Celebrating the Prophet’s (s) Birthday – Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah

This is the best Islamic ruling by one of the top (probably the top) scholar in the entire planet, Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah (may Allah bless him and grant him jannah). I personally celebrate the brith of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) almost every day (I try too at least). So all those wasabis that want to hate, please read this fatwa. It will be very pleasing to even you. I found the fatwa on Imam Suhaib Webbs blog, TheTranslators. So its “remixed” by the Translators themselves. The blog is actually run by a group of students and is supervised by Imam Suhaib Webb.

Here it is:

On Celebrating The Prophet’s Birthday (sa) Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah.

Remixed by TheTranslators


The celebration of the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is an issue of controversy amongst the scholars. Thus, there were some who considered it a disliked innovation, a few even saying it reached the level of prohibition. And there were others who considered it a praiseworthy innovation. This difference is traced back to a divergence concerning the division of innovation (bid’ah). Some scholars recognized the validity of such innovations and this was, primarily, the school of Imam Al-Shafi’i (May Allah have mercy upon him) and the head of this thought was Al-Izzi Adin Abdul Salam (May Allah have mercy upon him). In addition, Imam Al-Qurafi (May Allah have mercy upon him) who was a Maliki, carried this same opinion, giving it great attention and explaining it in an exhaustive manner. In his discussion Al-Qurafi (ra) expanded the concept of innovation to included innovations that were commendable, highly recommended and of an obligatory and disliked nature. Thus, he divided innovation into five parts: (obligatory, recommended, permissible, disliked and forbidden). However, there were some scholars who failed to accept this division contending that, Indeed, any innovation, if it appears, then it is repulsive in nature. They did this by regulating the statement of ‘Umar, regarding the tarawih prayers, This is a good innovation to its linguistic meaning. There was a large body of scholars who held this opinion such as Taqi al-Din Ahmad Ibn Taymiyyah, Al-Shatibi, in his book Al-‘Itisam, and many scholars from the Maliki and Hanbali schools (may Allah have mercy upon all of them). Finally, there were scholars who wrote in support of celebrating the Mawlid such as Al-Suyuti (May Allah have mercy upon him) and, at the same time, there were others who wrote against it. Thus, in my opinion, there is no need to drag this discussion out, nor continue to argue about it any longer.

The Ruling:

Indeed, whoever wants to celebrate the Prophet’s (sa) birthday should celebrate it and avoid doing any action contrary to Islamic Law. In addition, this act should be done with an intention that it is not a sunna nor an obligatory act. If these conditions are observed, and one is careful not to contradict Islamic Law, out of sincere love for the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah upon him), then, Allah willing, there is nothing wrong with this action and this person will be rewarded. Commenting on this, the Shaykh of Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (May Allah have mercy upon him) said, Indeed, such a person will be rewarded because of his intention. Likewise, for the one who shuns this celebration, seeking to cling to the sunna out of fear of falling into innovation, then this person will also be rewarded, Allah willing. It is important to note that this is not a big issue. Nor is it necessary to give it more attention then it deserves.

The Methodology:

Our attention towards this issue is directed towards uniting the Muslims and curbing these differences. We base this understanding on facilitation (for both sides) and ease. This ease is not founded on an empty premise, but is referenced directly back to the Quran, traditions of the Prophet (sa), the fundamental objectives of Islamic law, and the order of the Prophet (sa) to work towards unity between others. Therefore, if a contentious issue arises pertaining to a matter, we exercise great consideration and respect for both sides. This consideration is not simply an act of being overly accommodative, as some contend, or attacking those who hold weak opinions. But, this respect and consideration for differences is guided by the fact that both opinions are based on proofs from Islamic Law. In some regards these proofs are clear, and in other regards the opposite holds true. Thus, some (scholars) have provided evidences for thes acts legitimacy, and others hold proofs for the opposite. In conclusion, our stance is that both are on goodness, Allah willing, as long as this act is not mixed with some type of evil and the intention is correct.

Allah knows best

Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah (May Allah preserve him)

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30 Replies to “Celebrating the Prophet’s (s) Birthday – Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah”

  1. I really like how this was written, as if meant to unite all the Muslims on agreeing to disagree.

    And I think it’s very important that he stated:
    “this act should be done with an intention that it is not a sunna”.

    Alhamdulillah, nice article. Jazak Allah khair.

  2. Bismillah.

    Yeah for Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah! May Allah increase him in ‘ilm and reward him with Jannah al-Firdous. Ameen.

    I haven’t done the Mawlid before, but I must say this softened my heart towards those that do. Yeah for Unity =)

  3. “Indeed, such a person will be rewarded because of his intention.” what a great point and this seems logical to me since there is no evidence saying this act is harram or obligitory so you shall get what you intead. jazzak allah khayr

  4. salam, mashallah, the scholars’ ways of approaching matters are so different from laymen (our) ways. I still disagree with the essence of the assertion that intention is sufficient on a very basic, simple level, wallahu alam. For instance, I could start adding an extra rakah to a nawafil act (like to make 3 rakahs of tahiyatul masjid instead of 2) with all the good intentions; everyone will undoubtedly agree that this would be wrong.

    In any case, there is some more to add with respect to Ibn Taymiyyah’s comment (this was in a comment to Muslimapple’s post her blog):

    Ibn Taymiyyah (RH) continued:
    “But this does not prevent one from detesting and prohibiting it and to replace it with a legislated action containing no bid’ah…. Just as the Jews and Christians may find benefit in their worship because it is possible that their worship includes an aspect of what is legislated but this does not necessitate that you perform their actions of worship or you report their words because all of the innovations contain evil that outweighs their good, this due to the fact that if their good outweighed the evil then why would the Sharee’ah have disregarded it? So we depend upon the fact that it’s sin is greater than it’s benefit and this necessitates forbiddance.”

    He continues:

    “As for what they contain – i.e. these innovated festive seasons such as the Mawlid – of benefit then they are opposed by what they contain of the corruption of innovations that outweigh the benefit, along with what has preceded of the corruptions of belief and state – that the hearts become content with it at the expense of a large number of Sunnahs to the extent that you find that the elite and the general masses preserve this in a way that they do not preserve the Taraaweeh’s or the five prayers….” mentioning many more cases.[al-Qawl al-Fasl (pg. 102) of Shaykh Ismaa’eel al-Ansaaree]

    A number of points can be seen here:

    1. Ibn Taymiyyah regards the mawlid as a bid’ah which the strict believer is not allowed to follow.
    2. he allows it only for those who would leave this bid’ah for a greater bid’ah.
    3. he states that those practicing this, either out of taqleed or ijtihaad, will get reward for their good intentions, but they will get no reward for their practising it.
    4. that they will not get the burden of the sin of the innovation if their taqleed of ijtihaad contains the excuses that would lift this from them. ”

  5. JazakAllah khair bro. Amad. Basically, Shaykh ul Islam ibn Taymiyyah says, the Mawlid is biddah, but if the intention is sincere and good, they will be rewarded for that, but he doesn’t condone it nor recommends doing it. That practice of the Mawlid is biddah.

    Too bad the majority of the laymen salafis have no idea about this. May Allah guide us all and protect us.

    It wasn’t an issue back then, it shouldn’t be now.

    Another note, there are sufis who do not practice the mawlid. (ie the deobandi sufis, haha). Another fact that many mawlid bashers don’t realize.

    But I will straight up say, the Mawlid is not part of the sunnah.

  6. waiyakum akhi, I have posted a Nike Just Don’t Do it! article on my blog. I think its just the safer thing to do (i.e. not to do). Here is the link.

    Btw, when is the official marriage? Any chances of wasabis being invited? 😉

  7. Assalaam-o-Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu
    i just wanted to say that people shouldn’t celebrate it i mean not in a bad way what i mean is lot people here they just celebrate it like a some kind of even not like that if you wana celebrate you have to be sincere!

  8. Mashallah…very balanced and thoughtful article by the Sheikh. You can tell, this is definitely a scholar that is well-versed. learned, and uses his Hikmah. May Allah (swt) reward him with the good of this dunya and in the akhira. I’m definitely saving this article. Jazak Allahu Khair

  9. Assalamu Alaykum Amir,

    Jazak Allah Khayr for the article.

    I do have one request, though. Your jesting by calling some of our brothers and sisters “wasabi’s” may be taken as a joke, but I just wanted to point out that it’s not really a good thing to do.

    Muhammad ibn Abdel-Wahhab was a great man, and making a joke about his last name, which (more importantly) is tied to the name of Allah [swt] (Al-Wahhab), is kind of a disgrace to his legacy. If we took Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah’s name and called those who followed him “Bay-be’s” or something (staghfirAllah), it would be disrespectful.

    So although it was just a joke with no ill intention, just take a look at the deeper roots of what your joking about. A great man, and, even greater, one of the names of Allah [swt].

    wAllahu Alam

  10. AbdelRahman on February 25, 2007 at 4:27 pm said:

    Assalamu Alaykum Amir,

    Jazak Allah Khayr for the article.

    I do have one request, though. Your jesting by calling some of our brothers and sisters “wasabi’s” may be taken as a joke, but I just wanted to point out that it’s not really a good thing to do.

    Muhammad ibn Abdel-Wahhab was a great man, and making a joke about his last name, which (more importantly) is tied to the name of Allah [swt] (Al-Wahhab), is kind of a disgrace to his legacy. If we took Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah’s name and called those who followed him “Bay-be’s” or something (staghfirAllah), it would be disrespectful.

    So although it was just a joke with no ill intention, just take a look at the deeper roots of what your joking about. A great man, and, even greater, one of the names of Allah [swt].

    wAllahu Alam

    SubhanAllah, that was one of the main reasons for me using Wasabi, becuase I didn’t want to use the name of Allah (swt).

    Good point though.

    I don’t think it’s insulting. It’s insulting to use Wahhabi or Salafi, but wasabi is just a name for some japanese food. Not really insulting at all. That’s the only reason why I even started to use it.

    But, inshaAllah, i mean if it is insulting to anyone, then I’ll stop using it.

  11. It is ironic that I used the wasabi word for the first time and got knocked for it 🙂 I am sure whoever knows me, knows that I respect the Sheikh as a scholar… so obviously akhi abdur rahman, it wasn’t meant that way. I think by changing the word, it ‘lightens’ the issue, and stops dragging the Shaikh’s name through the mud. I actually like it! 🙂

  12. the sufis are always the ones who tell the salafis to avoid matters in which there is doubt…yet they themselves indulge in the mawlid which the themselves are unsure about…biddah…sunnah…not sunnah…rewarded…not rewarded…???

  13. Here in Tampa we don’t have mawlids because people are haters. I was speaking to my Sheikh in Damascus on the day of the Mawlid and he asked me what am I doing for the Mawlid. I told him nothing, people here don’t like it and all. He admonished me for it. He reminded me that Abu Lahb is shown mercy on Mondays because he was happy the day the Prophet (May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him) was born. If Abu Lahb, the worst of kuffar and one of two people cursed to hell in the Quraan for cursing the Prophet, was shown mercy just for being happy the day the Prophet was born, imagine what he will do for those who believed!
    Allah knows best.

  14. its strange to talk about the good benefite and the bad benefite to see which out weights the other, very funy let me ask u this question? the privet part can coss great damage then good so should we cut off, since it will lead us to sin? because its well know its harm is more greater then its good

  15. Making milaad is optional and is recommended by Allah (swt) in the quran ul kareem it does mention something that for the mercy that was sent down to you, you may rejoice. also it is not sunnah but celebrating it is good because if you take a deep look if prophet muhammed (pbuh) wasnt here, we wouldnt be here. further more (M Abdul bin wahhab al najdi) is the shaytan who brought fitna and brought the sect Wahhabism, further more anyone who disagrees can debate our sunni shaykh Muhammed iqbal shami bring any deobandi/wahhabi/salafi batil firqa down.

  16. milaad is celebrating the prophet’s peace be upon him bdai.and didnt the prophet’s peace be upon him fast on mondais becus it was thhe dai he was born. 🙂

  17. Asalamalakuum,

    Sorry to be up front but brothers and sisters, I find it very funny that people are celebrating the prophet (saw) birthday in many many sinful ways.

    If people want to follow the Sunnah and they have so much love for the prophet (saw) than they should FIRST FOLLOW HIM.

    It goes like this:


    Brothers should follow his commands by growing their beards and acting upon the righteous acts of his–NOT JUST HIS BIRTHDAY. This is hypocritical, you love him but you don’t follow him but than you do a birthday celebration.

    May Allah (swt) guide us all and favor us among the rightly guided slaves. Ameen.

  18. What happened to just avoiding doubtful things and leave it at that. I mean come on, what are you being deprived of if you don’t celebrate it? Nothing really.

  19. Salam

    To the brother who said that milaad is like praying 3 rakat instead of two rakat for tahiyatul masjid . Brother wrong analogy, its like praying 2 rakat nafl after fard prayers , not because its fard but to get extra good deeds.

    People do haram sinful stuff to celebrate Eid also, so should we stop celebrating Eid ? (Before any one jumps on me, I am not comparing Eid with milaad, just saying haram actions are haram no matter when they are done)

    If Milaad is haram then I guess halaqas are haram too. Doing zikr and reading seerat un Nabi is not wrong. I dont know anyone who says celebrating Milaad is fard.


  20. Asslam u alaikum wr wb
    The analogies drawn here UmmOsman – my sister are, I am afraid incorrect:
    “If Milaad is haram then I guess halaqas are haram too”.
    Halaqah are gatherings for the rememberance of ALLAH and if you remember the sahabas and the Prophet (May ALLAH Shower peace and blessing upon him) also used to engage in the same. Infact the famous quotation of Umar (ra) saying (the gist if which is)” Come brother let us increase our emaan” implying that through discussion of deen let us increase our faith,
    “Doing zikr and reading seerat un Nabi is not wrong” Indeed it is not, but why should it be limited to a single day and who appointed that day in the first place. That is the crux of the matter. I respect all not knowing who is closer to ALLAH swt but one should atleast base ones deen on facts and not merely passion.

  21. The best of our scholars celebrate this event. I think it says a lot about the state of the Ummah that so many people overlook this fact. As those who have taken part in a mawlid sincerely will know, the peace and sakina that enter one’s heart are beyond description. We are a people who think with their hearts and souls, and it’s a shame that so many Muslims forget this and think instead with logic alone. In the words of a great scholar, the spirit of the law has been lost in the letter of the law.

    As Imam Gazali says, you cannot deny what you have not experienced.

    I would rather play it safe and celebrate it, because it is these extra measures of love that we show that will make all the difference on the Day of Judgment when the best of creation (SAAW) will let us into paradise. The mawlid does not elevate him beyond his status as a Prophet to a deity, and nor does it involve practises not normally allowed by Islamic law. So, all that’s left to it is love. Last I checked, we had to love him more than ourselves. I’d like to know how else people expect to grow closer to him, and what else they want to prohibit or decry in the effort to grow close to a man we never lived with (while the Sahaba did) and have never known except through the currents of the heart.

  22. BismillahiRahmaniRahim
    Asalatu Wa Salamu Alaika Ya RasulAllah

    Salaam all,
    Taken from a website, unfortunately I do not haeve the exact link to it…
    Wahhabi Mawlids

    It is widely believed that Wahhabi/”Salafi”/Deobandis are against the idea of holding celebrations of Mawlid. But that’s not true. They celebrate not one, but many Mawlids. Here are some of the Wahhabi/”Salafi”/Deobandi Mawlids we have witnessed.

    1) Mawlid of Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Wahhab, Shaykh-an-Najdi (Also, the title which was given to Shaytan), Shaykh al-Islam of “Salafis”/Wahhabis, founder of the deviant Wahhabi sect

    Every year at the anniversary date of Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Wahhab’s death, a great feast is held at the Ibn Sa`ud University in Riyad (in Najd) at which time they praise the unparalleled magnificence of their beloved religious leader, listing his qualities and reciting new poetry about his greatness. All over the world, their embassies also fulfill this important communal obligation (fard kifaya).

    2) Mawlid of the State, known as National Day:
    This Mawlid, similar to Independence Day, Flag Day, and Army Day, is celebrated every year in the country with international gala festivities, fanfare, parades, army reviews, podiums and thrones, and also, of course, new poems of praise and Madih recitations for the State founders and current rulers, all at colossal cost, but whatever means leads to fulfilling an obligation (fard), is itself an obligation.

    3) Mawlid of the Nation’s Century:
    This was a gigantic and truly new Mawlid, the like of which was never seen before. We all witnessed the great celebrations whose main slogan was “100 years KSA” and the establishment of the Wahhabi Kingdom. On this occasion thousands of shiny and colorful lights, new constructions, inventive and tasteful decorations, posters, banners, placards, and other graphic art productions were displayed in public places and broadcast over the media with orchestral music, poems, and commentary of self-praise and glorification that filled the heart with warmth, love of dunya, and national pride. All Mawlids should be like this!

    4) Mawlid of the Mufti:
    At the recent passing of the Grand Mufti of the Wahhabiyya Sect, Bin Baz, it was decided by the Mawlid Celebration Board to issue a special commemorative glossy publication praising his greatness, listing his achievements and merits, and deploring his demise with big tears of sadness. In fact, the magazine cover showed a delightful, artistic painting of a series of big tears stringed together like dhikr-beads, and inside each tear there was a small Ka`ba.

    5) Mawlid of the Ministers:
    From time to time, public sessions of high praise are held for certain ministers according to worldly (dunya) merit. In a recent incident one witnessed a TV program in Madina sharif during Hajj 1999, in which one of the Ministers was lavishly praised (madih) by a 7-year old schoolboy dressed in a formal army suit, reciting poetry he had innovated for him. The boy was called to the podium (`arsh) and asked by that minister what he would like to receive for praising him so much. The boy said on the spot: “Half a million Ryals.” The Minister happily granted his wish. (Jazak Allahu Khayran for such a generous, noble gesture on National TV during Hajj, so that everyone young and old should learn to praise and magnify government officials instead!) The brother who witnessed this event on TV, as he was pleased with the Best of Creation – the Prophet (SAWS) – went to the Prophet’s Mosque and, standing at Bab Gibril in front of the blessed Green Dome (with other brothers who were also obsessed with Akhira), started passionately obeying the command of the Qur’an to invoke blessings and abundant greetings on the Holy Prophet (Sallalaho alayhi wassalam) and recite Qasida in his praise. Immediately, the guards of the “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” went on Red Alert (special guards from the elite Tala`al Badru Emergency Alert Unit) as they noticed that the brothers were committing an act of love and respect for the Beloved of Allah azzawajal (sallalaho alayhi wassalam), something known in their legal police code as SHIRK,KUFR,BID`A (which only they can pronounce correctly). So the elite, frowning paratroopers yelled at the brothers to stop immediately this violation of the National Mawlid Law, manhandled them, and threatened them with arrest and jail unless they stopped their crime. Moral: If only those brothers had used their intellects to recite Mawlid for a State Minister instead of Rahmatan lil-Alamin (Sallalaho alayhi wassalam), they would have been several million Ryals richer today!

    6) Mawlid of Monuments and Inscriptions:
    Unlike the preceding Mawlids which are seasonal or according to special circumstances, this Mawlid is a permanent Mawlid in Madina, steps away from the Prophet’s Mosque in the ritzy Dar al-Tayba square. It consists in a 15-foot monument in the shape of a globe topped by a dome similar to the Prophet’s dome, flanked by a flag, in the middle of a waterfall. Below, an inscription says: “In appreciation to the King for services rendered to Islam.” This Mawlid of Monuments and Inscriptions fulfills two important functions. First, it is most suitable for photography as a memento of His Majesty the King in the City of the Holy Prophet (salalaho alayhi wassalam) as, unfortunately, pictures of the real Dome are prohibited but happily, pictures of this dunya monument are welcome.

    Second, just like the inscription acknowledging His Majesty the King at the bottom of the door of the Ka`ba in Mecca (for every pilgrim to remember and commemorate) this monument and inscription fills the vacuum created – in the last century – by the destruction of the graves of of the great past Muslim figures who contributed over 1,000 years to the greatness of Islam. Figures such as Hazrat `Uthman ibn `Affan who used to ride on a donkey and sleep on the mosque floor when he was caliph; Hazrat `Uthman ibn Mazun whose grave the Holy Prophet (sallalaho alayhi wassalam) personally built up; Hazrat Malik ibn Anas who walked barefoot in Madina out of respect for Rasulullah (sallalaho alayhi wassalam); our mothers the Prophet’s wives; his daughters, uncles, cousins, and thousands of Sahaba (May Allah azzawajjal be please with them all) are all left without one sign courtesy of the bulldozers by the najdis – i.e. monument or inscription – reminding of their existence or “services rendered to Islam.”

    7) To celebrate 100 years of the establishment of Dar ul Uloom Deoband, a massive birthday celebration of the deobandi darululoom was held, and Indira Gandhi was invited and came to deliver a speech to all of the big deobandi leaders who gave her garlands of flowers.

    It is hoped that this brief description will help dispel the false and unjust notion that no Mawlid of any kind is celebrated in the Wahhabi/”Salafi”/Deobandi world today. Yes, they celebrate Mawlid, rejoice and remember like everybody else – but in their own special way, and always forbid celebrating the Milaad of Sweet Rasoolallah sallalaho alayhi wassalam. As Allah (azzawajjal) said: “Every party rejoices in what they have.” And the Holy Prophet (sallalaho alayhi wassalam) said: “When someone loves something, they make abundant remembrance of it.”

    Bear this one thing in mind: These wahhabi/deobandis/salafis/najdis have the cheeks to say that Milad-un-Nabi (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) is Shirk & Bid’ah, yet celebrating the birthdays and anniversaries of their own leaders and innovated institutes is acceptable to them.

    La’natullah ‘alaa-l-kaadhibeen wa alaa-l-munafiqeen!

  23. Being a Muslim, i derive my guidance from the Quran and the sunnah of Prophet Mphammad (PBUH), shuyookhs point us towards the right direction, but nothing they say is written in stone, the only words that are written in stone are the words of Allah (swt) and the actions of our beloved Prophet (PBUH)…..the issue of praiseworthy innovations is weird, to say the least….the PROPHET (PBUH) said in each of his khutbahs, translated to the nearest meaning “every invention is a misguidance, and every misguidance deserves hell-fire”….

    For 23 years after Prophethood, ALLAH’s messenger (pbuh) never celebrated the mawlid, neither did Abubakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali (May Allah be pleased with them), or any other sahaba, or tabi’een, taba tabi’een, or the 4 imams after them….Surely, none can or did love Allah’s messenger more then the sahaba…who sacrificed their lives, money, time, family, and every worldly possession for the sake of Allah’s messenger (PBUH), therefore by celebrating the mawlid, are we stating that the deen which reached sahaba was Nauzubillah incomplete in any manner, shape or form?

    As Muslims we need to wake up from this slumber, ALLAH’s help and assistance will only reach us if we abstain from all forms of shirk and biddah, the ummah has lost its direction, and unfortunately, many of our scholars who should guide us towards the Quran and Sunnah, our leading us astray by creating doubts and misconceptions.

    I pray to Allah for guidance and truth.

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