Madina (Saudi Arabia): In an extraordinary move to curb innovations and false practices in Islam, the Saudi police Thursday thwarted a bid by over 2,000 people to celebrate Eid Milad un-Nabi - the birth anniversary celebrations of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), inside Masjid an-Nabawi in Madinah al-Munawwarah.
According to eyewitnesses, some 2,000 people, mostly from India and Pakistan on Umrah visit, tried to celebrate Eid Milad un-Nabi - the birth anniversary celebrations of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), inside the Prophet Mosque on Thursday.
Noticing this, the religious police on duty inside the Masjid an-Nabawi first tried to stop them while explaining that what they are doing is bid’ah – an innovation, and against the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). But, they remained adamant, and hence the police force was called.
“We politely tried to explain to them that celebrations of birthday or Milad un –Nabi celebration is against the Sunnah, the practice of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). But, they were not ready to listen anything and persisted with their plan to celebrate near the main tomb of the Masjid un-Nabawi”, a personnel of Madina religious police who did not wish to be named said while talking to ummid.com on phone.
“When they did not stop after our repeated pleas, we called the security personnel who evicted them out of the prophet mosque”, he added.
It is also learnt that police took their fingerprints and photo copies of their passports. They later apologised to the police for disrupting peace inside the mosque, it is learnt.
According to renowned Muslim scholars including Saudi Muftis, Eid Milad un-Nabi celebrations is superstitious that was illegally added to the religion.
"It is a bid'a (a sinful religious innovation) that crept into Islam after the first three centuries when the companions and successors of the companions lived. Instead, it is obligatory for Muslims to follow the Prophet's teachings as contained in the Sunnah", Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said in his Friday congregational sermon at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh last year.
The Sheikh said that those who urge others to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet are evil and corrupt.
"The true love of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is manifested by following in his footsteps and supporting his Sunnah ... that is how the love for the Prophet (peace be upon him) is expressed", he said.
He said Almighty Allah has said: "Say: 'If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive your sins.'"
Muslims have a duty to believe in the Prophet (peace be upon him) as the servant and messenger of Allah, who was sent as a guide to the entire universe, Al-Asheikh said.
It is the duty of Muslims to love and respect him. They should also defend him against those who misinterpret his teachings, the atheists who deny him, and those who abuse or mock him. These are the duties of Muslims who truly love the Prophet (peace be upon him), the Sheikh said.
A section of Muslims in the Indian subcontinent and some parts in the Arab states, celebrate on 12th of Rabi'ul Awwal considering this day is the day when the Prophet (peace be upon him) was born.
There is a difference of opinion on the exact date of birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Some say he was born on 09th of Rabi'ul Awwal, and by some other accounts, he was born on 12th of Rabi'ul Awwal.
Historians however are unanimous that the Prophet (peace be upon him) died on 12th of Rabi'ul Awwal. Considering this also any kind of celebrations on the day when the Prophet (peace be upon him) died is illogical and insane.