As the day of Mawlid is coming closer the war of words between Islamic scholars is getting heated up, my Facebook newsfeed is flooded with only two types of Posts, One saying celebrating the birth of Prophet is wrong and others justifying it. There are arguments and reasoning from both sides but they are going up to the level of calling each other sinner and many more things and it all breaks my heart to see our Leaders fighting over the birth of their Beloved Prophet. I think the people who chose their sides are still happy in their minds and calling each other with due names but people like me who are weighing arguments from both sides are just left confused and still without a side.
Arguments put up against the celebration:
- The day of birth is unknown and it is the day of his ‘wafaat’(death) so celebrating this day, doesn’t make any sense!
- It is an innovation which is termed ‘bidaah’ and is not allowed in Islam.Anyone doing it is a sinner.
- Celebrating birthdays is a pagan tradition, and is not allowed.
- Prophet never celebrated his own birthday.
Arguments in favour of the celebration:
- It is blessed day as our prophet set his foot on earth and he was sent as Mercy and blessing for entire mankind.
- If being a Muslim you will not celebrate the birth of your prophet, what will you celebrate then?
- Not happy on the day when your prophet was born on whose Ummah we all belong, which day you will choose to be happy then?
- In light of Quran the news of arrival of every prophet was referred as good news to the people.
So what should I do, be happy or be sad? Or just let it go like any other day? I sat there juxtaposed. Will my Allah punish his people for celebrating the birth of his last and final messenger, without testifying on whose name along with Allah you cannot even be a Muslim? How can Muslims use such harsh words for their own brothers? The thoughts were becoming too much on my head.
I asked my husband, he was at peace, not disturbed with all these things, he said ‘There are always difference of opinion among people, I would do what my prophet was doing on his birthday”.
“So what was he doing” my quick question.
“He was fasting”, he replied.
To be clear on this, our prophet was fasting on Mondays and Thursdays because of Sunnah so even if his birthday was falling on Monday or Thursday, he continued his fasts and since this time it is on Thursday my husband is planning to fast like he always do these two days.
Things started to become easy, I can do the same. What is fasting in general ? for me it is a state of purification and getting nearness to your Lord and the doors of mercy are opened upon you. I can fast on this day and pray for peace in our lives and for the peace in the world and thank Allah for sending our prophet ,Muhammad ( peace be upon him) to us .
So that would be my celebration or non-celebration still finding words to express it. My post was to highlight the point that do we need such a big debate on this? Muslims around the world can have difference in opinions regarding it, we can agree with or disagree with, but at the end all our actions will be judged by Allah swt and He knows best, let us not state judgement on our brothers and pray for the true guidance.