Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers,
“He who inaugurates a good practice (sanna fil-islam sunnatun hasana) in Islam earns the reward of it, and of all who perform it after him, without diminishing their own rewards in the least. ” Tirmidhi on Hadeeth-sherif.
Up until recently, I did not know the night of Mawlid was a bid’at (innovation). My whole life, my family and many Muslims I know held that day dear to their hearts.
After I was “schooled” by a fellow blogger 😉 , I decided to dive in and dig deeper because our household frown upon bid’ats. For me a bid’at is a bid’at, and there was no way to sugar coat it. I had the mentality of “You stole, you stole. We don’t care about the reason why.” Furthermore, our prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said “All bid’ats are aberration, deviation from the right way.” So, I was confused and was in serious doubt now after the fatwas I was provided with.
Upon my researches, I discovered that there are two forms of bid’at. One is called bid’at-i hasana (good innovation that occurred in the first century-hijri) and the other is called bid’at-i seyyia (bad innovations that occurred later on). According to Hussein Hilmi Ishik, Imam-i Rabbani called good bid’ats sunna-i hasana.
In addition, Mawlid is considered a bid’at-i hasana because it fosters the recitation of the Qu’ran Karim and the praises of our prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Muhammad means ‘He who is praised much’ (Hussein Hilmi Ishik, 2011). According to this scholar cited before, frowning upon Mawlid is like frowning upon recitations of eulogies of our dear Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). I agree with him on that because he has a point. We have to make a judgement call here and think, is this practice of Mawlid advancing or regressing Islam? The question will always be advancing Islam if you ask me.
“He who inaugurates a good practice (sanna fil-islam sunnatun hasana) in Islam earns the reward of it, and of all who perform it after him, without diminishing their own rewards in the least. ” Tirmidhi.
Having said that, there are many practices during that night that need change. For instance, the crowd of men and women standing outside “hanging out” together…socializing instead of listening to the message being given that night. About three years ago, I started praying at home anyways on these days. Plus, crowds make me uneasy… <—not innovating here, just a personal choice to pray home. Besides, a woman gets more rewards for the prayers she performs in her home compared to the ones she performs outside her home ;).
Jazak’Allah khair for reading and Allah knows best!
Author of “Between Sisters, SVP!”