Weak Narration on Date of Birth of Prophet peace be upon him

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Ibn Kathir said:
ورواه ابن أبى شيبة في
مصنفه عن عفان ، عن سعيد بن ميناء ، عن جابر وابن عباس أنهما قالا : ولد رسول الله
صلى الله عليه وسلم عام الفيل يوم الاثنين الثانى عشر من شهر ربيع الاول
Translation: Ibn Abi Shaybah (rah) in his Musannaf narrates from Affan>>Sa’id>>Jabir and Ibn Abbas (ridhwan Allahu ajmain) who said: Rasul Ullah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) was born in the year of elephant on Monday, the 12th Rabi Ul Awwal [Ibn Kathir in Seerat un Nabi, Volume 1, Page No. 199]"""[Taken from the article of ahlus-sunna website regarding Mawlid un Nabi]

 
Response:
 
They have not mentioned Imam Ibn Kathir`s verdict, this is what he said 

 

وَقَالَ أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ حَدَّثَنَا عُثْمَانُ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ مِينَا عَنْ جَابِرٍ وَابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ.قَالَا: وُلِدَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَامَ الْفِيلِ يَوْمَ الِاثْنَيْنِ الثَّانِيَ عَشَرَ مِنْ رَبِيعٍ الْأَوَّلِ.وَفِيهِ بعث، وفيه عرج به إلى السماء، وفيه هَاجَرَ، وَفِيهِ مَاتَ. فِيهِ انْقِطَاعٌ.
Abu Bakr Ibn Abi Shaybah (rah) narrates from Uthman>>Sa’id>>Jabir and Ibn Abbas (ridhwan Allahu ajmain) who said: Rasul Ullah (salallaho alaihi wasalam) was born in the year of elephant on Monday, the 12th Rabi Ul Awwal and on this date Prophet peace be upon him went to the sky (meraj), and he migrated on this date and he died on this date. There is Inqita Missing link"""[Al Bidaya wal nihaya إحياء التراث 3/ 135]
 
So they have not included the criticism of Imam Ibn Kathir on the narration, and same narration states, وفيه عرج به إلى السماء means on this date Prophet peace be upon him went to the sky (meraj) but we know that brailwis celbrate the night of meraj on 27th of rajab. If they want to accept this weak narration then they should accept it as a whole.
 
Apart from Imam Ibn Katheer, Imam Jozqani (d 543 h) mentioned this narration in his book الأباطيل والمناكير والصحاح والمشاهير (1/ 267 which states:
أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو الْفَضْلِ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ طَاهِرِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ الْحَافِظُ، أَخْبَرَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ أَحْمَدَ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا عِيسَى بْنُ عَلِيِّ بْنِ عَلِيِّ بْنِ عِيسَى، إِمْلَاءً، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الْقَاسِمِ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الْعَزِيزِ الْبَغَوِيُّ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا عَفَّانُ، عَنْ سَلِيمِ بْنِ حَيَّانَ، عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ مِينَا، عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الْأَنْصَارِيِّ وَعَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، أَنَّهُمَا قَالَا: «وُلِدَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَوْمَ الْفِيلِ، يَوْمَ الِاثْنَيْنِ، الثَّانِي عَشَرَ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَبِيعٍ الْأَوَّلِ، وَفِيهِ بُعِثَ، وَفِيهِ عَرَجَ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ، وَفِيهِ هَاجَرَ، وَفِيهِ مَاتَ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ»
 
Imam Jozqani narrated through Ibn Abi Shayba, due to the above chain some contemporaries claim this chain is Hasan. While others hold the opinion of Ibn Kathir the detail is long.
 
In short,
 
1. This is not proven according to Ibn Kathir.
2. Even if it is authentic then it is against the stance of brailwis.
 
 

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