Mawlid An-Nabi Permissibility


O People of Islam, O Nation of the Prophet, celebrate your Prophet with pride and joy, and do not go into dispute about matters that create fitna and confusion. Do not prevent others from celebrating, leave everyone to their heart, and let us unify ourselves by keeping Allah’s order in the Holy Qur’an to “Hold fast together to the rope of Allah and do not separate.” And let us pray for heavenly support against the enemies of Islam in the world. That is better than going into disputes and arguments.

We encourage every Muslim who has questions about this topic not to be intimidated by idiotic assertions such as: “Mawlid is like Christmas” but to inform themselves of the views of the authorities in the four schools and to know that even Ibn Taymiyya, who wrote against the Mawlid, admitted that it may be good to celebrate Mawlid and gave as his precedent for this concession the fact that Imam Ahmad accepted that a certain man spend a large sum of money decorating a copy of the Qur’an, although Ahmad considered it an innovation.

In shari`a, nothing is declared haram except if the scholars are unanimous that the Qur’an and sunna declare it so, whether explicitly or allusively. In the case of Mawlid, not only does such a unanimity not exist, but there is a majority declaring that it is an excellent action which merits reward, and even a supporter of the opposite view admitting that it can be praiseworthy! It is fair to say that someone who persists in rejecting the permissibility of Mawlid after all the above evidence, which is based on Qur’an, Sunna, and the derivations of ahkam (rulings) from the relevant dala’il (proof-texts), can only be a blind-follower of his own ignoranand stubborn opinion. “They will pass through the religion the way the arrow passes clean through its quarry” (Bukhari and Muslim). Allah knows best, and Allah guides whomever He will.