Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – To Celebrate or not to Celebrate

By Dr. Muqtedar Khan

“Indeed, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation (Qu’ran 33:56).”

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), is deeply revered in the Islamic tradition.  Every time Muslims mention his name and every time they offer prayers, they seek blessings for him. For Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad’s actions, words and silences all tantamount to divine law. No human has ever been so revered by so many. Prophet Muhammad is remembered and celebrated all the time by Muslims. After all, his name is Muhammad, which means the most praised one. Muslims glorify him in prayer and poetry:

“Do not ask me, friend; where is Muhammad?
Hidden in my­ heart, there is Muhammad!
Is there need to wander to Medina?
            Here and there – apparent is Muhammad.
In my heart and eyes resides forever
From the day of covenant, Muhammad  …”

-  Annemarie Schimmel, And Muhammad is His Messenger: The Veneration of the Prophet in Islamic Piety

But all is not well in the Kingdom of Muhammad. There is controversy raging for more than a millennium, surfacing every year over whether Muslims should celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (Eid Milad Al-Nabi) or not.

This February 4 (the 12 of Rabi al-Awwal) is the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. There are many who will celebrate his birthday (Mawlid) with abandon, immerse themselves in cherishing his memory and enjoy moments of spiritual ecstasy singing his praises. From Damascus to Delhi, Tehran to Timbuktu, there will be sweets, music, poetry and celebration. For them it will be as if the entire universe is chanting: Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad, Ya Muhammad…. (O Muhammad).

Then there those who will pretend as if there is nothing special about that day. They will scowl, frown, fume, and they will mutter bid’ah, bid’ah bid’ah … (innovation) at those who partake in Mawlid. That day for them sadly, will hold no special joy.

Please note: This short article focuses on the two polar positions on Mawlid. The views of a vast number of Muslims basically are positioned between these two extremes. There are many who do not celebrate Mawlid but they do not frown up those who do, and many of those who do celebrate it, but in a low key fashion.

The Anti-Party Party

For nearly a thousand years, a minority of Muslim orthodoxy, including some jurists and more recently the followers of Wahhabi Islam (from Saudi Arabia), insist that celebrating Mawlid is a bid’ah, or innovation.  Their argument is that God Most High has perfected His religion through revelation and through the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad. This is clear from the Qu’ran and some Hadith (prophetic traditions).  Thus, any new practice, or ritual addition to the faith is innovation (bid’ah) and therefore must be rejected. Neither does the Qu’ran command Muslims to celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad, nor did the Prophet or his companions do so. For the anti-party party therefore Mawlid is a bid’ah and unacceptable.  

Here are some of their sources:

“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. (Qu’ran 5:3)”

“Every innovation is a misguidance, and every misguidance goes to Hell fire. (Sahih Muslim).”

 Based on the above sources and other ahadith that forbid innovation, a minority of Muslims not only do not celebrate the Mawlid, but also condemn the celebration as un-Islamic and celebrators as those destined to go to hell. 

The Party of Muhammad

Many Muslims celebrate Mawlid. The practice began in Egypt in the eleventh century and then gradually spread to other parts of the Muslim World. The main advocates of Mawlid are the Sufis, through whom this practice became a widespread tradition even as some jurists continued to oppose it.  

Traditional scholars have developed a theology of Prophet Muhammad as the most important, most beautiful and the most perfect of all of God’s creations. Using hadith and the Qu’ran, they argue that Prophet Muhammad was created from the light of God himself, long before Adam. They maintain that the universe itself was created for Prophet Muhammad long after he was created. They also conclude that the celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is the celebration of tawhid (oneness of God), the birth of Islam and the birth of the one who is most beloved to God All Mighty.

For these scholars, the very existence of the universe is a celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad, so they find even the suggestion of not celebrating Mawlid appalling. 

Here are some of their sources:

“There has come to you from Allah a light (Muhammad) and a clear Book (Qu’ran 5:15).”

“Indeed, those who pledge allegiance to you, [O Muhammad] – they are actually pledging allegiance to Allah. (Qu’ran 48:10)”

“The first thing that God created was my light, and the first thing that God created was my spirit and I was a Prophet while Adam was still between water and clay. (Ahadith-i-Mathnawi)”

I must confess, I find the Sufi narratives on the Prophet Muhammad uplifting and also befuddling. They are at once beautiful and absurd. They are more like the ruminations of a highly imaginative lover than those of a systematic theologian. It’s like saying my beloved is more beautiful than the moon. Wonderful thought — one can sing it to music and also inspire and move people. But what does it mean for a person to be more beautiful than a lump of mud and rock? Many cultures for centuries, however, have marveled at its beauty. Undoubtedly, beauty lies in the heart of the beholder.

Sufi theories are intriguing because they are supported by sacred sources like the verse I cited above (5:15). Without the Sufi imagination, one would think that word “light” in 5:15 was metaphorical, as something that illuminates, meaning the Prophet’s  sunnah illuminates the shariah.

The Middle Path

I agree with the anti-party party, that adding anything to Islam is a bid’ah, and that it violates and compromises the sanctity of divine revelations. But there’s a caveat. We must not forget that rendering what is permitted as forbidden is just as bad as deeming what is forbidden as permitted.

We must be careful how we define bid’ah. Why deprive Muslims the joy of celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad when we accept so many other things that are neither revealed in the Qu’ran nor introduced by Prophet Muhammad? Here is a short list to make my point. Isn’t celebrating the Saudi National Day (September 23) bid’ah? Well, they might say, yes, but it is not associated with Islam. How about visas for Hajj, or Hajj fees? Isn’t that bid’ah? The Prophet and his companions never charged a Hajj fee. 

Why pray twenty rakath in taraweeh? Rakath is a unit of prayer and taraweeh is the special night prayers in Ramadan. The defense that the second Caliph Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) deemed it bid’ah Hasanah — the beautiful innovation — complicates the matter further.  Clearly this innovation is not leading to hell, since the Prophet himself attested that Caliph Umar was destined for heaven.

What about all the things we have done, since the Prophet’s time, in the name of Islam, which neither the Prophet nor his companions did? For example, writing commentaries on the Qu’ran, formulating jurisprudence, inventing innovative legal methods like qiyas and developed the concept of the “Islamic state.” Indeed, the Wahhabis seem to have no problem with monarchy; they condemn the celebration of Prophet’s birthday, but condone Saudi monarchy. Is monarchy not bid’ah. Why permit monarchy and forbid Mawlid?

I am not comfortable with these sanctimonious double standards on bid’ah. I think the idea of no innovation applies to Islam alone  – Islam as understood from the famous Hadith of Islam, Iman and Ihsan, According to it, Islam means Tawheed (monotheism), five daily prayers, fasting in Ramadan, Zakath (distributive justice) and performing the Hajj (the annual pilgrimage to Mecca). Any innovation in these categories or apart from them is unacceptable. 

I find the Sufi theories of Prophet Muhammad’s excellence very interesting, but too far from sacred texts to be employed in making legal rulings about the permissibility of an act of worship. I find it difficult to imagine celebration of Mawlid as a form of divinely ordained worship. We worship Allah the most high, not Prophet Muhammad, who is his messenger.

But, I also want to emphasize that a cardinal rule of Islamic jurisprudential is that “Everything is permitted unless explicitly forbidden by either Allah or his Messenger.”  It is on this basis that we permit all the technological and institutional innovations, which were not present at the time of the Prophet and his companions. I find nothing in the Qu’ran or in the Prophetic traditions that explicitly forbids me from celebrating the Prophet’s life, his teachings, his morality, his manners, his sacrifices, his struggles and his birth.

Hence, I conclude that celebrating Mawlid is not worship, but it is not forbidden either, like putting an air conditioner or an extravagant chandelier in a mosque. They add comfort and beauty to the place of worship, but are not elements of worship.

Muslims have their religion Islam, and they also have their culture. We celebrate marriages, we celebrate national days, independence days, and we celebrate the victories of our favorite soccer and cricket teams. We celebrate our children’s achievements and now many American Muslims also celebrate Thanksgiving as a cultural holiday. Can we not then also celebrate the life of the man who is dearest to us without deeming it as an act of worship?

We do not want any divine reward for celebrating the Prophet’s birthday, celebrating it is reward enough. It is enough that it is a pleasure here and now that neither embellishes the hereafter nor imperils it.

For me the day of Mawlid has extra meaning, for my daughter Ruhi was also born on the 12 of Rabi al-Awwal (1423). I consider it a special blessing. This Saturday, February 4, I will go with my family to a nice restaurant for a double celebration. This marking period she got on the distinguished honor roll (all A’s!), so she picks the restaurant. And, while we enjoy good food, I will regale my family with traditions and stories about the mercy, the wisdom, the compassion and the struggles of the most praised man – Muhammad. Allah did not send him except as mercy to all the worlds (Qu’ran 21:107).

We will remember him, and we will celebrate him. Happy birthday Ya Muhammad (saw). Happy Birthday, Ruhi dear.

Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the University of Delaware. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. His website is www.ijtihad.org.

  • Amina Ahmed

    my two cents- I totally agree with your middle path approach….But I believe we should show your love for the Prophet not just by eating at a restaurant or having a party….do some action.Make a pledge this year that you will adopt a sunnah and follow it for the rest of your life. do something that the prophet advocated….give charity….anything. Action is very important. I know many people who celebrate and then have arguments over petty things….this goes totally against the teachings of the prophet.

  • muhammad arsalan bela

    once sahaba asked hazoor (saww) if they could celebrate a traditional arab holiday an hazoor (saww) said that is islam there are only two holidays which should be celebrated and those are the two eids and nothing else

  • muhammad arsalan bela

    hazoor (Saww) used to fast on wednesdays (not sure about the day i will look it up again) sahaba asked him why he did that an he did that and muhammad (saww) replied that he was born on a wednesday

    • Hafsa Mahida

      It was Monday according to Sahih Bukhari

  • muhammad arsalan bela

    the record is not clear about the birthday some records have it at 9 rabi ul awwal and his demise at 12th rabul awaal instead of both being at the same date so i dnt think 12th should be celebrated so ostentatiously more so when islam is the religion of moderation and is about being humble

    another hadees which guides me in this matter is that hazoor
    (saww) said that when you are in doubt about something stay away from it

    • Jabir MK

      Any way the meaning of this month (rabeeul avval) is SPRING….UNLIKE english arabic months are not according to the season….THEN WHY THIS MONTH GOT THIS NAME….U CAN GUESS…….i am from india…..we celebrate this day…….a hadees say abulahab(died as kafir) was geting little relief from the hell in monday as he loved MUHAMMAD MUSTHAFA (s)….because monday our beloved pfrofit born……that day have importance…….that month too

  • Mosab Imam

    First problem I see with your narrative is calling “Ya Muhammad”. These words imply that Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. are alive and well, and will forever be alive. The word, “ya”, is only suitable for Allah. Just like that saying “Ya Ali” and “Ya Fatima” by Shiites is also full of sin.

    Moving onwards, let’s discuss bi’dah. What’s wrong with bi’dah? Bi’dah breaks boundaries and let everyone does what they feel like. Qu’ran and Sunnah built a boundary for Muslims, letting them know what’s in Islam and what’s out. Now, if every Muslim would’ve kept this celebration in their hearts and minds and quitely celebrate it, no one would ever object to it. But, that is not what’s happening. Allowing it by imams and giving it an air of legitimacy by intellectual group has grown it to the point that it is in itself creating more bi’dahs.

    1. Eid Milad al-Nabi was celebrated with great fanfare in Pakistan. You have put up a picture in the blog too of this celebration. One problem with that much fanfare is it seems a lot like Christmas. Muslims are starting to celebrate our dear Prophet’s (PBUH) birth just like Christians celebrate Prophet Jesus’ birth at Christmas. So, are Muslims becoming like Christians? Quite apparently, so.

    2. Muslims are starting to focus on Eid Milad al-Nabi as the corner stone of their religion. They are starting to believe that the more I show my devotion and love for my Prophet (PBUH) on this day, the more I will become pious. Just like what Christians think in the way they celebrate Christmas. After all, southern belt of America celebrate Christmas with much more fanfare to show their love and devotion to Prophet Jesus. The problem with this thinking is that it is going in the wrong direction. Muslims are supposed to show their love and piety by following Qu’ran and Sunnah. Just like children show their love of their parents by following their orders and becoming what their parents ask of them; we Muslims need and can show their love to our love for our Prophet (PBUH) and Allah by following what they have commanded us to do.

    If a child make a clay statue of his/her parents and start offering prayers to it, would you say it is wrong? The child will simply say that I love my parents and I am just trying to show that love this way. After all, that’s how idolatory started. That’s how Christians showed their love of Prophet Jesus by elevating them to the status of God.

    We Muslims have become so busy showing off our love through these frivolous activities that we have forgotten what is actually require of us. Showing off is not increasing our faith. Milads are not increasing our faith. If they would’ve, we would not be in the bottom of the barrels all over the world. Plus, the way it is starting to be celebrated, it is waste of money, energy and time. Wouldn’t it be better for Pakistanis they way they celebrated Milad by actually donating the money they spent on arranging Milad in homes or outside to poor people? Wouldn’t it be better to save all that electricity they spent? Wouldn’t it better for all the time people spent on Milad in actually reading Qu’ran and Sunnah, and understand it, reflecting on it, and implementing what it says in their lives? Wouldn’t these actions show more love of our Prophet (PBUH) than just saying some words from their mouths?

    Now let’s take your supporting examples for Milad. Wahhabis don’t condone monarchy. Just because the Saud Family is controlling Saudi Arabia, it does not mean that Saudis or Wahhabis are accepting it. It is known worldwide that who actually supports the Saud Family’s monarchy and why. It is nothing to do with religion or with custom/culture. That’s a political discussion.

    Let’s take the taraweeh example. Caliph Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) indeed invented something new, but that was only ok at that time. It was done for all Muslims at a time when every Muslim knew the Arabic language (either by birth and learning it later on) and understood what’s being said in the taraweeh. Now, Muslims are the only people on Earth who read something (or the way it has become a norm now; finish Qu’ran in taraweehs every year) in a foreign language without ever understanding what the heck did they just read or recited in the taraweeh. Even Caliph Umar will abolish their practice if they see what Muslims are doing in taraweehs now. Numerous Muslim adults have forgotten Arabic to the point where they can’t even recite Qu’ran, but they attend all 20 rakahs of taraweehs. So please tell me, which is a better option: going home after 8 rakahs and have enough energy to read, understand, and reflect on just one page of Qu’ran with the family OR going home after 20 rakahs with reciting quite a bit of Qu’ran but not understanding not even one word of it, and going to bed. If billions of Muslims are reciting (and finishing) Qu’ran every year in taraweehs all over the world, then why are we the most miserable nation on Earth?

    So why we cannot then also celebrate the life of the man who is dearest to us without deeming it as an act of worship? Because, as I said earlier, it is not within the boundary. Once it is out of the corral, it will keep pushing its envelope, where one day, Prophet (PBUH) could be elevated to the status of Allah.

    Want to show your love to your Prophet (PBUH)?
    Follow Qu’ran and his Sunnah.

    • Giorgi

      Of course Muhammad is alive! How can’t you know that???…I’m really surprised! SO many hadiths and Quran itself says that Muhammad is alive and you are still blind to it??..
      Here few examples for you to remove this blindness, may Allah (swt) help you:

      1)Allah Most High says: “And say not of those who are martyred in the way of Allah, “they are dead”, nay, they are living, though you perceive it not” (Surah al-Baqarah, 154).

      Regarding this verse, the great Hadith expert (hafidh), Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (Allah have mercy on him) states in his monumental commentary of Sahih al-Bukhari, ‘Fath al-Bari’: “When the living of the martyrs is proven from the text of the Qur’an, then this is also proven from an analogical point of view. And the Prophets are superior then the martyrs” (Fath al-Bari, 6/379).

      2)Aws ibn Aws narrates the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) as saying: “Send salutations in abundance on me on Friday, as your sending salutations are presented to me. The Companions inquired: “How is it possible that you receive our salutations when your body will have been decayed? The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Verily Allah has made forbidden on the earth that it eats the bodies of the Prophets” (Recorded by Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, Darami and others, and authenticated by many, such as Ibn al-Qayyim).

      3)Muhammad al-Hamid]. It was said to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) “What do you think is that state of those who pray for blessing on you who are not with you or who will come after you?” He said, “I hear the prayer of the people of my love and I know them. The prayer of other than them is presented to me.”

      4) Anas ibn Malik narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “The Prophets are alive in their graves performing Salat” (Recorded by al-Bayhaqi in his ‘Hayat al-Anbiya’ and Abu Ya’la in his Musnad). The above Hadith has been authenticated by many Hadith scholars, such as: Ibn Hajar, al-Haythami, Ali al-Qari, al-Munawi, al-Shawkani and others.

      5)Anas ibn Malik narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “The Prophets are not kept in their graves for more than forty nights, but they remain worshiping Allah until the trumpet will be blown” (Sunan al-Bayhaqi).

      6) The great Hadith master, Hafidh Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (Allah have mercy on him) states: “Death will never come to the blessed Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) in his grave, rather he will remain alive, due to the fact that the Prophets remain alive in their graves” (Fath al-Bari, 17/22).

      7) Also, one of the major incidents that prove this, is the incident of Me’raj (Ascension of the Prophet to the heavens), where he met and conversed with many Prophets. He also led them in prayer in Masjid al-Aqsa.

      The above evidences from the Qur’an, Hadith and the sayings of the predecessors (salaf) are sufficient to prove the fact that the Prophets remain alive in their graves after they pass away from this world. There are many other evidences which we have not mentioned here, due to the fear of prolonging our discussion.

      Salam alaikum wa barakatuh!

      • elkenspirulina

        Death is Islam is the beginning of the real eternal life. As Allah says in the Qur’an – Every soul shall taste death.
        Yes you have clearly proven to us from quoting from the Qur’an and some Hadith that the Prophet Muhammad SAW is not actually ‘dead’ and I think Imam Mosab was not really getting pedantic about this fact.
        Regardless, Giorgi, this does not aid in the current discussion does it? What question pertaining to the crux of this discussion are you actually answering?

        The Prophet Muhammad SAW can only help you on the Day of Judgement if you perfected the teachings from the Qur’an and his Sunnah and not by your methods of celebrating his birthday.
        Yes the Prophet Muhammad SAW will receive our invocations of blessings, peace and salutations at the Will of Allah while we are alive and he is ‘dead’. This is the honour that our Prophet has. We MUST do this.
        Otherwise his currently being ‘alive’ has got nothing to do with us and will not benefit us. This is between Allah and him.

        However, if you are suggesting that because the Prophet Muhammad SAW is still ‘alive’ and that we pray and ask of him, then truly this is SHIRK and this is what grave worshippers do and they are associating partners and going through intermediaries in the worship of Allah then this is a grave sin and this is the pinnacle of misguidance. And Allah has explicitly mentioned how WRONG this is in several verses in the Qur’an.

        I agree with Mosab Imam well and truly and it is nice to see such strong points being written down. JazakAllah Hu Khairan Khathira to you Imam Mosab. May you guide furthermore InsyAllah

    • Kelly

      The best way to show love to the Prophet is to show love to humanity. Stop the killings and embrace peace across religion.

      • elkenspirulina

        I see that you have a constant reply on this forum and that is to spread peace across the religion and stop the killings. While your attitude and what you say is very commendable and very true, it is however not contributing to the crux of the discussion in this forum.

        You are really not answering any questions here nor are you contributing to any discussions here.

        Muslims are very well aware of how peaceful our religion is. It is unfortunate that it is those bad fanatics whom even I curse from the bottom of my heart and condemn that are doing the name of the religion no favours but rather tarnishing it.

        The air and tone of your words are expressing that every Muslim is a war monger and is both encouraging and is responsible for the current war and killings that is going on. As a matter of fact that is what the media is very successfully relating for many years now.

        To prevent me from saying that you are a slave of the media and an ignorant person, why don’t you look and research into the current war yourself and see where the injustices are being made and what policies these politicians have put forth and how much of the West (mainly America) is involved and how much of all this has to do with money and power. Albeit muslim countries are involved, it does not necessarily mean these politicians and militant leaders are practicing Islam.

        • Kelly

          Sorry if preaching peace offends you. But I will not stop preaching it. Salam!!!

  • Khan

    Jazakallah for sharing this valuable thought .
    Best explanation Iv read regarding this debate
    Mohammed Khan

  • Rizwana

    Assalamualaikum brother. I had a lot of confusion about celebrating topic and I have been looking for a satisfactory answer but there were people who totally condemned mawlid and there was the other group who celebrated it like any other festival every year. And when I read the views of each party I was even more confused and scared that if I celebrate this it might be bida’h. But deep inside I always thought what could be wrong in celebrating the birth of the greatest man to have ever walked the earth? But after reading your views on it I am satisfied and at peace because as you said this is not an act of worship. We are rejoicing in the glory of the day our most beloved Prophet (SAW) was born. Jazak Allah.

  • Bello Mustapha

    What a disgusting conclusion I’m afraid some muslims will be misguided by this baseless presumption.
    Imam Hanbal once said: do not presume or say anything without having a Imam!
    Pls who from among the pious predecessors who once presume that celebrating Maolid Nabiy could be taken as a culure and not ‘ibaadah?

  • Abu Bakr

    If you can provide Hadith supporting the celebration of birthdays or evidence that the 4 rightly guided Caliphs did so then I will happy cut a cake and blow a candle.

    Shame on you for immitating the christians.

    • Giorgi

      If you provide hadith that making Quran in mobile Ipads and Smartphones in electronic form and recording Adhans on mobile alarm is bid’a, I will trow my Samsung Galaxy away. :)

    • John Burleson

      Abu Bakr: Get a scoop of ice cream to go with that, brother. Allah sent his most beloved prophet to bring the true faith to the world MPBUH. Maybe this follower of Jesus (very different from Christianity) speaks words Mohammad didn’t have time to say. I WANT America to understand the beauty of a faith shared by over a billion people. Muslims have a duty to share their beliefs with us so we can understand why it’s true the Muslim is a follower of a truly peaceful religion.

      I don’t remember the surah where it got said, but Muhammad commanded his followers to go forth and spread His Word by any means available. In America, festival, celebration, commemoration are the best ways to do that. Muhammad was a peaceful and a devout man who probably didn’t want a
      lot of attention. Too bad. He has a right to be treated as a great man deserves. And he has a right to stand proud in America, just like Jesus, just like Buddha, just like Abraham. I don’t care if there’s no Hadith about a birthday celebration. There ain’t no Hadith against it.

      And you have a responsibility to spread that word. The fundamentalists have tried with the stick. It only gets a lot of people dead. So, maybe somebody out there should think of the carrot…?

      And to the others generous enough to share their thoughts here, where I can read and understand. I detect a defensive attitude because I believe you feel you are being blamed for the actions of a murderous few. Well, maybe there’s some idiots that think that way, but I’m not one of them. You are welcome in my community, my market place, my home as a brother or a sister. I will try to respect your culture and I’m sure you’ll try to respect my culture. I put your extremists in the same barrel I put that asshole that wanted to burn Quorans in Florida. There is a special place in Hell for all of them.

      Peace, brothers and sisters! I’d like to help.
      /s/ John Burleson

  • John Burleson

    My turn. As one who studies Muslim tradition but not a muslim (yet) I seek ways to bring the Prophet’s beauty and grace to my christian country. Christians have several days they celebrate (Christmas, Easter, etc). And there are high holy days for the followers of Mohammad, peace be upon Him. I support celebrating those days in the public square as other theologies celebrate. I hope the day will come when Muslims share their faith with the unknowing.

    Believing the Qu’ran was meant to be the third book of the Bible, I am God’s servant, John Burleson

    • elkenspirulina

      Don’t compare the Bible to the Qur’an. The Bible is soooo altered! To say no more, it is in English which was not the original language in which it was revealed in. Go read its history from AUTHENTIC non-bigoted sources on people like Paul and Constantine (and many others) who altered its information (stories, teaching, wordings & law) and selected what went in where and who also burnt pieces of the original Bible. The Injeel, Zabur & Taurah are books of Allah but are non-existent due to above but it doesn’t matter as we now have the Qur’an revealed for all humanity and not localised to a single community or people(s) as the way previous prophets & messengers were sent to.

      The Bible (Old Testament) has stories of the Prophets but not of their actions which the reader can look up to or respect. They were mentioned as drunks and one murdered a husband just so that he could sleep with the wife and this would apparently make it legal because it wasn’t cheating.

      I could go on and on and quote you more comic stylings of the Bible which are clearly man made and non-divine. Also no two Bibles of different publishing or printing companies are the same in content. How lame.

      And your statement that believing the Qur’an was meant to be the third book of the Bible maketh no sense. What??

      And we are all God’s servant, not just you, whether the rest of us know it or not.

      Christmas, Easter and your etc are not high holy days for the followers of Muhammad SAW. What are you talking about? No Muslim celebrates this.

      With all due respect you seem to be extremely misinformed. Also Christmas and the like (again go read up on your history) are not actual dates of the birth of Jesus Christ (Prophet Isa Alaihissalam; who by the way is a great prophet). These have been altered by pagans and for convenience and nonsense.

      You seem to be someone of some education. Why don’t you read proper books and attend proper classes and please don’t attempt to teach yourself anything because you might sit there and come up with your own interpretations of things.

      I encourage you to challenge me with the best of what you know for the pure sake of education and not for ill-intent in any way.

      • Kelly

        If a christian should say same about Quran, it will lead to deaths. Why? The seemingly educated are now playing Know-God_More. Just do what you think works for you in your relationship with God and leave others to do same, there will be less trouble on earth.

        • elkenspirulina

          No it doesn’t lead to deaths. Clearly you are narrow minded and are focused on certain tragedies in the globe for which you think you know all that went on behind the scenes and for which you think you know every word that was said and for which you think the conclusions you have drawn from your brain are all correct.

          There are zillions of intellectual debates that go on around this world in multiple languages regarding religion. And what a hotter topic than the Qur’an and The Bible (of course not exclusively). Not only are there debates but talks and speeches in universities and what not. People do not die.

          When it is done with the intent of knowledge and with good intentions then you find that people are very perceptive. But when it is done to simply mock and with the intentions of ill intent and malice then you find that people react very differently.

          This is a human reaction Kelly.
          When people are strongly passionate about something and they strongly believe in that thing because they know it is the truth and when that very object is provoked, people can go ballistic like football fans or most sport fans or believers of a political party and what have you.

          We do not just do what we think works for us in our relationship to God. Not in the gross terms anyway. Perhaps in our fine-tuning of our relationship (like the cherry on the cake after all the foundation, structure, consistency, flavour & the sweetness of the cake has been established). The Qur’an is a Book of Guidance and in it are laws and obligations and advice that Our Creator has given us for which we need to follow and how good it will be for us if we followed but only if we knew.

          This is a true religion and not some invented fake where we can do as we please. Not even countries will have its laws where anyone can do as they please.
          Think Kelly, think, if you claim to be so educated.

          • John Burleson

            Dear elkenspirulina: Right on, Right on, Right on!!

            Yes there are people beyond numbers who sit daily and share their beliefs with others who have not been introduced to this new and exciting philosophy. And it should be that way among all people. You and I should be able to sit at an outside cafe smack dab in the middle of Waziristan and teach each other without anybody thinking I’m trying to convert you or you’re trying to convert me. Although what you believe is important, the fact that you do believe is paramount. And I want to hear what you have to teach me!! And I want to share what I have to teach you!! Who knows…? We might just discover we’re talking about the same thing. Example: Muslim boys and girls and Christian boys and girls are killing each other every day. And what’s so sad is they’re both fighting for the same thing: FREEDOM.

            With love and a hope for understanding, finally, I am
            /s/ John Burleson and I serve all those who serve the Creator.

  • muhammed ashraf

    nice analysis and excellent conclusion..thanks

  • John Burleson

    Dearest Brother elkenspirulina: Thank you for your enlightened comments. I apologise for not including your views in my previous little ditty–I thought everybody knew the questionable treatment regarding the Bible. It is fable based on legend based loosely on fact, here and there. Maybe. My comment regarding the Qur’an being the Third Book (and the Book of Mormon being the fourth book, even) was based on the Creator’s constant liturgy available to anybody who is disciplined enough to hear it and then relay it to those smart enough to listen to that messanger. Mohammed’s words are as divinely guided as any disciple. I mean no disrespect even though I realize that my Western based beliefs are often misunderstood in the East and even interpreted as offensive. I wish to understand something I find beautiful in a way I can’t express because though verbose, I ramble.

    I want the words of ALL the Prophets made available to ALL the flock. Our respective theologies shape our world views. It’s easy to hate something you’re too stupid to try to understand (not “you” as in elkenspirulina, just “you” as in those incapable of being free by granting others the same freedom). And my response to the original question “should the Prophet’s birthday be celebrated” was what colored my first comment.

    Yes!!! Please! Celebrate the Holy Muslim Days in the public square with the same joy, piety and ceremony other theologies celebrate!! Construct “creshes,” post the most important sayings on huge banners, have the faithful there to converse with others smart enough to want to learn and sharing a sincere interest.

    I am an infant in the world of Muslim knowledge. I know practically nothing compared to those blessed to have spent a lifetime studying this magnificent theology. And I am also cursed with a memory much like a metal sieve. It goes in, but it don’t stick. So most of the stuff I learn goes right through. But my studies included becoming the biggest pest in the Office of Muslim studies at the University of Portland (maybe Oregon…I fergit) in Portland, Oregon where the entire staff would spend hours trying to get me to understand what the little squiggles over some of the Arabic script meant. I owned a Qu’ran printed in original Arabic on the left page and interpreted in English on the right page. It was supposed to teach me to read Arabic but it got so interesting I just read the English pages. That book want to an American Indian school where the students still fight over who gets it next.

    I could write on this issue for hours, but my fingers are going to sleep. Accept this little ditty not as an adversarial reaction to your response but as an expression of gratitude for letting me understand a dynamic society just a little better. I don’t want to fight over which belief is superior because they were all created the same way. God’s word is perfect, but man can really screw it up for personal gain. History is told by the victor. And it’s never what really happened. And expressing God’s word to others is like the blind Hindu men trying to describe an elephant. It gets wierd!!

    I look forward to your response. Peace is for those who accept the gift….

    John Burleson

    • sam singh

      The Beloved of Allah is alive….to support this is the Kalima…”There is no God but Allah Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” the emphasis is on “is” meaning present/now not “was” the messenger.The only people that object and make everything a bidah are the Wahabis…hope they dont change the Kalima

      • elkenspirulina

        Dearest Sam Singh…
        To pick out the word ‘is’ from the kalima and to use that as a basis that the Prophet Muhammad is still alive is very very lame. Also it is so weak but more importantly it is über foolish! I have not heard of anything so dumb!

        I am not a Wahabi but you cannot sit there and generalise a people and you cannot sit there and blame sects. In every sect that are good and bad people like in all walks of life of people there are the good and the bad.

        I think what is important here is that you take a step back and look at your own self and correct the foolishness in you and please take it upon yourself to gain some knowledge on the religion. And may I say that you probably need education in general because you sound like somebody who has poor mental maturity and lack insight and experience. Just judging by the way you talk.

        Also just a tidbit, we will all die. Allah says in the Quran that ‘Every soul shall taste death’ and the Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH), in an authentic hadith, before his death said that the pangs of death are true – called sakaratul maut – which he endured before he died. The prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH) has died. We will all leave this world and that is the definition of dying in a very basic Islamic sense.
        Of course we have the world after death and so on and so forth which is a different story altogether.

      • John Burleson

        Sam, my Brother!! Muhammad lives! Jesus Lives! Buddha Lives! Joe Smith lives! Zoroaster lives! We may not be able to reach out and give them a noogie or hit them with a snowball, but they are all as much a part of my life as my right hand, minus the little pinkie, who foolishly thought he could prevail over the table saw.

        Now I get boring.

        I want my country, America, to understand this!! The Creator chose servants to speak for Him in the language the people could understand. Each servant did his job so well that many follow those holy words. That each Prophet shared a different message does not demean the message. He simply challenged blind people to describe an elephant.

        I believe I will never fully understand the elephant until I listen to and study the words of ALL the Prophets!! What an exciting journey!! Wanna come along?

  • sam singh

    excellent article..Dr. Muqtedar Khan.Those that want to celebrate then celebrate and those that don’t want to then don’t…but don’t be disrespectful to those that celebrate. After all if Allah did not sent the beloved then there would have been nothing no eid,no quran,no islam,no muslims,no creation,…..

    • John Burleson

      I replied to a comment you just made because my computer told me to, along with the voices in my head. I am now sort of convinced you might have replied to something Dr Kahn said and the computer fairies decided I should get involved in it. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems Dr. Kahn is against celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday (PBOH). So I reread the article and, sure enough, Dr. Kahn has managed to construct a mental rhombus: it just keeps going ’round and ’round.

      I understand debate and discussion is important to Islam. That’s why I find it so beautiful. I got shunned from Methodist Sunday School for demanding to know where Cain and Ablels wives came from. One does not question Christian orthodoxy nor whoever spouts it. That’s the rule. So I do not mean to be derogatory to the good Doctor’s views about celebrating, I just think the Eid Mawlid is a great way to introduce your faith to others (I swiped the Eid Mawlid from the article).

      He’s wrong as far as Western culture is concerned. I want my fellow Americans to know and love the Prophet’s sayings as I am teaching myself to do. As the Faith spread through the region, the Muslim conquerors embraced some of the local customs. Well, embrace it here, too. Silly Americans are optically attracted to stuff that’s new, and the way our idiot education system works, they’ve been taught to learn by seeing. So let them see Muslim stuff!! I’m not advocating a cuddly little animal (like the Easter Bunny) but I am advocating a cresh-like display where Muslims can answer the zillions of questions I know they’ll get asked. America has a lot of faults, but Freedom OF Religion isn’t one of them. And you guys have every right to public display the other faiths claim.

      So there you have it. Peace on everybody!!
      John Burleson, normally confusing, but never confused.

  • John Burleson

    Dear Sam: I don’t know if you’re responding to something I said or something somebody else said, but I used to know how to recite “There is but One God and Mohammed is his messenger” in Arabic. I don’t profess to possess even a grain of Muslim knowledge. But I’m interested in learning and these exchanges help me a lot more than you guys think–just as long as you collectively realize that if I come off being offensive, I DON’T MEAN IT THAT WAY. It’s as though you and I were in the middle of the desert. To you, it might just a desert. Nothing new. To me, it’s beyond description because for the first time in my life I can see from horizon to horizon with no trees blocking my view.

    The pesty student,
    John Burleson


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