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Is celebrating the prophet`s salla alahi wasalam`s birthday legislated in the Deen?

Allamah Taajud- Deen al-Maaliki[1]

[1] `He is Umar bin Ali bin Saalim bin Sadaqah al-Lakhmee, famously known as al-Iskandaree He was born in the year 654 AH .He died in Alexandra, Egypt, 734 AH. Ibn Kathir described him as being ‘as-sheikh al-imam’. Refer to al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah Volume 14, page 168. [TN].

Allamah Taajud- Deen al-Maaliki Said: I do not know of any credible evidence established from either the Qura’an or Sunnah in regards to the Prophet’s birthday. Neither has such an action been related back to anyone of the scholars of the Ummah, whom are the role model in terms of the Deen, strictly following the narrations of the earlier predecessors, rather it is an innovation in the Deen, invented and introduced by the Fatimid[1], and it is a personal desire with which the greedy use to obtain wealth and money as a result of practicing these innovated actions in the Deen…. [2]

[1] The Fatimid was an Arab Ismaili dynasty that had their origins from modern day Tunisia and Algeria. The dynasty was founded by Abdullah al-Mahdi Billah in the year 296 AH till 566 AH having fourteen rulers, the last one being al-Adid (554-566 AH). In different times the Fatamid ruled areas of Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. The Fatamid also established the Egyptian city of Cairo as their capital city. In the year 554 AH after the decay of the Fatamid political system the Zengid ruler Nur ad-Din Zanki had his general, Shirkuh seize Egypt from the vizier Shawar in 564 AH, Shirukh died after two months after taking power and the rule went to his nephew Salahud-Deen. This began the Kurdish Ayyubid dynasty. [TN]

[2] Al-Mawrid fee amalil-al-mawlid, page 20-22, with the additional notes of Sheikh Alee Hasan al-Halabee. [TN]

Translated by Zulfikar Ibrahim

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