An advice to the people of Hadeeth regarding the Mawlid


All praise is for Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions. Thereafter,

Indeed loving the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) is from the core principle of Islaam, a fundamental of the Sharee’ah; Imaan is not correct until the Messenger of Allaah (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) is more beloved to a person than his own self, child, father and the rest of the people.

However loving the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) is not through slogans, celebrations, poetry of praise, nor singing and songs.

Rather true love of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam), real affection of him is by aiding the Messenger of Allaah (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) by following his Sunnah, obeying his commands and staying away from his prohibitions. Indeed Allaah ordered us with showing obedience to him in many noble Aayaat:

Like the saying of Allaah,

 {Say, ‘Obey Allah and the Messenger.’ But if they turn away – then indeed, Allah does not like the disbelievers} [03:32]

 {O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result} [04:59]

{Say, “Obey Allah and obey the Messenger; but if you turn away – then upon him is only that [duty] with which he has been charged, and upon you is that with which you have been charged. And if you obey him, you will be [rightly] guided. And there is not upon the Messenger except the [responsibility for] clear notification.”} [24:54]

 {O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and do not invalidate your deeds} [47:33]

Just as Allaah, the most High, made true love of Him in following the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam), similarly true love of the Prophet is also in following his [Sunnah].

 {Say (O Muhammad to mankind): ‘If you truly love Allaah then follow me, And Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’} [03:31]

From the ways of loving the Prophet is that we do not introduce into the religion of Allaah anything which the Prophet has not legislated. Doing this is a form of arrogance over the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam), and putting words in his mouth which he did not say. The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) became angry at those people who did actions which he had not permitted, he said:

Whoever turns away from my Sunnah is not from me

Whoever does an action which is not in agreement with our affair

Upon you is my Sunnah, and the Sunnah of the rightly guided Caliphs after me. Bite onto it with your molar teeth. Be aware of innovated matters, every innovated matter is a Bid’ah, and every Bid’ah is misguidance.

From the matters which people have innovated today: specifying the birthday of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam). This is an action which is not found in the Book of Allaah, nor the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah. The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) lived for 63 years and it has never been narrated that he specified his birthday, nor celebrated it.

The Companions lived many years after him, never did they specify his birthday. They are the Rightly Guided Caliphs whom the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) ordered us to follow and implement their Sunnah.

Similarly the Taabi’een who followed them in goodness, they did not specify the Mawlid, nor the Atbaa’ At-Taabi’ee. Also the Imaams of the religion [did not specify] the Mawlid; Imaams such as Sufyaan Ath-Thawree, Al-Awzaa’ee, Abu Haneefah, Maalik, Shaafi’ee and Ahmad. Neither did Abu Dawood, At-Tirmidhee, Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, Ibn Maajah nor An-Nasaaee specify that day. In fact none of the Imaams of the early virtuous generations whom the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) praised specified this day.

So specifying the birthday of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) is an innovated action according to the agreement of the Muslims. It is not permitted for anybody – whoever he is – to say regarding the Mawlid that it is legislated, and that a person worships Allaah the most high with it. Nobody should think that [specifying his birthday] demonstrates love of the Messenger of Allaah (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) – despite that fact that it has no basis in the Qur’an, Sunnah nor in the virtuous early generations.

Amongst the sternest of people in warning against innovations generally – and specifically the Mawlid – are Ahl Al-Hadeeth from Pakistan, India and the Sub-Continent. They are the severest of people opposing innovations; they are the most active of people in spreading the Sunnah. Jami’yyat Ahl Al-Hadeeth have played a crucial clear role in this arena, thereby spreading the landmarks of the Sharee’ah and reviving the Sunnah. By the permission of Allaah, the latter members of Jami’yyat Ahl Al-Hadeeth are following those who precede them.

However what some of the virtuous brothers have recently done has pained me a lot, they organised a “Mehfil Walaadat Ar-Rasool” – a celebration of the birth of the Messenger (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam), and just because it is called a different name, this does not change the reality. It does not alter the fact that it is an innovation.

Specifying this night in whichever manner of commemorating is an evil innovation. And if there is sinning such as acts of Bid’ah and Shirk involved in the celebration, then it is evil upon evil.

I know with absolute certainty that Ahl Al-Hadeeth are the people farthest away from innovations and acts of shirk, however by congregating on this night and speaking about the birth of the Messenger in these days – all of this comes under it being an innovation and strengthening the innovation.

This is for a number of reasons:

1. It resembles the people of innovation in what they have innovated
2. The actual date of birthday is not known for definite, neither the month nor the date.
3. It is possible to speak about his birth in any other time apart from this day or month.
4. This action was not done by the pious Salaf in these days nor in this month.
5. Your actions may be a window for other innovations to enter upon Ahl Al-Hadeeth, such that these types of gatherings are organised every year, then it become an ‘Eid. Thereafter, the matter will only increase evil after evil.
6. If Ahl Al-Hadeeth continue with this action without any evidence or authentic Sunnah, then the people of innovation will use this to justify many innovations. They will say to them: Why do you allow innovations for yourself and then you forbid them from us?!

So I encourage my brothers in Jam’iyyat Ahl Al-Hadeeth that they turn away from this action, and that they change the title of their conference to

 “The virtue of sticking to the Sunnah and avoiding Bid’ah”

They should mention in it that they are free from the innovation of celebrating in memory of Mawlid An-Nabawi. They should do this as a form of sincere advice for the Ummah, abandoning the path of the ignorant ones.

My salaam is upon everybody who read my salaam [in this article] – Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakaatuh –

Written by Badr Ibn Alee Ibn Taamee Al-Utaybee
12th Rabee’ Al-Awwal 1437h


[TN] I was made aware of a conference being organised by a small isolated group of brothers from Jami’yyat Ahl Al-Hadeeth in Pakistan which was called “Mehfil Wilaadat Ar-Rasool” (a celebration of the birth of the Prophet). Although celebrating the Mawlid was not intended, however such a conference in these days is not something which should be done.

I requested advice from Shaykh Badr (hafidhahullah) and he was kind enough to write this as an advice to them. This is therefore the translation of his advice to some of the brothers from the Jami’yyat, (Note: the translation contains minor changes that have been made with the permission from the author).

The article also contains an advice in general to virtuous brothers who are falling into an error in organising lectures in Rabee’ Al-Awwal on the Seerah of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) or loving the Prophet.

It should be known, as the Shaykh mentioned above, that the innovation is in specifying this month or day and not just celebrating it.

Therefore we should stay away from this, and if any lecture is going to be organised then let it be titled in a way which reflects us exposing this innovation.

Wallaahu A’lam

Abul Abbaas Naveed Ayaaz
Thursday 24th December, 2015

رسالة إلى جمعية أهل الحديث بخصوص الاحتفال بذكرى المولد النبوي


الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد، وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين أما بعد:

 فإن حب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أصل الإسلام، وقاعدة الشريعة، ولا يصح إيمان عبد حتى يكون رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أحب إليه من نفسه وولده ووالده والناس أجمعين.
وإن محبة رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ليس بالشعارات ولا بالاحتفالات، ولا بنظم القصائد، والتغني بالأناشيد، وإنما حبه الصادق، ومودته الحقة، أن ننصر رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، باتباع سنته، والامتثال بأوامره، واجتناب مناهيه، وقد أمرنا الله تعالى بطاعته في أكثر من آية من كتابه الكريم،

 كقول الله تعالى: {قُلْ أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ فَإِنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْكَافِرِينَ } [آل عمران: 32]
وقال: {يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ} [النساء: 59]
وقال: {قُلْ أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ فَإِنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّمَا عَلَيْهِ مَا حُمِّلَ وَعَلَيْكُمْ مَا حُمِّلْتُمْ وَإِنْ تُطِيعُوهُ تَهْتَدُوا وَمَا عَلَى الرَّسُولِ إِلَّا الْبَلَاغُ الْمُبِينُ} [النور: 54]
وقال: { يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَلَا تُبْطِلُوا أَعْمَالَكُمْ} [محمد: 33].

وجعل الله تعالى صدق محبته في “إتباع” النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، وكذلك محبة النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم تكون في “اتباعه” فقال تعالى:

{قُلْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ} [آل عمران: 31]

ومن محبة رسول الله أن لا أشرع شيئاً في دين الله تعالى ما شرعه لنا، فإن هذا فيه تكبّر على رسول الله، وتقوّل عليه بما لم يقل، وقد غضب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم على أقوام فعلوا أشياء ما أذن بها، ثم قال: (ومن رغب عن سنتي فليس مني) وقال: (من عمل عملاً ليس عليه أمرنا فهو رد) وقال: (عليكم بسنتي وسنة الخلفاء الراشدين المهديين من بعدي، عضوا عليها بالنواجذ، وإياكم ومحدثات الأمور، فإن كل محدثة بدعة، وكل بدعة ضلالة).

ومما أحدثه الناس اليوم: الاحتفال بذكرى مولد النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، وهذا عملُ ما جاء في كتاب الله، ولا جاء في سنة رسول الله، وقد عاش النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم 63 سنة وما جاء أنه عظم يوم مولده، ولا احتفل به، وعاش الصحابة دهوراً وما احتفلوا به، وهم الخلفاء الراشدون المهديون الذين أمرنا النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم باتباع سنتهم،

وكذلك التابعون لهم بإحسان ما احتفلوا به، ولا أتباع التابعين، ولا أئمة الدين كسفيان الثوري والأوزاعي وأبي حنيفة ومالك والشافعي وأحمد، ولا أبو داود والترمذي والبخاري ومسلم وابن ماجه والنسائي، ولم يعرفه أصحاب القرون المفضلة الذين أثنى عليهم النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم،
فهو عملٌ بدعي باتفاق المسلمين، ولا يجوز لأحد كائنا من كان أن يقول عنه بأنه: مشروع، ويتعبد لله تعالى به، ويعبر به عن محبة رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، وليس له أصل في القرآن والسنة ولا عمل القرون المفضلة.

وكان من أشد الناس إنكارا للبدع عموماً، ولهذه البدعة خصوصا، أهل الحديث في الباكستان والهند وسائر القارة الهندية، وهم أشد الناس ضد البدع، وأكثرهم نشراً للسنة، كان لجمعية أهل الحديث الدور البارز الفعال في تلك الجهات بنشر معالم الشريعة، وإحياء رسوم السنة، واللاحقون تبع لما كان عليه السابقون بإذن الله تعالى،

وقد ساءني ما عزم عليه بعض الفضلاء من إقامة “محفل ولادة الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم” والاسم لا يغير الحقيقة، والمضمون لا يدفع كونها بدعة، فإحياء هذه الليلة بأي نوع من أنواع الاحتفالات بدعة منكرة، فإن تضمن الاحتفال منكرات فهو شر على شر، من البدع والشركيات ونحوها، وأعلم يقينا أن أهل الحديث أبعد الناس عن البدع والشركيات، ولكن مجرد الاجتماع لتلك الليلة، والحديث عن ولادة الرسول في هذه الأيام كله من إحياء البدعة، وتقويتها، وذلك لأسباب عدة:

[1] منها مضاهاة أهل البدع فيما هم عليه من بدعة.
[2] ومنها: أن تاريخ ميلاد النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم غير مقطوع بيومه وشهره، وهو محل خلاف بين العلماء.
[3] ومنها، فكان بالإمكان الحديث عنه في أي وقت غير هذه الأوقات.
[4] ومنها أن هذا العمل لم يفعله السلف الصالح في مثل هذه الأيام من شهر ربيع الأول.
[5] ومنها أنه فعلهم قد يكون نافذة لدخول البدع على أهل الحديث، ويعقد مثل هذا المجلس في كل سنة، فيكون عيداً، ثم يزيد الأمر شراً بعد شر.
[6] ومنها أن أهل الحديث إن فعلوا هذا العمل بغير دليل ولا سنة متبعة، سوف يلزمهم المبتدعة ببدع كثيرة، ويقولون لهم: كيف تبيحون لأنفسكم فعل المحدثات، وتنكرون علينا ذلك؟

فأنا أناشد إخواني في جمعية أهل الحديث بالإعراض عن هذا العمل، وتغير عنوان اللقاء إلى “فضل لزوم السنة ومجانبة البدع” ويذكر فيه البراءة من بدعة الاحتفال بذكرى المولد النبوي، نصحاً للأمة، ومجانبة لسبيل الجاهلين، وسلامي على من قرأ مني السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته،
وكتب: بدر بن علي بن طامي العتيبي الثاني عشر من شهر ربيع الأول 1437هـ

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2010. He currently resides in Nelson, Lancashire and is the Imam of Masijd Sunnah.

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