Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Is mawlid bidah?

I grew up in a house hold that mawlid was a holiday, we celebrated.  I have never thought that there was a controversy over Mowlid. . My father is Sheikh, as I was growing up I basically followed my dad. I still do. I consider my father a VERY wise guy, very open minded, if you disagree with him, his arguments are based on reliable resource, either the kutab or hadith. (He won't say I heard that or I Think SO, nor such and such said that) very straight forward. Of course that is what I like about "Sufi" unlike others who are willing to make their own rules. Every Friday night His heer (group of sheikhs) would sit in the balcony and do their stuff dikri (seerah, read Quran on people and nasheeds are sung...etc...)And every other sheikh I knew was in his group.  My point here is I have never left their territory I was under their wings. Then I met a guy who questioned everything my dad taugh me. Alhamdulillah I have a decent knowledge of Islam. So whenever I disagree with him, he wound send me ayah and he would translated it. (ON HIS OWN WAY of course). Then in the month of Rabi Awal he had the guts to tell me “Mowlid is bidah” Yes, I broke up with him lool... But that is not the point; the point is this kid was Aqwan. So, it basically made me wonder, so I did a bit of research just to see where the Islam sscholars  stand at this.

Now, A bid'ah is anything newly invented in the deen.. And most of philosophers argue, why you would invent 3” rd Eid... There is only two... And who in this dunyah loves Mohammed (Sallal laahu Alaihi Wasallam) then that Sahaba, if they didn't do it... who are you to celebrate mowlid...  (UNDERSTANDABLE) common sense, right?

The first Mawlid (celebration of the prophet Mohammed’s birthday) by Sunni Muslims was organized by Muzaffar ad-Din ibn Zain al-Din, who was the ruler of Irbil (in Iraq), in Hijri year of 604. Those ceremonies which were organized with long-term preparations were attended by all people. Muzaffar ad-Din invited Islamic scholars, student of knowledge and Sufis from the neighboring regions to Irbil.

The first ever Mawlid (celebration of the prophet Mohammed’s birthday was on the 12th of the Islamic month Rabee al-Awwal) was organized by Shia Fatimids they belonged to the Ismaili branch of the Shia. They ruled Egypt between the years of 297-567 Hijri years. Mawlid was organized in the palace and only the statesmen could attend them.
 The prophet said, “He who innovates something in this matter of ours that is not of it, will have it rejected.” Recorded in, Bukhari and Muslim. Also the prophet said, “Whoever does an act which is not in agreement with our matter, will have it rejected.” Recorded by, Muslim.

Mufti Taqi Usmani wrote, that if certain conditions are met, then such a gathering is good. However, he suggests that the prevalent mawlid gatherings are an innovation and are thus forbidden…
Even though it’s not Sunnah, other scholars say they’re not inventing, nor adding anything to the deen...
Where I stand, in the middleJ... I will not say its bidah AND I won’t say it’s not …

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