Imam as-Suyuthi (q.s.) on Observing the Mawlid

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam as-Suyuthi (q.s.) said, “Observing the Mawlid is not a contradiction against the Book, the sunnah, a narration or scholarly consensus and so it is not blameworthy, as stated by ash-Shafi’i.  It is from the excellent matters which was not begun during the first era.  Feeding food which is free from the committal of sins is excellent.  Therefore, this is allowed and is from the recommended innovated matters just as the sulthan of scholars, al-‘Izz ibn ‘Abd al-Salam has also mentioned.  The original purpose behind gathering together is to manifest the blessing of the Mawlid.  This is something which is recommended and is a means of proximity because the birth of the Prophet (s.a.w.) is the Greatest Blessing upon us and the shari’ah encourages the expression of gratitude for blessings.  This is what ibn al-Hajj has argued in al-Madkhal, saying, ‘For in this month, Allah has Favoured us with the Master of the first and the last.  So, it is incumbent upon us to increase in worship, good and gratefulness to al-Mawla for the sanctuary; He has Led us into in this Great Blessing.’”


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