In the Name
of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
celebrations at all the time if any till today were for the physically
living persons and NOT the dead one in the past. First of
all, keep in
Businessmen always try to create some scenario to trap people to buy
their products for increasing their businesses and there is no
exception for celebrating birthdays, wedding anniversaries and death
anniversaries etc. In extreme harsh winter, it was very tough for
businesses, so Businessmen created New Year celebration and Christmas,
while the birth of Jesus (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was in summer when
the Dates are ripened and ready to eat, as per Quraan, (Ref:
The direction of
the Quraan is to save humanity by all means.
someone’s birthday, we must know the EXACT DATE otherwise
it will be FALSE
birthday. We must promote the TRUTH
Till the end of 19th century,
vast majority of people were not able to
record their birthdays and they don’t have calendars in their home.
Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-All-of-Him) was an orphan and had faced
a tough life and it was hard to keep his birthday record. From the very
beginning, historians and writers of Seerah have differed on the date
of birth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-All-of-Him), so how can one
find the true date out of these numerous opinions.
views regarding the date of birth of Prophet Muhammad
Muharram: Abdul Qadir Jilani
ul Awwal: Ibn Abd al-Barr
ul Awwal: Ameer ud din
ul Awwal: Ibn al Qayyim, ibn e Hazm, Az Zuhri , Ibn e Dihya
Rabi ul Awwal : Muhammad Suleman Mansurpuri, Mubarakpuri , Shibli
Nomani, Mahmud Pasha Falaki, Akbar Shah Najeeb Abadi, Moeen ud din
Ahmed Nadvi, Abul Kalam Azad
Rabi ul Awwal: Abul Fida, Abu Jaafar al Baaqir, Al Waqadi , Al Sha’bi–
Rabi ul Awwal: Tabari, ibn e Khuldoon , Dr hameedullah , ibn e hisham,
‘Allama Abu’l-Hasan ‘Ali ibn Muhammad al- Mawardi, ibn e ishaaq
Rabi ul Awwal: Shia view; and they also believe that it was Friday
Rabi ul Awwal: Also attributed to ibn e Hazm
First of all, we
couldn’t find any
clear references from the Quraan and Authentic Hadeeth on Celebrating
Birthday or Anniversary. Here we need to do in depth analysis for each
of these, keeping in mind it is not causing a Psychological impact on
our family including kids as well as not getting close to shirk as well.
The origin of birthday Prophet
Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-All-of-Him) (Mawlid) observance
dates back to the period of the Fatimids (Ismaili Shia Islamic
caliphate, b/w 1909-1171
in Egypt) and it was celebrated in lands under their control. The
Ottomans (in Turkey) declared it an official holiday in 1588.
Celebrating Birthdays of any Key
Figures, e.g. Prophet Muhammad, Jesus, Moses etc.
(Peace-Be-Upon-All-of-Them) as well as any political or religious
leaders is totally forbidden due
to chances that it may lead towards Shirk (associating partner with
Allah), (Ref. Al_Quraan_009.031).
Celebrating Death Anniversaries
of any One is totally forbidden.
Life is very short, and we need to concentrate on educating our kids
and helping our community. If someone has extra money then he/she
should help the needy and get Great Reward from Allah.
Remember: For each of your
actions, including the Hajj or Reciting the Quraan etc., you will get reward
of what you have done, and surely DEEDS of your loved ones
or others will NOT save you. (Selected
Al_Quraan_003.030, 003.185, 006.164, 014.051, 016.111, 018.047-049,
020.015-016, 031.033, 036.054, 039.069-070, 040.017, 044.041, 045.028,
060.003, 070.010-015, 075.13, 080.034-037, 082.005, 099.007-008)). Prophet Muhammad
(Peace-Be-Upon-Him) NEVER celebrated his birthday in his life time.
is bad, instead help the needy and get great reward from
Al_Quraan_017.026-027). Be an excellent example (a Role Model) for your
of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre