misguided based on the environment and general geography they've been brought up in. Make du'a Allah for her to be enlightened and not condeming her. Aameeeen

    36. Reading through sister Asma's so called proofs and evidences,am made to believe that some sections of muslims are no different from Christians in the way they do things.Islam is not a religion where someone can just wake up and say because this looks good so I will be doing it.

      As I said in my earlier comment that is important for one to know where he/she belongs.If you are sunni, why are you sunni and what does it mean to be sunni.Allah subhanawataala completed Islam in the life time of prophet Muhammad. we therefore dont miss anything.these so called immam who and who thing is what is destroying Islam.Look at the shias, they always talk about imma what and immam what at end of it all,they even forget that they supposed to practice the sunnah of Muhammad (SAW).

      The prophet said, " Pray as you saw me praying". This is a standard procedure in Islam.

      Analysing sister Asmma's 20 proofs, I can only see misapplication of quotes.the quotations and how she is applying those quotes are very different.

      Allah says in the Qur'an that if we are differing in the matters of Islam (religion), we should go back to Him and His prophet.meaning the Qur'an and Hadith.But what do we do,we give more value,more prominency to these so called ulammas so much that we slowly slipping away from the teaching of The Qur'an and the practice of our Prophet (SAW).

      Brothers and sisters,let us study Islam personally.let us not surrender our salvation to these so called ulammas.This is how other religions are infiltrated and this how they have mutilated the pure teachings of their prophets.because of the so called Rabbis,etc.

    37. U malawians r nothing with out us…

      We asians give u so much, yet u do not appreciate us…

      We help malawi so much… We help develop, send aid, give ZAKAAT to ur community… Yet u don't appreciate

      • To you Mr Anonimus or whatever you call yourself, why hide yourself? We dont hide coz we know what we are doing is not just to argue or insult someone but to enlighten the ummah on important matters concerning our deen.

        You should just have said your opinion regerding Milaad, we appreciate everyone's belief, thats why we are different people. Or do you need English lessons Mr Anonimus, because the topic you commented was headlined "My Point Of View On Eid Milaad Nabee." I even stressed it in many paragraphs, emphasizing that it is my opinion. Thats what I believe and noone, not even you Mr Anonimus, can change that.

        You are not God to say that Malawians are nothing without Asians. Thats ridiculous!!Thats the attitude that we are talking about. You have just shown how selfish and devilish you are to utter such silly remarks.

        If you think we can remain mum or dumb forget it. We have the freedom to express our feelings.Thanks for the help you give to Malawians,but thats not a shield from your eveil acts, Allah knows best.. If thats what you want, then be ready to be exposed to the maximum, we know everything you do in the mascurade of Islam.

        Once again Mr Anonimus, we are everything without you!!!!! Allah created us, and so He shall look after us.

      • In fact what Anonimus is saying is actually the opposite. Amwenye are nothing without us. They are very very poor in their countries, so when they want to get rich they go to Saudi Arabia and lie to the Saudis that they are coming here to Africa to do charity work and help African Muslims. So they are funded then come to Malawi and start businesses. They then go to rural areas and build tiny masjids where they spent only K10,000 then claim a $1,000,000 from the donors, so who is helping who here?

        Be careful, amwenyes are nothing but money mongers, fraudsters and swindlers. They can do anything for money. What is there to appreciate? Chidebe and chibigiri? Anonimus, zakaat is every Muslim's duty. Besides u can give yr zakaat to anyone u think deserves it so why are u giving it to our community. Let me remind u that before u Asians flocked to Africa, our countries and Islamic morals were very high, after your arrival u twisted even the Qur'an to suit yr greedy characters. Too much bidaahs with the ranks of maulana etc u give each other after one year of madrassa.

        How I wish Idi Amin was alive!

    38. Aahh a Bambo,

      Have you not heard What hapens wen these so called jamaatees go on 40 days / 4 month tabilighs…they leave azimaay aake in india and paki at home to wonder with other men and indulge with our women in the village!

      Then they run away…

      Koma aamwenye aawaa!!

    39. amwene sukutee what iknow is quran and hadeeth not maulan b say maulan p write azhar does but and for what u say igot aproof that happed in south africa durban stanger amwenye amwenye amwene inu.lol

    40. One Islam One Ummah, rich or poor, black or white. Whoever descriminates, My profound duty will be to expose so that Malawi knows. Gone are days of suppression and cowardice… Wake up Malawian Muslims and fear Allah alone!!!

    41. Ifind it hard to understand some people's reasoning like what Anonymous has written.According to him/her,because they help the muslim communities in Malawi so that should be a passport to do things even prohibited things in Islam.He donates whatever he donates to buy Malawians loyalty and not Allah's pleasure.While some of us are trying to protect the purity of Islam,others are trying to showcase their financial muscles.their zakat is not for Allah's sake but for showing off.That makes the debate to some of us irrelevant and useless.For your own information anonymous,not everyone who comments on this site is a Malawian or a resident of Malawi.stop boasting about what you donate and concentrate on the motive.seek Allah's pleasure whenever you donate.stop embarrassing Islam.what differentiate you and other people before Allah is not your money but the taqwa.

      May Allah help us attain true taqwa-Ameen

    42. All of you are talking nonsense…

      You wahabi are robots and puppets of saudi arabia…

      Dancing to the tunes and enjoying the free monies from ths saudi funding…which is manipulating your minds

      You illiterate people can say what you want, each one of you…

      Let me ask you a quest:

      Who was the devil abdul wahab?

      Give me answers…

    43. Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh, Brothers & Sisters In Islam, Allah swt says in the Quran “We have created you into nations and tribes so that you may recoginise each other (not that you despise each other) Verily the best among you in the sight of Allah swt is one with Taqwa, (Righteouness, God Conciousness etc)

      The Sister Asma it seems likes to google, cut & paste information without verifying it with authentic sources (Quran & Sunnah)

      UNITY IS of THE ATMOST importance in the ummah. With one voice we will be ONE BODY and through it will come ONE UMMAH.

      I am a UK muslim – have read this with much interest. I am of asian origin, but I am a MUSLIM. I have been to Malawi in the past and I can say that I have experienced the kind of racism that has been eluded to in Br Bashir’s report. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

      BR – Could I please have details of Br Ibrahim Panjwani? I would like to contact him as he seems like a person that can be of help to me.

      JazakAllah Khayr – Muhammad.

    44. Dear All,

      reality strikes. Let's face it racism exists all over the world and between different races. Even in Malawi you will get White people that do not mix with other races. Just that White people do not organise such events as to share with black or Asians or give as much to the Malawian community as Asians do. And please do not stereotype all Asians to be like that. It happens everywhere. We all find it hard to mix with races not because of hatred but because it has been passed down and it become harder to communicate.

      Also fasting is a good sunnah for that day so instead of that guy goin to look for food please fast next year. Inshallah Allah reward you. Feeding people comes with an intention of feeding a stomach, so don't go on financial muscle because I don't see any other race doing as much as Asians. Not that I'm in support of anyone but face it. Show me another race doing as much? the separate seating is wrong ofcourse. But the food is right isn't it? As for mosques anyone is allowed to enter any mosque there is no membership check at any door.

      We all must understand that no person or race is perfect so they will be faults but they will be pro's to it .

      Also to publicise affairs of fellow muslim is Just going to make things worse and is also against sunnah you do realise that mr Amin. It doesn't make things better. Takethis problem to the people that are involved and make mashwera with them. That is a good sunnah for all.

      Jazakallahkheir

      Wasalam

    45. Dear all,

      Bro Ida is very right…these asians are swindling money of donors and eating it. Then they act all rich with the poor peoples money…

      Bilal Trust

      Mai Aisha Trust…

      They are busy getting all duty free goods and luxury cars, furnishing their homes and acting like the are big givers…

      Beware the wrath of Allah…

    46. To the Malawian Muslims,

      After reading and assessing all these comments I wish to commend Sis Asmaa for the works she has provided regardless of where she has got it from.

      It proves that the Mawlid un Nabi – sallalahu alaihi wassallam was and is not only celebrated in the indo-pak region, nor is it an innovation that was created or that started their, but is celebrated worldwide – including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Egypt…there is no country in the world that does not celebrate the coming of Our Noorun al Noor into this World.

      It is you people who are lost and misguided and are creating Bidaat on every thing.

      From my point of view you are the people that are bidaats to Islam the religon of peace.

      As we all know that there will be 73 sects in the religon of Islam, why do you want to criticise eachother, you do what your heart beleives and leave the rest in the hands of Allah the Almighty.

      He guides whom he wills…

      I as being a Black Muslim is very disappointed by the unwitnessed and mentiond racism, please work togeather hand in hand to elimnate this as a clenched and closed fist is stonger than one that is open.

      The west has already dispearsed our unity in the middle east and arab region..please let's think right and all work towards creating a stronger bond of brotherhood.

      Fighting amongst ourselves will not take us anywhere.

      Jazakumullah.

      • Salaam Ya Sulaiman. my brother i just want to point out to you that it does not make a thing permissible because it is practised everywhere. Wallahi, i prayed to be guided to truely worship GOD (Allah azwajal). I want to ask you my brother, being a revert i read alot to dispel and detoxicate my self from impure ways of wanting to get close to Allah. Correct me if i am wrong, i have never come across any Ahadeeth that stresses the importance of celebrating the birthday of our beloved Nabi (SAW). D o not do to me what the christains have done to Eesa bn Marryam, they've elevated him to an ilah nauzhubillah. We should love our Nabi but not to do what he did not order us to, we lose nothing. The majority of women will follow the dajjal, so for men/women who follow where there huge crowds, they are bound to follow those in error like the women will for the dajjal. Kindly send me any authentic ahadeeth supporting Milad-Ul-Nabi celebration, many to me have not managed to do so except that they use their emotions in this issue. Earlier as a revert, i was for the idea but just when the prove was brought to me, i let it go, the qur'aan and authentic Sunnah is enough for you abd I. Alot of these thing just constrict our beautiful deen and cause divisions. If i started by first knowing the differences of muslims before reading about them, i would have not be attracted to Islaam nauzhubillah, but Masha'aAllah i read be i knew muslims, as a result i dont get fooled by the inter-Muslim differences. shukraan Jazeela. Peace

    47. YOUR FRIEND Most certainly your friends are only ALLAH his RASOOL (saw)and the MU-MINEEN who establish salaat,pay zakaat and are humble.-

    48. And whoever be friends ALLAH his Rasool and the Mu-mineen(should know)that verily it is the army of ALLAH which will be victorious.O people of IMAAN Do not take as your friends thos from the Ahl-e-kitaat (yahood and nasaaraa)who make your deen a target of mockery and amusement.And fear ALLAH if indeed you are MU-MINEEN.

    49. DISASTERS WILL BECOME LAWFUL WHEN- Rasoolullah(s.a.w)said whe five evils become rife in my ummah then(punishment of)destruction will descend on them:1-when they curse one another.2-when they comsume wine.3-when (the males)wear silken garments.4-when concerts singing women are organised.5-when women become lesbians and men become gays(i,e the rise of homosexuality).,..and lets count ourselfs.

    50. Its shocking,something not deserving for the practising muslims.Allah knows if the feast met its intended rewards.

    51. Read surat 49 Verse 13

      The story is sad and actions racist in nature. I hear over K80 Million Kwacha is spent every year on this parade. Yet when such people you ask them 2 Million Kwacha to build a classroom block, they will not give not even a K100 though the first ayaat reaveled to Our Nabi(SAW) is Iqra. Though these people are at the centre of towns they are not running not even one good school or one good madrass.

      I wish to state that let us not genorarise in saying that all Asians are racist, There are Muslims among the Asian who will not discrimate. e.g. last month in Lilongwe I had a good meal at one of the high respected Asian Borthers' residence together with him on his table and his wife served the meal. Racist persons are found in any community but our Ulama should work hard to educate the community.Let us work to educate those who do not understand the Deen either are Asians or Malawian.

      For Malawian let us not embaras ourselves to go and eat where we are not invited. Any community will not wellcome this excepct at the Jamaat we normally pray may be.Kubabalwa ngawa kwambone.

    52. The organisers of this event should be ashamed of themselves for inviting only asians for the meal, and treating fellow Malawians as swcond class Muslims. Thank God it is only a minority of asians

      whose treat blacks in this way. Recently when I visited Malawi, I did not have a problem standing next to my Malawian Muslim brother or listening to Friday sermon by a Malawian Imam.

    53. Brothers and sisters,

      What would happen if an Ashian Muslim brother just popped in uninvited at a feast organized by MalawianBlack Muslim brothers, would he be chased away or the organizers would feel dignified by his attendance? I think the problem is ourself Africans, we always sufferl inferiority complex and this is why some white people always take advantage of. Imagine when similar functions ie Eid, Ziyara, etc are organized by fellow Malawian Black Muslims the attendance is poor. I have watched senarios where Eid prayers are organized by Malawian Black Muslim brothers at ChichiriStadium Upper Ground and at Mpingwe Sports Club by Asian Muslim brothers, the majority of Malawian Black Muslims will flock to Mpingwe because of the gifts and food offered there. We are making ourselves slaves to these white people. This will always be the case unless we start trusting ourselves that we are not inferior to white people. There was no need for the gate crushers to complain for being turned away from the feast they were not invited at all. Equally the same an Asian Muslim brother who is turned away from the feast he is not invited organized by Malawian black Muslims should not complain too. Kukusile ni kutondwa basi. Work up please.

    54. "One sister also recalled an incident at Lilongwe’s Area 2 Mosque where Asians would walk out of the Mosque when a Malawian was reading Khutbah (Friday sermon), saying they would not allow to be led by a black man who they believe is cursed."

      If this is the type of irresponsible journalism your website is going to be promoting then I am not coming back to this website.

      If you guys want pride :

      1. stop begging

      2. Become honest hardworking and Allah fearing muslims

      and

      Allah will make you proud.

    55. Brother Iqbal! I don't think jounalism is there for stories that are in favor of any individuals or otherwise. Articles on this web are aimed at informing what has happened within the muslim society, be it positive or negative. What follows are views and opinions from the readers . Do you want the poster of articles to say something that will always have Mashallahs? I am there to be corrected brothers and sisters. Otherwise, Any news attached to countemporary islamic society is yet to be published. Sorry that you said you are not getting back to the web.

      • ASWW

        This is exactly what i mean by unprofessional journalism.

        1. Where does my post show my name?

        2.You do not for the sake of sensationalizing stories add drama of your own to your story.

        3. I stand by what I say again… STOP BEGGING.. no one likes beggars!!

    56. As'salaam alaikum. Sometimes we muslims call for embarrasments such as this one, no doubt. Firstly, i urge the black muslims to get educated in issues of the deen and the Dunniyyah. we are so ignorant about the issues of our deen and the dunniyyah. the moment we work on acquiring the knowledge of the deen, the ilm-ul-duniyyah will follow if we mean to get it. why do we black muslims make ourselves beggers to these asians? if you are into celebrating Milad-ul-Nabi ( a concept i do not subsribe to), then as black muslims, raise your own money and stage one for yourself, period! Until when are you going to stop crying, asian this, Asian that, what have you done to better your situation? even when you know how some of these brothers look at you? Empower yourselves, get educated, work for your sustenance and make du'a to Allah to rectify your situation. Asians and Indians in particular sometimes behave bad to black muslims and other than their race, i have no doubt in my mind if they would have accepted to be led by bilal(R.A). Muslims, work up! Its shameful how you are overloaded in track to go for a function like that with no shame, this is the 21st century bros and Sis in ISLAM. I have to confess also that there are some very good asians i have met who also condemn the behaviors of their colleages. Instead of condeming too much these people letsw just say alhamdullillahi, Allah has saved me from the fitnah of racism if you are not a racist yourself. React direct to me on email: Alex.Mwewa@kcm.co.zm

    57. Assalaamalaikum,

      Alhamdulilah Islam came to eradicate all forms of Racism, Nationalism & Tribalism. These are practices that are from the days of Ignorance and Haraam, any Muslim who feels pride & superiority because of their skin being a certain colour or of belonging to a certain tribe is sinful. Alhamdulilah I am a white English Muslim born & reverted in Malawi, Mashallah I found many muslims in the Mosque would give me Salaam and call me brother yet when I wanted to marry an Asian girl I knew, I was unable to because of racism from her family. May Allah guide us all and protect us from Jahilliyah practices & make us better Muslims.

    58. Subhana Allah – my humble advice -Fear Allah Azowagel!
      in the prophets last sermon he(saws) said
      that arab has no superiority over a black etc.. the moral in the sermon is that racism is haram!
      rather people are honoured and respected because of their piety, and Allah alone is the judge.
      May I also humbly remind the ummah that celebrating the prophets (saws) birthday is an innovation. we are told what we should celebrate
      and the 2 eids are very clear in which days they occur. it is also bidah to say that the prophet(saws) didn't celebrate his birthday. – He (saws) did – BUT – NOT in the way that is widely practised today. our beloved prophet(saws) would acknowledge his birthday by fasting that day and by giving food to the poor. what a beautiful sunnah to fast on our birthdays and give food to the poor. can u imagine if this was implimented by every muslim. we would all worship Allah ta Allah the way we should , and the poor would be fed and inshallah we receive the reward in the hereafter.
      when we recite surah fatiha at every salah we ask Allah to keep us on the siratel mustakeem – that is my dua for myself and for all muslims that we stay away from haram and bidah and remain worshipping Allah alone on the straight path. ameen!

    59. Its a pity to hear that at this stage of Malawi’s freedom black Muslims in Malawi are still being treated by foreigners in such a manner. My brothers in Malawi I would like to urge you to chase these dirty Indians from your country, I wish they did that in Zimbabwe and see what we would do to them, Don’t eat the food of these racists so called Muslims!

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