What to do about the Prophet’s (sa) birthday?


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Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

Dean of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib Institute
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a resident Scholar of Memphis Islamic Center. He is also a lecturer at Rhodes College, in the Department of Religious Studies, and the author of multiple books on Islam.

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Are we allowed to celebrate the Prophet’s (sa) birthday? Shaykh Yasir Qadhi presents a thorough analysis.

  1. No. reasons below:
    1. It is a pagan tradition.
    2. Started by people who wanted to grow their wealth as they realized that people find satisfaction in spending their money for religious purposes.
    3. Even Christians started Christmas after 325 years of their Prophet’s ascend to Heavens.
    4. As per pagan belief, supernatural beings could harm or bless any individual on his/her birthday, so friends and family used to gather for his/her support. hence the gathering slowly turned out to be a birthday party.
    5. Muslims not having proper understanding of Authentic Sunnah, started following this tradition to compete with Christians’ Christmas event. Moreover, they thought that as they were celebrating birthday of their children, the Prophet PBUH was more deserving that His birthday be celebrated.
    6. The Prophet Himself never celebrated his own or near and dear one’s birth or death anniversary, neither His companions or family members did.
    7. The tradition was introduced by non-Muslims so that Muslims get involved in an irrelevant activity & forget about their purpose of life & struggle for that.
    8. Following traditions of Ahle Kitaab was forecasted/described with grief by Prophet PBUH, so we should not follow them.

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