Beliefs & Practices / Sunday, August 17th, 2008

The History of Islam is fourteen centuries old. But the history of Meelaad celebration is seven centuries old. The Golden ages of Islam – the era of Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم ), of the Sahaabah, of the Taabieen, and of the Tabe-Taabieen (Quroone Thalaathah) had long passed, yet the custom of Meelaad was not initiated. Six centuries after our Nabi ( صلى الله عايه وسالم) an irreligious ruler initiated this custom in the city of Mosul. Imaam Ahmad Bin Muhammad Bin Bisri Maaliki (rahmatullah alayh) writes in his Kitaab, AL-QOULUL MU’TAMAD: “Allaamah Muizzuddin Hasan Khwaarzimi (rahmatullah alayh) states in his Kitaab: ‘The Ruler of Irbal, King Muzaffar Abu Saeed Kaukari, was an irreligious king. He ordered the Ulama of his time to act according to their opinions and discard the practice of following any of the Math- habs. A group among the learned men inclined towards him. He (this king) organized Moulood sessions during the month of Rabiul Awwal. He was the first of the kings to have innovated this practice.’ (AL-QOULUL MU’TAMAD)

This irreligious ruler squandered vast sums of public funds in the organization and upkeep of these celebrations which had no sanction in Islamic Law. Allaamah Zahbi (rahmatullah alayh) – died 748 Hijri- says: “Every year this ruler spent three hundred thousand (from the Baitul Maal) on Moulood celebrations.” (DOULUL ISLAM)

So, this practice of Moulood was originated by irreligious people. In the year 604 Hijri this king, Muzaffaruddin Koukari, introduced this custom with the aid of some learned people whose purpose was to gain the wealth and honour of this world. A notable and a prime instigator in the origination of this custom was one Molvi Amr Bin Dahya Abul Khattab who died in the year 633 Hijri. He was a great supporter of the worldly and irreligious king of Irbal who introduced this custom. The evil character of this irreligious learned man is a fact upon which there exists unanimity among the great and pious learned men of Islam. Hafiz Ibn Hajar Askalaani (rahmatullah alayh) says about this Molvi who was responsible to a great extent for the innovation of Moulood customs: “He was a person who insulted the Jurists of Islam and the pious learned men of former times. He had a filthy tongue. He was ignorant, excessively proud, possessed no insight in matters pertaining to the Deen and he was extremely negligent as far as the Deen was concerned.” (LISAANUL MIZAAN)

Hafiz Ibn Hajar Askalaani (rahmatullah alayh) further adds: “Allaamah Ibn Najjaar (rahmatullah alayh) said: ‘I have witnessed unanimity of opinion among the people as to him (this irreligious Molvi), being a liar and an unreliable person.’ ” (LISAANUL MIZAAN)

Every unbiased Muslim will realize from the foregoing discussion that the Moulood custom was introduced by evil men and given prominence by evil men. Islamic History bears testimony to this fact. Right from its inception all the great and pious Ulama and Jurists of Islam have condemned this innovation and have warned against participation in these un-Islamic functions. There exists consensus of opinion among the true learned Ulama of Islam that the customary Meelaad functions are not permissible. There are many wrongs and evils attendant to the present forms of celebrating Meelaad. These are as follows:

1) The Compulsory Nature assigned to Meelaad by the people that celebrate it.

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

3) Meelaad functions regarded as being of greater importance than Salaat and performance of Salaat in Jamaat.

4) Qawwaali – Music at Meelaad functions.

5) Reciting of verses which transgress the limits of legitimate praise, thus assigning a position of Divinity to our Nabi (_صلى الله عايه وسالم).

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 of the 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 in unnecessary ventures.

12) Soliciting public funds for the upkeep and organization 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 (صلى الله عايه وسالم) presents itself at these functions.

The un-Islamic factors mentioned above accompany Meelaad functions. Sometimes all these are present in a single function, and sometimes all are not present. Nevertheless, even if all these factors are not present at once in a single Meelaad function, the function will still be un-Islamic because of the presence of at least several of the enumerated un-Islamic elements.

Some people speaking in support of innovation of Meelaad celebrations argued that Meelaad “is the origin of all other Eids”. In view of it being the “origin” of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha (according to them), there is the need to celebrate Meelaad in the way the Brailvi sect is presently doing.

If Meelaad was the origin of the other Eids, why neither Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم ) nor the Sahaabah  radhiyallahu anhum) ever taught or practised this custom? Why is the Shariah totally silent about Meelaad if it was indeed a practice of any significance?

Meelaad celebrations are organized to express love and honour for Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم ). But who had  reater love for Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم ) – the Sahaabah or those given up to acts of grave-worship? We
see the Sahaabah rigidly clinging to the minutest details of Rasulullah’s (
صلى الله عايه وسالم ) Sunnah – even to such detailed acts which are not imposed on the Ummah by the Shariah. The noble Sahaabah who offered their blessed bodies as shields to protect the mubaarak body of Nabi-e-Kareem (صلى الله عايه وسالم) from the spears and arrows of the kuffaar, never did any of them innovate this custom of Meelaad.

That the Sahaabah had the highest degree of love for Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم) cannot be contested.  herefore, the best and the most acceptable ways of expressing love for and honouring Rasulullah ( صلى الله عايه وسالم) can be obtained from only the Sahaabah. Any person who even implies that he has greater love for Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم ) than the Sahaabah or that his way of expressing such love is better than the way of the Sahaabah is undoubtedly a shaitaan. When Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم ) has commanded obedience to the Way of the Sahaabah, it will be quite obvious that those who deviated from the Path of the Sahaabah are the  followers of shaitaan.

If Meelaad was the mother of the other Eids, then surely Rasulullah ( صلى الله عايه وسالم) would have explained the importance of upholding this so-called “eid Meeladun Nabi”. But, we find that for centuries, from the age of the Sahaabah, the Ummah did not know anything about this innovated custom of the Ahl-e-Bid’ah. Only after six centuries had passed did the bid’ah of Meelaad celebration rear its head in the Ummah. Today the Brailvis are branding the people of the Sunnah as kaafir since they refuse to uphold a practice which has neither origin nor sanction in Islam – leave alone it being the origin of the Eids.

These people that are asserting that the festive of Meelaad is the origin of the Islamic Eids are only exhibiting their profound ignorance. A custom which was introduced six hundred years after Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم ) can  ever be accorded the significance which the acts of the Sunnah enjoy. Why do the people of bid’ah consider the ways of the Sahaabah insufficient for the expression of love and honour to Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم)? Why is the Tareeqah of the Sahaabah not accorded the same concern, vigour and importance as some Muslims prefer to give to innovated customs such as Meelaad? Did the Sahaabah organize any festival? Other than the two Eids, Islam is conspicuous for its lack of festivals and celebrations. Even the Eids were not festivals and occasions of celebration as people of our times understand celebration to mean. The way to celebrate Eid is recorded in detail
in the Sunnah. Haraam activities do not constitute part of the Islamic celebration of Eid. Eid too, while a day of happiness, is a day of Ibaadat.
Frivolities do not form part of Islamic and Sunnah culture. Qawwaali, parades and other western-orientated displays of the nafs are the tools of shaitaan. Such activities do not form part of the Sunnah, but they do form part of the Customary Meelaad celebrations of the qabar pujaari sect.

The 12th day of Rabiul Awwal is accorded Shar’i status and great displays of love for Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم ) are made on these occasions of Meelaad. Did the Sahaabah then not know that Rasulullah ( صلى الله عايه وسالم) was born on this day? Why did they not uphold this day as a day of Eid? Why did Rasulullah (صلى
الله عايه وسالم
) not instruct them to celebrate this day as a day of Eid and festivity? We all know that Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم ) has described the Night of Baraa’t as the Night of Stock- taking. And, we know that
Lailatul Qadr has been described as a very auspicious Night. And, we have been apprized by Islam that the 10th Muharram is a great day – not because of the Shahaadat of Hadhrat Husain (radhiyallahu anhu), but because of a number of other factors. The 10th Muharram was a day of auspiciousness long before the martyrdom of Hadhrat Husain (radhiyallahu anhu). But, Brailvis emulating the Shias, have introduced Shiah beliefs into Islam. It is indeed a queer phenomenon that those who shout the loudest about love for Rasulullah (_صلى الله عايه وسالم) are the worst criminals violating the Sunnah of Nabi-e-Kareem (_صلى الله عايه وسالم). May Allah Ta’ala save us from such calamities.

Love for Rasulullah (_صلى الله عايه وسالم) is not qawwaali-singing and slogans. Love for Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم _) is obedience to the Sunnah, everyday obedience.

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