Tuesday, 27 Safar 1432
YES, MEELAD CELEBRATION IS COMMENDABLE!
A POINT-BY-POINT REPLY TO MAJLISUL ULAMA
Moulana Abdun Nabi Hamidi
(Sunni Ulema Council – Transvaal)
With Praise to Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala and Salaat-o-Salaam upon the Saviour of sinners, Ahmad-e Mujtaba, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim), the Mercy unto mankind, we are witnessing a milestone in the achievement of a well-researched reply to the opponents of Meelad celebrations.
The latter part of this Century saw the ever escalating opposition to the globally accepted celebration, which was always the opportunity for Muslims to flaunt their Islamic ideology and identify to the other religions on this sacred and respectable occasion.
Furthermore, it caused people from family-level to community level to attend an Islamic gathering in their own locality which fostered love and neighbourly ties. Overall, it was a platform for Muslim unity and an opportunity to entrench teachings from the Holy Quran and the authentic Traditions.
The spiritual perspectives and values are inestimable.
Moulana Abdun Nabi Hamidi has done service to a great cause. Despite his linguistic handicap (the writer is Urdu speaking), this booklet deals with the subject in a clear and systematic way.
May Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala always inspire him and bless him with increased resources and the ability to be of service to Islam.
Aameen. Thumma Aameen.
Moulana Sayed Yusuf Saaberi Chisty Society Lenasia. Johannesburg
THREE NECESSARY CLARIFICATIONS
Before I begin answering those objections which the organisation, Majlisul Ulema, has written against the celebration of Meelad, I feel it necessary to first clarify three important issues. These are:-
1. With reference to the Meelad celebration, only those celebrations or acts are recognied which discusses the Seerat-un-Nabi or noble life of Rasoolullah (Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim). In such a celebration a session of Naat (Poems in praise of Rasoolullah - Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim) recitals take place, people are fed, and a sincere effort is made to fill the hearts of Muslims with the love of Rasoolullah (Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim).
2. For the permissisbility of Meelad celebrations, we have never meant that one should fix a particular day or night for the Meelad and believe that Meelad is not Ja’iz (permissable) on any other date. It is our view that whosoever does such an act does so out of ignorance because the love and the relation to the Holy Prophet (Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim) demands that one should always mention him continuously. Yes, we do say that to mention him in the month of his birth should be increased so that the people could arrange gatherings and congregations to refresh the memories of the Nabawi period.By doing so, the message of the Deen could reach the audience in a strong way through these gatherings.
3. Thus, the gatherings of Meelad-un-Nabi are indeed a great means for calling people towards Almighty Allah. This is a golden opportunity which should not be wasted at any cost. It is, therefore, compulsory on the lecturers that they should teach people about the virtues, excellences, character, Adab, life, dealings and worship of the Holy Prophet (Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim). The masses should be invited towards good deeds, success and the fear of Shirk (polytheism), evil, Bid’at and Fitna (mischief) should be instilled in them.
With the blessings of Allah Ta'ala this had always been the tradition or way of our life.We wish to say in no uncertain terms that the purpose of these gatherings are not to merely gather the masses and demonstrate our collectivity. Rather, these functions are the means of achieving great and virtuous objectives.
The Majlisul Ulema have dropped bombs of abuse and unnecessary scandalous accusation in their booklet. Many statements were made which do not make sense to the people of knowledge and wisdom. We will not elaborate much about these in our discussion but we will try to briefly cover them towards the end of our treatise.
We will begin our subject by firstly making the readers aware of the 17 points which the Majlisul Ulema had so erroneously presented in their objections. What are their 17 points?
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