Controversies Related To The Celebrations Of 12th Rabi ul Awwal

As the 12th Rabbi ul Awwal has been celebrated around the Muslim Ummah; however, there are many who believe that the celebration is mistaken. The reason for the disagreement is that the exact date of birth of the Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) is irresolute and therefore the celebrations are contradictory.

Here is a detailed note on the disagreements of the Ullemah regarding the celebrations of the 12th Rabbi ul Awwal, birthday of Muhammad (P.B.U.H).

Should Muslims Celebrate The Birthday of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)?

After reciting and understanding Quran, does not indicate any such incident or celebrations and the disagreement about the birth of the Holy Prophet and so the controversies arise. It is believed by many that the birth took place in the “Year of the Elephant,” but may disagree.

  • Controversies relating to the birth date, day, month and year:

Muhammad Husain Haykal writes in the biography of Muhammad (May peace be upon him), “Historians have also differed concerning the month of Muhammad’s birth although the majority of them agree that it was Rabi` al Awwal, the third month of the lunar year. It has also been claimed that he was born in Muharram, in Safar, in Rajab, or in Ramadan.”

At another place he indicates that “others claim that he was born a few days, months, or years, after “the Year of the Elephant.”

Hence, not only the day or the month, but also the year of birth is a contradictory matter.

  • Celebration of the day by the Sahaba and the Arabs:

Another pressing matter is that the intensity of the celebrations that take place in Pakistan is not similar to that of the Arabs. Arabs have great memorization skills and a matter of this high regard to be overlooked or forgotten is unlikely.

Arabs are known for their feat of memorization and know hundreds of verses by heart. If the birthday of the Holy Prophet were such an important festive matter, they would not have missed it for the world.

Furthermore, neither there is any real proof in the history that the day was celebrated among the Sahaba, the companions of Rasool Allah (SAW), nor there is any narration, which states that Muhammad (P.B.U.H) encouraged his followers to celebrate the day with Darood recitation or to hold milads and make it a day of worship.

The question again arise that so we love Prophet Muhammad more than his own closest companions, who scarified their lives and their families for him, or the people today who are ignorant of the teaching so Islam. You should read Quran online to know instant solutions in the light of Quran and Sunnah, to such complex matters


Muslims love Prophet with all their heart and show their love and affection in the form of milads, recitations of holy verses and through Darood recitals. However, the processions that are taken out on the 12th of Rabi ul Awwal are often considered as Bidah (innovation) in Islam.

Today, it has become a Muslim culture, instead of symbol of blessing and rewards and people indulge themselves in transgressions that are more sinful.

Rasool Allah (saw) himself said: “Whoever has performed a deed which is not in the religion from its inception is rejected (not acceptable to Allah) “. (Bukhari and Muslim)

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