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The Prophet’s Birthday…Islamic holiday?

Just a revisit of this topic (I posted on it last year…..)

I recently came across this from AbdurRahman.org and today is approximately the 10th of Raabi Al Awwal; his birthday is the 12th.

Ruling regarding celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam)

Question: Is gathering (the people) on the 12th day of Rabee’ al-Awwal in remembrance of the birth of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) permissible?

Response: Celebrating the birthday of the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) is an innovation; this is because he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) did not do this himself and nor did he order this to be done, and nor did any of his companions (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhum) do this, and they were the most adherent of people in honouring the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and following his Sunnah. And all good is in following his guidance, and he (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

((Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours (i.e. Islaam) that which is not from it, will have it rejected)), [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree/2697 and Saheeh Muslim/1718].

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
Head: Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head: Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee;
Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ibn Ghudayyaan;
Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah Ibn Qu’ood
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Volume 3, Page 30, Question 13, Fatwa No. 5005..

Dealing with someone (an innovator) who insists on celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam)

Question: We have a man with us at work who approves of the celebration of the birthday (i.e. the Prophet’s (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) birthday), and advocates and insists upon this. Should I abandon him for the Sake of Allaah or not? What should I do? …and may Allaah reward you with good.

Response: Celebrating the Prophet’s birthday is an innovation, and whoever pursues this (path) is an innovator (mubtadi’) if he insists on doing so and does not accept the (sincere) advice, (rather, choosing to) continue in calling to (celebrating) the birthday and arousing interest in it. (In this case), then, it is obligatory to abandon him since he is an innovator, and it is not permissible to maintain companionship with an innovator.

Shaykh Ibn Fowzaan
Fataawa tata’allaaq bil-Mawlid an-Nabawee – Page 49, Question 11
Al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa al-Fowzaan – Volume 1, Page 184

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Posted by on February 24, 2010 in Holidays in Islam: Innovations

 

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Celebrating Mother’s Day/Father’s Day in Islam

Fatwa regarding this innovation in the religion of Islam.

http://www.fatwa-online.com/fataawa/innovations/celebrations/cel003/9991018_1.htm

 

Side Note: Here in Yemen (not sure, its probably an Arab observation, Mother’s Day is celebrated in March).

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2009 in Holidays in Islam: Innovations

 

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Celebrating Birthdays…Islamic Viewpoint

Again, this is said to be an innovation:

http://www.fatwa-online.com/fataawa/innovations/celebrations/cel003/9991018_11.htm

http://www.fatwa-online.com/fataawa/innovations/celebrations/cel003/0010428_1.htm

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2009 in Holidays in Islam: Innovations

 

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Sorry if you are getting this by email (you’re going to get a few more), just wanted to post these for quick reference (cuz I like to have daleel handy) and wanted to do each separately.

Again, celebrating this day, Valentine’s Day, is an innovation in Islam.

http://www.fatwa-online.com/fataawa/innovations/celebrations/cel003/0020123_1.htm

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2009 in Holidays in Islam: Innovations

 

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Celebrating Mawlid An Nabi (The birthday of the Prophet [salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam])

This subject had come up recently (with this date approaching) and just thought I would share some fatawa regarding the issue (that this is an innovation to celebrate this).  It is celebrated in many Muslim countries.

 

http://www.fatwa-online.com/innovations/celebrations/cel001/index.htm

 

Also, here is an article that I stumbled upon:

Meeladun Nabi- The Facts

 
 

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Celebrating Non Islamic Holidays

Insha Allah, Muslims do not celebrate holidays such as Christmas and Easter. But many celebrate western holidays that do not have a religious attachment.

 

I thought I would share this fatwa from Fatwa Online as I have been asked before why I don’t celebrate holidays other than the Eid

 

Ruling regarding celebrating Valentine’s Day

Question: Some people celebrate Yawm al-Hubb (Valentine’s Day) on February 14 [the second month of the Christian Gregorian calendar] every year by exchanging red roses as gifts. They also dress up in red clothing, and congratulate one another (on this occasion). Some sweet shops produce special sweets – red in colour – and draw hearts upon them. Some shops advertise their goods which are specially related to this day. What is the Islaamic view [concerning the following]:
1. Celebrating this day?
2. Buying from these shops on this day?
3. Selling – by shop-owners who are not celebrating – the things which are used as gifts, to those who are celebrating?

(And) may Allaah reward you with all good!

Response: The clear evidence from the Qur.aan and Sunnah – and this is agreed upon by consensus (Ijmaa’) of the early generations of the Muslim Ummah – indicates that there are only two ‘Eeds in Islaam (days of celebration): ‘Eed al-Fitr (after the fast of Ramadhaan) and ‘Eed al-Adhaa (after the standing at ‘Arafah for pilgrimage).

Every other ‘Eed – whether it is coto a person, group, incident or any other occasion – is an innovated ‘Eed. It is not permissible for the Muslim people to participate in it, approve of it, make any show of happiness on its occasion, or assist in it in any way – since this will be transgressing the bounds of Allaah:

{…and whoever transgresses the bounds of Allaah, he has wronged his own self}, [Soorah at-Talaaq, Aayah 1]

If we add to this fabricated ‘Eed the fact that it is one of the ‘Eeds of the disbelievers, it is sin upon sin. This is because it is Tashabbuh (imitation) of the disbelievers, and a type of Muwaalaat (loyalty) to them. And Allaah has prohibited the believers from imitation of them and having love or loyalty for them in His Mighty Book (Qur.aan). It is also confirmed from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he said: Whoever imitates a people is one of them.

‘Eed al-Hubb (the celebration of Valentine’s Day) comes under the category of what has been mentioned here, since it is one of the pagan Christian holidays. Hence it is not permissible for any Muslim, who believes in Allaah and the Last Day, to participate in it, approve of it, or congratulate (anyone on that occasion). On the contrary, it is obligatory to abandon it and stay far away from it – in response to Allaah and His Messenger, and to distance oneself from the anger of Allaah and His punishment.

Additionally, it is forbidden for a Muslim to assist or help in this ‘Eed, or any other of the forbidden/illegal celebrations in any way whatsoever – whether by food or drink, selling or buying, production, gift-giving, correspondence, announcements, etc. All of these things are considered as co-operating in sin and transgression and disobedience of Allaah and His Messenger. Allaah, the Glorious and Most High, says:

{… and co-operate with one another in righteousness and piety, and do not co-operate in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah! Verily Allaah is severe in punishment}, [Soorah al-Maa.idah, Aayah 2]

Likewise, it is obligatory for every Muslim to adhere strictly to the Qur.aan and Sunnah in every situation – especially in times of temptations and corruption. It is incumbent that he/she understand, be aware and be cautioned from falling into the deviations of those whom Allaah is angry with and those who are astray  and the immoral people who have no fear of punishment – nor hope of reward – from Allaah, and who give no attention at all to Islaam.

It is necessary for the Muslim to flee to Allaah, the Most High, seeking His Hidaayah (Guidance) and Thabaat (Firmness) upon the Path. Verily, there is no Guide except Allaah, and no One Who can Grant Firmness except Him.

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
Head: Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh;
Deputy Head: Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan;
Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ibn Ghudayyaan;
Member: Shaykh Bakar ibn ‘Abdullaah Abu Zayd
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Fatwa No. 21203

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2008 in Holidays in Islam: Innovations