Permissibility of celebrating Milad from Quran and Hadith

All Praises is due to Almighty Allah, Peace and Blessings be upon the most perfect of creations, His Beloved Habib, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) and his Noble Family and the Illustrious Sahaba and all the pious servants of Almighty Allah!!

In the present era, we are suffering from sects and so-called scholars who baselessly impose verdicts of Shirk and Bid’ah on those who celebrate Mawlid an-Nabi (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) with great enthusiasm and integrity and due to which the gullible and simple people, who are less in knowledge of Quran and Hadith get nervous whether they are following the right path or not.

Here are ample proofs from Qur"an al-Kareem and Ahadith of Beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) which shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Celebrating Milad-un-Nabi Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) is absolutely lawful and commendable.

..:: The Holy Qur’an Says ::..
قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا أَنزِلْ عَلَيْنَا مَآئِدَةً مِّنَ السَّمَاءِ تَكُونُ لَنَا عِيداً لأَوَّلِنَا وَآخِرِنَا وَآيَةً مِّنكَ وَارْزُقْنَا وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَّازِقِينَ
Eisa, the son of Maryam, said, “O Allah, O our Lord! Send down to us a table spread from heaven, so that it may become a day of celebration for us – for our former and latter people - and a sign from You; and give us sustenance - and You are the Best Provider Of Sustenance.” [Surah Al-Ma’idah, Verse 114]

The day when food is sent from skies is day of rejoicing (EID); then the day when soul of universe (Peace be with him) was born must be the delight for the day of rejoicing.

Look what Allah has said:
وَأَمَّا بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ فَحَدِّثْ
And abundantly proclaim the favours of your Lord. [Surah Al-Duha, Verse 11]

Allah Himself commemorating Milad in Holy Qar’an as we do in our gatherings, Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَى وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَكَفَى بِاللهِ شَهِيدًا
It is He Who has sent His Noble Messenger with the guidance and the true religion, in order to make it prevail over all other religions; and Allah is sufficient as a Witness. [Surah Al-Fatha, Verse 28]

وَإِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللهِ إِلَيْكُم مُّصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُولٍ يَأْتِي مِن بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُم بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ قَالُوا هَذَا سِحْرٌ مُّبِينٌ
And remember when Eisa the son of Maryam said, “O Descendants of Israel! Indeed I am Allah’s Noble Messenger towards you, confirming the Book Torah which was before me, and heralding glad tidings of the Noble Messenger who will come after me – his name is Ahmed (the Praised One)”; so when Ahmed came to them with clear proofs, they said, “This is an obvious magic.” [Surah As-Saf, Verse 6]

لَقَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُم بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَؤُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Indeed there has come to you a Noble Messenger from among you - your falling into hardship aggrieves him, most concerned for your well being, for the Muslims most compassionate, most merciful. [Surah Tauba, Verse 128]

لَقَدْ مَنَّ اللهُ عَلَى الْمُؤمِنِينَ إِذْ بَعَثَ فِيهِمْ رَسُولاً مِّنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ يَتْلُواْ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِهِ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُواْ مِن قَبْلُ لَفِي ضَلالٍ مُّبِينٍ
Allah has indeed bestowed a great favour upon the Muslims, in that He sent to them a Noble Messenger (Prophet Mohammed - Shaban) from among them, who recites to them His verses, and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and wisdom; and before it, they were definitely in open error. [Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 164]

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاءٌ لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۔۔۔ قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُواْ هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ
O mankind! The advice has come to you from your Lord and a cure for the hearts - and guidance and mercy for believers. Say, “Upon Allah’s munificence and upon His mercy - upon these should the people rejoice”; that is better than all their wealth and possessions. [Surah Al-Yunus, Verse 57/58]

And this is what we do, we celebrate; we rejoice; we do spend our money to show gratitude to Allah Almighty on his greatest mercy and Blessing i.e. celebrations of Milad-un-Nabi (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) because Qur’an Says:
وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ
And We did not send you (O dear Prophet Mohammed - Shaban) except as a mercy for the entire world. [Surah Al-Anbiya, Verse 107]

..:: See in the light of Ahadith ::..
Let us have the opinions of Prophet (Peace be with him) who himself celebrated his Birthday. See Muslim Sharif:
عَنْ أَبِى قَتَادَةَ الأَنْصَارِىِّ رضى الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- سُئِلَ عَنْ صَوْمِ الاِثْنَيْنِ فَقَالَ « فِيهِ وُلِدْتُ وَفِيهِ أُنْزِلَ عَلَىَّ
Abi Qatada Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah"s Messenger (may Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) was asked about fasting on Monday, whereupon he said: It is (the day) when I was born and revelation was sent down to me.

1. Sahih Muslim, Book of Fasting, Vol. 7, Page 323, Hadith 2807
2. Musannaf Abd ar-Razzaq, Vol. 4, Page 296, Hadith 7865
3. Sunan Abi Dawood, Vol. 7, Page 255, Hadith 2428
4. Musnad Ahmad, Vol. 49, Page 195, Hadith 23200
5. Sunan al-Kubra lil Bayhaqi, Vol. 4, Page 286
6. Usd ul-Gaabba fi Ma’arfat as-Sahaba, Vol. 1, Page 21-22, published in Lahore 1987

When beloved Prophet (Shaban) is commemorating his birthday not yearly but every Monday then how can it be labelled as Shirk or Bid’ah? Is it not a Sunnah of the Beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him)?
Beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) himself commemorated about his birth in numerous Ahadith. Few of them are presented below.
ورأت أمي حين حملت بى أنه خرج منها نور أضاء له قصور بصرى من أرض الشام
Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) said: “When my mother gave birth to me she saw a light proceeding from her which showed her the castles of Syria”

1. Ibn Hisham; Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Vol. 4, Page 360
2. Bayhaqi, Dala’il an-Nubuwwah, Vol. 1, Page 110
3. Haythami, Zawa’i, Vol. 8, Page 221
4. Ibn al-Jawzi ‘al-Wafa’
5. Qadi Iyad, ‘al-Shifa’
6. Musnad Ahmad Vol. 4, Page 127
أول ما خلق الله تعالى نوري
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) has stated, "The very first thing which Almighty Allah created was my Noor."

1. Tafseer Nashyapuri, Page 55, Vol. 8
2. Tafseer Araa"is ul Bayaan, Page 238, Vol. 1
3. Tafseer Roohul Bayaan, Page 548, Vol. 1
4. Zirkaani ala al-Mawahib, Page 37, Vol. 1
5. Madarij an-Nabuwwah, Page 6, Vol. 2
6. Bayaan al-Miladun Nabi li Ibn Jauzi, Page 24

Sharih al-Bukhari Imam Ahmad Qastalani states in his most distinguished work "Mawahib al-Ladunniyyah" that narration has been made by Hadrat Imam Zaynul Abedeen who narrates from His father Hadrat Imam Husain who narrates from His father Hadrat Ali Mushkil Kusha that the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) has stated,
كنت نورا بين يدى ربى قبل خلق آدم باربعة عشر ألف عام

“I was a Noor (Light) by my creator 14000 years before the creation of Hadrat Adam (Alaihis Salaam)"
1. Muwahib al-Laduniyah, Page 10, Vol. 1
2. Zirkani ala al-Mawahib, Page 49, Vol. 1
3. Anwaar al-Muhammadiya, Page 9
4. Tafseer Rooh al-Bayan, Page 370, Vol. 2
5. Hujjatullahi Ala al-Alameen

Pupil of Imam Malik and the teacher of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal and Hafizul Hadith Abdul Razzak Abu Bakr Bin Hamman, the teacher of the teachers of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim, in his Book "Musannaf", has narrated from Hadrat Jabir bin Abdullah Ansari and his son, that he asked the Holy Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him)

روى عبد الرزاق -فيما قيل- عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال: "قلت: يا رسول الله بأبي أنت وأمّي أخبرني عن أول شىء خلقه الله تعالى قبل الأشياء؟ قال: يا جابر إن الله تعالى خلق قبل الأشياء نور نبيّك من نوره فجعل ذلك النور يدور بالقدرة حيث شاء الله ولم يكن في ذلك الوقت لوح ولا قلم ولا جنّة ولا نار ولا ملك ولا سماء ولا أرض ولا شمس ولا قمر ولا جني ولا إنسي، فلما أراد الله أن يخلق الخلق قسّم ذلك النور أربعة أجزاء فخلق من الجزء الأول القلم، ومن الثاني اللوح، ومن الثالث العرش، ثم قسم الجزء الرابع أربعة أجزاء فخلق من الجزء الأول حملة العرش، ومن الثاني الكرسي، ومن الثالث باقي الملائكة، ثم قسّم الرابع أربعة أجزاء فخلق من الأول السموات، ومن الثاني الأرضين، ومن الثالث الجنّة والنار، ثم قسم الرابع أربعة أجزاء فخلق من الأول نور أبصار المؤمنين، ومن الثاني نور قلوبهم وهي المعرفة بالله، ومن الثالث نور أنسهم وهو التوحيد لا إله إلا الله محمّد رسول الله...."
O Prophet of Allah! My parents be sacrificed upon you, what did the Almighty Allah first create?" The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) replied: "Allah first created my Noor (Light) of His Noor. This Noor traveled about according to the Will of Allah. At that time, there was no Heaven, Hell, Lawh (Divine Tablet), Pen, Earth, Skies, Sun, Moon, Jinn or Human Beings. When He decided to create, He divided that Noor into four parts. From one part He created the Pen, from the second, the Lawh and from the third, he made the Arsh (Throne). He divided the fourth part into a further four parts. From one, He created those Angels who carry the Arsh, from the second, the Kursi (Divine Chair) and from the third, He created the Angels. He again divided the remaining parts into a further four parts. From one, He created the skies. The second was used in creating the planets. From the third, Heaven and Earth were created. Once again, He divided the fourth part into a further four parts. From one part He created the power with which the believers see. From the second, He created in the hearts of the Believers the Noor of Marifat. From the third, He created Noor in the tongues of the Believers, so that they can read the Kalima of Tawheed.

1. Muwahib al-Ladunniyah,Vol.1, Page 9
2. Zarqani ala al-Mawahib, Vol. 1, Page 46
3. Seerate al-Halabia, Vol. 1, Page 37
4. Mataali al-Masarraat Sharah Dalail Khayrat, Page 610
5. Afdal al-Qura by Imam Ibn Hajr Makki
6. Hujatullahu ala al-Alameen, Page 68
7. Anwaar al-Muhammadiya, Page 9
8. Aqidat ash-Shuhada, Page 100
9. Fatawa Hadithia, Page 51
10. Dalaa"il an-Nubuwwah By Imam Baihaqi
11. Khamees by Allama Dayar Bakri
12. Madarij an-Nabuwwat by Skaykh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlvi

Abu Lahab was an uncle to the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him). The event, which Imaam Qastalaani has referred to, is this. When a maid of Abu Lahab (Abdul "Uzza) named Thuwaibah informed him of a son being born to his brother Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him), he (Abu Lahab) was so delighted at herring this that he pointed his finger to her in a manner which signified her emancipation for carrying the good news to him But when the holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) declared his Prophet hood, he (Abu Lahab) did not accept him as a Prophet but became a most severe enemy to him and remained so all his life. In condemnation of him a whole Surah of the Holy Qur’an descended.
لَمَّا مَاتَ أَبُو لَهَب رَأَيْته فِي مَنَامِي بَعْد حَوْل فِي شَرّ حَال فَقَالَ : مَا لَقِيت بَعْدكُمْ رَاحَة ، إِلَّا أَنَّ الْعَذَاب يُخَفَّف عَنِّي كُلّ يَوْم اِثْنَيْنِ ، قَالَ : وَذَلِكَ أَنَّ النَّبِيّ صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وُلِدَ يَوْم الِاثْنَيْنِ ، وَكَانَتْ ثُوَيْبَة بَشَّرَتْ أَبَا لَهَب بِمَوْلِدِهِ فَأَعْتَقَهَا
After his death, people of Abu Lahab"s household saw him in a dream, and asked him how he had fared. To this, Abu Lahab said that after departing from them he did not meet with any good but was being given water every Monday from the finger with which he had indicated the emancipation of Thuwaibah, and this water lessened his torment.

1. Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, Page 153, Hadith 5101, Kitaabun Nikah, Publisher: Darul Fikr – Beirut.
2. Fathul Baari Sharha Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 9, Page 118 by Imam Ibn Hajr Asqalani
3. Musannaf of Imam Abdur Razzaq San"ani, Vol. 9, Page 9, Hadith 16661
4. Umdatul Qari Sharha Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 14, Page 44, Hadith 5101 by Allamah Badruddin Ayni

Allama Muhammad Bin Alawai al-Maliki have stated in his work, Houl al-Ihtifal bi Zikri Mawlid an-Nabawi Ash-Sharif:
Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) after announcing his prophet hood, did his Aqeeqa, not only this, he also stood on his mim’ber sharif (pulpit) and recited his Shajrah (Ancestral Tree), commemorated the birth of Hadrat Adam and Status of Hadrat Ibrahim, Hadrat Esa, Hadrat Moosa Alaihimus Salam. He ordered few of his companions to recite his praise; Many of the Companions offered poems in the prominence and praise of Syyiduna Rasoolullah, He was delighted hearing this and prayed for his companions. [Houl al-ih’tifal bi Zikri Mawlid an-Nabawi Ash-Sharif, Published in Lahore 1987]

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