Question: When did the innovation of [celebrating] the birthday [of the Prophet ﷺ] appear Shaykh Muhammad?
Response: [It first appeared] in the 4th century [after the hijrah]; meaning, the [first] three virtuous centuries had passed and no-one had established it (i.e. the celebration of the Prophet’s ﷺ birthday).
In the 4th century it was found [to have started], and in the 7th century it increased and became widespread.
And many books have been authored on this [topic], and all Praise is due to Allaah [alone, these books] clarify the origin of this innovation, and its foundation, and its position in terms of the Sharee’ah, and that there is no basis for it in the Sharee’ah of Allaah.
Translation originally published on 13 October, 2021