Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Duties of Children towards Deceased Parents

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A question was asked to the Great Mujaddid AlaHadrat Ash-Shah Imam Ahmad Rida Khan al-Qadiri (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu) regarding the Duties of Children towards deceased Parents... Over which HE stated the following points:


1. The first and foremost duty of the children after the death of the parent is that he should immediately arrange and take part in Ghusl, Salat al-Janaza (Funeral Prayer) and Burial which should be done in accordance with the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam, and hope for them to receive the Mercy of Almighty Allah.

2. He should always make Dua and Istighfar for them at all times and never be unconscious about it.

3. He should give out Sadaqah and Khayrat (Charity) and always send the rewards of good deeds (Aa'mal-e-Sawleh) to them in accordance to his personal capacity. When performing Salah and keeping Fast (Roza), do likewise for them. Actually, for any good deed performed, the Sawab should be forwarded to them and all deceased Muslims and this will not affect the benefits one will receive, in any way. On the contrary, the Sawab of such acts will be beneficial to himself, his parents and all the deceased of the Ummah.

4. If the parents left behind any kind of debts or credits it should be paid in full immediately from one's personal wealth, which should be regarded as blessings of this Duniya and Aakhirah. If you cannot afford to pay, assistance should be taken from the family, close friends or charitable Muslims.


5. If he has not performed Hajj, firstly, try to perform his Hajj-e-Badal for him personally, or send someone as a representative to do so. If he has any previous Zakah to be paid, do so immediately. If he has any Qada of Salat or Roza (Fasting) perform the Kaffarah for him. The children should, in all aspects, try their best to execute the duties of their parents which were left undone.

6. Whatever desires and wishes were made by the parent should be carried out even though it may displease you and the Shariah does not compel you to. For example, if he has made a Wasiyat (Wish) to give half of his wealth or belongings to a dear friend, non-inheritor or total outsider, even though in accordance to the Law of the Shariah, one-third of the wealth or belongings cannot be given to anyone without the consent of the heirs, it is best for the heirs to execute the Wasiyat and priority to the wishes and happiness of the deceased.

7. If he has taken an oath, carry it out after his death.If the parents had sworn an oath that their child must not do a certain thing or not meet with a certain person or must not go to a certain place, it must not be discarded after the death, saying :"Well, they are not alive so I can do certain things." Wrong! One should abide by it as he did while they were alive, as long as it does not conflict with the Shariah.

8. Visit their graves every Friday and recite Surah Yaseen at the graveside loudly and pass the Thawab of recitation to them. While travelling, never pass their graves without greeting and performing Fatiha.


9. As long as you live, be kind to their relatives.

10. Maintain friendship and respect for all their relatives.

11. Never, at any time, insult anyone's parents, so that they may not insult yours.

12. The most difficult duty is never to commit any sin and inflict harm to them in their graves. All deeds of the children are taken to their parents in the grave. On seeing the good deeds they are very pleased and their faces glitter with happiness. On the contrary, if they see the bad deeds or sins, they become very sad.


O! Merciful and Most Forgiving Allah! The Almighty and All Powerful! On behalf of your most Beloved Prophet, Mercy of the Universe (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam), protect us from sins and grant us the guidance and courage to always do good. Fill the graves of our elders and deceased with Light and happiness. O Allah! You are the All Powerful, we are the weak. You are the Wealthy and we are the poor. Protect us... Aameen!!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

What is Imaan-e-Kaamil — Perfect Imaan — ??

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All praise is to Allah, the Lord Of The Creation. The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Owner of the Day of Recompense. Who blessed us being the Ummah of His Beloved Rasool Sallallaho Alaihi wa Sallam. Who sanctified our hearts with the Love and Affection towards His Beloved Rasool Sallallaho Alaihi wa Sallam. Who blessed us with the most precious treasure of Iman (Faith). Countless Salutations, Peace and Blessings be upon the Cream of the Creation... Mercy for all Worlds... Seal of the Prophets Sayyiduna wa Maulana MuHammadur RasoolALLAH Sallallaho Alaihi wa Sallam, His Blessed Parents, His entire Family, His Progeny, His Companions and all those who Follow Him!!

In the present era, It is really being felt that people must get aware of the Value of Iman and to know what Iman really is? Especially when the Thieves and Robbers of Iman are everywhere putting the garb (attire) of the Scholars of Islam, Aalim, Mufti, Hafiz, Teacher, Imam, Doctor, Professor etc. Who are continuously cropping the deviations and confusions in the minds of a common Muslims who in their ignorance get deceived by the Insolent and Corrupt Creeds. May ALLAH Guide us on the Straight Path!

Following are Golden Words by the Great Mujaddid AlaHadrat Ash-Shah Imam Ahmad Rida Khan al-Qadiri that will surely help us to understand the True meaning of Iman inshaALLAH!


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What is Imaan?

Iman is to accept every word of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam as absolute and nothing else but truth and to testify whole-heartedly the reality and truth of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

One who observes the above would be called a Muslim, that is, if any of his words, actions or conditions does not reject, insult or falsify Almighty Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam. His relationship with Almighty Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam must be above all other relationships. He must love and respect all those who are the beloved of Almighty Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam even though that person may be his enemy. He must disrespect and hate all those who disrespect and hate Almighty Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam even if that person may be his beloved son. Whatever he gives should be for Almighty Allah and whatever he abstains from must be for Almighty Allah. Such a persons Iman is known as "Kamil" or "Complete".

Sayyiduna RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam states:


من أحب لله وأبغض لله وأعطى لله ومنع لله فقد استكمل الإيمان
"One who loves for Allah, hates anyone because of Allah, spends for Allah and holds back for Allah, then, indeed, he has completed his Iman." [Sunan Abi Dawood, Vol 2, Page 632 - Hadith 4681]

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The Value of Iman

Until such a time a person does not love and respect the exalted Nabi SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam, even though that person worships all his life, his worship is fruitless and rejected. Numerous Jogees, Monks and Hermits take to seclusion and spend their lives in the Remembrance of Almighty Allah. Some of them even indulge in the Zikr of "La ilaha illal lah" (There is no god but Allah), but they do not respect and love Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam. What benefit is such Ibadah? Almighty Allah states in the Holy Quran:


وقدمنا الى ما عملوا من عمل فجعلناه هباء منثورا
"And We turned all the deeds they had performed into scattered floating specks of dust." [Furqan 25:23]

In another verse concerning such worshipers, Almighty Allah states:


عاملة ناصبة ۔ تصلى نارا حامية
"Laboring, striving hard. (Yet) Going into the blazing fire." [Ghashiyah 88:3/4]

Say, O Muslims! Does the dependence of Iman, serenity, survival and acceptance of deeds depends on the love and respect for the glorious Prophet of Allah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam or not? Say "YES" and certainly, YES!


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The Validity of Iman on Two Important Points

(A) Respect for Sayyiduna Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and
(B) To love him above all creation within the universe.

The correct method to put this to test is to see that all those whom you love and respect, for example, Father, Teacher, Children, Brother, Murshid, Molvi, Mufti, Hafiz, Lecturer, Imam, or Friends, etc., if they at any time show the slightest disrespect for the Station of Sayyiduna Muhammadur Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam, then there must not remain an atom of love and respect for that person in your heart. Such an insolent person should be totally severed from family and community. His name should cause great discomfort to you. His knowledge or status should be absolutely rejected and discarded. After all, your respect and connection with him was due to his respect for Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam. Now that he insults the very reason of respect what more is left to have any reasons to respect such an audacious person.

On the other hand, if you accepted or observed silence to his insult to Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam, kept good friends with him, did not regard him as wretched, shameless and mean-spirited and liked his condemnation, the, by Allah, with great justice, analyze where do you stand in the test of Iman!


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Dear Muslims! Is it possible that the heart that contains the love and honour of the master of the universe, Sayyiduna Muhammad SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam, could ever tolerate insults to him, though it may be his Ustaz, Murshid or father? Would the heart that extremely loves the Holy Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam above all creation, ever respect or love one who belittles the unique and faultless Prophet of Allah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam, even though it may be his own child or intimate friend?

Brothers and Sisters in Islam! The reason for showing respect to a learned scholar or Alim is that he is a Waris (Inheritor) to the Knowledge of Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam. Is that person the Waris of Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam or is that person a Shaitan who goes astray from the path of righteousness? In the former, his respect was the respect of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and, in the latter, his respect was for Shaitan. This is the case when an alim goes astray, like the Ulema of un-Islamic belief. Then, what can be said about that person who commits Kufr? To regard such a person as Alim-e-Deen is Kufr itself!

A million regrets on him who claims to be a Muslim but respects and regards his Ustaz greater than Almighty Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam. O Allah! With the true respect and mercy of your beloved Habeeb SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam, grant us true Iman. Ameen!


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Steadfastness in Belief

Salvation depends on the fact that every single belief of the Ahle Sunnah Wa Jamah be so firm that one will remain firm even is the sky and the earth vanishes. One must have great fear for his belief at all times. The Ulama of Islam state that:


"One who does not fear that his Iman may be taken away, would be stripped of his Iman at the time of death."

Sayyiduna Umar Faruq (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu) states:


"If a voice calls out from the sky that all the people of the earth are forgiven but one, I would fear that the one would be me, and if the voice calls out that all the people on earth are dwellers of Hell but one, I will hope that the one be me."

The status of "Khouf" (Fear) and "Raja" (Hope) must have a balance as displayed by Sayyiduna Umar Faruq (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu).


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All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. May we live in this World with extreme protection of Iman and leave this world having our Iman safe and sound. May ALLAH keep us away from the tricks and hypocrisy of hypocrites; May ALLAH guide us to the path of those whom HE have favored. Keep us safe and away from those who have earned HIS anger and of those who have gone astray... Aameen!!

Friday, 10 February 2012

The Writer of Dalail al-Khayrat Sharif Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli

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Al-Qutb al-Kamil, Al-Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Abdur Rahman Ibn Abi Bakr Ibn Suleiman Al-Jazuli Simlali al-Hassani al-Maghribi (d. 869/1454). Referred to his grandfather, he is called shortly Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Suleiman al-Jazuli. He belonged to the Berber tribe of Jazula which is settled in the Sus area of Morocco between the Atlantic and the Atlas Mountains. Although the date of Imam al-Jazouli's birth is not known, enough information exists to provide a rough outline of his origins and background. His nisbah (Attributional Name) tells us the he came from the Simlala tribe, one of the most important Sanhaja Berber groups in Jazula. The turbulent political environment of Simlala in the fifteenth century forced the Shaykh to leave his homeland because its culture of violence made serious scholarship impossible. As it turned out, the young sharif had to travel all the way to Fez to get an education, since the insufficient intellectual resources of Marrakech (Morocco), the usual destination for students from central and southern-Saharan Morocco, made study in that city impossible as well.


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He studied locally and then travelled to the Madrasat as-Saffareen in Féz, the spiritual capital of Morocco where his room is still pointed out to visitors. In Fez, He memorized the four volumes Mudawwana of Imam Malik and met scholars of his time such as Ahmad Zarruq, and Muhammad ibn 'Abdullah Amghar, who became his Shaykh in the Tariqah or Sufi path. After setting a tribal feud he left the area and spent the next forty years in Makkah Mukarrama, Madina Munawwarah and Jerusalem. After this, he returned to Fez where he completed Dala'il al-Khayrat.

He took the Shadiliya Path from Shaykh Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Amghar as-Saghir, one of the Ashraaf (Descendants of the Prophet) of Bani Amghar village. He spent fourteen years in Khalwa (seclusion) and then went to Safi where he gathered around him many followers. The governor of Safi felt obliged to expel him and as a result, Jazuli called down Allah's wrath on the town and it subsequently fell into the hands of the Portugese for forty years According to a tradition, it was the governor of Safi who poisoned Jazuli and caused his death, whilst engaged in prayer, in 869 AH (or 870 or 873)


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When he became a Complete Shaykh, he headed towards the town of Safi where he gathered many disciples around him. Later on, Sidi al-Jazuli moved to Afwiral, a Sus village in Morocco, where he established his zawiya that became a centre of spirituality attracting 12665 disciples of his. His Tariqa was mainly based on making prayers upon Sayyiduna Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) as indicates his book: (Dalail al-Khayrat), which he published in Féz after spending forty years in Makkah Mukarramah, Madina Munawwarah and Jerusalem. Dalail al-Khayrat or “ad-Dalil” as Moroccans prefer to call it, is considered as an exclusive source to make prayers upon Sayyiduna Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), as well as a correct and innovative piece of work ever published on the issue.

It is said that Sidi Muhammad Al-Jazuli once went on a journey, when in great need of water for making ablutions; he came upon a well but could not reach the water without a bucket and rope which he did not have. He became very worried. A young girl saw this and came to his assistance. She spat into the well whereupon the water rose to the top of its own accord. Seeing this miracle, he asked the girl "And how is that possible?" She replied "I was able to do this through my asking for blessings upon the Prophet, Allah's blessings and peace be upon the him." Having thus seen the benefit of asking for blessings upon the Prophet, Allah's blessings and peace be upon him, he decided to write Dalail al-Khayrat.


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The Dala'il al-Khayrat is the most celebrated manual of Blessings on the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in history. In fact, the book of Dalail al-Khayrat was welcomed by the Ummah east and west. Many scholars concentrated to explain some of its meanings and benefits such as Sidi Suleiman al-Jamal Shafi'i, Sidi Hasan al-Adwi al-Misri, Sidi Abd al Majid Sharnubi who call his book (Manhaj as-Sa'adah), Sidi Muhammad al-Mahdi Ibn Ahmad al-Fasi who call his book (Matalia al-Masaraat Bi jalaa Dalail Al Khayrat), and the famous Savant of Allah Sidi Ahmad Zaruk; the disciple of his Shaykh Sidi al-Jazuli (may Allah lighten his tomb).

Sidi Abu Abdullah Muhammad Al-Jazuli passed away in 869 AH and was buried inside his Zawiya in Afwiral. Seventy-seven (77) years after his demise, his body was exhumed for removal to Marrakech (Morocco) and found to be uncorrupted. [Adapted from The Encyclopedia of Islam, 1957 Leiden]

He became one of the Seven Men of Marrakech (Morocco) in addition to Sidi Qadi Ayaad, Sidi al-Abbas Sabti, Sidi Joussouf Ben Ali, Sidi Abdul Aziz, Sidi Moul al-Ksour, and Sidi al-Soheyli (may Allah be pleased with all of them).

 
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Thursday, 2 February 2012

حضرت امام ربّانی مجدد الف ثانی شیخ احمد سرہندی فاروقی علیہ الرحمۃ والرضوان

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آپ کی ولادت ١٤ شوال ٩٧١ ھ /١٥٦٣ء ، جلال الدین اکبر بادشاہ کے دور میں سرہند میں ہوئی۔ علوم عقلیہ و نقلیہ میں سند فراغ ٩٨٨ھ میں حاصل کی ١٠٠٧ھ میں آپ کے والد ِ بزرگوار شیخ عبدالاحد علیہ الرحمۃ کا وصال ہوا ۔ سلسلہ عالیہ قادریہ میں حضرت شیخ کمال کیتھلی علیہ الرحمۃ (وصال ٩٨١ھ /١٥٧٣ء) سے نسبت حاصل کی ۔ ١٠٠٨ھ /١٥٩٩ء میں دہلی تشریف لا کر ، زبدۃ العارفین حضرت خواجہ باقی باللہ قدس سرہ، سے سلسلہ عالیہ نقشبندیہ میں بیعت ہو کر انتہائی کمال حاصل کیا اور اسی سال حضرت شاہ سکندر کیتھلی (نبیرہ شیخ کمال کیتھلی) نے حضرت غوثِ اعظم شیخ عبدالقادر جیلانی رضی اللہ عنہ، ( ف ۔٥٦١ھ /١١٦٤ء) کا خرقہ خلافت حضرت مجدد کو عطا کیا۔ عہد اکبری اور جہانگیری میں مسندِ اقتدار سے لے کر عوام کے انتہائی پسماندہ طبقے تک اور سری لنکا کے ساحل سے لے کر آسام تک ، بحیرہ عرب کے جنوبی مسلم علاقوں سے لے کر چین کی سرحدوں تک، حضرت مجدد الف ثانی علیہ الرحمہ نے جو رشد و ہدایت کی شمع فروزاں کی اس سے متذکرہ علاقوں کے علاوہ پورا عالمِ اسلام منور ہوا۔ سلطنتِ مغلیہ کے مقتدر ایوانوں اور عام مسلم گھرانوں میں آپ کے تجدیدی کارناموں کے باعث لاکھوں افراد کامیاب اور راہ یاب ہوئے ۔ آپ کی بے باکی، بے خوفی اور بے غرضی کو دیکھ کر قرونِ اولیٰ و ثانیہ کے مسلمان صحابہ و تابعین کی یاد تازہ ہوجاتی ہے۔ طویل عرصہ زنداں میں اسیر (جیل میں نظر بند) رہنے کے باوجود آپ کے پائے ثبات متزلزل نہیں ہوئے۔ آپ کا وصال پر ملال ٦٣ برس کی عمر میں بروز دوشنبہ (پیر) ٢٩ صفر المظفر ١٠٣٤ھ/١٦٢٤ء میں ہوا۔ اپنے وصال کی خبر آپ نے دس برس قبل ہی دے دی تھی، جوکہ آپ کی کرامت ہے۔ آپ کے زمانہ میں مشہور علماء حضرت محقق علی الاطلاق شیخ عبدالحق محدث دہلوی علیہ الرحمۃ ، پیر طریقت حضرت خواجہ حسام الدین نقشبندی علیہ الرحمۃ اور امام المتکلمین حضرت علامہ عبدالحکیم سیالکوٹی علیہ الرحمۃ تھے۔

شاعرِ مشرق ڈاکٹر محمد اقبال کا نذرانہ عقیدت

حاضر ہوا میں شیخ مجدد کی لحد پر
وہ خاک کہ ہے زیر فلک مطلعِ انوار

اس خاک کے ذروں سے ہیں شرمندہ ستارے
اس خاک میں پوشیدہ ہے وہ صاحبِ اسرار

گردن نہ جھکی جس کی جہانگیر کے آگے
جس کے نفسِ گرم سے ہے گرمیئ احرار

وہ ہند میں سرمایہ ملّت کا نگہباں
اللہ نے بر وقت کیا جس کو خبردار




عقائد و اعمال سے متعلق ارشادات

اہلسنّت ہی جنت میں جائیں گے:

نجات آخرت کا حاصل ہونا صرف اسی پر موقوف ہے کہ تمام افعال و اقوال و اصول و فروع میں اہلسنّت و جماعت (اکثر ہم اللہ تعالیٰ ) کا اتباع کیا جائے اور صرف یہی فرقہ جنتی ہے اہلسنّت و جماعت کے سوا جس قدر فرقے ہیں سب جہنمی ہیں۔ آج اس بات کو کوئی جانے یا نہ جانے کل قیامت کے دن ہر ایک شخص اس بات کو جان لے گا مگر اس وقت کا جاننا کچھ نفع نہ دے گا۔ (مکتوب ٦٩ جلد اوّل مطبع نو لکشور لکھنؤ ٨٦)

حبیب خدا صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم مقصود کائنات:

حدیث قدسی میں ہے کہ حضور سیدنا محمد صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے اللہ تعالیٰ سے عرض کی

اَللّٰھُمَّ اَنْتَ وَمَا اَنَا وَمَا سواک تَرَکْتُ لاَجَلِکَ
یعنی اے اللہ توہی ہے اور میں نہیں ہوں اور تیرے سوا جو کچھ ہے سب کو میں نے تیرے لئے چھوڑدیا

اللہ تبارک و تعالیٰ نے اپنے محبوب صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم سے فرمایا

یَا مُحَمَّد اَنَا وَ اَنْتَ وَمَا سِوَاکَ خَلَقْتُ لاجَلِکَ
یعنی اے محبوب میں ہوں اور تو ہے اور تیرے سوا جو کچھ ہے سب کو میں نے تیرے ہی لئے پیدا کیا ۔ (مکتوب ٨ جلد دوم صفحہ ١٨)

معرفت ربّ العالمین کا سبب حقیقی:

اللہ تعالیٰ عزوجل نے اپنے محبوب صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم سے ارشاد فرمایا۔

لَوْ لاکَ لَمَا خَلَقْتُ الافْلاک
یعنی تمہارا پیدا کرنا مجھے مقصود نہ ہوتا تو میں آسمانوں کو پیدا نہ کرتا

لَوْ
لاکَ لَمَا اَظْہَرْتُ الرَّبُوْ بِیَّۃَ
یعنی تمہارا پیدا کرنا مجھے مقصود نہ ہوتا تو میں اپنا رب ہونا بھی ظاہر نہ کرتا۔ (مکتوب ١١٢جلد سوم صفحہ ٢٣٢)

مجدد صاحب کی زندگی کا مرکز و محور:

مجھے اللہ تبارک و تعالیٰ کے ساتھ اسلئے محبت ہے کہ وہ محمد مصطفی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کا رب ہے ۔ (مکتوب ٢٢١جلدسوم صفحہ ٢٢٤)




نبی کریم علیہ الصلوٰۃ والسلام اللہ کے نور سے ہیں:

حضور اقدس
صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی خلقت کسی بشر کی خلقت کی طرح نہیں بلکہ عالم ممکنات میں کوئی چیز بھی حضور اکرم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے ساتھ کچھ مناسبت نہیں رکھتی ۔ کیونکہ حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو اللہ عزوجل نے اپنے نور سے پیدا فرمایا ہے۔ (مکتوب ١٠٠ جلد سوم صفحہ ١٨٧)

رسول اکرم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کاسایہ نہیں تھا:

عالم امکان کو (جو تحت الثریٰ سے عرش تک کی جملہ موجودات و کائنا ت کا محیط ہے) جس قدر دقت نظر کے ساتھ دیکھا جاتا ہے حضور انور
صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کا وجود پاک اسکے اندر نظر نہیں آتا ۔ سرکار دوعالم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم اس بزم امکان سے بالا تر ہیں۔ اسی لئے حضور اکرم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کا سایہ نہ تھا۔ (مکتوب ١٠٠ جلد سوم صفحہ ١٨٧)

عقیدہ علم غیب:

جو علم غیب اللہ عزوجل کے ساتھ مخصوص ہے اس پر وہ اپنے خاص رسولوں کو مطلع فرمادیتا ہے۔ (مکتوب ٣١٠ جلد اول ٤٤٦)

شیخ مجدد کا مسلک پرتصلّب و تشدد:

جو شخص تمام ضروریات دین پرایمان رکھنے کا دعویٰ کرے لیکن کفرو کفار کے ساتھ نفرت و بیزاری نہ رکھے وہ درحقیقت مرتد ہے۔ اس کا حکم منافق کا حکم ہے۔ جب تک خدا عزوجل اور رسول
صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے دشمنوں کے ساتھ دشمنی نہ رکھی جائے اس وقت تک خدا و رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے ساتھ محبت نہیں ہوسکتی ۔ یہیں پر یہ کہنا ٹھیک ہے ع

تولّٰی بے تبرّ یٰ نیست ممکن (مکتوب ٢٦٦ جلد اول صفحہ ٣٢٥)




اہلبیت کی محبت کے بغیر ایمان مکمل نہیں:

حضور اقدس صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے اہل بیت کرام کیساتھ محبت کا فرض ہونا نصِ قطعی سے ثابت ہے ۔ اللہ عزوجل نے اپنے حبیب صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی دعوت الی الحق و تبلیغ اسلام کی اجرت امت پر یہی قرار دی کہ حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے قرابت داروں کیساتھ محبت کی جائے۔ قُل لاَّ اَسْئَلُکُمْ عَلَیْہِ اَجْرًا اِلا الْمَوَدَّۃَ فِیْ الْقُرْبٰی۔ (مکتوب ٢٦٦، جلد اول صفحہ ٣٢٦)

اصحاب رسول سے محبت :

حضور اکرم
صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے تمام صحابہ کرام رضی اللہ عنہم اجمعین کو نیکی کیساتھ یاد کرنا چاہئے۔ اور حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم ہی کی وجہ سے انکے ساتھ محبت رکھنی چاہئے ۔ ان کے ساتھ محبت حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کیساتھ محبت ہے، انکے ساتھ عداوت حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم ہی کیساتھ عداوت ہے۔ (مکتوب ٢٦٦، جلد اول صفحہ ٣٢٦)

اصحابِ رسول کے درجات:

تمام صحابہ کرم میں سب سے افضل و اعلیٰ سیدنا ابوبکر صدیق رضی اللہ تعالی عنہ ہیں پھر ان کے بعد سب سے افضل سیدنا عمر فاروق رضی اللہ تعالی عنہ ہیں ان دونوں باتوں پر اجماع امت ہے اور چاروں آئمہ مجتہدین امام اعظم ابو حنیفہ و امام شافعی و امام مالک و امام احمد بن حنبل رضی اللہ عنہم اجمعین اور اکثر علماء اہلسنّت کا یہی مذہب ہے کہ حضرت عمر کے بعد تمام صحابہ میں سب سے افضل سیدنا عثمان غنی ہیں ، پھر ان کے بعد تمام امت میں سب سے افضل سیدنا مولیٰ علی کرم اللہ وجہہ، ہیں۔ (مکتوب ٢٦٦، جلد اول، صفحہ٣٣٠)

مولیٰ علی حق پر ہیں:

حضرت مولیٰ علی کرم اللہ وجہہ، کے ساتھ حضرت ام المؤمنین عائشہ صدیقہ رضی اللہ تعالیٰ عنہا و سیدنا طلحہٰ و سیدنا زبیر و سیدنا معاویہ و سیدنا عمر و بن العاص کی لڑائیاں ہوئیں۔ ان سب میں مولیٰ علی کرم اللہ تعالیٰ وجہہ حق پر تھے۔ اور یہ حضرات خطا پر ۔ لیکن وہ خطا عنادی نہ تھی بلکہ خطائے اجتہادی تھی۔ مجتہد کواسکی خطائے اجتہادی پر بھی ایک ثواب ملتا ہے۔ ہم کو تمام صحابہ کے ساتھ محبت رکھنے ، ان سب کی تعظیم کرنے کا حکم ہے جو کسی صحابی کے ساتھ بغض و عداوت رکھے وہ بد مذہب ہے۔ (خلاصہ مکتوب ٢٦٦ جلد اول صفحہ٣٢٦ تا ٣٣٠)




روافض سے اجتناب:

جو لوگ کلمہ پڑھتے اور اپنے آپ کو مسلمان کہتے ہیں لیکن صحابہ کرام رضی اللہ عنہم اجمعین کے ساتھ دشمنی کرتے ہیں اللہ عزوجل نے قرآن میں ان کو کافر کہا ہے۔ لِیَغِیْظَ بِہِمُ الْکُفَّار مسلمان کہلانے والے بد مذہب کی صحبت کھُلے ہوئے کافر کی صحبت سے زیادہ نقصان پہنچاتی ہے۔ (مکتوب ٥٤ جلد اول صفحہ٧١)

اولیائے کرام کی فضیلت:

* انبیا و اولیاء کی پاک روحوں کو عرش سے فرش تک ہر جگہ برابر کی نسبت ہوتی ہے کوئی چیز ان سے نزدیک و دور نہیں۔ (مکتوب ٢٨٩ جلد ۱ صفحہ ٣٧١)
* حضور اقدس صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی امت کے اولیائے کرام کا طواف کرنے کیلئے کعبہ معظمہ حاضر ہوتا اور ان سے برکتیں حاصل کرتا ہے۔ (مکتوب ٢٠٩ جلد اول صفحہ ٢١١)
* اکمل اولیا اللہ کو اللہ عزوجل یہ قدرت عطا فرماتا ہے کہ وہ بیک وقت متعدد مقامات پر تشریف فرما ہوتے ہیں۔ (مکتوب ٥٨ جلد دوم صفحہ ١١٥)
* عارف ایسے مرتبہ پر پہنچ جاتا ہے کہ عرض ہو یا جوہر، آفاق ہو یا انفس تمام مخلوقات اور موجودات کے ذروں میں سے ہر ایک ذرہ اس کے لئے غیب الغیب کا دروازہ ہوجاتا ہے اور ہر ایک ذرہ بارگاہ الٰہی کی طرف اسکے لئے ایک سڑک بن جاتا ہے۔ (مکتوب ١١٠ جلد سومصفحہ٢١٠)

غوث اعظم تقدیر بدل سکتے ہیں:۔

حضور پر نور سیدنا غوث اعظم محی الدین عبد القادر جیلانی رضی اللہ تعالی عنہ کو اللہ نے یہ قدرت عطا فرمائی ہے کہ جو قضا لوح محفوط میں بشکل مبرم لکھی ہوئی ہو اور اس کی تعلیق صرف علم خداوندی میں ہو۔ ایسی قضا میں باذن اللہ تصرف فرما سکتے ہیں۔ (مکتوب ٢١٧ جلد اول صفحہ ٢٢٤)


حضور پر نور سیدنا غوث اعظم محی الدین عبدالقادر جیلانی رضی اللہ تعالی عنہ کے زمانہ مبارک سے قیامت تک جتنے اولیاء ،ابدال ، اقطاب ، اوتاد، نقبا، نجبائ، غوث یا مجدد ہونگے ، سب فیضان ولایت و برکات طریقت حاصل کرنے میں حضور غوث اعظم رضی اللہ تعالی عنہ کے محتاج ہونگے بغیر ان کے واسطے اور وسیلے کے قیامت تک کوئی شخص ولی نہیں ہوسکتا۔ احمد سرہندی بھی حضور غوث اعظم رضی اللہ تعالی عنہ کا نائب ہے جس طرح سورج کا پرتو پڑنے سے چاند منور ہوتا ہے اسی طرح احمد سرہندی پر بھی تمام فیوض و برکات حضور غوث اعظم رضی اللہ تعالی عنہ کی بارگاہ سے فائز ہورہے ہیں۔ (مکتوب ١٢٣ جلد سوم صفحہ ٢٤٨)

تقلید واجب ہے:۔

مقلد کو یہ جائز نہیں کہ اپنے امام کی رائے کے خلاف قرآن عظیم و حدیث شریف سے احکام شرعّیہ خود نکال کر ان پر عمل کرنے لگے۔ مقلدین کے لئے یہی ضروری ہے کہ جس امام کی تقلید کررہے ہیں اسی کے مذہب کا مفتی بہ قول معلوم کرکے اسی پر عمل کریں۔ (مکتوب ٢٨٦ جلد اول صفحہ ٣٧٥)




بد مذہبوں سے بچو!:

اللہ نے اپنے پیغمبر صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو جو خلق عظیم کے ساتھ موصوف ہیں، کافروں اور منافقوں پر جہاد کرنے اور سختی فرمانے کا حکم دیا۔ اسلام کی عزت ،کفر کی ذلت پر اور مسلمانوں کی عزت، کافروں کی ذلت پر موقوف ہے۔ جس نے کافروں کی عزت کی اس نے مسلمانوں کی ذلیل کیا۔ کافروں اور منافقوں کو کتوں کی طرح دور رکھنا چاہئے۔ ۔خدا عزوجل اور رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے دشمنوں کے ساتھ میل جول بہت بڑا گناہ ہے۔ خدا اور رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے دشمنوں کے ساتھ دوستی و الفت خدا عزوجل و رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی دشمنی و عداوت تک پہنچا دیتی ہے۔ (مکتوب ١٦٣ جلد اول صفحہ ١٦٥)

گائے کی قربانی:

گائے ذبح کرنا ہندوستان میں اسلام کا بہت بڑا شعار ہے (مکتوب ٨١ جلد اول صفحہ ١٠٦)

ہندوؤں کے دیوتاؤں کو پیغمبر یا اوتار نہ سمجھواور خدا بھی نہ سمجھو:

ہندوؤں کے دیوتا مثل رام و کرشن وغیرہا کافر و بے دین تھے کہ لوگوں کو اپنی عبادت کی طرف دعوت دیتے تھے اور اس بات کے قائل تھے کہ خدا ان کے اندر حلول کئے ہوئے ہے۔ ہندو جس رام اور کرشن کو پوجتے ہیں وہ تو ماں باپ سے پیدا ہوئے تھے، رام وسرتھ کا بیٹا تھا، لچھمن کا بھائی اور سیتا کا خاوند تھا لہٰذا یہ کہنا کہ رام اور رحمان ایک ہی ہستی کے دو نام ہیں کسی طرح ٹھیک نہیں۔ (مکتوب ١٦٧ جلد اول صفحہ ١٧١)

میلاد و اعراس کی محافل جائز ہیں:

مجلس میلاد شریف میں اگر اچھی آواز کے ساتھ قرآن پاک کی تلاوت کی جائے اور حضور اقدس صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی نعت شریف اور صحابہ کرام و اہل بیت عظام و اولیائے اعلام رضی اللہ عنہم اجمعین کی منقبت کے قصیدے پڑھے جائیں تو اس میں کیا حرج ہے؟ ناجائز بات تو یہ ہے کہ قرآن عظیم کے حروف میں تغیر و تحریف کر دی جائے۔ اور قصیدے پڑھنے میں راگنی اور موسیقی کے قواعد کی رعایت و پابندی کی جائے اور تالیاں بجائی جائیں۔ جس مجلس میلاد مبارک میں یہ ناجائز باتیں نہ ہوں اس کے ناجائز ہونے کی کیا وجہ ہو سکتی ہے؟ ہاں جب تک راگنی اور تال سُر کے ساتھ گانے اور تالیاں بجانے کا دروازہ بالکل بند نہ کیا جائے گا ابو الہوس لوگ باز نہ آئیں گے۔ اگر ان نامشروع باتوں کی ذرا سی بھی اجازت دے دی جائے گی تو اس کا نتیجہ بہت ہی خراب نکلے گا۔ (مکتوب ٧٢ جلد سوئم صفحہ ١١٦)





بے ادبوں گستاخوں سے صلح جائز نہیں:

حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے کے ساتھ کمال محبت کی علامت یہ ہے کہ حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے دشمنوں کے ساتھ کمال بغض رکھیں۔ اور ان کی شریعت کے مخالفوں کے ساتھ عداوت کا اظہار کریں۔ محبت کے اندر پالیسی اور چاپلوسی جائز نہیں۔ کیونکہ محب اپنے محبوب کا دیوانہ ہوتا ہے۔ وہ اس بات کو برداشت نہیں کرسکتا کہ اس کے محبوب کی مخالفت کی جائے۔ وہ اپنے محبوب کے مخالفوں کے ساتھ کسی طرح بھی صلح پسند نہیں کرتا۔ دو محبتیں جو آپس میں ایک دوسرے کی ضد ہوں ایک قلب میں اکٹھی نہیں ہوسکتیں ۔ کفار کے ساتھ جو خدا اور رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے دشمن ہیں دشمن ہونا چاہئے اور ان کی ذلت و خواری میں کوشش کرنا چاہئے اور کسی طرح بھی ان کو عزت نہیں دینا چاہئے اور ان بدبختوں کو اپنی مجلس میں آنے نہیں دینا چاہئے اور ان سے اُنس و محبت نہیں کرنا چاہئے اور ان کے ساتھ سختی و شدت کا طریقہ برتنا چاہئے اور جہاں تک ہوسکے کسی بات میں ان کی طرف رجوع نہ کرنا چاہئے اور اگر بالفرض ان سے کوئی ضرورت پڑ جائے تو جس طرح انسان ناگواری اور مجبوری سے بیت الخلا جاتا ہے اسی طرح ان سے اپنی ضرورت پوری کرنا چاہئے۔ (خلاصہ مکتوب ١٦٥ جلد اول صفحہ ١٦٦ تا ١٦٩)

بادشاہ حکمراں کی حیثیت:

رعایا کے ساتھ بادشاہ کا تعلق ایسا ہے جیسا دل کا جسم سے ہوتا ہے، اگر دل ٹھیک ہو تو بدن بھی ٹھیک رہے گا، اگر دل بگڑ جائے تو بدن بھی بگڑ جائے گا، بالکل اسی طرح ملک کی بہتری بادشاہ کی بہتری پر منحصر ہے، اگر بادشاہ بگڑ جائے گا تو ملک کا بگڑ جانا بھی لازمی ہے۔

شہزادہ خرّم (شاہجہاں) کو بشارت دی:

ایک دن حضرت مجدد تنہا بیٹھے تھے کہ شہزادہ خرم آپکی خدمت میں حاضر ہوا اور عرض کیا! یہ عجیب بات ہے کہ میں نے ہمیشہ آپ کی طرف دار و حمایت کی مگر آپ نے میرے حق میں دعا کے بجائے بادشاہ کے حق میں دعا فرمادی آپ نے جواباً فرمایا! ''مت گھبرا، مجھے اللہ تعالیٰ کی طرف سے معلوم ہوا ہے کہ تو عنقریب تخت پر بیٹھے گا اور تیرا لقب شاہ جہاں ہوگا۔'' شہزادہ خرم نے استدعا کی کہ مجھے بطور تبرک اپنی دستار عطا فرمائیں تو امام ربانی نے اپنی دستار شہزادہ کو دی جو عرصہ تک مغل بادشاہوں کے پاس تبرکاً محفوظ رہی۔


Concept of Revivalist [Mujaddid] in Islam

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The issue of the celebrations of the noble birth of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) sparks much debate and questions are raised as to whether it is correct or otherwise to observe it. Indeed a lot has been argued on this subject, hence the need to clarify why Muslims from all over the world celebrate this occasion as an “Eid” (literally meaning happy occasion or festival).

It is firmly established from various Qur’anic Verses, Prophetic Ahadith, Sunnah of the Companions, historical facts, and by consensus of the Ulama, that innovations could either be blameworthy or meritorious.


This article is not an attempt to define the categories of “Bid'ah” – (what is a Good Innovation or a Blameworthy Innovation etc) – for that is an entirely different subject. What this article shall prove, with Allah’s help, is that this commemoration is not an innovation (Bid'ah) at all!! So the question of whether such a commemoration is good or blameworthy, simply does not arise!

The issue of mixing these commemorations with forbidden (Haraam) acts is one that applies not only this, but universally to all forms of worship. Needless to say, forbidden acts must be abstained from at all times, not only during these commemorations. We cannot, obviously, leave any sort of worship because some people might mix it with forbidden acts. For example – offering Salaah is compulsory, but if the Niyah (intention) is for showing off (display), then this act of display is forbidden – but not the Salaah. So if the person indulging in these acts (in our example display) is to be advised, he should be advised to abstain from display – but not advised to forego Salaat altogether. Another example is that if a person steals something from a mosque, should we try to prevent the theft or should we just stupidly demolish the mosque?

The Following will make it amply clear that:-

  • Allah, the Almighty, has Himself commemorated Mawlid of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him)
  • Allah has gifted mankind with innumerable favours due to the Mawlid of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him), and that these favours shall continue. So this commemoration by Allah is still ongoing.
So when such radiant and undisputable proofs are available from the Holy Qur’an what is the need to search
for “historical” evidence as to when and where it was actually done by the Ummah?


Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala Commemorates Mawlid
of the Beloved Prophet

Proof # 1


وَإِذْ أَخَذَ اللَّهُ مِيثَاقَ النَّبِيِّينَ لَمَا آَتَيْتُكُمْ مِنْ كِتَابٍ وَحِكْمَةٍ ثُمَّ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مُصَدِّقٌ لِمَا مَعَكُمْ لَتُؤْمِنُنَّ بِهِ وَلَتَنْصُرُنَّهُ قَالَ أَأَقْرَرْتُمْ وَأَخَذْتُمْ عَلَى ذَلِكُمْ إِصْرِي قَالُوا أَقْرَرْنَا قَالَ فَاشْهَدُوا وَأَنَا مَعَكُمْ مِنَ الشَّاهِدِينَ
And remember when Allah took a covenant from the Prophets; “If I give you the Book and knowledge and the (promised) Noble Messenger comes to you, confirming the Books you possess, you shall positively, definitely believe in him and you shall positively, definitely help him”; He said, “Do you agree, and accept My binding responsibility in this matter?” They all answered, “We agree”; He said, “Then bear witness amongst yourselves, and I Myself am a witness with you.” [Surah Aal-e-Imran 3:81]

Allah has never sent a prophet, from Adam onward, unless he took from Him the covenant regarding (our master) Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon Him): If (our master) Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) is sent in that prophet’s lifetime, he was to believe in him and support him, and that prophet was to take this covenant to his people as well.

Proof # 2


وَإِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُمْ مُصَدِّقًا لِمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُولٍ يَأْتِي مِنْ بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ قَالُوا هَذَا سِحْرٌ مُبِينٌ
And remember when Eisa the son of Maryam said, “O Descendants of Israel! Indeed I am Allah’s Noble Messenger towards you, confirming the Book Torah which was before me, and heralding glad tidings of the Noble Messenger who will come after me – his name is Ahmed (the Praised One)”; so when Ahmed came to them with clear proofs, they said, “This is an obvious magic.” [Surah Saff 61:6]

Proof # 3


أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ فَعَلَ رَبُّكَ بِأَصْحَابِ الْفِيلِ
O dear Prophet, did you not see how did your Lord deal with the People of the Elephant? [Surah Feel 105:1]

It is well known that Allah protected the Meccans from the attack of Abraha, and that this took place in the year of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him)’s birth. This event is an indication of the prestige of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) , and a clear proof of Allah’s great favour in the year of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him)’s birth.

Proof # 4


وَلَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ كِتَابٌ مِنْ عِنْدِ اللَّهِ مُصَدِّقٌ لِمَا مَعَهُمْ وَكَانُوا مِنْ قَبْلُ يَسْتَفْتِحُونَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ مَا عَرَفُوا كَفَرُوا بِهِ فَلَعْنَةُ اللَّهِ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ
And when the Book from Allah came to them, which confirms the Book in their possession - and before that they used to seek victory through the medium of this very Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) over the disbelievers; so when the one whom they fully recognised came to them, they turned disbelievers - therefore Allah’s curse is upon the disbelievers. [Surah Baqarah 2:89]

Proof # 5


لَعَمْرُكَ إِنَّهُمْ لَفِي سَكْرَتِهِمْ يَعْمَهُونَ
By your life O dear Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) - they are indeed straying in their intoxication. [Surah Hijr 15:72]

Note here that Allah has sworn upon the entire life of His Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) – this includes the time of his noble birth!

Proof # 6


وَالْعَصْرِ
By oath of this era of yours (O dear Prophet Muhammad). [Surah A`sr 103:1]

How did Allah celebrate this on the DAY of the Prophet’s birth?

  • He made the Ka’aba lean in prostration towards the place of the noble birth.
  • Allah caused the idols to fall down.
  • He extinguished the fires of Persia.
  • Only male children were born on that day.
  • The skies were illuminated.
  • Paradise was further decorated on this occasion.
  • Allah removed drought from Mecca, turned the earth green and made the trees bear fruit, and blessings came to the Quraish from every direction
  • Allah stopped sending down torments.
  • He sent down the maidens of Paradise to give company to Syeda Amina .
  • He sent down Angel Sayyiduna Jibreel to carry the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him), and announce his birth all over the world.

Allah's gift to mankind due to the Arrival of the
Beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him)

Proof # 1


كَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا فِيكُمْ رَسُولًا مِنْكُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْكُمْ آَيَاتِنَا وَيُزَكِّيكُمْ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمْ مَا لَمْ تَكُونُوا تَعْلَمُونَ
The way We have sent to you a Noble Messenger from among you, who recites to you Our verses and purifies you, and teaches you the Book and sound wisdom, and teaches you what you did not know. [Surah Baqarah 2:151]

Proof # 2


لَقَدْ مَنَّ اللَّهُ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذْ بَعَثَ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًا مِنْ أَنْفُسِهِمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آَيَاتِهِ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَإِنْ كَانُوا مِنْ قَبْلُ لَفِي ضَلال مُبِينٍ
Allah has indeed bestowed a great favour upon the Muslims, in that He sent to them a Noble Messenger from among them, who recites to them His verses, and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and wisdom; and before it, they were definitely in open error. [Surah Aal-e-Imran 3:164]

Note that Allah has called the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) – as one of His greatest favours to Muslims.

Proof # 3


الَّذِينَ يَتَّبِعُونَ الرَّسُولَ النَّبِيَّ الْأُمِّيَّ الَّذِي يَجِدُونَهُ مَكْتُوبًا عِنْدَهُمْ فِي التَّوْرَاةِ وَالْإِنْجِيلِ يَأْمُرُهُمْ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَاهُمْ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَيُحِلُّ لَهُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْخَبَائِثَ وَيَضَعُ عَنْهُمْ إِصْرَهُمْ وَالْأَغْلَالَ الَّتِي كَانَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ فَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا بِهِ وَعَزَّرُوهُ وَنَصَرُوهُ وَاتَّبَعُوا النُّورَ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ مَعَهُ أُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ
“Those who will obey this Noble Messenger, the Herald of the Hidden who is untutored (except by Allah), whom they will find mentioned in the Taurat and the Injeel with them; he will command them to do good and forbid them from wrong, and he will make lawful for them the good clean things and prohibit the foul for them, and he will unburden the loads and the neck chains which were upon them; so those who believe in him, and revere him, and help him, and follow the light which came down with him - it is they who have succeeded." [Surah Aa'raf 7:157]

Note that to honour the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) is part of faith. To disrespect him is blasphemy.

Proof # 4


هُوَ الَّذِي بَعَثَ فِي الْأُمِّيِّينَ رَسُولًا مِنْهُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آَيَاتِهِ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَإِنْ كَانُوا مِنْ قَبْلُ لَفِي ضَلَالٍ مُبِينٍ
It is He Who has sent among the unlettered people a Noble Messenger from themselves, who recites His verses to them and purifies them, and bestows them the knowledge of the Book and wisdom; and indeed before this, they were in open error. [Surah Jumu'ah 62:2]

Proof # 5


وَمَا كَانَ اللَّهُ لِيُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَأَنْتَ فِيهِمْ وَمَا كَانَ اللَّهُ مُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَهُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ
And it is not for Allah to punish them while you (O dear Prophet) are amongst them; and Allah will not punish them as long as they are seeking forgiveness. [Surah Anfal 8:33]

Proof # 6


وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِلْعَالَمِينَ
And We did not send you (O dear Prophet) except as a mercy for the entire world. [Surah Ambiya 21:107]

Note that Allah has named the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) “a mercy unto mankind”.

How has Allah rewarded the Muslims after the day of the Prophet’s birth?

  • He sent down the Holy Qur’an.
  • He sent down the sound Wisdom (i.e. the Prophet’s Sunnah)
  • He made the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) as a Mercy to all mankind.
  • He lessened the punishments of Muslims sins.
  • He increased the rewards tenfold for Muslims’ good deeds.
  • He lessened the burdens on the necks of Muslims.
  • He accepts forgiveness who seek it from him, and for whom the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) seeks forgiveness.
  • He has kept open the doors of forgiveness till the very end.
  • He has promised first entry in to Paradise for the Muslims.
  • 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 (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) , 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 (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) 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.


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Allah commands us to remember and rejoice upon his favors
to Increase His Worship especially on the Great Days

Proof # 1



فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ
Therefore remember Me, I will cause you to be spoken of and acknowledge My rights, and do not be ungrateful [Surah Baqarah 2:152]

Proof # 2


إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِنْ شَعَائِرِ اللَّهِ فَمَنْ حَجَّ الْبَيْتَ أَوِ اعْتَمَرَ فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِ أَنْ يَطَّوَّفَ بِهِمَا وَمَنْ تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ شَاكِرٌ عَلِيمٌ
Undoubtedly Safa and Marwah are among the symbols of Allah; so there is no sin on him, for whoever performs the Hajj of this House (of Allah) or the Umrah to go back and forth between them; and whoever does good of his own accord, then (know that) indeed Allah is Most Appreciative, the All Knowing. [Surah Baqarah 2:158]

Note here that Allah has promised excellent reward for those who good deeds of their own accord (increase their non-obligatory worship) - for such Allah will be “Most Appreciative”.

Proof # 3


يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتِيَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَأَوْفُوا بِعَهْدِي أُوفِ بِعَهْدِكُمْ وَإِيَّايَ فَارْهَبُونِ
O Descendants of Israel! Remember My favour which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill your covenant towards Me, I shall fulfill My covenant towards you; and fear Me alone. [Surah Baqarah 2:40]

Proof # 4


يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتِيَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَأَنِّي فَضَّلْتُكُمْ عَلَى الْعَالَمِينَ
O Descendants of Israel! Remember the favour of Mine, which I bestowed upon you and gave you superiority over others of your time. [Surah Baqarah 2:47]

Note the superiority is by the sending of the Noble Messengers.

Proof # 5


وَإِذَا طَلَّقْتُمُ النِّسَاءَ فَبَلَغْنَ أَجَلَهُنَّ فَأَمْسِكُوهُنَّ بِمَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ سَرِّحُوهُنَّ بِمَعْرُوفٍ وَلَا تُمْسِكُوهُنَّ ضِرَارًا لِتَعْتَدُوا وَمَنْ يَفْعَلْ ذَلِكَ فَقَدْ ظَلَمَ نَفْسَهُ وَلَا تَتَّخِذُوا آَيَاتِ اللَّهِ هُزُوًا وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَمَا أَنْزَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَالْحِكْمَةِ يَعِظُكُمْ بِهِ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ
And when you have divorced women, and their term reaches its end, either retain them on good terms within this period or release them with kindness; and do not retain them in order to hurt them, hence transgressing the limits; and he who does so harms only himself; and do not make the signs of Allah the objects of ridicule; and remember Allah’s favour that is bestowed upon you and that He has sent down to you the Book and wisdom, for your guidance; keep fearing Allah and know well that Allah knows everything. [Surah Baqarah 2:231]

The favour separately mentioned here is the advent of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him)

Proof # 6


لَقَدْ مَنَّ اللَّهُ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذْ بَعَثَ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًا مِنْ أَنْفُسِهِمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آَيَاتِهِ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَإِنْ كَانُوا مِنْ قَبْلُ لَفِي ضَلَالٍ مُبِينٍ
Allah has indeed bestowed a great favour upon the Muslims, in that He sent to them a Noble Messenger from among them, who recites to them His verses, and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and wisdom; and before it, they were definitely in open error. [Surah Aal-e-Imran 3:164]

Note that the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) is one of Allah’s greatest favours to mankind.

Proof # 7


وَإِذْ قَالَ مُوسَى لِقَوْمِهِ يَا قَوْمِ اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ جَعَلَ فِيكُمْ أَنْبِيَاءَ وَجَعَلَكُمْ مُلُوكًا وَآَتَاكُمْ مَا لَمْ يُؤْتِ أَحَدًا مِنَ الْعَالَمِينَ
And when Moosa said to his people, “O my people! Remember Allah’s favour upon you, that He created Prophets among you, and made you kings, and has now given you what He has not given to any one else in this world.” [Surah Maidah 5:20]

Note that the creation of Prophets is mentioned as a separate favour.

Proof # 8


يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُمْ مَوْعِظَةٌ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاءٌ لِمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۔۔۔ قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ
O mankind! The advice has come to you from your Lord and a cure for the hearts - and guidance and mercy for believers. Say, “Upon Allah’s munificence and upon His mercy - upon these should the people rejoice”; this is better than all the wealth they hoard. [Surah Yunus 10:57-58]

Proof # 9


وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا مُوسَى بِآَيَاتِنَا أَنْ أَخْرِجْ قَوْمَكَ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ وَذَكِّرْهُمْ بِأَيَّامِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَآَيَاتٍ لِكُلِّ صَبَّارٍ شَكُورٍ
And indeed We sent Moosa along with Our signs that, “Bring your people from the realms of darkness into light - and remind them of the days of Allah; indeed in them are signs for every greatly enduring, grateful person.” [Surah Ibrahim 14:5]

The “days of Allah” refers to days when various favours were bestowed.

Proof # 10


وَأَمَّا بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ فَحَدِّثْ
And abundantly proclaim the favours of your Lord. [Surah Duha 93:11]

Note that we are commanded here to keep proclaiming the “favours” of our Lord Allah.


By the grace of Allah, from the above,
It has been amply proven that

  • Allah, the Almighty, has Himself commemorated Mawlid of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him).
  • Allah has gifted mankind with innumerable favours due to the Mawlid of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him), and that these favours shall continue. This commemoration by Allah is still ongoing.
  • Allah wants us to remember His favours, His Prophets, His “days” etc.
  • So in light of the above, Mawlid commemoration is not an innovation at all.
  • Other than 2 compulsory Eids, there are other non-obligatory “Eids” (days of joy) in Islam.
  • Fixing a date for commemorating any of Allah’s favours, is not against Islamic law.
  • We are in fact through Mawlid refuting the wrong Christian belief, and upholding Tawheed.
Allah and His Beloved Prophet Knows the Best!!


Peace And Abundant Blessings Be Upon Our Master Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) - The Leader Of The Creation – And Upon His Progeny, His Companions, And All His Followers.


The Reviver (Mujaddid) of the 14th Century AlaHadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Alaihir raHmah

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Imam Ahmed Rida Khan [d. 1340h/1921 CE] was a champion of the Sunni World in the twentieth century as he defended the belief system of Sunni Muslims and rejected the false and deviant ways head on with support from the greatest Ulama worldwide.

He restored the deen to its original state in India when falsehood was being mixed with the truth and people were confused about Sunni beliefs and practices. Such a person is known as a “Mujaddid”.

Hadrat Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him) said:

“There will always be in my Ummah a group who safeguard the truth until Qiyamah comes” [Hakim’s Mustadrak]

Hadrat Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates the Noble Prophet (upon him peace and blessings) said:

“Allah shall send for this Ummah at the head of every hundred years a person who shall revive their Deen for them”

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Family History


Imam Ahmed Rida son of Mufti Naqi ‘Ali son of Mufti Muhammad Rida. He was born in a scholarly family on the 10th of Shawwal (1856 CE) in Bareilly, India.

His forefathers were originally from Kandahar, Afghanistan, and migrated to and settled in India.

Studies & Discipleship

Imam Ahmed Rida studied twenty one traditional Islamic sciences under his father, and mastered over fifty traditional sciences most of which were poured into his heart from Allah Almighty as he mentioned in al-Ijaazat al-Mateenah.

He wrote his first ever fatwa on 14th Sha’ban 1286h on an issue of fostering (when he was only 13 years, 10 months and 4 days old!)

Imam Ahmed Rida took his spiritual pledge (bay’ah/ahd) and received khilafah in various Sufi pathways from his spiritual teacher , Sayyid Shah Aal-e-Rasul Ahmadi from Marehrah, India, in 1296H.

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Travels to Hajj

First Hajj: In 1295h (1878 CE), at the age of 22, the great Imam traveled to perform Hajj with his father where he received Ijazahs (licenses to teach) in the traditional sciences from the great scholars of Makkah such as Sayyid Ahmad Zayni Dahlan and Mufti Abdullah bin Abd ar-Rahman Siraaj.

Event: It is narrated that Imam Ahmed Rida was near Maqam Ibrahim after Maghrib salah one evening that the Shafi’I Imam of Masjid al-Haraam Shaykh Salih Jamal al-Layl Makki (d.1320h/1884) greeted him and said: “I swear by Allah, I can see the light of Allah shine in your forehead” and presented Ijazahs to him.

Second Hajj: In 1323h (1906 CE), Imam Ahmed Rida travelled to the Two Holy sanctuaries for the second time in company of his brother, Mawlana Hassan Raza Khan and son, Mawlana Hamid Raza Khan.

Event: He wrote a book called “Al-Dawlah al-Makkiyyah” in Arabic in this journey in just over eight hours without using any books on a question proposed to him by the Sharif of Makkah on the Noble Prophet ‘s (may Allah give him peace and blessings) knowledge of the unseen (ilm al-gayb). This work received a tremendous acceptance in its recital gathering in the presence of the Sharif which was attended by the prominent scholars of the time.

In the same journey, he had numerous meetings of knowledge and circles with the great Ulama who were either teaching, living or traveling in Hijaz. He produced a number of books in Arabic due to these sittings and circles, among them are:

Hussam al-Haramayn (Sword of the Two Holy Sanctuaries on the throat of disbelief and falsehood)his famous work in defence of the Sunni beliefs and refutation of deviant groups that had blasphemed Allah and His Messenger.

Al-Ijaazat al-MateenahHis licenses to the scholars of Makkah and Madinah and letters to them

Kiflul FaqihFatwa on the legal status of the bank note in Islamic law

All three of the above mentioned books made Imam Ahmed Rida very popular in the holy lands of Hijaz, Syria and Yemen.

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What his contemporary Arab scholars said about Him?

Major scholars of Makkah and Madinah praised him lavishly for his knowledge and piety. He was called:

“The absolute Shaykh of all teachers” by Shaykh Ismail Makki, Libarian of Makkah Haram Library

“The encyclopaedia of all sciences” by Shaykh ‘Ali bin Hassan Maliki, Mufti of Makkah city

“A giant Imam and well learned man who is an expert in the sciences” by Shaykh Yusuf Nabhani, Mujaddid of Sham & Mufti of Lebanon.

[See: Al-Dawlah al-Makkiyyah & Hussamul Haramayn for more]

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His Principles (Manhaj)


1. Love of Allah and His Messenger is before anything & everything

He said “If my heart was ever divided into two parts, one of them would have written on it “laa ilaaha illAllah” and on the other “Muhammadur Rasulullah”!!

2. Defending the Honour of the Noble Messenger (upon him peace & blessings)

He did not tolerate blasphemy (disrespect) of the Noble Messenger or of the pious companions or Awliya and stood strongly against the corrupted groups of his time for this reason.

3. Education and transmission of authentic knowledge

He was a dedicated teacher and some of the greatest Ulama of India were his students, among them are:
  • His two sons, Hujjatul Islam (Proof of Islam) Hamid Rida Khan & Mufti-e-Azam Hind (the grand Mufti of India), Mustafa Rida Khan
  • Sadrus Shariah (Front line scholar of Islamic Law): Amjad Ali al-A’zami
  • Malik al-Ulema (King of the Ulama): Zafaruddin Bihari
  • Sayyid Muhammad Muhadith-e-Kachouchwi
  • Qutb-e-Madina: Ziya’uddin Ahmad al-Madani & others
4. Self-Purification

He followed the spiritual path (tariqa) of Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani and loved all the Sufiya (Awliya). He made thousands repent from sins in his gatherings  and his entire life was spent purifying hearts and summoning people to Allah Almighty

5. Praise of the Messenger through writing and poems

His Durood-o-Salam is recited all over the world after Jum’ua and at the ends of religious events in mosques and homes like the Qasidah Burdah. His most famous book of Na’ats is called “Hada’iq-e-Bakshish” containing some of the finest praises of Allah and of His chosen people.

6. Following the Sunnah of the Messenger (upon him peace & blessings) to the smallest detail

The character of the Noble Messenger (upon him peace & blessings) was imprinted in Imam Ahmed Rida’s life. He staunchly practised the Sunnah and so did his disciples and students.

7. Uncompromising defence of the Ahlus-Sunnah beliefs and practises

He authored more than two hundred books on the teachings of the Ahlus-Sunnah and their defence.

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His Books

Imam Ahmed Rida wrote more than a thousand books and commentaries in more than 55 sciences. A list of about 350 books is available titled “al-Mujmal al Mu’addid”. A bulky 12 volume Hanafi fatwa collection: “Fataawa-e-Ridwiyyah” in Urdu/Arabic was recently published in Lahore (Pakistan) with an index in 33 volumes! His Fataawa are an ocean of knowledge and wisdom.

The Sunni Muslims of the sub-continent (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan) remember the great Imam for his service to the Ahlus-Sunnah and consider him a saviour when the Sunni-way was at threat.

 
His Demise and Burial

Imam Ahmed Rida passed away on 28th October 1921 CE (25th Safar 1340h) at the age of 65, in his home at Jumu’ah time when the mu’adhin was saying “come to success” leaving behind two sons, Mowlana Hamid Raza and Mufti Mustafa Raza, and five daughters.

People from all over the world visit his blessed shrine in Bareilly Shareef every year on 25th Safar and attend the annual khatam (Blessed URS).

The great grandson who takes care of the affairs of the school of Imam Ahmed Rida in Bareilly is Mufti Akhtar Rida Khan, a fine scholar and graduate of al-Azhar University in Egypt. He is now visually impaired yet still teaches and dictates translations to books in Arabic and English, with good knowledge of English. May Allah preserve him and grant health.

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Prominent Scholars of Islam on Celebrating Mawlid an-Nabawi Sharif

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Having read the words of those who had lived with the Holy Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam and had closely watched his every action, we shall now turn to some great scholars of Islam, whose writings are considered most authentic in Islamic affairs. Pay heed to these to dispel any doubts that you may have regarding the subject. All these great scholars firmly believed that celebrating Mawlid Sharif of the Holy Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam is authentic and lawful.

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Sayings of the Prominent Scholars about Celebrating Mawlid

1. After relating Abu Lahab’s relief on setting Thuwaibha free, Hadrat Maulana Shah Abdul Haq Dehlvi in his famous book Madarij an-Nabuwwah says:

"This event provides a clear proof to those who celebrate Milad Sharif by rejoicing and alms giving on the night of the birth of the holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam), People of Makkah gather on 12th Rabi al-Awwal to is it the house in which the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) was born. Only because he was his nephew, he has been receiving, in spite of this being an idolater, the benefits of thus rejoicing in his grave every Monday, then how much more blessing will fall to the lot of him who acknowledges the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) as the beloved of ALLAH and His true Prophet, and celebrates Milad Sharif repeatedly.” [Madarij an-Nabuwwah, Vol. 2, Page 34, Publisher: Zia al-Quran Publication]

As the poet says:

دوستاں را کجا کنی محروم
تو کہ با دشمناں نظر داری


How would you (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) leave out friends?
You, who feel great compassion, even for your enemies."

2. Due to the rejoicing he made at the birth of the holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam), Imaam Qastalaani says:

"How would anyone of the Ummah the holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) fare, who is a Muslim and is steadfast in his belief in the unity of Allah and rejoices at his (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) birth and who spends whatever he can afford for the love of him (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam)? I swear by my life, that Allah, out of His Grace, will not reward such a person but by entering him into the Gardens of Bliss.” [Mawahib al-Ladunniyah by Imam Qastalani, Vol. 1, Page 27, Published in Egypt]

3. Imaam Qastalaani further states:

"May ALLAH bless a person who celebrates ‘Eid’ on the nights of the blessed month of the holy birth of the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam), so that it hurts them the most who have a serious disease in their hearts and who suffer from an incurable ailment on account of the blessed birth". [Mawaahib-dunniyah by Imam Qastalani, Vol. 1, Page 27, Published in Egypt]

Oppositions would have now found the required word "Eid" in such an authentic book. If they do not agree with the writings of Imaam Qastalaani, then they should condemn their own leaders and scholars who have called this book the best and of great virtue.

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4. Imaam Qastalaani further says that How blessed is the month in which the Prophet of ALLAH (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) was born!

How very superior and sacred! How very respected the nights (of the month) as though they are pearls shining bright throughout the ages! How full of light and pure the face of the one born! How blessed the Being (ALLAH) who made the birth of the holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) a springtime for the hearts and his (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) face a manifestation of splendor!

يقول لنا لسان الحال عنه
The tongue of the Prophet of ALLAH (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) Speaks the truth. And the thing is that the voice of truth appears to be sweet to the listener

وقول الحق يعذب السميع
And, O questioner! If you want to know about my attributes and my affairs, I would say this:

فوجهي والزمان وشهر وضعي
My face and my age and the month of my birth is springtime in the month of Rabi al-Awwal.

ربيع في ربيع في ربيع
He (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) has likened his blessed face to springtime in respect of blessed beauty and splendor and that his face blossomed in springtime in the month of Rabi al-Awwal.

Reference: Mawaahib al-Ladunniyah by Imam Qastalani, Vol. 1, Page 73, Published in Egypt

5. Imam Sharf al-Din al-Busairi, in chapter 4 of his Qasida Burda Sharif speaks of the birth of Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

The blessed day on which Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was born is a praise worthy event. The birth of Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam, illuminated the entire universe. Some miracles and incidents, which took place at the time of birth, are mentioned in this chapter. These were signs of the greatness of Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

أبان مولده عن طيب عنصره
His birth distinctly showed his pure, good origin,

ياطيب مبتدإ منه ومختتم
Oh, the excellence, of his beginning and his end!

والجن تهتف والأنوار ساطعهٌ
And the jinn hailed and the lights shone,

والحق يظهر من معني ومن كلم
And the truth appeared from the meaning and its word.

Reference: Qasida Burda Sharif, Chapter 4 - Concerning the birth of Rasulullah SallAllahuAlayhi Wasallam, Couplet 1/7

6. Ibne Jauzi has devoted a whole book to Milad, which is called "Mawlid al-Uroos". Allamah Ibne Jauzi says:

"And whosoever rejoices at the birth of our beloved Mustafa (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam), this rejoicing by him will turn the Fire away, and whosoever spends even a dirham on the occasion of the Milad of the Prophet of ALLAH, He (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) will intercede on his behalf and his intercession will be accepted". [Mawlid al-Uroos, Page 9]

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7. And, Ibn Jauzi has also written:

"O Milad of the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam)! You are mightily praised, and the praise is such that it is the loftiest and the remembrance is such that it is the most excellent; how I wish the remembrance of the holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) shall be with me for a long time! How I wish his (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) Milad shall be with me for a long time!” [Mawlid al-Uroos, Page 28]

8. In this regard, Shah Waliullah Dehlvi says:

"Following the ancient practice, I recite the Holy Qur'an and distribute food etc. Of the Niyaaz (Faatihah) of the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) and made a public display of his blessed hair (Moo'e Muboarak). While reciting (the Holy Qur'aan), Mala'i A'la (Angels nearest to Allah) came to attend the Mahfil-e-Milad and the blessed soul of the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) showed much kindness to me (Shah Waliullah) and my friends. I, thus, saw that Mala'i A 'la (Angels nearest to Allah) and, with them, the whole group of Muslims, were ascending to high heaven (on account of the blessings of the Prophet) and this blessed condition was reflected (in the Mahfil-e-Milad)." [al-Qaul al-Jalee, Page 74]

9. Hadrat Shah Abd al-Haq Muhaddith Dehlvi (may Allah have mercy on him), in his book "Ma Sabata min as-Sunnah" referring to the night of the blessed birth, of the holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) says:

"We would rather say that the night when the holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) was born is definitely superior to Lailat al-Qadr. This is so because the night of the birth is the night when he was manifested and Lailat al Qadr was bestowed on him (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam), and a thing which became blessed on account of him upon whom it was bestowed is more blessed than that which became blessed because of it being conferred upon him (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) and because Lailat al-Qadr is blessed because on this night Angels descend, and the night of the birth of the holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) is blessed because of himself (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam), and because Lailat al-Qadr is a blessing only for the Ummah of Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) and the night of his blessed birth is a blessing for all beings. Thus the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) is he who Allah Ta'Aala sent down as a mercy to all the worlds and it is through him that Allah completed His blessings on all His creations in all heavens and in all earth." [Ma Sabata Min as-Sunnah, Page 82, Published by Qaiyyumi Press, Kanpur, August 1923]

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10. Those calling themselves followers of Shah Waliullah's family should also note the following statement of Shah Waliullah Dehlvi. In his book, "Ad-Durr as-Sameen", he says:

"My dear father, Hadrat Shah Abdur Raheem Dehlvi (may ALLAH have mercy on him) informed me that he used to get food cooked on Milad days as a mark of rejoicing for him (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi 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 (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) in his dream and saw that those roasted grams were lying before him (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) and he (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) looked pleased". [Ad-Durr as-Sameen, Page 3]

11. Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (may ALLAH have mercy on him) says:

"The practice of this faqeer has been that I participate in Milad Sharif functions. In view of the fact that doing so brings blessings, I myself hold Milad every year, and find great solace and joy in Qiyaam (reciting salutations in a standing position)"

References:

1. Faislah Haft Mas'alah, page 5, published by Matba' Majeedi, Kanpur, December, 1921
2. Faislah Haft Mas'alah Ma’a Taleeqat, page 111, published in Lahore.
3. Faislah Haft Mas'alah, page 5, published in Lahore 1986

12. In the fourth chapter of his book "Ad Durr al-Munazzam", Mawlana Shaykh Abd al-Haq Muhaddith Allahabaadi has recorded in detail incidents which manifested themselves at the time when the holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi 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 (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam); Angels hoisted flags on holy Baitullah and in the east and in the west; the whole atmosphere was filled with the voices of Angels and houres 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 (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam), the Ka'batullah bowed in a manner of saluting, and the falsehood vanished and the light of truth spread light in all directions."

References:

1. Page 54, 72, 91; Mawaahib al-Ladunniyah by Imaam Qastalaani
2. Page 57; Mawlid al-Uroos by Imam Ibne Jauzi
3. Page 3, 7, 26, Shawahid an-Nubawwah by Mawlana Jaami
4. Page 55; Seerat al-Halbiyah by Allamah Ali Bin Burhaan
5. Khasaa'is al-Kubra by Imaam Suyooti Vol. l, Page 45, 94
6. Zarqaani ala al-Mawahib by Allamah Zurqaani Vol. 1, Page 112, 116.

13. Imam Abul Hussain Muahammad Bin Ahmad known as Ibn-e-Jabeer Andalusi writes,

“Place of Birth of Prophet Peace Be with Him is one of the Holy Places in Makkah Mukarramah. The soil of this place have an honor that it kissed the blessed body of Allah’s Beloved Peace Be with Him very first and this is the place where the Birth of Prophet Peace Be Upon Him took place who is the blessing for whole universe. In the Month of Rabi al-Awwal especially on the occasion of his Birth Day this place is open for all and sundry and people incessantly visits this place to attain Allah’s Mercy and blessing.” [Rehlah Ibn-e-Jabeer, Page 60]

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14. Ibn Kathir has stated:

“Iblis cried loudly four times, first when Allah declared him as cursed, second when he was thrown out, Third when Prophet (SalAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) was born and fourth when Surah Fatiha was revealed.”

References:

1. al-Bidayah wa al-Nihaayah, Vol. 2, Page 166
2. Shawaahid an-Nubuwwah by Mawlana Jaami, Page 51

15. Shaykh Muhammad Bin Alawi al-Maliki said:

“Holy Prophet Peace Be With Him due to importance of his Birthday use to avow it a great incident and use to pray to Allah Almighty as it was a great blessing for him also beloved Prophet have supremacy on everything in this universe because everything in this universe through HIS foundation got providential.” [Houl al-Ihtifaal bil Mawid an-Nabawi Ash-Sharif, Pg 8-9]

16. Hadrat Shah Ahmed Saeed Mujaddidi said:

“As Beloved Prophet used to say Salutations upon himself we too must celebrate Mawlid an-Nabi SallAllahu Alaihi Wasllam, Cook food and do other adulations and praise to Almighty Allah by other ways of delight.” [Isbaat al-Mawlid wa al-Qayam, Page 24]

17. Hadrat Shaykh Abd al-Haq Muhaddith Dehlvi used to pray:

“O Lord! I do not have such deeds that I can present in your mighty court. Wrongdoer influences all of my deeds. But there is an act of this Humbler just because of your mercy to present you and that is my Salutations on your Beloved Prophet Peace Be Upon Him that I use to offer with honesty and integrity standing in the blessed gatherings of Mawlid Sharif.” [Akhbar al-Akhyaar, Page 644]

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18. Hadrat Shaykh Yousuf bin Ismail an-Nabhani said,

“Only Pagans and Non-Believers are against celebrating Mawlid an-Nabi SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam.” [Jawahir al-Bihar]

19. A scholar stated that he was blessed with the vision of Holy Prophet Peace Be Upon Him. He asked,

“Ya Rasool Allah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam, Are you pleased about Muslims; who celebrate your birthday?” He replied “Those who love me; I love them too” [Tazkirat al-Wa’izeen, Page 200, Published from Maktaba Habibia – Quetta]

20. Ibn Kathir says regarding Shah Malik al-Muzzafar regarding whom so-called Salafis spread deception by forging words of Ibn Kathir i.e. he was actually a Fasiq, cruel and Bidati ruler but in reality Ibn Kathir said:

"He was a generous, mighty master, and glorious ruler, whose works were very good. He built Jamiya al Muzaffari near Qasiyun … During Rabi al-Awwal he used to celebrate Mawlid Sharif with great celebration, Moreover, he was benevolent, brave, wise, a scholar, and just person. Shaykh Abul Khattab wrote a book on Mawlid an-Nabwi for him and named it At-Tanwir fi Mawlid al Bashir al Nazeer, for which he gave him 1000 dinars. His rule stayed till the Rule of Salahiya and he captured Aka and he remained a man worthy of respect."

Al-Sabt mentions that a person attending the gathering of Mawlid held by Muzzafar said:

"He used to fill the table with 5000 well cooked goats, 10,000 chickens, 100-thousand bowls (of milk) and 30,000 trays of sweets." [Tarikh Ibn Kathir, al Bidayah wa an-Nihaya, Vol. 13, Page 174]

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21. Imam Shahab al-Din Abul Abbas al-Qastalani (Rahimuhullah) said:

When it is said that Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) was born at night time then the question arises which of the two nights is greater i.e. Night of Decree or Night of Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam)'s birth?

The Night of Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam birth is superior due to 3 reasons:

First: He (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) arrived (in this world) on the Night of Mawlid whereas Night of decree was granted to him (afterwards), therefore the arrival of Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam is greater than what has been granted to him, hence night of Mawlid is higher in virtue.

Second: If Night of decree is vitreous night because Angels descend in it, then Night of Mawlid has the virtue of Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) being sent to world. The Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam is superior to Angels, therefore night of Mawlid becomes superior.

Third: Due to night of decree, the Ummah of Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) was given imminence, whereas due to Night of Mawlid all creations were given Fadhilah (Superiority), as Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) is sent as Mercy to worlds/creations (Quran 21:107), hence the blessing was made general for all creations.

References:

1. Imam Qastalani in al-Muwahib al-Laduniya, Vol. 1, Page 145
2. Imam Zarqani in his Sharah of Al-Muwahib, Vol. 1, Page 255/256

22. Imam Jalal al-Din Suyuti (Rahimuhullah) writes:

The reality of Mawlid is that people gather to recite Quran to the extent that is easy, also to discuss narrations which are regarding Prophet (SalAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam), the signs which took place on his birth. Then dinning is arranged for them and they return without adding anything more to this "Bidat al-Hasanah". The one who arranges it gets Thawab due to honoring Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) and showing gratitude on his birth [Al Hawi lil Fatawi, Vol. 1, Page 292, Published by Maktaba al Athriya, Beirut - Lebanon]

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23. Imam Jalal al-Din Suyuti (Rahimuhullah) answers why celebrating on birth supersedes the sorrow of Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) passing away on same date?

The birth of Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) is a great blessing for us and his death is very saddening for us too, however Shariah has ordered us to rejoice and thank Allah on blessings, whereas on calamity it has taught us to have patience while hiding it. Hence in light of rulings prescribed by Shariah one should rejoice in Rabi al-Awwal on birth of our beloved Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam). [Al Hawi lil Fatawi, Vol. 1, Page 298, Published by Maktaba al Athariya, Beirut - Lebanon]

24. Imam Shams al-Din Dimishqi (Rahimuhullah) writes:

It is proven that Abu Lahab's punishment of fire is reduced on every Monday because he rejoiced on brith of Prophet (SalAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) and freed the slave-woman Thuwaiba Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anha. When Abu Lahab, whose eternal abode is hell fire and regarding whom whole surah of Tabad Yada (i.e. Surah Lahab) was revealed, he gets Takhfif in his torment every Monday then Imagine the situation of a (momin) who has spent his life in rejoicing over birth of Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam) and died as a Mawhid.

References:

1. Mawrid as Sadi fi Mawlid al Hadi by Imam al-Dimishqi
2. Imam Suyuti in Hassan al-Maqsad fi Amal al-Mawlid, Page 66

 
25. The great Mufasir and Sufi, Hadrat Ismail al-Hiqqi (Rahimuhullah) said:

To celebrate Mawlid is amongst the great tributes to Prophet (SalAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam), but the condition is that it should be clear of evil things. Imam Suyuti has said: It is Mustahab for us to be happy on birth of Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam). [Tafsir Ruh al-Bayan, Vol. 9, Page 52]

Note: In my last mail about noble companions commemorating Mawlid an-Nabawi Sharif, there were some quotes from Imam ibn Hajar Makki's al-Ni'mat al-Kubra. I wish to retract these quotes as they are not genuine as researched by the late Muhaqqiq, Allama Abdul Hakim Sharf Qadri Rahimahullahu Ta'ala. There are enough evidences in the Qur'an and Sunnah to legalise the Mawlid Celebrations without those quotes. I apologise for this mistake!!

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do well... Ameen!!

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