Fatwas on Meelad, Maulood, Mawlid

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RELEVANT MATERIAL

Difference Between Meelad and Extolling Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasllam)
(Compiled from various sources)

The Mawlid – Bid’ah According to Principles Accepted by Ijma’ (Consensus)
(Compiled from various sources)

Consistency of the Deobandi Akaabir Regarding the Mawlid
(Maulana Zameelur Rahman)

FATWAS

Q. What is the Shar’i ruling on Meelaad? Many early Ulama such as Allamah Suyuti, Ibn Taimiyyah, Allaamah Ibn Kathir, etc. said that it is permissible. In the UK some people march around the city singing naats (songs) when celebrating meelaad. Is this correct? A promoter of meelaad says that Thuwaibah was the slave of Abu Lahab. When she informed him that a son (Muhammad – sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was born in his brother’s house, he set her free. After the death of Abu Lahab he was seen in a dream in which he said: ‘I am in severe punishment, but this is lessened on Mondays.’ Then he showed his forefinger and said that he would suck it. It was with this finger that he indicated that Thuwaibah was free when she informed him of the birth of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Ibn Jawzi states: ‘Abu Lahab is the kaafir who is mentioned specifically in the Qur’aan.’ If such a person can be rewarded for celebrating meelaad of the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), then imagine how great the reward would be for a Muslim who celebrates it.’

A. Firstly, what the early Ulama understood of meelaad is in sharp contrast to the Hindu-type of meelaad rituals of fisq and fujoor which accompany the meelaad celebrations of the Ahl-e-Bid’ah and Qabar Pujaaris (Grave Worshippers). The meelaad celebrations in vogue are evil bid’ah – haraam bid’ah which shaitaan has adorned for the Qabar Puja sect. Such Hindu-type of celebrations are never permissible even according to those early Ulama who had participated in meelaad functions which have no basis in the Sunnah. We have written two booklets on this subject, which are available. Insha-Allah, a more detailed book shall be prepared to demolish the baseless and stupid arguments of the Qabar Pujaaris.

The episode pertaining to Abu Lahab has absolutely no relationship with the bid’ah milaad customs in vogue. He freed a slave woman. The claim that he had celebrated milaad will not be believed by even the baboons. To claim that Abu Lahab the kaafir was rewarded for celebrating milaad is a black lie fabricated by the people of bid’ah. Freeing a slave has no relationship with the stupid customs in which the bid’atis indulge.

To understand whether an act is ibaadat or not, one has to refer to the great authorities of the Khairul Quroon era (the first three ages of Islam). Whatever was ibaadat in that era is Islamic ibaadat. What was innovated 700 and 800 years after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is not ibaadat. Proof for the validity of ibaadat is not Ibn Taimiyyah and Subki, etc. who came 7 centuries after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). They should cite the Sahaabah and the Taabieen as proof. But, they jump from the age of the Sahaabah and seek evidence for their innovations from the statements of Ulama who appeared 7 and 8 centuries after the perfection and completion of Islam. Their claims are absolutely baseless. They have no grounds on which to stand. They have nothing in the Qur’aan, Ahaadith and Fiqah to support their drivel haraam meelaad merrymaking functions.

Subki, Ibn Kathir and the other Ulama who appeared on the scene 7, 8 and 10 centuries after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) are not the Proofs of the Shariah. As far as Ibn Taimiyyah is concerned, he was a deviate who subscribed to views of shirk and kufr {hell-fire will end eventually, creation had always existed pre-eternally with Allah, Allah being able to sit upon the back of mosquito, etc.} . The Sahaabah, Taabi-een and Tab-e-Taabieen are the Proofs of Islam. In this regard, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Honour my Sahaabah, for verily they are your noblest; then those after them (the Taabieen), then those after them (Tab-e-Taabieen). Thereafter will prevail falsehood.” Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also said in this regard: “The best of ages is my age, then the next age, then the next age. Then after them (the Sahaabah, Taabieen and Tab-e-Taabieen) will come such people who will (hasten) to testify without being asked to testify. They will be treacherous people who cannot be trusted. They will take vows without fulfilling them. Among them will prevail obesity……Then will come people who will love obesity.”

Those who love the fun and merrymaking, the feasting and singing of these deceptive ‘religious’ functions of bid’ah meelaad in which numerous evils are committed, are the people among whom prevail falsehood and obesity (ugly fatness). Their stomachs are bloated with all the haraam food they devour in the name of the Deen. Their hollow ‘love’ vociferously professed for Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is a canard – a dastardly false slogan designed for their own deception and the deception of the stupid public who indulges in the singing, dancing and merrymaking.
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Q. Regarding celeberation of Rasulullah's birthday, the supporters of this custom say: 'We say that the celebration of the Prophet's Mawlid must be on the 12th of Rabiul Awwal, in order for people to feel the light of Islam and the light of the Shariah in their hearts.' Is this a valid argument for the practice of meelaad?

A. Anyone with some intelligence and understanding , provided he has no bias, will have to concede the utter stupidity of this argument. Every averment made in this statement is baseless. Who and on what Shar’i authority has observance of meelaad become a ‘must’ on 12th Rabiul Awwal or on any other date? When Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) himself did not teach this ‘must’, nor did any of the Sahaabah observe this bid’ah custom, then by what stretch of Islamic reasoning can it be accepted that this innovation should not only be tolerated, but considered a waajib custom as is evident from the term ‘must’ which the bid’atis use?

Bid’ah is precisely the imposition of a practice which has no origin in Islam. The ‘light of Islam’ cannot be felt and experienced by observing all the drivel accompanying these bid’ah functions. The ‘Light of Islam’ is felt only by practising the teachings of Islam; by observing the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The ‘Light of Islam’ cannot be experienced by dagga-smoking qawwaals and grave-worshippers who sing the praises of the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) while acting in diametric conflict with his Sunnah.

People who worship graves, smoke dagga at the gravesides of the `peers’ and sing the whole night songs of praise, but just before the Athaan for Fajr is sounded, they flee like shayaateen into their beds, cannot know what the ‘light of Islam’ is. It is a salient feature of the Ahl-e-Bid’ah and the meelaad clique that they are always bereft of piety. They are devoid of the Sunnah. They do not follow the Sunnah, but they boisterously and vociferously shout slogans of `Hubb-e-Rasool (Love of the Rasool). If such enemies of the Sunnah are born again, they will not understand the meaning of Love for the Rasool). Only those who follow the Sunnah meticulously understand what is meant by love for Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), hence the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) can be observed in their everyday life and in every department of life.

ADDENDUM (added by admin)

The article ‘Mawlid – Bid’ah according to principles accepted by Ijma’ proves unambiguously why the Meelad today is bid’ah according to just one principle of fiqh that has been accepted and applied throughout the ages by the Fuqaha of all 4 madh-habs. However, there are other significant reasons for the Meelad being bid’ah today.

One of them is the fact that it is completely irreconcilable with the mission of Nubuwwat of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) that he would have been silent regarding meelaad had it been an ibaadat and an amal of merit. Lailatul Qadr, Lailatul Baraa’ah, the Nights of the two Eids, the Day of Aashura and the Day of Arafaat are days of ibaadat and great spiritual treasures and reward. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) actively promoted these auspicious days and nights. He instructed fasting and Nafl ibaadat for these occasions. Yet, he remained completely silent about the day of his blessed birth.

Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) very silence and his abstention from hoisting his day of birth on the Ummah as a day of observance is the clearest evidence damning the bid’ah sayyiah meelaad practices which the miscreants have innovated in emulation of the Yahood and Nasaara who celebrate the birthday anniversaries of the holy personages.

All the Sahaabah, Taabi’een and Tabe Taabi’een were fully aware of Rasulullah’s day of birth and what a wondrous and blessed occasion it was for humanity. No one’s love for Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) superseded the love which the Sahaabah cherished in their hearts for Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Yet, even the bidatis for whom every day is a birthday of some Prophet, Saint, local Peer for celebration, are forced to concede that there is not even a semblance of any evidence of the Salaf-us-Saaliheen celebrating the day of Meelad. On the other hand, the two days of Eid, Lailatul Qadr, Lailatul Baraa’ah, day of Aashura, and the day of Arafaat are conspicuous in the manner they have been singled out by the Salaf-us-Saaliheen and Aimmah Mujtahideen.

If there was any goodness whatsoever in the kuffaar practice of celebrating birthdays of Ambiya or if such stupid functions had been valid expressions of love, the Sahaabah would have been the very first to have initiated mawlid/meelaad just as they had initiated and embedded in Islam Taraaweeh in the current form as well as some other practices of Ibaadat.
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Q. Jalsahs and public programmes of the Deobandi Maulanas in our time are increasingly assuming the form and style of the jalsahs and programmes of the Bareilli group. Naats, nazams, group thikr, feasting and the like are common to the gatherings of both groups. The only difference is that the Bareillis have their compulsory meelaad accompanying every function. What is happening to the Ulama of Deoband?

A. Normal decadence is setting in. The further one journeys from the source of light, the darker it becomes. Regrettably, the same fate which overtook the Bareilis, is now gradually being adopted by even our Ulama. The liberalism, bid’ah and haraam activities of the Ahl-e-Bid’ah and the modernists are settling over our learned men, our Madaaris and khaanqahs. The Janaazah of Haqq is in the process of being carted away from our Institutions which were at one time the bastions of Haqq and the Beacons of Divine Light. The very same fate which has destroyed and obliterated Jamiah Azhar of Cairo and other great Islamic institutions of learning in Arabia and Central Asia, is now gripping almost all our Deeni institutions, not only here in South Africa, but in India and Pakistan as well. The Uloom of the Deen is no longer being imparted nor pursued for the sake of Allah Ta’ala and the Aakhirah. It is being pursued for mercenary and nafsaani motives, hence today Tasawwuf means halqah thikr, khatm-e-khaajgaan, jalsahs, singing songs (nazams) and poetry. And, knowledge at the Madaaris is being pursued for name, fame, and earning a livelihood. Qiyaamah cannot be too far away.

 

Q. The Ulama of Deoband have recently initiated Seerat Jalsahs during the month of Rabiul Awwal when the Barelwis organize their meelaad celebrations. Please comment.

A. The seerat jalsahs which are nowadays being organized are haraam bid’ah acts. They are Tashabbuh bi Ahli Bid’ah (imitating the people of Bid’ah), and Israaf (waste). These newly innovated practices illustrate the Ilmi bankruptcy of the present-day molvis. Unable to neutralize the stupid arguments of the Bid’atis with knowledge, they have decided to follow the Bid’atis in their acts of corruption.

ADDENDUM – NEW BREED OF BID’ATI ‘DEOBANDIS’

Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (rahmatullah alayh) said that Bid’ah is not confined to meelaad, qiyaam, urs and similar practices in which the Ahl-e-Barelwi sect notoriously specializes. Bid’ah exists even in the ranks of our Ulama of Deoband, and this Bid’ah is on the rise. Bid’ah is proportionately incremental to the decrease of the quality of Ilm and Taqwa. Whilst the Janaazah of Taqwa has long ago departed from the ranks of the molvis who align themselves with Deoband, the Janaazah of even Zaahiri Ilm (textual/book knowledge) is on its way to the Qabrustaan.

It is precisely on account of the demise of Taqwa and Ilm, that the new brand of ‘deobandi’ molvies are groping in darkness, searching for ways out from the tunnel of darkness. Since they lack the necessary Ilm and Taqwa to combat the deluge of Bid’ah and Baatil in which the community is submerged, they are now blindly emulating the ways of the Qabar Pujaaris. It is the long-standing Bid’ah practice of the Barelwi Qabar Pujaaris (graveworshippers) to conduct a flurry of ‘seerah’ and moulood programmes specially in the month of Rabiul Awwal. Molvis aligned to Deoband are now jumping onto this Bid’ati wagon. Bereft of sound Ilm which is an imperative requisite for combating Bid’ah and Baatil, they have clambered on board the Bid’ati wagon, hence they too are now introducing the Rabiul Awwal bid’ah in their ranks.

Bid’ah is the product primarily of jahaalat (ignorance). Ignorance is zulmat (darkness), and zulmat can be dispelled with only Ilm (sound knowledge of the Deen adorned with Noor), for Ilm is Noor (spiritual Light). The Bid’ah of the Bareilwis cannot be combated and extinguished by introducing Bid’ah or by adopting their methods. The New Brand Ulama of Deoband, i.e. those who are not of the Barelwi sect and who proclaim to be followers of the Akaabir Ulama of Deoband, but who are not genuine followers of the Akaabireen, have strayed from Siraatul Mustaqeen.

The vile process of halaalization of haraam, bid’ah, fisq and fujoor is now a deep-seated disease in the molvis of our jamaat. There is no resemblance between them and the Akaabir Ulama of Deoband. There is a difference of heaven and earth between the two groups. Their self-professed alignment with the Ulama of Deoband is a deceptive canard, They befool themselves and beguile others who cherish respect and honour for the illustrious Akaabireen of Deoband.

Their ‘seerah’ jalsahs are either manifestations of their nafs craving for cheap publicity, or the effect of wayward jahaalat which is an attribute of such knowledge whose objective is the dunya. They manipulate knowledge for worldly and nafsaani motives. They are signs of Qiyaamah. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) commenting on the Signs of Qiyaamah, mentioned that “The dunya will be pursued with the amal (deed) of the Aakhirah.” In other words, under guise of ibaadat, the ‘learned’ men will seek worldly, nafsaani and monetary goals. It is not permissible to organize ‘seerah’ jalsahs in Rabiul Awwal nor is it permissible to participate in such gatherings of Bid’ah.
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Q. The latest practice which has developed by Deobandi Ulama is to conduct ‘seerah’ jalsas/programmes in the month of Rabiul Awwal. The Bareilwis also have similar programmes in Rabiul Awwal. Are these seerah jalsahs permissible in Rabiul Awwal?

A The seerah programmes which so-called Deobandis are conducting in emulation of the Bareilwis are just as bid’ah as the programmes of the Bareilwis. These pseudo Deobandis are lacking in true Ilm and Taqwa, and they crave for the limelight, hence they are following in the footsteps of the Qabar Pujaaris. Many acts of bid’ah have crept into the ranks of molvis who align themselves with Deoband in these days.

 

Q. Here in the U.K. ‘Seerah’ programmes are conducted in the month of Rabiul Awwal. After the programme, food is served. Is it permissible to attend these programmes? These function are conducted by Ulama aligned to Deoband.

A. The latest-style ‘seerah’ programmes are in emulation of the Bareilwi Bid’atis. Our people are now competing with the Bareilwi Bid’atis in their practices and rackets of Bid’ah. Do not attend functions of merrymaking – food and singing. The money wasted for food to feed people who eat thrice a day should be given to the poor. But they will not acquire this taufeeq because bid’ah blinds the hearts.

 

Q. Ulama of the Deoband School have recently introduced functions called Seerat Jalsahs. These functions are organized in the month of Rabiul Awwal. Lectures on the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), singing nazams and serving food are the salient acts of these functions. These are new developments unheard of some years ago. We know of the moulood functions which the Bid'atis organize during the month of Rabiul Awwal. Do these new functions not resemble the activities of the Bid'atis?

A. These new-fangled ‘seerat jalsahs’ are bid’ah and not permissible. They are in the same bid’ah category as the moulood functions of the Ahl-e-Bid’ah. Since the new brand of ‘deobandi’ molvies are deficient in Ilm of the Deen, and since they lack the suhbat (companionship) of true Mashaaikh of Tasawwuf, they are unable to combat baatil and bid’ah academically. Their deficiencies in Ilm and Tarbiyat have constrained them to vie with the people of baatil by adopting the methods of the Ahl-e-Bid’ah. They are astray and lead others astray. It is not permissible to participate in these ‘seerat’ functions.

 

Q. The adherents of moulood customs contend that Moulood is permissible even according to Allaamah Suyuti (rahmatullah alayh) and Haji Imdaadullah (rahmatullah alayh), the Shaikh of Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi (rahmatullah alayh him) and of other senior Ulama of Deoband. Did they also practise Moulood?

A. People of bid’ah do not think with their Aql (intelligence). They think with their emotions, hence they are unable to understand that Islam is what Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sahaabah taught. We follow the Islam which has reached us by reliable transmission from the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sahaabah. People of bid’ah wish us to follow scholars who appeared on the scene many centuries after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), while they refuse to follow the Sunnah of the Sahaabah who were the Students and Companions of the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to whom Islam was revealed.

Whilst we accept the seniority of Allaamah Suyuti (rahmatullah alayh) and Haji Imdaadullah (rahmatullah alayh), we respectfully state with emphasis that among the Proofs of the Shariah there is no such concept as ‘Allaamah Suyuti’ (rahmatullah alayh) or ‘Haji Imdaadullah’ (rahmatullah alayhim). If they erred, it does not follow that we should follow their errors. We do not follow the errors, obscurities and personal practices of the Scholars. We follow what the Shariah teaches us.

We are followers of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh), not the followers of Scholars who appeared on the scene of history seven centuries after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Islam, according to the Qur’aan, was completed and perfected during the very lifetime of the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). There never were any moulood practices during Quroon-e-Thalaathah (the first three noble eras of Islam).

The Shariah does not require us to follow Allaamah Suyuti or anyone else who had their own personal views and practices. But we are under Shar’i compulsion to follow the Sahaabah and the Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen. Those who disagree with our stance on Moulood are required to respond to our arguments on the basis of the Four Proofs of the Shariah, not with the views and practices of Ulama who came a thousand years after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). They simply have no rational explanation and no Shar’i refutation for our arguments, hence they resort to stupid emotionalism.
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Q.It is said that Haji Imdaadullah, the Shaikh of Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf All Thaanvi would practise meelaad. Why then do the Ulama of Deoband say that is meelaad bid’ah?

A. We follow the Shariah as it came to us from the Sahaabah. If any buz­rug’s action is in conflict with the Shariah, such action will be set aside and not accepted as part of the Shariah. A Buzrug’s action cannot cancel the Shariah. But the Shariah cancels the action of a Buzrug if his action is in conflict with the Shariah. Great Auliya too err sometimes. Sec­ondly, Haji Imdaadullah’s `moulood’ was not the type of haraam functions which the Ahl-e-Bid’ah have nowa­days.

 

Q. Those whom The Majlis describe as the Ahl-e Bid’ah or Qabar Pujaaris cite some Buzrugs an Ulama of the Deobandi School in support of their practices described by you as Bid’ah. In their pamphlets in support of meelaad, etc., they cite Haaji Imdaadullah and even Hadhrat Maulant Ashraf Ali Thanvi. These are accepted personalities to all the followers of Deoband. What answer does the Majlis have to the claim that even Haaji Imdaadullah participated in moulood, etc.?

A. What we publish in The Majlis is Shar’i teaching and guidance for all Muslims, not only for those who are known as Deobandis. The common basis of Daleel for all Muslims all over the world is the unanimously accepted Proofs of the Shariah, viz Kitaabullaah (Qur’aan), the Sunnah, Ijma’ one Qiyaas-e-Shar’i. Now understand well, when we state a teaching of the Shariah or when we refute a bid’ah. we do not cite as our daleel Hajee Imdaadullat (rahmatullah alayh) or Hadhrat Hakimul Ummat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (rahmatullah alayh) or any of our other illustrious seniors who are our spiritual and academic Masters —and we are their slaves.

But, in matters of Shar’i concern, we quote the Four Proofs of the Shariah. If the Bid’atis wish to refute our arguments or if they can, they should do so on a common and the accepted basis, viz., the Four Proofs of the Shariah. They should not cite such of our Akaabireen whom they believe and brand kaafirs. We are not interested in Qabar-Puja type ‘daleels’ which are all legless and baseless. The dreams, the ecstatic utterances and the miracles of the Auliya well as the errors of the Auliya do not feature among the Proofs of the Shariah.

Thus, it is plain stupidity and smacks strongly of Qabar Puja to cite as proof for the haazir-naazir (omnipresence) of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) that a certain Wali was present at thirty places at one and the same time, or that shaitaan has the power to be omnipresent in the corrupt imagination of those who relish and feast or grave-worship.

The so-called proofs of the people of baatil are utterly devoid of Shar’i substance. Their `proofs’ are emotionally charged stratagems to hoodwink ignorant people who have no understanding of the operation of the Proofs of the, Shariah. They should cite the practices and views of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), of the Sahaabah and the Taabieen as proof and basis, not Hadhrat Haji Imdaadullah (rahmatullah alayh). Although we revere Hadhrat Haaji Imdaadullah (rahmatullah alayh), he being our spiritual Grandfather and a Mujaddid in the Field of Tasawwuf, we do not believe that our great Haaji could be added as the fifth Daleel of the Shariah.
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Q. Allaamah Suyuti has written a book on Moulood. Can his views be cited in substantiation of Moulood in our day?

A. Allaamah Suyuti (rahmatullah alayh) was undoubtedly a great Aalim. Whatever he had written cannever be construed as substantiation for the haraam, bid’ah, corrupt customary moulood function in vogue in this age. We have not seen the book you have mentioned, hence at this stage we cannot comment. But be rest assured that whatever he has written, is not a basis for the permissibility of the haraam bid’ah which is perpetrated nowadays by the grave-worshippers and other deviated people. Similarity of names does not convey permissibility for an illegal/haraam custom which has neither origin nor sanction in Islam. Allaamah Suyuti’s reference to Moulood is not the customary moulood practices we know of in our day.

 

Q. It is claimed that Allaamah Suyuti said that moulood is Mustahab. Please comment.

A. Firstly, ‘mustahab’ in the context used by Allaamah Suyuti (rahmatullah alayh) does not refer to the Fiqhi classification of Istihbaab (being Mustahab). The Fiqhi class of Mustahab refers to Masnoon (Sunnat) acts – acts which existed during the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sahaabah. Allaamah Suyuti used the term in its literal sense which means nice, good, preferred. Furthermore, the ‘moulood’ he referred to does not mean the bid’ah practice which the Ahl-e-Bid’ah, Grave-Worshippers of this era practise. When evil accompanies permissible and even Mustahab acts, these acts will be prohibited by the Shariah.

 

Q. According to Imaam Suyuti, moulood is permissible. Based on his view will it not be permissible to organize moulood? He was a great scholar.

A. Regardless of the greatness of a scholar, his views will be set aside if it is in conflict with the rulings of the Shariah as stated by the Aimmah Mujtahideen and the Fuqaha in general. Every great Aalim slips and errs. Allaamah Sha’raani (rahmatullah alayh) said: “He who holds on to the obscure (and rare) views of the Ulama makes his exit from Islam.” There are some very bizarre opinions of great Ulama, which are in conflict with the Shariah. The isolated view of a scholar does not abrogate anything of the Shariah. The Shariah is what the illustrious Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen and the Fuqaha explained. An isolated view which conflicts with the Shariah shall be relegate to the realm of oblivion.

 

Q. While the Deobandis criticize Moulood gatherings, they are silent about Tabligh Jamaat Ijtimas. When Muslims gather for honouring Rasulullah, the Deobandis say that it is bid’ah and har-aam. Are these Ijtimas also not haraam and bid’ah?

A. There is a big difference between moulood gatherings and Tabligh Jamaat Ijtimas. Moulood is considered an act of ibaadat by itself. A number of haraam practices accompany moulood. Moulood is organized for itself, i.e. it is regarded as an act of Sunnah ibaadat whereas it is a blatant lie to promote it as an act of ibaadat having Sunnah significance. It has neither origin nor sanction in the Sunnah. The accompaniment of evil practices aggravates its prohibition. The customary moulood gatherings are functions of merrymaking and evil organized under false pretences and given a Deeni guise. On the other hand, Tabligh Jamaat gatherings (Ijtimas) are not claimed to be acts of ibaaadat in themselves. They are organized for reviving and teaching the original Sunnah practices. They are organized to teach the Deen. They teach the Kalimah, Salaat and other basics of Islam. Ijtimas are not organized to introduce new and baseless practices into Islam. There is also no accompaniment of haraam factors as is the case with these bid’ah functions of the Ahl-e-Bid’ah. Ijtimas are pure Ta’leem (educating) and W a’z (lecturing) sessions. They are like Madrasahs fulfilling the role of Ta’leem. From Ijtimas, groups are sent out to other centres to propagate the Sunnah. (Any institution or activity which is not treated an act of ibaadah in and of itself, but rather as a means to impart the actual Sunnah, is meritorious and necessary.) There is, therefore, no comparison between the customary moulood functions and Tabligh Jamaat Ijtimas.

 

Q. What is the meaning of eid-e-meelad?

A. There is no such eid in Islam. In Islam there are o­nly two Eids — Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adhaa. ‘Eid-e-Meelad’ is a merrymaking festival of the Qabar Pujaari (Grave-Worshipping) sect. They have many shirki acts and customs generally associated with graves. Their religion centres around grave-worship, singing, a bit of dancing, merry-making gatherings, festivals, charms, potions and the like. Bid’ah and shirk are their life-blood. O­ne of their merrymaking festivals supposedly fabricated to celebrate the birthday of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), is described by the Qabar Pujaaris as ‘eid-e-meelad’.

 

Q. What is Eid Milaad?

A. In Islam there are only two Eids: Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha. There is no third eid. ‘Eid milaad’ is a haraam bid’ah. It is a function of the Qabar Pujaari (Grave-worshipping) sect.

 

Q. According to a pamphlet issued by the group which propagates moulood, it is asserted that the day of our Nabi’s birth is a greater day and a more joyous day that Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha. Is this correct?

A. The days of joy and celebration fixed by the Shariah are only two, viz., Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha. The Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) stipulates only these two occasions as days of joy and celebration. In Islam there is no such day as Meelaadun Nabi or Eid Meelaad-un-Nabi as fabricated by the Ahl-e-Bid’ah. That the occasion of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) advent on this earth is the greatest bounty of Allah Ta’ala on mankind, there is no doubt in it. But to claim that Islam has set aside a day for celebrating this occasion is false, bid’ah and baatil. It is stupid and baseless to draw a comparison between the day of Rasulullah’s birth and the day of Eid as the Bid’atis do. While accepting the great occasion that Rasulullah’s birth is, the innovation of a baseless custom cannot be accepted. When Islam has set aside only the two Eids for joyous celebration, it is wrong, un-Islamic and utterly irresponsible to fabricate another day of festival. By so doing, the proponents of meelaad are implying the Deen was left incomplete by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) since neither Rasulullah (sallahu alayhi wasallam) instructed the observation of this new day of ‘eid’ innovated by the Bid’atis, nor did the Sahaabah observe such a day of ‘eid’.

 

Q. I am aware that Moulood is bid’ah and not permissible. If the Maulana only gives a lecture on 12th Rabiul Awwal, will it be permissible to attend?

A. Functions on 12 Rabiul Awwal are the innovation of the Qabar Pujaaris (Grave Worshippers). Since the Shariah has not fixed this date specifically for lectures, it is wrong, un- Islamic and bid’ah. The fact that there is insistence on attending the 12 Rabiul Awwal talk unsubstantiated by the Sunnah indicates its bid’ah status. If a permissible or even a Mustahab act is elevated above its Shar’i status, then such an act will be classified as bid’ah. It is therefore transgression of the prescribed limits of the Shariah to impose even a permissible practice on a reluctant person. Furthermore, in this era such talks on specific occasions and nonspecific occasions made specific, are given undue emphasis and pressure is applied on people to attend, hence it is not permissible to attend the talk on the night of 12 Rabiul Awwal.

 

Q. On occasions of moulood, the Mosque in our area is decorated with trimmings. Is this permissible?

A. It is not permissible to trim the Musjid. This is a way of the kuffaar and idol-worshippers. Trimming a Musjid is indeed despicable in terms of the Shariah. People of bid’ah usually follow the ways of the mushrikeen. May Allah save us.

 

Q. At a family walima when moulood is held and they stand up to recite their salaami, I defiantly remain seated, This has caused much ill-feeling in the family. What advice do you have for me?

A. When you know that bid’ah will be taking place at the walimah, you should not attend. There will then be no need for defiance. It is not permissible to attend a walimah or any gathering where bid’ah takes place.

 

Q. A certain Molvi preaches against Bida’t, yet attends Meelad celebrations and lectures especially on nights such as Ashurah. He argues that he delivers sermons on such occasions solely for the purpose of reforming the congregation. What is the ruling on such a Molvi?

A. We do not and will not question the sincerity of the Molvi Saheb. His intentions may be sincere, but his action is totally un-Islamic and highly erroneous. It has never been the method of the great eliminators of bida’h. viz., the Ulama-e Haqq, to participate in the Haraam activities of the wrong-doers. Indulgence in Haraam and evil can never produce the Haqq. Participation in Bida’h will not secure the reformation of the congregation. All those illustrious Sons of Islam, the Ulama-e-Haqq, who were and are responsible for the safeguarding of the Divine Shariah never united with the people of baatil on the common platform of baatil. A similar question was posed by a certain Molvi Saheb to Hadhrat Masihullah Khan, one of the senior Khalifah of Hakimul Ummat Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf All Thanvi (RA.) and Hadhrat Masihullah Saheb replied: ‘When you have soiled yourself in their bida’h, how can you then claim that you have made tableegh?’ The methods of acquiesence adopted by some learned people will not pay dividends for the Haqq. It has been witnessed that these very same ‘reformers’ of the congregations finally succumbed to the wrong and bida’h of the ignorant masses. Years of association and participation with bida’h have watered down their stand againt baatil, hence they present all forms of arguments and reasonings which were never entertained by the Ulama-e-Haqq, neither of former times nor of our times.

 

Q. A group in our town has organized a function which is described Meeladun Nabi, Giyaarwin Shareef and Khatm. The program lists the following agenda for the function: * Supper for ladies and men. * Khatm and Salaami in the Musjid. * A top group of qawwali singers. * Refreshments for all at a party in the hall. Please comment.

A. This is a typical ceremony of frivolity of the Qabar Pujaari sect. The bid’atis perpetrate their baneful actsand customs under cover of Islam. Their frivolous cere­monies and functions are loaded with haraam and evil acts. The whole set-up as portrayed in the program is haraam in Islam. Furthermore, a mockery of the Qur­aan Majeed is made by having a Khatm at such an immoral function as outlined in the program. Intermin­gling of sexes, music and qawwaali music are all haraam acts. The haraam and the waste perpetrated at the func­tions of the Qabar Pujaaris have absolutely no relation­ship with Islam. The Qabar Pujaaris are simply sett­ing up the Khatmul Quraan and Meeladun Nabi as cover for the perpetration of their vile acts of haraam. It is because of the preponderance of evil and haraam that the Ulama-e-Haqq have proclaimed the functions of the bid’atis as unlawful. But, when the Ulama discharge their duty and guide the people to the truth, the Qabar Pujaaris trumpet that the Deobandis declare recitation of the Quraan Shareef and reciting praises of our Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) as haraam. But, intelligent people will not be misled by the deception of the grave-worshippers who utilize the Deen for the sake of monet­ary gain. We do not say that Khatmul Qur’aan is wrong. We do not say that reciting the praises of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is wrong. But, the manner and the evil way accompanied by haraam acts, in which the Qabar Pujaaris arrange their functions are undoub­tedly haraam, and so shall we always proclaim irrespec­tive of the woes and laments of the grave-worshippers. All functions of Meelad, Khatm and Agyaarwi arranged by the bid’atis are unlawful in Islam.

 

Q. Shaikh Habib Umar is in South Africa. He is an Arab and says that he is from the family of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). But he promotes the Barelvi school of bid’ah, etc. Please comment.

A. A member of the august and noble Family of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is supposed to be doubly diligent in observance of the Sunnah and upholding the Haqq of the Shariah. Being a member of the Noble Family of Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) will not avail him if he grovels in Bid’ah and propagates Bid’ah. He may be from the Noble Family, but he has set himself up in opposition to the Sunnah and Ta’leem of his noble and glorious Father, Muhammadur Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) told his beloved daughter, the Queen of womankind and the Leader of Women in Jannat, Hadhrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu anha) that she should take care of herself, for he does not know what will happen on the Day of Qiyaamah. It will be a Day when it will be every man for himself. No one will be able to intercede on behalf of anyone without Allah’s Permission. Barelwis are Qabar Pujaaris (Grave-Worshippers). Bid’atis are described in the Hadith as Kilaabun Naar –the Dogs of the Fire. It is lamentable and despicable for this Shaikh to promote the grave-worshippers despite being from the Honourable Family of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) whose fundamental Message was Tauheed and the destruction of shirk. 

 

Q. Another sheikh who frequents Cape Town is Shaikh Ninowy who also claims to be from the Family of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). He says that Shiahs are Muslims, and sometimes criticizes Hadhrat Ameer Muawiyah (radhiyallahu anhu). He promotes Bid’ah such as moulood, etc.

A. South Africa has become a fertile ground for the Bid’atis, Shiahs, Salafis, Fussaaq and Fujjaar aimmah mudhilleen. The country is becoming the capital ofdhalaal, bid’ah, fisq and fujoor, all promoted by foreign imposter ‘scholars’ who come here for the boodle, name and fame. Their success here is due to the ignorance of the masses, the co-operation of the ulama-e-soo’ and the silence of the “Dumb Devil” molvis who have welded their lips despite understanding the baatil of the followers of Iblees who masquerade as Ulama and Mashaaikh.

The Ninowy character is another mudhil who moves around with his rock ‘n roll troupe of mawlid performers. We have just now released our booklet in refutation of these haraam, bid’ah moulood / meelaad / mawlid shenanigan performances. Perhaps in the near future, they will add more colour and flamboyance to their vociferous mawlid parties by inviting the Coons of Cape Town to strike up their guitars and banjos when the mawlid songs are being disgorged. The mawlid gang has yet to pull out more garish stops for gyrating and tripudiating

May Allah Ta’ala save the Ummah from the snares of the aimmah mudhilleen who are all agents of Iblees. Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) said that the demolition of Islam is brought about by the “slipping” ulama. Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mubaarak (rahmatullah alayh) said that two groups of villains have damaged Islam the most: The evil kings and the evil ulama.
Close Answer

 

Q. The upholders of moulood cite certain ahadith in which it is mentioned that the Sahaabah encouraged moulood. Please explain.

A. The narrations purporting to support the customary moulood functions are all fabrications.

 

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