Imam as-Suyuthi (q.s.) on the Permissibility of Mawlid from the Sunnah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam Jalal ad-Din as-Suyuthi (q.s.) said, “I have derived the permissibility of Mawlid from another source of the sunnah; narrated by Anas, that the Prophet (s.a.w.) slaughtered an ‘aqiqah for himself after he received the prophecy, although it has been mentioned that his grandfather ‘Abd al-Muththalib did that on the seventh day after he was born, and the ‘aqiqah cannot be repeated.  Thus, the reason for the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) action is to give thanks to Allah for Sending him as a Mercy to the worlds, and to give honour to his ummah, in the same way that he used to pray on himself.  It is recommended for us, therefore, that we also show thanks for his birth by meeting with our brothers, by feeding people, and other such good works and rejoicing.”


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