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What is Al-Mawlid?

Al-Mawlid (Prophet Muhammad’s birth) is an event among the innovations of guidance that is commemorated by Muslims all over the world who join together to do rewardable deeds such as recitation of the Holy Qur’an, chanting Islamic praises, telling the story of Prophet Muhammad, teaching religious knowledge, slaughtering animals to feed to the poor and a gathering to thank and praise Allah and ask Him to exalt the honor of Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam.

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Who initiated the practice of Al-Mawlid?

The honorable, knowledgeable, and righteous ruler al-Mudhaffar, the king of Irbil, initiated this practice about 900 years ago. Muslim scholars praised him including the two Egyptian hafiths: Ibn Hajar al-^Aqalaniyy and Jalal ud-Din as-Suyutiyy. The famous scholar of hadith, Abul-Khattab Ibn Dihyah, wrote a book for the king, to be read especially during this celebration. All renowned Muslim scholars praised this innovated practice.

mawlid 02Relics of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)
and the Authentic Chain of the Prophet’s Hair

What is the proof for the innovation of guidance?

Religiously, an innovation is of two types; an innovation of guidance and an innovation of misguidance. Suratul-Hadid, Ayah 27 reports about the true followers of ^Isa [Jesus]:

وَرَهْبَانِيَّةً ابْتَدَعُوهَا مَا كَتَبْنَاهَا عَلَيْهِمْ إِلَّا ابْتِغَاءَ رِضْوَانِ اللَّهِ

Which means: “The state of abstinence from worldly pleasure and dedication to worship (rahbaniyah) which they innovated for themselves, Allah did not ordain upon them. They embraced it only to seek reward from their Lord.” Allah praised the actions of these Muslim followers of Jesus for detaching themselves from the pleasures they were not forbidden; only in quest of reward from Allah.

The Prophet peace be upon him said in the hadith:

من سنّ في الإسلام سنّةً حسنة فله أجرها وأجر من عمل بها بعده من غير أن ينقص من أجورهم شىء

The hadith related by Imam Muslim from the route of Jarir Ibn ^Abdillah which means: “He who innovates a good innovation in Islam has its reward and the reward of those who practice it until the Day of Judgment”. The companions and those who followed them introduced many innovations into Islam. The Muslim nation received these innovations with acceptance. Such innovations include having mihrab indicating the direction of prayer, a second call for the Friday prayer and the commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

mawlid 03The Latest Multicultural Mawlid Concert - Sydney Australia

 

Lectures about Al-Mawlid and The Permissible Innovations in Islam

Permissibility of Commemorating Al-Mawlid Part 1 - Sheikh Ibrahim El-Shafie
A detailed lesson conducted by his eminence Sheikh Ibrahim El-Shafie on the topic of innovations in the religion of Islam and celebrating Al-Mawlid (The Prophet's Birth). The Sheikh gives a number of proofs from the Qur'an, the Hadith and the sayings of the scholars of Islam that there are good innovations in Islam and shows the validity and permissibility of one celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

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Permissibility of Commemorating Al-Mawlid Part 2 - Sheikh Ibrahim El-Shafie
A continuation on the topic of Al-Mawlid and Innovations in the religion of Islam conducted by his eminence Sheikh Ibrahim El-Shafie on the topic of innovations in the religion of Islam and celebrating Al-Mawlid (The Prophet's Birth). The Sheikh gives a number of proofs from the Qur'an, the Hadith and the sayings of the scholars of Islam in a PowerPoint presentation format that there are good innovations in Islam and shows the validity and permissibility of one celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

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Thanking Allah in Al-Mawlid - Sheikh Ibrahim El-Shafie
A brief lesson conducted by his eminence Sheikh Ibrahim El-Shafie on the topic of innovations in the religion of Islam and celebrating Al-Mawlid (The Prophet's Birth). The Sheikh gives proofs from the Qur'an, the Hadith and the sayings of the scholars of Islam that there are good innovations in Islam and the validity of one celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

thanking allah

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The Good Innovation in Islam - Sheikh Ibrahim El-Shafie
Imam Muslim related from the route of Jarir Ibn ^Abdullah that the Prophet said: The one who innovates a good innovation in Islam has its reward and the reward of those who would practice with it until the Day of Judgement without lessening the rewards of those who practice with it. The one who innovates the innovation of misguidance, would take the sin for it and the sin of those who practice with it until the Day of Judgement without lessening the sin of those who practice with it.

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