Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) - 12 Rabi ul Awwal - 2023
The celebration of “Eid Milad un Nabi”, also known as the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, will take place on September 29th, 2023. This occasion is observed annually during the Islamic month of Rabi Ul Awal, specifically on the twelfth day of the month. In this month the Prophet was both born and passed away.
However, there are two different opinions about this among Muslims of Indopak. Some people celebrate Eid Milad-ul-Nabi while other types of people do not celebrate Eid Milad-ul-Nabi. Although both of them consider the Prophet (PBUH) as the Prophet of Allah.
When it comes to celebrating Eid Milad-ul-Nabi, three questions often arise in the minds of people.
- Firstly, is it permissible to celebrate birthdays according to Islamic beliefs?
- Secondly, did Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ever celebrate Eid Milad ul Nabi?
- The last one, is it a third Eid in Islam?
In The Book of Hadith:
Abu Qatada al-Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was asked about his fasting. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) felt annoyed...
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was asked about his fasting.
He was then asked about fasting on Monday, whereupon he said: It was the day on which I was born. on which I was commissioned with prophethood or revelation was sent to me, Sahih Muslim 1162b
It shows that if the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had celebrated this day, he would never have fasted. The purpose of fasting is not to celebrate on this day.
From the information provided earlier, it is evident that fasting on Mondays is recommended for those who wish to emulate the Prophet's example. However, it's important to note that there isn't a specific hadith that directly addresses fasting on the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal. Remember, Inventing something new in the religion of Islam is called innovation. May Allah guide us.
In the Hadith About Two Eids
TWO Eids are celebrated by Muslims every year, which distinguishes them from others. All Mufti agreed on it.
And regarding Eid, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has narrated some hadiths which are as follows:
Narrated Anas ibn Malik:When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came to Medina, the people had two days on which they engaged in games.
He asked: What are these two days (what is the significance)? They said: We used to engage ourselves on them in the pre-Islamic period.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Allah has substituted for them something better than them, the day of sacrifice and the day of the breaking of the fast.
Grade: Sahih (Al-Albani)
Sunan Abi Dawud 1134
The Quran does not mention anything about celebrating Mawlid al-Nabi, which is the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The Prophet himself did not celebrate his birthday, nor did he instruct anyone else to do so, whether during his lifetime or after his passing.
According to Islamic Scholars and Mufti:
In their video lectures, Dr. Israr Ahmed and Mufti Tariq Masood clearly stated that celebrating 'Eid Milad-ul-Nabi' is equivalent to introducing innovation in Islam and should not be practiced.
Mufti Menk and Dr. Zakir Naik give many lectures not to celebrate birthdays. May Allah guide us.
We ask Allah to protect us from bid’ah and bless us by helping us follow. Allah knows best. May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad.
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