It is improper for Muslims to celebrate birthday of Prophet Muhammad – Imam

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Imam says celebration of Prophet’s birthday is commercialised.

An Ibadan-based Islamic scholar, Fadhilulah Hamzat, says it is not appropriate for Muslims to celebrate Mawlud Nabiyy or the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

Mr. Hamzat, who made the remark during a Friday sermon at the W.O. Lawal Central Mosque, Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State, said that those marking the day, which falls on Monday, January 13, were doing so for commercial gains.

“The annoying thing is that rather than limit the celebration to 12th Rabiul Awwal, when the Prophet was born, some Muslims continue the celebration months after,” he said.

The Imam said that there was no place in the Qur’an and Hadith, where the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad was mentioned.

“Throughout the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, he never for once celebrated his birthday, and did not direct his righteous followers to do anything of that nature. The only reference point to marking his birthday is his saying that he fasts on Mondays, because he was born on Monday,” he said.

Mr. Hamzat said that Allah, the creator of human beings, had honoured Muhammad enough in the Qur’an with blessings and directed the Prophet’s followers to always bless him whenever his name is mentioned.

He said that rather than printing envelopes for the purpose of collecting money to organise events to honour the Prophet on his birthday, Muslims should emulate his virtues and imbibe his teachings of peace and love.

Mr. Hamzat, however, said that there was nothing bad in organising lectures or symposium to mark the day, and implored Muslims to use the month of Rabiul-Awwal in which the Prophet was born, to rededicate their lives to Allah.

“They should live their lives in accordance with Islamic tenets and imbibe the teachings of Prophet Muhammad as exemplified by him while alive,” he said.

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, January 14 as a public holiday to mark the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.



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  • Goodluck

    The truth is that anything christians do, Moslems must emulate. If you watch modern muslim weddings in Nigeria, you will see that they are already imbibing christian culture. I feel this is good.

  • Tafa Adewale

    What this so called Imam said is just his opinion. Let him bring where it is prohibited to celebrate Maulud.

    • Jenna

      Actually it’s written in the hadith that the prophet (saw) said celebrate the two Eids and not to follow other religions in celebration, i.e Christmas… so birthdays aren’t to be celebrated… The prophet Mohammed (saw) is our beloved prophet and if he stated something then as Muslims we should be following that and not man made rituals… I don’t follow imams, I follow the hadith and Quran.

      • Diane

        So in our modern day society, be it culture, is it wrong to celebrate, but share with our children that it has become a commercialized entity. I think, and this is coming from someone who is searching and studying Islam, not converted, that celebrations add to life and family life, but education is key in understanding the beliefs. Culture and religion many times are a mix.

  • Usman

    He is completely ignorant of the celebration of Prophet Muhammad SAW if he has the guts let him stop the public holiday…an oportunistic Imam he is

  • UssyAmh

    Or christains are the ones emulating us,because it was during Gowon that they started go on pilgmage it is not in the bible, xmas celebration not in the bible but because muslim are celebrating in line with quranic teachings,while we all believe jesus christ is ours&;had predicted coming of prophet Muhd, it’s written both quran & original hebrew bible his act of worship during his life is same as our act of worship today,what we have in jerusalem is mosque,whoever gets there must perform ablution before going into the mosque:finally we all agree that he is coming back