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Which is a Bigger Bid’ah, ‘Saudi National Day’ or ‘Mawlid’ ?

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n the top story the Mufti in Riyad says that Mawlids are shirk and have no basis in the deen.

In the bottom story he says that the ‘national day’ (which celebrates the birthday of Saudi Arabia) ‘ought to be’ celebrated as a day of thanks to Allah.

The sub-text here is that the Mufti is ‘Abdal’aziz – “Aal ash-Shaykh” – meaning that he is one of the new shareefs, a descendant of Shaykh Muhammadibn ‘Abdalwahhab.

So we have to replace celebration of the birth of the Rasul, salla’llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, with celebration of the birth of Saudi Arabia.

And we have to replace love of his family and descendants, salla’llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, with love of the descendants of Muhammad ibn ‘Abdalwahhab.

 

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  1. أبوعبدالرحمن الوغليسي says:

    I think that you are misquoting the article, it doesn’t say openly mawlids are shirk, but rather the shirki mawlids based on myths/superstitions and aberrance have no religious basis.
    And It is true that mawlid is an invented festivity from the 4th century by Fatimids (an Ismaili Shia dynasty).

    His point of view is that national day is a non-religious local festivity which include it under customs ruling, and the usuli principle stated by the scholars differenciate between customs عادات and worships عبادات.

    الأصل في العبادات التوقيف والأصل في العادات الإباحة

    No act of worship can be sanctioned except on the basis of shar‘i evidence to that effect. While customs are originally permissible.

    As it is said the in Quran: “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion” [Translation of al-Maa’idah 5:3].

    And as Allah, may He be exalted, has completed the religion for us; whatever He has not prescribed is not part of Islam.

    It was narrated from Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There is nothing by means of which one may draw close to Paradise and move far away from Hell but it has been exlained to you. [Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in as-Saheehah, 1803]

    Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Tamiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

    “From examining the principles of sharee‘ah we know that the acts of worship that have been enjoined by Allah or that He loves cannot be proven except through sharee‘ah. With regard to customs, they are things that people are used to doing in their worldly affairs … The basic principle concerning them is that they are not forbidden; nothing of that is forbidden except what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden. That is because commands and prohibitions have to do with the religion of Allah, and acts of worship must necessarily be enjoined. If something is not proven to have been enjoined, then how can it be deemed an act of worship? With regard to customs, if there is no text to prove that a custom is forbidden, how can it be deemed to be forbidden?

    Hence Ahmad and other scholars of hadeeth used to say: The basic principle with regard to acts of worship is tawqeef; no acts of worship are prescribed except that which has been prescribed by Allah, may He be exalted; if we do not adhere to this principle, we will be included among those referred to in the verse (interpretation of the meaning): “Or have they partners with Allah (false gods), who have instituted for them a religion which Allah has not allowed?” [ash-Shoora 42:21]. The basic principle with regard to customs is that they are permissible and none of them are forbidden except that which Allah has forbidden. If we do not adhere to this principle, we will be included among those referred to in the verse (interpretation of the meaning): “Tell me, what provision Allah has sent down to you! And you have made of it lawful and unlawful” [Yoonus 10:59].

    Hence Allah condemned the mushrikeen who introduced things into religion that Allah had not permitted and they forbade things that He had not forbidden. End quote.

    Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa, 29/16-17
    [Translated by islamQA]

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  2. “is point of view is that national day is a non-religious local festivity which include it under customs ruling,”

    Oh come on! By that line of reasoning ,people should be allowed to celebrate their own birthdays, since it is not a religious event but a cultural one.

    Yet IslamQA says it is haram:

    “The evidence in the Qur’aan and Sunnah indicates that celebrating birthdays is a kind of bid’ah or innovation in religion, which has no basis in the pure sharee’ah. It is not permitted to accept invitations to birthday celebrations, because this involves supporting and encouraging bid’ah.”

    (https://islamqa.info/en/1027)

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