“But We’re Only Reading Qur’aan And Remembering The Prophet!”
Regarding the Mawlid, some say “We only do good deeds in the mawlid, what’s wrong with that? Is it haraam to read the Qur’aan and learn about our beloved Prophet? We’re only doing good deeds in the mawlid! How can that be wrong?!“
This can easily be refuted in two ways:
Firstly, lets look at the sins committed on the Mawlid:
Firstly, you are not only doing good deeds in the mawlid. There are numerous sins being committed during the Mawlid, incluing the following:
Though please note I have only listed and given very short descriptions between the sins and the mawlid events to minimise the length of the article. Also note that depending on the country, the level of such sins differ, some indulge in all of the following, and some indulge in most of the following sins:
a) Your decoration of your masjids. The prophet said, “I have not been commanded to decorate the masjids.” Aboo Daawood from Ibn ‘Abbaas. Now go to any masjid and you’ll see how far away from the Sunnah they have gone. True are the words of Hassaan ibn ‘Atiyah (ra) who said: “No people introduce innovation into their religion but an equivalent amount of Sunnah will be taken away.” [Al-Laalkaa’i in Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah] Not only is decorating the masjid way from what he (saw) taught, it is also extravagance, and “He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance).” [al-A‘raaf 7:31]. Amazing how such people read the Quraan yet it does go beyond their collar bone!
b) Your ‘songs of praise’ (Urdu. naat) which are full of shirk and kufr.
c) The disturbance caused to the neighbouring houses where masjids have loud speaker outside the masjid causing annoyance. “But we’re only reciting the Quraan,” you say? Well, the Prophet (saw) said, “Each of you remembers Allaah [in his own way], so do not disturb one another, nor raise your voices when reciting the Qur’aan.” Aboo Daawood from Aboo Sa’eed. Adopt the teachings of the one you claim to love!
d) Your disturbance to the community traffic by blocking off of the roads to let the ‘blessed’ march proceed. A march which harms the da’wah as if obvious to those with intellect. We are even forbidden to recite the Quraan aloud such that it annoys others, so what about marching through the street shouting slogans in Urdu claiming this is da’wah to the non-Muslims?!
e & f) Musical instruments and freemixing. Although I myself have not seen these two sins here in the UK, a quick search on YouTube shows how lax such gatherings become. And the proofs for music and freemixing being haraam are so obvious, I’m not going to mention any. If you believe music and freemixing is halaal, then I have no idea what sort of love you claim to have for the Prophet (saw). True love is learning about his teachings and adopting them in your life.
Secondly: Your Violating The Prophet’s Sunnah
However, even if you have dodged all the above sins, and all you do is recite the Qur’aan and gather in your masjids listening to speeches, you are still sinning for violating the Prophet’s Sunnah.
For example: Doing nafl in fajr time has been prohibited [Saheeh Muslim, from Hafsah, Ibn ‘Umar, Abu Hurayrah and others].
The Prophet’s exact words were, “Never do Naafilah after dawn break but the two [prior-Sunnah Rak‘ahs of the dawn Salaat].” At-Tirmidhe quotes an ijmaa’ (consensus) on this point. See Jaami’ At-Tirmidhee 2/280.
Sa‘eed Ibn Al-Musayyab (a high ranking Taabi’ee) once saw a man doing Salaat after dawn break more than two Rak‘ahs, doing long Rukoo‘ and long Sujood. Sa‘eed ordered him not to do Naafilah after dawn break. The man wondered: ‘Would Allaah (swt) punish me for performing Naafilah?’. Sa‘eed replied: ‘No, but for violating the prophet’s (saw) Sunnah.’
[Saheeh. Narrated by ‘Abdur Razzaaq in “Al-Musannaf” (no. 4755), Ad-Daarimee in “As-Sunnan” (1/116) and Al-Baihaqee in “As-Sunnan Al-Kubraa” (2/466)]
Here we see Sa’eed Ibn Al-Musayyab rebuking a man for violating the Prophet’s Sunnah, even though the deed he was doing was a good deed in and of itself. And I will give three more examples to prove my point:
Example 1: Can I pray salaah after Asr? If you say ‘no’, can I respond by saying, ‘But I’m only reading salaah! What’s wrong with that?‘?
Example 2: Can I read the Qur’aan if I am junoob (in a state of major impurity requiring ghusl)? If you say ‘no’, can I respond by saying, ‘But I’m only reading the Quraan! What’s wrong with that?’?
Example 3: Can a menstruating woman fast? If you say ‘no’, can she respond by saying, ‘But I’m only fasting! What’s wrong with that?‘?
So now we can easily refute the argument of the innovators who, when rebuked for the mawlid, say “But we are only doing good deeds.” Firstly, they are not ‘only’ doing good deeds, and secondly their deeds are built upon violating the Prophet’s Sunnah, so they are rejected, as he (saw) said,“Whoever does any action that is not in accordance with this matter of ours (i.e., Islam), will have it rejected.” [Saheeh Muslim]