Tuesday, May 10, 2005

GreenLight Mawlid 2005 - 16-04-05

‘The Morning of the Muhammadan Light’

Excerpts from Shaykh al-Islam, Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki’s book entitled al-Bayan wa al-Ta’reef fi Dhikri Mawlid al-Shareef. May Allah shower His mercy on him.

So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him- it is they who will prosper’ (Surah 7:157)

Three preliminary Issues

1- Mawlid; to make gatherings for hearing seerah, listening to His praise, giving food, and bringing happiness to the Ummah is acceptable.

2- Celebration Of Mawlid must not only be on 12th Rabi al-Awwal. But can and should be on everyday of every month in every mosque in order for people to feel the light.

3- Mawlid gatherings are and effective and efficient means of calling people to Allah. These meetings provide a golden opportunity that must not be lost. People should be reminded of His good character and his worship. Children will Love Him and remember Him, by giving them food and juice and gifts. May Allah shower abundant blessings on Him.

The Proof of its reliability

Its theme is Love. Proof is not the matter.

‘It is beyond me how someone who has strong iman can possibly dispute the manifestation of Joy on the occasion we consider the dearest and most auspicious of all- the dawning of the Muhammadan Light on this world’.
Badr al-Din al-Kattani

Point 1
. Mawlid gatherings are a sign of rejoice for the Prophet (Saw). The non-believer benefited from this. Story Of Abu Lahab and Thawbiyah, Bukhari.

Point 2. The Prophet showed reverence to His birthday and thanked Allah by means of Fasting. Abu Qutadah and fasting on Monday, ‘on this day I was born, and in it revelation was given to me’. Muslim. Thanks and reverence have different forms; gatherings, serving food, salawat, Listening to His Excellent characteristics.

Point 3. To rejoice is Allah’s instruction. Surah 10:58 ‘Say in the bounty of Allah, and in His mercy- in that let them rejoice’. Muhammad is the mercy to mankind, Surah 21:107 ‘We sent you not, but as a mercy for mankind’.
Point 4. The Prophet linked great events to their respective times and places of occurrence.

§ Prophet’s arrival in Madinah, Jews fasting on Ashura, ‘we have more right over Musa than you do, so he fasted and ordered the Sahabah too’.
§ Hadith: In excellence of Jumah day, ‘and in it Adam was born’.
§ Jibra’el, salah in Bethlehem, ‘Do you know where you prayed?’ ‘No’. It is the birthplace of Isa’.
§ Events on Haj. Safa Marwah, Hajira. Maqam Ibrahim. Arafat.

Point 5. The Mawlid gatherings are a good innovation since they conform to Islamic principles. As for the roots, the Mawlid is based in the Sunnah. Fasting on Monday, Bukhari.

Point 6. Mawlid is the avenue to salawat. Surah 33:56.

Point 7. Mawlid consists of His remembrance, Miracles and Life. We are ordered to follow Him, his actions and accept his signs. Gatherings are a means of that.

Point 8. Praise of the Prophet, praise of His excellent character and beautiful example are a beloved act. Prophet showed joy and praised those who remembered Him with reverence in prose and poetry. It brings one closer to Him (SAW).

Qur’an in His praise:

(Surah 68:4) ‘And surely you stand on the greatest of character’

(Surah 33:21) ‘You have indeed in the messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern of conduct’.

(Surah 33: 45-46, 48: 8) ‘ O Prophet! Truly we have sent you as a witness, a bearer of glad tidings, and a Warner- and as one who invites to Allah by his permission, and as a lamp spreading light’

(Surah 5: 15) ‘There has come to you from Allah a Light and a clear book’

(Surah 33:47) ‘Then give the glad tidings to believers that they should have from Allah a great bounty’

(Surah 21:107) ‘We sent you not, but as a mercy for mankind’.

(Surah 4:113) ‘For Allah has sent down to you the book and wisdom and taught you what you knew not, and great is the grace of Allah to you’

Point 9. Remembrance of His characteristics and miracles is the means of attaining perfection in faith. It is natural for man to love beauty, inner and outer, practical and intellectual, of states and belief. And none is more perfect, nor Beautiful, nor better than Him in his character. Hadith on Loving the Prophet.

Point 10. Practice of the Muslim world since very early times.

-Hadith Ibn Mas’ud: ‘Whatever the Muslims regard good, it is good in Allah’s sight’. Musnad Ahmad.
-Ibn Kathir, Sabt Ibn al-Jawzi, Dhahabi, Suyuti: Malik Muzaffar (d.630h) spent hundreds of thousands money in preparation of the Mawlid.
-Malik Muzaffar rewawrded Ibn Dahiya 1,000 dinars for the book he wrote on the Mawlid ‘al-Tanweer fi Mawlid al-Bashir wa al-Nazir’.
-Massive public celebrations from sixth to tenth centuries in Makkah. Ibn Zahirah (historian), al-Haytami, Ibn Batuta (Historian), Ibn Jubayr (Historian).

-Practice of scholars in writing books on Mawlid.

Al-Hafiz Abu Shama
Mufti al-Sayyid Dahlan
Al-Hafiz al-Ala’I
Shaykh al- Bakri
Ottoman al-Barusi
Al-Hafiz Ibn Dahiya
Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar
Al- Hafiz Ibn Kathir
Shaykh Al-Kattani

Point 11. We are in more need of firming our hearts than the Prophet (Saw) and we do that by mentioning the stories of Sayyidi Muhammad.

(Surah11: 120) ‘All that we relate to you (oh Muhammad) of the stories of the messengers- with it we make firm your heart’

Point 12. New issues (‘bida’at) have to be dealt with in light of the general principles of Islam. They may either be

Necessary; learning Arabic in order to understood the qur’an (fardh kifaya)
Preferred; establishing Islamic schools, Mawlid gatherings
Disliked; competing in beautifying Mosques
Permissible; Eating new dishes and better food
Forbidden; that which violates the principles of Islamic law.

Every new issue is not forbidden. Abu Bakr & Collection of the Qur’an. Tarawih congregation and umar. Umar and maqam Ibrahim.

Discourse given by Munawwar Ateeq Rizvi