Milaad Celebrations

Question

What is your opinion about milaad (Celebrating the Prophet's (sws) Birthday)?


Answer

There is no objection to a gathering celebrating the Prophet's (sws) life and character and promoting good. However, a lot of heresy is associated with such gatherings in our society. For example the baseless belief that the Prophet (sws) is present among us is ther there in the mind of the participants in such gatherings. This has no basis in the Qur'an or the Hadith. This is unacceptable. Any association or ascription to the Prophet (sws) should be based on sound sources. Any inaccuracy is a breach of the respect due with reference to him. He himself stated that whosoever ascribed a lie to him, would find his abode in Hell. The only objection to these gatherings is the dispersion of fables, myths and unsound Hadiths. Otherwise, what could be better than celebrating the Prophet's (sws) life!

This question was answered by Mr Ghamidi in Deen-o-Danish, an online TV session hosted by Dr Muneer Ahmad aired on Dunay TV. The text has been rendered into English by Mr Dhu al-Nurain.

About the Author

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi


Javed Ahmad Ghamidi was born in 1951 in a village of Sahiwal, a district of the Punjab province. After matriculating from a local school, he came to Lahore in 1967 where he is settled eversince. He did his BA honours (part I) in English Literature and Philosophy from the Government College, Lahore in 1972 and studied Islamic disciplines in the traditional manner from various teachers and scholars throughout his early years. In 1973, he came under the tutelage of Amin Ahsan Islahi (d. 1997) (http://www.amin-ahsan-islahi.com), who was destined to who have a deep impact on him. He was also associated with the famous scholar and revivalist Abu al-A‘la Mawdudi (d. 1979) for several years. He taught Islamic studies at the Civil Services Academy for more than a decade from 1979 to 1991.

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