Q: Should we show the love of Rasulallah ﷺ by celebrating his birthday (Mawlid)?
A: I will give you 4 questions to ponder:
1. Do you know exactly on which day he ﷺ was born?
2. Do you know exactly on which day he ﷺ passed away?
3. When did our righteous predecessors began to celebrate mawlid?
4. Who actually started this celebration?
Answer for Q1
What we know, based on authentic facts, is that Rasulallah ﷺ was born on a Monday, in the year of the Elephant. But there is no authentic evidence saying that he ﷺ was born on the 12th of Rabiul awal. There is no consensus on the exact date.
Answer for Q2
The answer to this is the REAL alarming fact: There IS a consensus that Rasulallah ﷺ passed away on the 12th of Rabiul awal. And this is the heart-breaking reality, that some Muslims are actually celebrating the day of his death.
Answer for Q3
Do we have any evidence that we can use to trace back to the era of Rasulallah ﷺ, to the companions RA, to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best generations, to the four great imams of school of thoughts – that all of them ever celebrated mawlid? The answer is none. So when we say we show our love for Rasulallah ﷺ through the celebration of mawlid, then we are basically saying that the first 3 best generations did not love him ﷺ. This is a terrible notion.
Answer for Q4
The answer to this should also cause another alarm to us. Do you know who actually initiated the tradition of celebrating mawlid? It happened when the Muslim world was occupied by a force called the Fatimid. The Sunni imams, scholars and historians have described how the Fatimid spread kufr and heresy, persecuted Ahlul-Sunnah, supported the disbelievers, and cooperated with them against Muslims. So it is clear that this celebration come from a group of people who were not upon the Qur’an and Sunnah but were upon misguidance. [Read more: https://islamqa.info/en/101896]
My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, the best way to show our love for Rasulallah ﷺ is to follow him, obey him, revive his Sunnah, convey what he was sent with, strive upon that with the heart, hand and tongue – as this was the way of the foremost who embraced Islam.
– Imam Karim AbuZaid (paraphrased)