Can we celebrate the prophet’s birthday?

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving

 

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

 

At this time every year this issue comes to the forefront of Muslims’ discussion. Debates and arguments have been provided by both the proponents and opponents of this celebration in support of their positions.

 

However, the ultimate reference for a Muslim is the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

 

There is nothing in the Sunnah that exhorts Muslims to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday (which we do not know for sure).

 

If there were, the Companions of the Prophet would be the first to do it.

 

There is no single report that they ever gathered on a specific day to commemorate or celebrate his birthday.

 

They did not even care for recording this day for the following generations and this gave reason for such disagreement among historians in this regard. The absence of such celebration could be traced up to the times of the founders of the famous four schools of fiqh.

 

Such celebration arose in later generations and then a number of scholars attempted to find justifications for it

 

The real love for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is to follow his guidance and abide by his Sunnah.

 

The Companions of the Prophet realized this fact and therefore they were the best generation ever brought up for humankind and Islam at their times was at the zenith of its glory.

 

We need always to recall the prophetic statement “He who innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e., Islam) that does not belong to it will have it rejected.”

 

Almighty Allah knows best.

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