Created on Monday, 06 August 2012 22:24
Written by Asim ul Haq
In this short article we will examine the quotes of scholars (who were on the view of Bidah Hasanah) wrongly used by the Brailwis to prove their innovations and shirk.
13) Allegation of some innovators: Whoever is not celebrating is friend of shaitan
1. Dhaheer Ad-Deen Ja'far At-Tizmanti as-Shafee said
عمل المولد لم يقع في الصدر الأول من السلف الصالح مع تعظيمهم وحبهم له -أي النبي- إعظاماً ومحبة لا يبلغ جمعنا الواحد منهم ولا ذرة منه هذه بدعة حسنة إذا قصد فاعلها جمع الصالحين والصلاة علي النبي صلي الله عليه وسلم وإطعام الطعام للفقراء والمساكين وهذا القدر يثاب عليه بهذا الشرط فى كل وقت واما جمع الرعاع وعمل السماع والرقص وخلع الثياب على القوال بمروديته وحسن صوته فلا يندب بل يقارب أن يذم، ولا خير فيما لم يعمله السلف الصالح، فقد قال صلى الله عليه وسلم : " لا يصلح آخر هذه الأمة إلا ما أصلح أولها ".
This action (of celebrating the Mawlid) did not occur during the early times of the pious predecessors out of their exaltation and love for him (SalAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam), yet all of us together could not match even a single one of them in their love and exaltation of him (SalAllahu'alayhi wa sallam). This is a good innovation If the intention of performer is to gather the righteous and send salat on Prophet peace be upon him and to feed the poor and needy this much will be rewarded, these are the conditions all the times. But if the (intention) is to gather crowd for sama and raqs … this is not recommended rather false action, there is no good in it because it was not the practice of pious predecessors, Prophet peace be upon him said what was not part of the religion then, is not part of the religion today. [Subul Al-Hudaa War-Rashaad fi Seerati Khayril 'Ibaad" 1/442]
Comment: this saying “what was not part of the religion then, is not part of the religion today” is attributed to Prophet peace be upon him by Imam Daheer ud din, Imam Shatibi attributed it to Imam Malik in his book al-Aitesaam.
And gathering the righteous and send salat on Prophet peace be upon him and to feed the poor and needy is recommended in any part of the year not only on this specific night. So, the best is not to celebrate the mawlid because it was not the practice of the Sahaba and Tabiyeen because they were the best of the best and we cannot match any one of them. When Dhaheer Ad-Deen Ja'far At-Tizmanti as-Shafee himself said we can not love Prophet peace be upon him more then sahaba and tabiyeen and quoted “what was not part of the religion then, is not part of the religion today”. We can easily conclude that it is far more better to leave this innovation rather celebration.
2. Imam Abu Shama said:
ومن احسن ما ابتدع في زماننا ما يفعل كل عام في اليوم الموافق لمولده صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم من الصدقات، والمعروف، وإظهار الزينة والسرور, فإن ذلك مشعر بمحبته صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم وتعظيمه في قلب فاعل ذلك وشكرا لله تعالى على ما من به من إيجاد رسوله الذي أرسله رحمة للعالمين
One of the good innovations in our time is what is being done every year on the Prophet`s birthday, such as giving charity, doing good deeds, displaying ornaments, and expressing joy, for that expresses the feelings of love and veneration for him in the hearts of those who are celebrating, and also, shows thankfulness to Allah for His bounty by sending His Messenger, the one who has been sent as a Mercy to the worlds. Al-Bâ`ith `alâ Al-Bid`ah wal-Hawâdith page.23
Comment: Now brailwis use this statement but they leave another statement of Hafiz Abu Shama.
Hafiz Abu Shaama said:
"حيث جاء الأمر بلزوم الجماعة، فالمراد به لزوم الحق واتباعه وإن كان المتمسك به قليلا، والمخالف كثيرا، أي: الحق هو ما كان عليه الصحابة الأول من الصحب، ولا حظ لكثرة أهل الباطل بعدهم"
"The order to stick to the jamâ'ah means sticking to the truth and its followers; even if those who stick to the truth are few and those who oppose it are many, since the truth is that which the first jamâ'ah from the time of the Prophet (sall Allâhu 'alayhi wasallam) and his companions (may Allâh be pleased with them) were upon. No attention is given to the great number of the people of futility coming after them."[Faydh al Qadir 4/19,Al-Bâ`ith `alâ Al-Bid`ah wal-Hawâdith page 19]
Comment: So according to Imam Abu Shama the best is to stick to the companions of Prophet peace be upon him, charity and doing good deeds are recommended not only on the mawlid of Rasool rather whole of the year. Plus if Imam Abu Shama would know about the wrong things done by the innovators on the celebration of Rasool he would never say such thing regarding mawlid. He only allowed charity and doing good deeds etc. He did not allow (as brailwis of subcontinent do) asking help from Prophet and auliyah in the celebration, he did not allow standing and thinking that Prophet Peace be upon him is in us, he did not allow slandering and accusing those who are against celebration, he did not allow dancing (as tahir ul qadri, kabbani, dawat e Islami`s followers do).
Note: Imam Abu Shaama tore the aqeeda of the types of brailwiya into peices as he writes in his book Al-Ba’ith ala’ Inkar Al-Bid’ah wa ‘l-Hawadith, p.100-101
, أنه رأى في منامه بها أحدا ممن اشْتَهَرَ بِالصَّلَاحِ وَالْوِلَايَةِ فيفعلون ذلك ويُحَافِظُونَ عليه مع تَضْيِيعِهِمْ فَرَائِضِ اللَّهِ تعالى وسُنَنِهِ
ويظنون أنهم مُتَقَرِّبُونَ بذلك ثم يَتَجَاوَزُونَ هذا الى أَنْ يُعَظَّمَ وقعُ تلك الأماكِن في قلوبِهِم فَيُعَظِّمُونَهَا ويرجون الشفاءَ لِمَرَضاهُم وَقَضَاءَ حَوَائِجِهِمْ بالنذر لهم وهي من بينِ عيونٍ وشجرٍ وحَائِطٍ وحجرٍ
وفي مدينة دمشقَ صانها الله تعالى من ذلك مواضعَ مُتعدِّدَة ًكعوينةِ الحُمى خارجَ بابِ توما والعمودِ المُخلَق داخلَ بابِ الصغير والشجرة الملعونةِ اليابسة خارج َباب النصرِ في نفسِ قارعةِ الطريق سَهَلَ اللهُ قَطعَهاَ واجتِثاثَها من أصلِها فما أشبَبها بذات أنواط الواردة في الحديث
A person tells them that he saw in a dream that a pious person and a friend of Allah is buried there. They start honouring these pious people and being particular about this, despite the fact that they are neglecting the obligations of Islam and the Sunnah practices
They believe that they are doing good by venerating these pious people. Then, they take this to a more extreme level until the veneration of these places overcomes their hearts. Thereafter, they start honouring the places themselves and they begin hoping that sick people will be cured and their needs will be fulfilled by making oaths at these places. These areas tend to be between fountains, trees, walls, and rocks.
In the city of Damascus – may Allah preserve it – there are many such places, including a specific spring near the Tawma gate, a specific pillar near the ‘small gate,’ and the accursed dry tree near Bab al-Nasr – may Allah facilitate the cutting of this tree and uproot it. How similar are these places to the thorn tree which is mentioned in the books of hadith related to the battle of Hunayn
3. Imam al-Iraqi said
إطعام الطعام مستحب في کل وقت، فکيف إذا انضم لذالک السرور بظهور نور النبوة في هذا الشهر الشريف، ولا نعلم ذالک من السلف، ولا يلزم من کونه بدعة کونه مکروهاً، فکم من بدعة مستحبة بل واجبة.
Providing food is desirable act at any time, but what if adding joy and happiness on the appearance of light of Prophet Hood in this month. This was not done by the predecessors but that does not mean this innovation is disliked because many innovations are not only desirable rather wajib.[Quoted by Tahir ul qadri in his book Meelad un Nabi page no: 344]
Comment: Again he only talked about providing food with joy and happiness, he did not talked about what brailwis do today like asking help from auliyah, standing in veneration of Prophet peace be upon him thinking that he is present and accusing those who do not celebrate. And he openly said feeding is desirable at any time. Brailwis should ponder over these fatwas rather using these fatwas for their innovations and shirk.
4. Imam Yusaf bin Ali ash-Shami
He saw a dream where Prophet peace be upon him hit him so that people may not leave sunnah and mawlid, then he said
قال يوسف : فعملته منذ عشرين سنة إلي الآن.
“I am practicing mawlid from past twenty years till today” [Subul Al-Hudaa War-Rashaad fi Seerati Khayril 'Ibaad" 1/443]
Comment: Here we can see he was practicing mawlid every day i.e. to give charity, to feed the poor and needy, mawlid is not asking help from auliyah and accusing those who do not celebrate and standing in veneration of Prophet peace be upon him and thinking that he is within us. We can not see brailwis feeding poor like Imam Yusaf did ever day. But yes we see them quoting his fatwa to promote their shirk.
secondly dreams are not evidence If they really want to believe on the dream then what about this?
Imam Muhammad bin Hammad Rahimullah said
" رَأَيْتُ النَّبِيّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فِي المنام، فَقُلْتُ: يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ، مَا تَقُولُ فِي النظر في كلام أبي حنيفة وأصحابه، وأنظر فيها وأعمل عليها؟ قال: لا، لا، لا، ثلاث مرات. قلت: فما تقول في النظر في حديثك وحديث أصحابك، أنظر فيها وأعمل عليها؟ قال: نعم، نعم، نعم ثلاث مرات. ثم قلت: يَا رَسُولَ الله ، عَلّـِمْــنِي دُعَاءً أَدْعُو بِهِ، فعـلمني دعاء وقاله لي ثلاث مرات، فلما استيقظت نسيته."
I saw Prophet peace be upon him in my dream. I asked O Messenger of Allah: What do you say regarding the seeing the kalam of Abu Hanifa and his companions? Can i see and practice that? He (peace be upon him) said three times NO, NO, NO. Then i asked what do you say regarding seeing your hadith and hadith of your companions? Can i see and practice upon that? He (peace be upon him) said three times, YES, YES YES. Then i asked that teach me a prayer so that i can pray that. Then he taught me a dua and repeated three times but when i woke up I forgot the dua.[Tareekh Baghdad 13/403]
I hope the matter is clear for those who are seeking the truth.
Let us see how people of Makkah celebrated mawlid, is it the celebration like people do today or is it something else?
5. Imam Muhammad bin Jar Allah al-Hanafi (986 h) said regarding mawlid
وجرت العادة بمکة ليلة الثاني عشر من ربيع الأول في کل عام أن قاضي مکة الشافعي يتهيّأ لزيارة هذا المحل الشريف بعد صلاة المغرب في جمع عظيم، منهم الثلاثة القضاة وأکثر الأعيان من الفقهاء والفضلاء، وذوي البيوت بفوانيس کثيرة وشموع عظيمة وزحام عظيم. ويدعي فيه للسلطان ولأمير مکة، وللقاضي الشافعي بعد تقدم خطبة مناسبة للمقام، ثم يعود منه إلي المسجد الحرام قبيل العشاء، ويجلس خلف مقام الخليل عليه السلام بإزاء قبة الفراشين، ويدعو الداعي لمن ذکر آنفًا بحضور القضاة وأکثر الفقهاء. ثم يصلون العشاء وينصرفون، ولم أقف علي أول من سن ذالک، سألت مؤرخي العصر فلم أجد عندهم علمًا بذالک.
that after praying the salah of maghrib they practice mawlid with many people… scholars of madahib give khutbah regarding mawlid, after that they pray for the king, ameer of Makkah and qadhi who was a shafiee. Then they come to Masjid al-Haraam before Isha salah, and they sit behind Muqam e Ibraheem. After that they pray for those who asked for the dua with many scholars and judges and then they go back after praying Isha. (Imam Muhammad bin Jar Allah said) I don’t know who started this practice and after asking many historians I did not find its starting date [al-Jame al-Lateef fe fadal al makkah pages 201 and 202 almost same is mentioned by Qutub al-deen alHanafi in his tareekh al-Makkah]
Comment: We can see that this was a practice introduced by later people and Imam Muhammad bin jar Allah did his research and after asking many historians he did not find who started this act. Now let us match this innovation with innovations of today. In this people only talked about mawlid and prayed and visited the place of birth of Prophet and time limit was only Maghrib to Isha. But today we can see time limit is whole night and most of the people don’t even pray fajar salah because of this. Now people stand in veneration of Rasool Allah peace be upon him thinking that he is present but at that time this extremism in aqeedah was not even present. Now people say “O Rasool Allah, O Ali, O Gawth al adham” but at that time people did not utter such false things.
6. Mullah Ali Qari refuted the stance of those who say that
وإذا كان أهل الصليب اتّخذوا ليلة مولد نبيّهم عيدًا أكبر ، فأهل الإسلام أولى بالتكريم وأجدر
people of the cross celebrate the night of the mawlid of their Prophet that is why people of Islam have more right to celebrate the night of the mawlid of their Prophet (peace be upon him)
Mulla Ali Qari refuted by saying
مما يرد عليه انا مأمورون بمخالفة اهل الكتاب
An evidence against them is this that we are ordered to go against the practice of the people of Book[المورد الروي في المولد النبوي by Mulla Ali Qari page 28,29]
Comment: That is why he was on the opinion that playing, giving charity etc. whole of the month should be done, celebration only on one day is like the practice of Christians. (as brailwis do today)
7. 'Illish al-Maliki
They also quote 'Illish al-Maliki who said It is Makruh to fast on the day of Mawlid by analogy to the day of Id in general, yet he never said to celebrate it. but 'Illish al-Maliki also said in his fatawa while answering the question that
: الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ لَا يَلْزَمُهُ شَيْءٌ ; لِأَنَّ عَمَلَ مَوْلِدٍ لِلرَّسُولِ صلى الله عليه وسلم لَيْسَ مَنْدُوبًا خُصُوصًا إنْ اشْتَمَلَ عَلَى مَكْرُوهٍ كَقِرَاءَةٍ بِتَلْحِينٍ أَوْ غِنَاءٍ , وَلَا يَسْلَمُ فِي هَذِهِ الْأَزْمَانِ مِنْ ذَلِكَ وَمَا هُوَ أَشَدُّ مِنْهُ , وَالنَّذْرُ إنَّمَا يَلْزَمُ بِهِ مَا نُدِبَ وَاَللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ . قَالَ الْعَدَوِيُّ فِي مَبْحَثِ الْوَصِيَّةِ وَأَمَّا الْوَصِيَّةُ عَلَى الْمَوْلِدِ الشَّرِيفِ فَذَكَرَ الْفَاكِهَانِيُّ أَنَّ عَمَلَ الْمَوْلِدِ مَكْرُوهٌ وَالْمَكْرُوهُ يَلْزَمُ الْوَارِثَ أَوْ مَنْ يَقُومُ مَقَامَهُ إنْفَاذُ الْوَصِيَّةِ بِهِ وَقَدْ ذَكَرَ ذَلِكَ الشَّامِيُّ ا هـ
فَتْحِ الْعَلِيِّ الْمَالِكِ فِي الْفَتْوَى عَلَى مَذْهَبِ الْإِمَامِ مَالِكٍ
Here He is saying that if someone makes a vow to do Mawlid, then his vow is not compulsory because Mawlid is not recommended, especially like in his days when it is done with songs and others, and vows are to be fulfilled only for recommended matters. and quoted the fatwa of Fakihani who wrote against Mawlid un Nabi.
8. Hafiz Ibn Hajar Asqalani who said
«أصل عمل المولد بدعة لم تُنقَل عن أحد من السلف الصالح من القرون الثلاثة، ولكنها مع ذلك قد اشتملت على محاسن وضدها، فمَن تَحرَّى في عملها المحاسن، وتَجنَّب ضدها؛ كان بدعة حسنة، وإلا فلا.
As for the origin of the practice of commemorating the Prophet's birth, it is an innovation that has not been conveyed to us from any of the pious early Muslims of the first three centuries, despite which it has included both features that are praiseworthy and features that are not. If one takes care to include in such a commemoration only things that are praiseworthy and avoids those that are otherwise, it is a praiseworthy innovation, while if one does not, it is not. (end quote from al-Hawi lil fatawi of Jalal ud din suyuti)
Comment: All the scholar of ahlus Sunnah are agreed upon that Mawlid is an innovation, Ibn Hajar Asqalani based his opinion on the condition that if people do good things on this day then it is good otherwise it is not because none of the pious salaf celebrated it. If Ibn Hajar asqalani Rahimullah would see the things happening in the mawlid he would issue the fatwa against it. Because People ask help from dead, they say Prophet peace be upon him is in us please stand. They put forth fatwas of blasphemy against those who are not celebrating.
Ibn Hajar rah said:
With regard to innovations (bid‘ah), this word refers to everything for which there is no precedent. In linguistic terms it includes both praiseworthy and blameworthy matters, but among the scholars of Islam it usually refers to that which is blameworthy. If the word is applied to something that is praiseworthy, then it is to be understood according to its linguistic meaning.[Fath al-Baari, Vol 13 Page 278]
9. Ibn Hajar al-Makki
They quote that he said
The gatherings of Mawlid and Adhkaar which take place during our time, they are mostly confined to good deeds, for example in them Sadaqat are given, Dhikr is done, Darud and Salam is sent upon the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) and he is praised. [quoted by Tahir ul Qadri in his book Meelad un Nabi, Imam al Haythami (rah) in Fatawa al Hadithiyyah, Page No. 202]
See the fatwa in detail:
الموالد والأذكار التى تفعل عندنا أكثرها مشتمل على خير كصدقة وذكر وصلاة وسلام على رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ومدحه ، وعلى شرّبل شرور . ولو لم يكن فيها إلا رؤية النساء للرجال الأجانب لكفى . وبعضها ليس فيه شر لكنه قليل نادر ولا شك أن القسم الأول ممنوع للقاعدة المشهورة: إن درء المفاسد مقدم على جلب المصالح فمن علم وقوع شئ من الشر فيما يفعله من ذلك فهو عاص آثم .
وبفرض أنه عمل فى ذلك خيراً فربما خيرُه لا يساوى شره ، ألا ترى أن الشارع صلى الله عليه وسلم اكتفى من الخير بما تيسر ، وفطَم عن جميع أنواع الشر حيث قال : فإذا أمرتكم بالشئ فخذوا به ما استطعتم ، وإذا نهيتكم عن شئ فاجتنبوه
( والقسم ) الثانى سنة تشمله الأحاديث الواردة فى الأذكار المخصوصة والعامة ، كقوله صلى الله عليه وسلم : لا يقعد قوم يذكرون الله تعالى إلا حفّتهم الملائكة وغشيتهم الرحمةُ ونزلتْ عليهم السكينة وذكرهم الله فيمن عنده . رواه مسلم
The gatherings of Mawlid and Adhkaar which take place during our time many of them confined to good deeds like Sadaqat are given, Dhikr is done, Darud and Salam is sent upon the Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) and he is praised and evils are women seeing at stranger men. Although there are some Mawlid gatherings where there are no wrong things but they are few.There is no doubt in it that first type is prohibited, because it is the famouse rule of Islamic law that "It is better to leave the losses rather than earning benefits". So the one who know that there is even a single thing in mawlid which is against Islamic law, and still he participates in it then he is disobiediant to Allah and a sinner. And even if we assume that he did some praiseworthy works in the mawlid still it does not compensate that (wrong thing) in mawlid. Don't you see regarding good and voluntary things Prophet peace be upon him ordered to do only which we can afford , but against that He (peace be upon him) ordered to keep away from all kinds of bad things. So we know that even if the evil is less it is not allowed to practice and against that one can do according to his power good voluntary things. And the second type of gathering is sunnah which comes under those ahadith which are regarding adhkaar
Allah's Messenger may peace be upon him) said: The people do not sit but they are surrounded by angels and covered by Mercy, and there descends upon them tranquillity as they remember Allah narrated by Muslim [Imam al Haythami (rah) in Fatawa al Hadithiyyah, Page No. 202]
Comment: Even though Ibn Hajar makki was sufi and staunch against Ibn Tamiya ra, and his student Mulla Ali Qari wrote a fatwa against his stance on Ibn Tamiya and he was criticised by Alousi Hanafi that his books are filled with innovations. But still we can see May Allah forgive him, he was not talking about those mawlid celebrations where people stand in respect of Prophet peace be uponn him and think that he is present. He only talked about those gatherings where people remember Allah and these gatherings are very few according to him.
There is a special fatwa of Ibn Hajar Makki in very same Fatawa Hadithiyyah page 60 where he declared standing in the Mawlid as an Innovation and criticised so called scholars who order their awaam to stand.
ونظير ذلك فعل كثير عند ذكر مولده ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) ووضع أمه له من القيام وهو أيضاً بدعة لم يرد فيه شيء على أن الناس إنما يفعلون ذلك تعظيماً له ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) فالعوام معذورون لذلك بخلاف الخواص
And example of this is the practice of Many people stand at the time of dhikr and mawlid of Rasool Allah peace be upon him. This is an innovation because there is no hadith mentioned regarding this issue. Even if people do it in veneration of him (peace be upon him) But the lay people can be excused because they don't know. But specials (scholars) can not be excused/ [Fatawa Hadithiya page no: 60 under the heading مطلب في أن القيام في أثناء مولده الشريف بدعة لا ينبغي فعلها]
Comment: Why Tahir ul qadri left the second fatwa? just because it was against him? leave a side second he only quoted few lines on his first fatwa which were with the stance of Tahir ul Qadri, so even according to Ibn Hajar makki so called scholars like Tahir ul qadri and Ilyas Qadri are innovators..
10. Ibn Kathir
They quote this i.e that Ibn Kathir said regarding Malik Muzaffar (who started mawlid after shias in sunnis)
He was a generous, mighty master, and glorious ruler, whose works were very good.He built Jamiya al Muzaffari near Qasiyun…During Rabi ul Awwal he used to celebrate Mawlid ash Shareef with great celebration, Moreover, he was benevolent, brave, wise, a scholar, and just person – Rahimuhullah wa Ikraam
[Tarikh Ibn Kathir, Al Bidayah Wan Nihaya Volume 13, Page No. 174]
Comment: Nowhere Ibn Kathir said that celebrating mawlid is sunnah, he just praised the person (we will mention who was Malik Muzaffar later in other article InshaAllah). According to Ibn Kathir Mawlid is an innovation for sure because he said
وأما أهل السنة والجماعة، فيقولون في كل فعل وقول لم يثبت عن الصحابة رضي الله عنهم هو بدعة لأنه لو كان خيراً لسبقونا إِليه، لأنهم لم يتركوا خصلة من خصال الخير إِلا وقد بادروا إِليها.
Contrary to this is the position of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah: They say about any act or saying that has not been reported from the Companions: "It is an innovation. If there was any good in it, they would have preceded us in doing it, because they have not left off any of the good characteristics except that they hurried to perform them.''[Tafsir of Surah al-ahqaf verse 11]
Ibn Kathir said regarding Fatmids who innovated mawlid
"The Fatimids were the richest and wealthiest Khaleefahs and equally the haughtiest, most tyrannical and oppressive of all. Their kings had the filthiest of histories and the most evil of hearts. A lot of innovations and unacceptable practices emerged in their kingdom and there was a rise in the number of evil ones."[Then Came the Year 567AH, Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah vol 16]
Comment: All the scholars of ahlus sunnah are agreed upon that companions of Prophet peace be upo him never celebrated Mawlid un Nabi. So this is surely an Innovation according to Ibn Kathir.
11. Muhammmad bin Yusaf as-Salihi ash-Shami (student of Jalal ud din as-Suyuti)
Tahir ul Qadri mentioned his name that he quoted many scholars regarding mawlid un nabi in his book seerah ash-shami, which is actually true but again he fails to quote his "Tannbeeh" (Alert). He said
جرت عادة كثير من المحبين إذا سمعوا بذكر وضعه صلى الله عليه وسلم أن يقوموا تعظيما له صلى الله عليه وسلم، وهذا القيام بدعة لا أصل لها
“It has become a habit amongst many of the lovers of the Prophet peace be upon him that whenever they organise a gathering in his (peace be upon him) remembrance they stand up in veneration, whereas this standing is an innovation which has no basis.”[Subl al-Hudaa War-Rishaad (1/415 under the heading of Alerts, Alert no: 2)]
So, the best opinion is with those scholars who said it was not done by Sahaba, Tabiyeen, four Imams (Abu Hanifa, Shafiee, Maalik, Ahmad) and others, we should not celebrate it, this was the opinion of many scholars like Imaam al-Faakihaanee (654-734AH), Qazi Shihab ud din Dolat Abadi alHanafi(d 849 h), Abu Ishaq Shatibi (720 h), Abu Abdullah al-Haffaar Gharnati (811H), Shaykh Ibn Tamiya etc. Their quotes can be seen in this detailed article
12) Ibn Rajab Hanbalee:
Tahir ul qadri tried to prove celebrations of mawlid from Ibn Rajab rahimullah but when we see the book of Ibn Rajab rahimullah, we see that Ibn rajab hanbalee said
أنه لا يشرع أن يتخذ المسلمون عيدا إلا ما جاءت الشريعة باتخاذه عيدا وهويوم الفطر ويوم الأضحى وأيام التشريق وهي أعياد العام ويوم الجمعة وهوعيد الأسبوع وما عدا ذلك فاتخاذه عيدا وموسما بدعة لا أصل له في الشريعة
Translation: It is not legislated for muslims to make any day as eid (Celebration) except what has come in Shareeah by taking them as celebration , and they are the day of fitr, the day of alAdha, the days of at Tashreeq, and the day of friday which is weekly eid, and it is an innovation to make any day eid apart from these days there is no basis for this in shariya. [lataif al ma`arif page 228
So it is proven that celebrations of mawlid is bidah according to Ibn Rajab.
Allegation of some innovators: Whoever is not celebrating is friend of shaitan
We can see this allegation on ahlus sunnah in any gathering of Mawlid specially in Pakistan. They should fear Allah because indirectly they are accusing Sahaba and Tabiyeen and four Imams and many others who never celebrated Mawlid. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The best of mankind is my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them…”
Imam Sufiyan at-Thawri said
البدعة أحب إلى إبليس من المعصية؛ لأن البدعة لا يتاب منها، والمعصية يتاب منها،
Bidah is more beloved to satan than sin. Because there is repentance from sin but there is no repentance from Bidah[Sharah as-Sunnah 1/216]
Ibn Umar said: "Every innovation is misguidance, even if the people see it as something good." Reported by Abu Shaamah (no. 39)
Last thing is that when Sahaba, Tabiyeen and Itteba tabiyeen and four Imams will enter highest places of paradise without celebrating the mawlid then we will also InshaAllah enter paradise after following them. There is no need to accuse those by saying brothers of satan and words like that who do not celebrate.