Commemoration of the Mawlid

Figure 1A: The Mawlid being done in Syria

Figure 1A: The Mawlid being done in Syria

A question was put to the marja`:

There has come to my attention a booklet by the esteemed shaykh[1] Ibn Baz around the following issues of the celebration of the Mawlid of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, the 15th of Sha`ban or the beginning of Muharram, which is the first month of the Hijrah calendar of the Muslims.

This man stated that all of that all of these things are innovations. So what is your ruling on these matters and what do you say?


The marja`, Imam Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan al-Bouti, may Allah have mercy upon him, gave the following reply:

Celebration of the noble birth of the Prophet is a gathering that has a religious basis bearing a great benefit, as long as it is devoid of any blameworthy practices. The legitimacy of this matter can be compared to the legitimacy of the celebration by the Saudi government of 100 years of existence since the death of Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhab.

If the celebration of the birth of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is an innovation that is impermissible, then the celebration of Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhab and mentioning him – which was commemorated a number of years ago – is a blameworthy innovation to a greater degree.

Taken from the meeraath website.


4 responses to “Commemoration of the Mawlid

    • Thank you very much for the query, however I believe that you may have failed to understand exactly what the Imam pointed out in this matter. The Imam stated that the mawlid has a “religious basis bearing a great benefit, as long as it is devoid of any blameworthy practices.”

      The comparison between this and Saudi Arabian Independence Day and Muhammad Ibn `Abdul Wahhab week is that they both occur annually.
      (You are making reference to the conference but this is the opposite of what the marja` said and also shows a lack of understanding that these celebrations happen in the Kingdom alongside Independence Day in classrooms across the various provinces)

      You have stated that one of the Salafi ideologues answered by saying that this conference and other things happened “under the supervision of the Islamic University of Imam Muhammad bin Sa`ud in Riyadh, it consisted of a number of researches regarding the dawah of shaykh Muhammad bin Abdel Wahhab,

      in terms of its emergence and its affects, and the doubts created surrounding it with its refutation. In addition to that, the works of shaykh Muhammad bin Abdel Wahhab were printed after compiling and organizing it.”

      On the Mawlids that are done in the Arab world and places such as Indonesia and Malaysia, books are often read from, discussions had and also false ideas corrected regarding his life story and so forth.

      Also remember that according to the above quote, those researches gathered at the conference were not just reading Qur’an and Sunnah in their gatherings. They are spending time on the issue of Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhab and his life, which is an innovation of blameworthy form if looked at in the same way as the Mawlid.

      The conference of Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhab week still occurs on the Independence Day as well as the fact that the same things that are done for the real Muhammad, i.e. the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, are done for the other Muhammad.

      The Salafi ideologue – according to yourself – went on to say that, “The difference between that conference and the celebration of the Prophetic Mawlid is obvious, as the week of shaykh Muhammad bin Abdel Wahhab was not an act of worship itself, what was meant by it is to inform about this dawah and to do justice to its reviver;
      also, the week of the shaykh does not reoccur or return as is the case with the ones who celebrate the Prophetic Mawlid, tending it every year; while this week was held about a quarter century ago, and has ended.”

      In addition to this, he said – rather amazingly – in “refutation of the Imam’s point,”

      “The difference between them -according to our knowledge- is from two sides:

      The first is: the week of shaikh Muhammad bin Abdel Wahhab -Rahimahullah Ta’ala- was not done as a means to get closer to Allah -Azza wa Jal-, it is only meant for removing doubts that are in the hearts of some people towards this man, and to show what Allah has blessed the Muslims through this man.

      The second is: the week of shaikh Muhammad bin Abdel Wahhab -Rahimahullah- does not reoccur and return (every year) as is the case with ‘Eids; it is something that has been clarified to the people, things were written in it, and the truth regarding this man, that was not known before, was shown to many people, then it ended.”

      If the above quote is correct, then this would mean that the people celebrating the Saudi Kingdom and Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhab week (not the conference) in which “Allah has blessed the Muslims through this man,” do not intend any reward from Allah for doing so and do not want Allah to reward them for it. Then why are they commemorating it and going to such lengths “to clear doubts?”

      Clearing doubts, showing blessings to the Ummah and similar acts belong to the principle of enjoining the right and forbidding the right, which is an act of worship and gaining nearness to Allah. The above point is thus fatuous and the Imam’s statement stands: both Mawlid and Saud Kingdom Day (along with its’ Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhab commemorations done throughout the Kingom) are similar actions done and are gatherings.

      If the Mawlids that are practiced in the Arab world are innovation and blameworthy, then the Saudi Dynasty celebrations are just as wrong and more so as Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhab and his successors are neither prophets nor from the first three generations and there has never been any agreement among the scholars to agree to disagree about it

      (there are two wide camps of scholars regarding the Mawlid and they have their arguments. They have disagreed about it up until today. The fact that this agreement has been without any Consensus is in itself evidence that the ruling of impermissibility can be used;

      but in the case of Arab nationalism and celebrating modern nation states, no scholars disagree that this is not from the religion of the Muslims – so please feel free to look this up when you have an opportunity).

      Keeping this in mind, please also note that nationalism and the cult of personality have more right to be condemned, which is the apex of Salafiyyah as Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhab’s understanding is put above that of any other one.

      Please look carefully at the Imam’s ruling again and act responsibly so that you understand the words of a marja` in their proper context. Thank you for your message and may Allah help you in your quest to learn more about Islam.

      • Salaam ‘aleikum Shaykh. The Saudis have a Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab WEEK in the kingdom every year. They give this dajjal a week, but won’t give the Best of Creation a day!

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