Celebrating the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ – no.7

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Volume 3, Page 44, Question 2, Fatwa No. 9688

Question: Is it permissible to participate in celebrating the remembrance of al-Mi’raaj (the ascending of the Prophet ﷺ to the heavens)?

Response: It is not permissible to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet, and nor al-Mi’raaj and nor participate in that, because it is an innovation in the religion. And it has been authenticated on the authority of the Prophet ﷺ that he said:

«Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours (i.e. Islaam) that which is not from it, will have it rejected», [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree/2697 and Saheeh Muslim/1718].

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet ﷺ and his family and his companions.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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