The Balanced Way Regarding the Mawlid; Without Exaggeration

Figure 1A: Imam Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan Al-Bouti. Here he is speaking on the Mawlid, looking composed, disciplined and reverent. This should be the same posture that any other believer adopts when speaking on the matter.

Figure 1A: Imam Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan Al-Bouti. Here he is speaking on the Mawlid, looking composed, disciplined and reverent. This should be the same posture that any other believer adopts when speaking on the matter.

If one were to speak on the birth of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and its’ significance, what would be the speaker look like? Would he be composed and disciplined or otherwise?

The following is a presentation on the topic of the mawlid by one, Shaikh Muhammad As-Sayyid Al-Azhari – currently a senior faqih at one of the verandas of Al-Azhar – in which he explains the history of the practice of the Mawlid, the basis in evidence for it and then also the balanced understanding of the matter.

This understanding is between the extreme of declaring it compulsory or one of the precursors of iman (in addition to to the folkloric displays of syncretism that are stomach churning) and accusing those of commemorating it of major sin or at the most idolatry.

The end result that the Shaikh gives us is an admonition to return to the original basis of what the mawlid was originally understood to mean by the scholars that practiced it. It is our hope that viewers will benefit from this and in turn pull themselves back from the exaggeration that I had discussed in the previous article.

Until next time.

 

Al-Hajj Abu Ja`far Al-Hanbali

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