Celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday

// February 23rd, 2009 // Blog

Something new that I learnt today, from the lips of Sh. Yasir Qadhi, during an AlMaghrib Q&A session…

It's not actually an innovation to celebrate the Prophet's birthday, sallalahu 'alayhi wa salam. It just depends on the manner in which you do it:

Abu Qatada Ansari (Allāh be pleased with him) reported that Allāh's Messenger (peace be upon him) was asked about fasting on Monday, whereupon he said: “It is (the day) when I was born and revelation was sent down to me.” [Sahih Muslim]

Thus, according to the sheikh, the Prophet actually 'celebrated' his own birthday every week – by fasting Mondays!

So, if you're looking to mark the blessed occasion, that's the Sunnah way to do it. And Allāh knows best.

Amazing!

Update (11/03/2009): The sheikh has posted an article regarding the Mawlid on MuslimMatters.org.

7 Responses to “Celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday”

  1. Tauqeer says:

    Well I believe fasting in Islam is a custom to thank Allah. We all should fast on our birthdays as well, I always had this believe.

    And now as the Hadith you have mentioned, our Prophet(P.B.U.H.) also used to do that, so one can say, we should thank Allah(SWT) by fasting on the day of Prophet’s birthday…

    and rest is the controversy… :P

  2. Shah says:

    assalamu alaikom,

    I’ve heard that you did your PhD in molecular biology at Imperial.

    I have a favour to ask of you. I am aware that you’ve alluded to evolution on a few occasions over the years. I have a problem – there are various people/brothers who have had major issues with evolution (human evolution to be more specific) in terms of it challenging their faith in the Truth. I myself al hamdulilah have been spared this, perhaps partly due my seeing science as unable to give definitive answers which it will not turn back on just a few years later.

    However, I was wondering that with your expertise – ie your biological and scientific knowledge and experience – if you could help me explain some of the short comings of the human evolutionary model based on the scientific evidence that is out there right now. The brothers, and I suspect some sisters as well – are quite in awe of scientific discovery and are in science themselves at a decent level.

    Would you consider helping?

    Thank you so much in advance

    JazakAllahu khairan

    Salamu alaikom

  3. Shah says:

    BTW..

    wonderful new setting mashallah!

  4. marryhalal says:

    Nice!
    And a wonderful reason to fast for those of us who need one!

  5. iMuslim says:

    @Shah… this is something that I have been asked about before. I am a member of an organization called IMASE, and I know some other members on the team have been approached to write something up about this. I’ll let you know when that has been completed, insha’Allah.

  6. Qas says:

    I second Shah’s request. JazakaAllah Khair for the effort.

  7. Ameera says:

    ‘Love you for sharing this!

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