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My Mawlid Story

By Umer Sultan| Loudspeakers were set, and the entire neighborhood was echoing…

This post is not like the other Mawlid posts debating whether it is appropriate to do it or not. I am not qualified to speak on such topic, however, I do want to share a story of mine from last year. Before that a little about what is Milad/Mawlid for people who don’t know.

Mawlid (or Milad as known to South Asians) is celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, on the 12th of Rabi‘ al-awwal (ربيع الأوّل) the third month of the Islamic Lunar Calender. It is similar to the Christmas by Christians, okay may be not similar but the same concept, hence similar. People gather in Mawlid to praise the Prophet. Mawlid gatherings differ by cultures. Other Muslims consider it to be having no basis in Islam thus an Innovation (Bidah) in religion, hence condemned. That is the brief intro to what Mawlid is for those who heard this word for the first time.

My Story:

So last year I was in Karachi around this time of the year. There was  a Mawlid gathering in our neighborhood and my father was invited as well.  At first I did not want to go because there are a lot of wrong and unfounded practices that usually take place in such gatherings at least in South Asian Mawlid gatherings. However, some family members told me to attend as I will learn something new since I was very young when I moved out of Karachi. So I tagged along with my father to experience it. An Experience it was indeed…

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Hadith 20: The Best Speech and Way

Narrated ‘Abdullah: The best talk (speech) is Allah’s Book (Quran), and the best way is the way of Muhammad, and the worst matters are the heresies (those new things which are introduced into the religion); and whatever you have been promised will surely come to pass, and you cannot escape (it).Volume 9, Book 92, Number 382. Sahih Bukhari”Spreading Hadith One Post Per Day” series.Hadith # 20.23/Ramadan/1430 AH. … Read More

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Hadith 16: No Excuse For Deviation And Innovation

Umar ibn al-Khattaab, rahimahullaah, said:”There is no excuse for anyone going astray thinking that he is upon guidance. Nor for abandoning guidance thinking it to be misguidance, since the affairs have been made clear, the proof established [1] and the excuse cut off.”[2]That is because the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah have consolidated and safeguarded all of the Religion. It has been made clear to the people, so it is upon the people to comply and f … Read More

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Hadith 20: The Best Speech and Way

Narrated ‘Abdullah:

The best talk (speech) is Allah’s Book (Quran), and the best way is the way of Muhammad, and the worst matters are the heresies (those new things which are introduced into the religion); and whatever you have been promised will surely come to pass, and you cannot escape (it).

Volume 9, Book 92, Number 382. Sahih Bukhari

“Spreading Hadith One Post Per Day” series.
Hadith # 20.

23/Ramadan/1430 AH.

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Hadith 16: No Excuse For Deviation And Innovation

Umar ibn al-Khattaab, rahimahullaah, said:

“There is no excuse for anyone going astray thinking that he is upon guidance. Nor for abandoning guidance thinking it to be misguidance, since the affairs have been made clear, the proof established [1] and the excuse cut off.”[2]

That is because the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah have consolidated and safeguarded all of the Religion. It has been made clear to the people, so it is upon the people to comply and follow.[3]

NOTES:
1. Al-‘Irbaad ibn Saariyah, radiallaahu’anhu, reports that the Prophet said, “…. I have left you upon clear guidance. Its night is like its day. No one deviates from it after me except that he is destroyed.” Reported by Ahmad, Ibn Maajah (no. 43) and al-Haakim. It is declared saheeh by Shaikh al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah (no. 937).

2. Reported by Ibn Battah in, al-lbaantul-Kubraa (no. 162) by way of Awzaa’ee that it reached him that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab said it. However, its chain is munqati’ (disconnected).
Al-Marwazee reports in as-Sunnah (no. 95) that ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd Allah-‘Azeez said, “There is no excuse for anyone, after the Sunnah, to be misguided upon error which he thought was guidance.

3.’Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood radiallaahu ‘anhu, said,

Follow and do not innovate, for you have been given that which is sufficient and every innovation is misguidance.

Reported by Abu Khaithamah in Kitaab Ul-‘Ilm (no. 540) and declared saheeh by Shaikh al-Albaanee.

Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah by Al-Barbahaaree.

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