Celebrating Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi sallalahu alaihi wasallam
The day when the blessed personality holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) came into this world is by far the first and the greatest joyous day for the Muslims. For it is only through his blessing that we came into existence, and received our religion, our belief in it, our Qur'aan, our Ramadaan and our recognition of the True Deity, our Eid-ul-Fitr and our Eid-ul-Adha festivities. It is proved from the Qur'aan itself that the day when a blessing descends from heaven is a day of Eid.
At the time when the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) was born, these include: "a cluster of stars concentrated over the roof of his house at the time of the birth of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam); Angels hoisted flags on holy Baitul Laah and in the east and in the west; the whole atmosphere was filled with the voices of Angels and houries reciting salutations to him in the standing position and congratulating each other and rejoicing with abandon; animals also congratulated each other at the birth of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam), the Ka'batul Laah bowed in a manner of saluting, and the falsehood vanished and the light of truth spread light in all directions,"
Every Muslim seeks ALLAH's blessings and every Muslim also knows that the greatest grace and blessing of ALLAH is nothing but the birth of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) and that ALLAH Himself is conscious of sending such a great blessing upon us. It is, indeed, a great thing that even being the Creator and Deity of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) ALLAH is all praise for him, his holy life, his blessed city, the age in which he lived, swears by his sayings, and commands us to honour him, and teaches us how to behave in his presence, and makes it clear to us that had He not created our holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) He would not have created the earth and the heavens.
The birth of Hazrat Aadam (Alaihis-Salaam) occurred on a Friday and he departed on a Friday, but the rejoicing at the birth (Meelaad) of Aadam (Alaihis-Salaam) was retained and Friday was declared a day of Eid for Muslims. Would the people at "Honey Dew" like to tell us whether Muslims rejoice at the birth of Hazrat Aadam (Alaihis-Salaam) on Friday every week or do they mourn his death? It is strange that while Meelaad-e-Aadam should be celebrated as Eid day by all, celebrating the birth of that great personality for whose sake Hazrat Aadam (Alaihis-Salaam) was created should cause so much horror in the minds of those who deny Eid-e-Meelaad-un-Nabi.
Aboo Lahab was an uncle to the Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam). The event, which Imaam Qastalaani has referred to, is this. When a maid of Aboo Lahab (Abdul 'Uzza) named Suwaibah informed him of a son being born to his brother Abdul Laah (may ALLAH be pleased with him), he (Aboo Lahab) was so delighted at herring this that he pointed his finger to her in a manner which signified her emancipation for carrying the good news to him But when the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) declared his Prophethood, he (Aboo Lahab) did not accept him as a Prophet but became a most severe enemy to him and remained so all his life. In condemnation of him a whole Soorah of the Holy Qur’aan descended. After his death, people of Aboo Lahab's household saw him in a dream, and asked him how he had fared. To this, Aboo Lahab said that after departing from them he did not meet with any good but was being given water every Monday from the finger with which he had indicated the emancipation of Suwaibah, and this water lessened his torment.This event his also been related in Bukhaari Shareef, Fathul Baari Sharah Bukhaari.
The night when the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) was born excels "Lailatul Qadr" for three reasons. Of these, one is that it was the night on which the holy Prophet (Sallal Lanhu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) was manifested and Lailatul Qadr was bestowed on him. Now, the thing, which receives its excellence on account of the person on which it is conferred, would be definitely more excellent than the thing conferred. There is no controversy about this proposition (all men of wisdom accept it). Because of this, the night when he (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) was born is more blessed than Lailatul Qadr
The second reason is that Lailatul Qadr is blessed because on this night Angels descend and the night on which he (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) was born is blessed because he was made manifest. The personality because of whom the night of his birth became blessed is superior to those on account of whom Lailatul Qadr became blessed, that is Angels. This is the true and accepted religion. (The entire body of the Ahle Sunnat unanimously holds that every Prophet is superior to Angels and our Prophet (Sallal Laahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) is superior to all the worlds.
Regarding the blessed birth of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) on Monday and in the month of Rabee-ul-Awwal, Imaam Qastalaani explains thus:
"His (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) birth did not take place either in Muharram, or in Rajab or in Ramadaanul Mubaarak or in other known holy months, because time does not lend nobility to the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) and age does not become noble but through his (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) nobility, even as places became noble on account of him, like Madinah Munawwarah which, because of its association with him, attained to greater nobility than Makkah. If he (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) had been born in the above mentioned months, that is to say, Muharram, Rajab and Ramadaanul Mubaarak which were considered sacred by the Arabs, then it could have been said that he (Sallal Lanhu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) attained nobility because of the months. ALLAH Almighty caused the birth of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) to take place in one of the non-sacred months, so that AlLaah's exclusive mercy to him (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) and his special attainments might become manifest".
"The Friday on which Hazrat Aadam (Alaihis-Salaam) was born was particularised by a blessed moment, and no Muslim gets hold of this special moment for his special prayer but ALLAH grants His special favour to such of His bondsmen. How, then, it is with you that you make a special prayer at the blessed moment when the holy Prophet (Sallal Lanhu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) was born and it is not granted! His (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) birth took place in the early hours of Monday and so supplications should be made in the early hours of Monday morning".
How did Allah Taala celebrate this on the DAY of the Prophet's birth?
1) He made the Ka'aba lean in prostration towards the place of the noble birth.
2) Allah caused the idols to fall down.
3) He extinguished the fires of Persia .
4) Only male children were born on that day.
5) The skies were illuminated.
6) Paradise was further decorated on this occasion.
7) Allah removed drought from Mecca , turned the earth green and made the trees bear fruit, and blessings came to the Quraish from every direction
8) Allah stopped sending down torments.
9) He sent down the maidens of Paradise to give company to Syeda Amina .
10) He sent down Angel Gibreel to carry the Holy Prophet, and announce his birth all over the world.
How has Allah rewarded the Muslims after the day of the Prophet's birth?
1. He sent down the Holy Qur'an.
2. He sent down the sound Wisdom (i.e. the Prophet's Sunnah)
3. He made the Holy Prophet as a Mercy to all mankind.
4. He lessened the punishments of Muslims sins.
5. He increased the rewards tenfold for Muslims' good deeds.
6. He lessened the burdens on the necks of Muslims.
7. He accepts forgiveness who seek it from him, and for whom the Holy Prophet seeks forgiveness.
8. He has kept open the doors of forgiveness till the very end.
9. He has promised first entry in to Paradise for the Muslims.
10. This list is endless.
From the above it is proven that Allah has gifted mankind with innumerable favours due to the Mawlid of the Holy Prophet , and that these favours shall continue. So this commemoration by Allah is still ongoing. This also proves that any day can be chosen to commemorate this auspicious occasion, because the gifts and commemoration from Allah are continuous, every day, every hour, every moment. Muslims usually choose the 12th day of Rabi-ul-Awwal, because that is the day the Holy Prophet was born, and is the easiest to remember. Any other day can also been chosen. And we all know that unless something is scheduled, it is human nature to keep postponing it or to simply forget it.
Hazrat Shah Waliyyul Laah Muhaddis Dehlvi. On page 3 of his book, "Ad Durrus Sameen", he says: "My dear father, Hazrat Shah Abdur Raheem Dehlvi (may ALLAH have mercy on him) informed me that he used to get food cooked on Meelaad days as a mark of rejoicing for him (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam). One year it so happened that he could not afford anything except roasted grams, so he distributed those among the people, with the result that he had a vision of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) in his dream and saw that those roasted grams were lying before him (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) and he (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) looked pleased".
"People of Haramain Shareefain (Makkah and Madinah) and Egypt and Yemen and Syria and of the eastern and western cities of Arabia hold functions in celebration of the birth of the Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam), rejoice at the sighting of the Rabi-ul-Awwal moon, bathe and put on their best dresses adorn themselves in various ways, put on scent, and give alms with great joy, and exert themselves in listening to the Meelaad of the Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam). By doing so, they themselves attain to success, as it has been proved that by celebrating the Meelaad of the Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) much good accrues the whole year round: security and comfort, greater means of livelihood, increase in children and in wealth, peace in cities and contentment and peace in homes"
In the end, I would like to make it clear to readers that celebrating Eid-e-Meelaad-un-Nabi (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) and arranging illumination, hoisting flags, recite Durud Shareef, reciting salutations in an inspiring and loud voice on the occasion is by no means an "innovation" (bid'at); in reality all this is exactly in the tradition set by ALLAH Himself.
The command for rejoicing at receiving the grace and mercy from ALLAH is clearly mentioned in the Qur'aan. Those who acknowledge the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) as the greatest grace from Allah and a mercy unto the worlds, for them it is the guidance of Shari'ah and for them it is the Eid day on the night of Meelaad and on the day of Meelaad, and they also celebrate 'Eid and will, Insha' AI-Laah, continue celebrating it.