‘Meeladun-Nabi’ A true source of fiction & friction between the Muslims!!! Part: 1


مولد النبوي بين الخرافات الحقيقي والتصادم في المجتمع الإسلامي

‘Meeladun-Nabi’

A true source of fiction & friction between the Muslims!!! Part: 1

Fatwa endorsed on 1295 AH/1878 CE

By the Imam of Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’aah of his time

Imam Sayyid Nadheer Hussain ad-Dehlawi (d.1902 CE)

And his senior student, Imam Muhammad Shamsul-Huq Adheemabadee

Additional footnotes in English annotated

By Zulfiker Ibrahim Memon al-Atharee

Graduate from the Faculty of Hadeeth, Islamic University of Madeenah.

Head of Markaz-Sunnah, Leicester, UK.

Question:

What is the Islamic ruling regarding standing out of respect at the celebrating ceremony of his birthday?, with the belief that the soul of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, is omnipresent and indeed attends these types of ceremonies, and also with the belief that the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, himself is always present in every place? If someone was to attend but did not believe such beliefs, what would be the ruling upon him?

Answer:

To stand and attend out of respect without the belief that the soul of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, being omnipresent is an innovation in the Deen, and to believe that the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, is present in everyplace is polytheism. This is because the unique attribute of being omnipresent [His knowledge in every place] is unique and solely belongs to Allah, alone.

It must be understood and contemplated that if the remembrance of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, is celebrated and commemorated at one hundred places at the exact same time, then how could the soul of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, be able to attend all these gatherings? Also, how could his soul be special and present at each of these celebrations at the same time, and to that specific gathering alone?

The scholar, Qaadhee Shihaabud-Deen Dawlat-Aabaadee (d.849 AH) has stated in his book Tauhfatul-al-Qudhaat:

وما يفعله الجهال على رأس كل حول في شهر ربيع الأوّل ليس بشيء ويقومون عند ذكر مولده صلّى الله عليه وسلّم ويزعمون أن روحه صلّى الله عليه وسلّم يجيء فزعمهم باطل بل هذا الإعتقاد شرك وقد منع الأئمة الأربعة مثل هذا.

“And what some ignorant people do at the beginning of every year in the month of Rabiul-Awwal, that has no basis in the Deen, which is to stand at the remembrance ceremony of the birth of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, allegedly believing that the soul of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, attends, this belief of theirs is false and void, rather this belief is polytheism, and indeed the four Imams have prohibited and barred such beliefs.

The scholar, Qaadhee Naseerud-Deen (d.1031AH) has written in Tariqatus-Salaf

وقد أحدث بعض جهال المشايخ أموراً كثيرة لا نجد لها أثراً في كتاب ولا في سنة منها القيام عند ذكر ولادة سيد الأنام عليه التحية والسلام

“And some ignorant sheikhs have introduced into the Deen many issues and affairs which we find no evidence for in the book of Allah or in the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him. From amongst them is to stand at the remembrance of the birth of the leader of all human beings, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him.”

It has also been mentioned in Seerah-Shaamee (d.943 AH)

جرت عادة كثير من المحبين إذا سمعوا بذكر وضعه صلى الله عليه وسلّم أن يقوموا تعظيما له صلى الله عليه وسلّم وهذا القيام بدعة لا أصل لها.

“It has become the common practise of many who consider themselves to be amongst those who truly love the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, that if they listen to the remembrance of the birth of the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him, they stand up out of respect for the Messenger of Allah, may the Salaah & Salaam of Allah descend upon him. This standing is an innovation in the Deen and has no basis in the Deen.”

Sayyid Nadheer Husain Dehlawi

Abu Tayyib Muhammad Shamsul-Huq

1295 AH

Corresponding to 1878 CE.

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