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CELEBRATING "MAWLID AN-NAB (THE PROPHET'S BIRTHDAY)"
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:22:46 AM »
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Celebrating Mawlid an-Nab (the Prophet's Birthday)

Shaykhul Islm Ibnu Taymiyyah (Rahimahullh) stated the following regarding celebrating Mawlid an-Nab (the Prophet's Birthday):

وكذلك ما يُحدثه بعض الناس، إما مضاهاة للنصارى في ميلاد عيسى عليه السلام وإما محبة للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، وتعظيماً له - والله قد يثيبهم على هذه المحبة والاجتهاد، لا على البدع - من اتخاذ مولد النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم عيداً - مع اختلاف الناس في مولده - : فإن هذا لم يفعله السلف، مع قيام المقتضي له، وعدم المانع منه، ولو كان هذا خيراً محضاً، أو راجحاً: لكان السلف رضي الله عنهم أحق به منَّا؛ فإنهم كانوا أشد محبة لرسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وتعظيماً له منَّا، وهم على الخير أحرص، وإنما كمال محبته وتعظيمه: في متابعته، وطاعته، واتباع أمره، وإحياء سنَّته، باطناً، وظاهراً، ونشر ما بُعث به، والجهاد على ذلك، بالقلب، واليد، واللسان؛ فإن هذه هي طريقة السابقين الأولين، من المهاجرين، والأنصار، والذين اتبعوهم بإحسان

Likewise, what some people innovated, either in similarity to the Nasr (Christians) in their (celebration of the) birthday of s (Alayhis Salm) or out of Mahabbah (love) or Tadhm (honour) for the Nab (Sallallhu Alayhi wa Sallam) -may Allh reward them for this Mahabbah and this Ijtihd (strive), but not for this Bidah (innovation)- of taking the Mawlid of the Nab (Sallallhu Alayhi wa Sallam) as a celebration, even though the people differentiate regarding his Mawlid. For verily, the Salaf did not do this while its performance was required for them and the non-existance of a prevantitive. If this was  purely and preferably good, than the Salaf (Radiyallhu Anhum) were more deserving of (celebrating) it than us: for they had more Mahabbah and made more Tadhm of Raslullh (Sallallhu Alayhi wa Sallam) than us. They were most-desiring of the Khayr (good). The Kaml (perfection) of his Mahabbah and making Tadhm of him (Sallallhu Alayhi wa Sallam) is in following him, obeying him, following his commands, reviving his Sunnah inwardly and outwardly, propagating that which he brought, and striving upon this by utilizing the heart, hand, and the tongue. Verily, this is the path of as-Sbiqn al-Awwaln (the foremost and the first ones) from amongst the Muhajirn (emmigrants) and the Ansr (helpers) and those who follow them with Ihsn (the best possible manner). (Ibnu Taymiyyah, Iqtidus Sirtul Mustaqm l Mukhlifati Ashbul Jahm, 2/123-124)
Shaykh'ul Islam Ibnu Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) stated:

والعالم يعرف الجاهل؛ لأنه كان جاهلا، والجاهل لا يعرف العالم لأنه لم يكن عالما

"The Alim (scholar) recognizes the Jaahil (ignorant) it is because he was once Jaahil. The Jaahil does not recognize the Alim it is because he has never been an Alim." (Shaykh'ul Islam Ibnu Taymiyyah, Majmu'ul Fatawa, 13/235)

 

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