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Celebrating the Mawlid or Miladu-Nabiy(Commemorating the Prophet's Birth) is a good and accepted event by all Muslims, only wahhabis oppose it because they don't have the love to the Prophet. Why would Mawlid, which is respecting and loving the Prophet, be Haram??
The annual Celebrations of the Prophet's birth (Mawlid un-Nabiyy) is among the great innovations of guidance. This event is commemorated by Muslims all over the world who join together for such rewardable deeds as reciting from the Qur'an, chanting Islamic praises, telling the story of the Prophet's birth, teaching Religious Knowledge, slaughtering animals to feed to the poor, and gathering to thank and praise Allah and ask Him to exalt the honor of Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu^alayhi wa sallam. The honorable, knowledgeable, and righteous ruler: al-Mudhaffar, the King of Irbil, initiated this practice about 900 years ago, and he was praised by Muslim scholars of Islam--among them the Egyptian hafidhs: Ibn Hajar al-^Asqalaniyy and Jalal ud-Din as-Suyutiyy. The famous scholar of hadith, Abul-Khattab Ibn Dihyah, wrote a book for the king especially to be read during the mawlid celebration, and there are no great Muslim scholars who dispraised this innovated celebration.
The basis for commemorating honorable events repeatedly every year is evidenced in the Sunnah of the Prophet. As related by al-Bukhariyy, when the Prophet emigrated to al-Madinah he found the Jews fasting, so he asked them why they fasted on the 10th of Muharram (Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar). They told the Prophet they do so to commemorate the day Allah saved Prophet Moses (Musa) and the Tribes of Israel (Isra'il) from the tyranny of the Pharaoh. It was revealed to the Prophet what the Jews said was true, so Prophet Muhammad told them: "We are more deserving of Moses (Musa) than you." He said this because Prophet Moses (Musa) was Muslim. Prophet Muhammad ordered the Muslims to fast the 9th and 10th of Muharram, and this Sunnah is still practiced today.
The first they will ask is: Did the Sahabah do the mawlid? Tell them: The SaHabah did more then commemorate the memory of the Prophet, the mawlid is showing our love to the Prophet, glorifying him and teaching the people about him.. SaHabah did more than that. And the Prophet said: "Monday, that's a day I was born in" and by which in happiness it's sunnah for Muslims to fast that day. Also there are many things that the Prophet did not do that the companions and those after them did themselves even though the Prophet did not do them! Does that mean they are all misguided innovators? Examples: Our Master Omar he gathered the people on Taraweeh prayer in Ramadan and said; "What a good Bid^a (innovation) that is", at the time of our Master Othman the second adhan was introduced, and the Mihrab was added, and later after the Sahabah a scholar added dots to the letters in the Qur'an, and Khubab innovated the good innovation of praying 2 Rak^ah before one is killed.. amongst other accepted innovations that comply with Qur'an and alsunna. Mawlid is one great way to thank of Allah and teach the people of the Prophet.
To celebrate the birth of the Prophet by doing rewardable deeds-- that can be done on any day of the year--is considered an innovated practice because this was not done at the time of the Prophet. Although this innovation was praised by the Muslim scholars of Islam, some people consider any innovation an innovation of misguidance. Those who consider any innovation an innovation of misguidance have been misled, because there are two sahih hadiths which support celebrating such an event.