Channel: Bilal Philips
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unity amongst all Muslims is one of the most important aspects of Islam. These days very special and important because all Muslims unite to celebrate Prophet Muhammad's birthday.
The birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad is being celebrated by all Muslims. Today celebrations there's amongst many throughout Muslim communities. This is a day where Shia and Sunni Muslims come together in unity.
Having understood Christmas,
it is also important for us to understand
the Islamic or we should say Islamic lens, call it the Muslim substitute.
seeing this fervor with which Christians celebrated the day of birth of Jesus Christ, the suppose the day
since Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam in our belief system, he was a greater profit than Jesus alayhi salam,
then Shouldn't we celebrate his birthday?
If the Christians are making such a big show, shouldn't we do more to better? So 400 years after the death of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
Muslims began to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
It began in Egypt
as a national practice,
under the fatimids, the Shiite rulers of Egypt, they started
and the day they chose was actually the day historically on which Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam died.
The day on which he was born, is actually not known.
Though people say no, but we know it is no
historians are not agreed on the day. We have no concrete evidence regarding the day on which Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was born.
The only concrete evidence we have is
the practice of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam to fast on Mondays. And when he was asked about fasting on Mondays, one of the answers that he gave was, it was the day on which I was born.
He fasted on Mondays. So the only thing that we can say with certainty is that he was born on a Monday, which Monday.
Allah Allah knows, as a lie hidden. The day on which Prophet Isa was born, he hid the day on which prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam was born.
This was to prevent what has happened
to make it difficult
to leave evidence to people that people have gone astray in this matter.
But the celebration of the province Australians birthday has no basis in Islamic teachings beyond fasting on Monday.
as Muslims, this innovation
which has become widespread, beginning from fatimid
rulers in Egypt, spreading over the oma today, till now you have huge celebrations, people going down the streets lights, song dance, you know, the whole nine yards as they say, going on in the Muslim world today huge celebration, the molad people writing, poetry, acidity
Qawwali singing and music and everything, all the forbidden things have now been lumped together in the molad
All innovation is misguidance
regardless of people's intention, we've said but that's not my intention.
I don't intend to innovate I'm just remembering Prophet Mohammed so as Allah,
is it a bad thing?
in the way that you're doing it is a bad thing.
It's not a bad thing to remember Prophet Mohammed says Allah Allah tells us in the Quran in the law of Malacca, who is gonna be Edina amanu sallu alayhi wa sallam Lima calls on the believers
to remember Prophet Mohammed asylum by doing what? by celebrating his birthday. Some people say yeah, that's what the verse is saying, celebrate his birthday.
That is not what was understood by the older generation. The older generation that heard this verse that recorded this verse, they didn't celebrate his birthday. So obviously that was not what was to be understood from this verse.
They understood as the verse clearly states that we asked a lot of Peace and blessings to be on Prophet Muhammad Rasul Allah,
in our recognition for what he has done for us, guided us to the straight path.
We ask Allah to bless him,
to celebrate his birthday, with the fanfare that we do today.
It being innovation, it is not surprising that it cause deviation.
So, some of the poetry that is recited proceeded to Buddha attributes to Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam the knowledge of a law
they give the attributes of Allah to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam in this poetry, which they recite regularly, religiously,
on his birthday on and on other occasions, innovation misguidance
calling people to the worship of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
And so we have Muslims today
who call them
we see it in the masjid
where they will put a plaque on one side of the murghab saying, Yeah, Allah and on the other side it will say yeah, Mohamed
What is that?
Yeah, Allah. Yeah, Mohammed we understand. Yeah, Allah. Oh Allah answer my prayers. Yeah, Muhammad
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Yes.
But Dr. Mohammed,
the you calling on him to do something for us. People believe that today
that is misguidance.
Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam can do nothing for us in this life.
He did what he did.
Each and every one of us was accepted Islam he is rewarded for because we are a product of his work. So he benefits
but he cannot benefit us directly in that we can call on Him and He will answer our prayers and do things for us. That is Allah. Allah said O ne, as the gibler can call on me and I will answer your prayers. Only Allah can answer our prayers.
This is the true Islamic belief. And this is what we need to renew. Put these practices back in the correct context. No renew our relationship with the last one to Allah.
A relationship of a bada a worship in the purest way possible.
This is Islam