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…”This is a praiseworthy innovation and the person doing it will be rewarded, because of venerating the Prophet and expression of happiness and gratulation upon the blessed birth of the Messenger ﷺ.”
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Mawlana Abd al-Hayy al-Luknawi after discussing the issue of innovation proceeded to say the following: “After these introductory points I say the mention of the Milad in of itself is not an innovation of misguidance due to two reasons…
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Shaykh Khalil Ahmad al-Saharanpuri – Al-Muhannad ‘ala al-Mufannad Reprinted by Verification by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
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He (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about the milad function, in which manner is it
permissible and in which manner is it impermissible? He replied [saying] that:…
Commemorating the noble birth of our master, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) using sound narrations, during times devoid of the obligatory duties of worship, and in forms not contravening the path of the Companions and the people of the three generations whose greatness has been attested to, and [in forms not] containing beliefs that may be conceived of as shirk and bid‘ah, and in manners which do not contravene the conduct of the Companions which is the measure of his (peace be upon him) statement, “What I and my Companions are upon,” and in gatherings free from abominations of the Shari‘ah, is a cause for goodness and blessing, with the condition that it is accompanied by pure intention and sincerity and the belief that it is included
within the totality of recommended good remembrances (jumlat al-adhkar al-hasanah almandubah), and is not restricted to a time from the times. When it is so, we do not know of any Muslim who rules it to be unlawful (ghayr mashru‘) or bid‘ah… To the end of the fatwa.