Dealing with someone who insists on celebrating the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ

Reference: Fataawa tata’allaaq bil-Mawlid an-Nabawee – Page 49, Question 11
Al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa al-Fowzaan – Volume 1, Page 184

Question: We have a man with us at work who approves of the celebration of the birthday [of the Prophet ﷺ], and advocates and insists upon this. Should I abandon him for the Sake of Allaah or not?

What should I do? …and may Allaah reward you with good.

Response: Celebrating the Prophet’s birthday is an innovation, and whoever pursues this [path] is an innovator (mubtadi’) if he insists on doing so and does not accept the [sincere] advice, [rather, choosing to] continue in calling to [celebrating] the birthday and arousing interest in it. [In this case], then, it is obligatory to abandon him since he is an innovator, and it is not permissible to maintain companionship with an innovator.

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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