Monday, March 1, 2010

Should we celebrate the Prophets Birthday or not?

Something I borrowed from Facebook! I wouldnt take sides here, and Allah knows the best..


Q: is it not tue that the companions of mohammad saw never celebrated his birthday...and it was only after 400 years that people started celebrating it....i want to the point answers.....please!!!


A:Asalaamu alaykum,

Thank you for all those messages telling me not to celebrate the Prophet's Birthday (pbuh).

In Islam we have two feasts only - Eid ul Fitr and Eid el Adha. These two feasts are not accompanied by any of the razzmataz associated with other religions. The religions of Islam are simple. Muslims gather to worship together in the morning, then they return home to spend the free time with their families.... See more

In addition to feasts, though, there are happy moments in our lives. We rejoice at the birth of a child. We celebrate at a marriage. We are pleased to congratulate our friends when they achieve something special at work or on the sports field. These are not feasts. They are moments of celebration.

What kind of Muslims would we be if we did not feel happiness when thinking of our beloved Prophet? The Prophet's birthday (pbuh) is NOT a feast. It is simply a time when we feel good about Islam and are happy because of the gift of Muhammad (pbuh) to all mankind.

It is a shame that so many people spend so much time telling us not to celebrate the Prophet's birthday (pbuh) - usually in very harsh words and in a very judgmental way - but do not spend as much time urging us to imitate his example in our own lives (pbuh).

Let us be quite clear: the Prophet's Birthday is NOT a feast. It is not a time of worship and we should not get carried away by it. It IS, though, a time of joy and happiness in the lives of Muslims. Who would blame a poor family on this day if they buy a cake and celebrate together? Who would deny a little happiness to those whose lives are hard?

Islam is a MERCY to all mankind, not a set of rules to weigh men down. I wish everyone today the joy of being Muslim and I thank Allah Almighty for the gift of all Prophets and the message of Mercy which they bring to the world. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all.

I hope you, too, can enjoy your day without feeling guilty about being happy.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan