Celebrating Prophet Muhammad’s Birth: Two Extremes

In this Khutbah, Dr. Jasser Auda discusses the issue of celebrating Prophet Muhammad’s birth (peace and blessings be upon him).

He approaches the question by tackling two innovations (Bid`ahs) that people fall in when dealing with the occasion.

Two unacceptable innovations

On one hand, some wage a war on those who celebrate the occasion and forget such evils as monopoly and ignorance. They keep silent while Muslims suffer oppression everywhere.

On the other hand, some sing, read poems and dance in order to “drug” Muslims and not make them aware of their sad reality and their duty to change it.

Celebrating Prophet Muhammad’s Birth Properly

Dr. Auda argues that to celebrate Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) appropriately, without falling in a Bid`ah, is achieved through celebrating his example and following into his footsteps

*This video is of Friday Khutbah addressed in Dec. 2016.


About Dr. Jasser Auda
Jasser Auda is a Professor and Al-Shatibi Chair of Maqasid Studies at the International Peace College South Africa, the Executive Director of the Maqasid Institute, a global think tank based in London, and a Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at Carleton University in Canada. He is a Founding and Board Member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, Fellow of the Islamic Fiqh Academy of India, and General Secretary of Yaqazat Feker, a popular youth organization in Egypt. He has a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from University of Wales in the UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from University of Waterloo in Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Quran and studied Fiqh, Usul and Hadith in the halaqas of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. He previously worked as: Founding Director of the Maqasid Center in the Philosophy of Islamic Law in London; Founding Deputy Director of the Center for Islamic Ethics in Doha; professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Alexandria University in Egypt, Islamic University of Novi Pazar in Sanjaq, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, and the American University of Sharjah. He lectured and trained on Islam, its law, spirituality and ethics in dozens of other universities and organizations around the world. He wrote 25 books in Arabic and English, some of which were translated to 25 languages.