Celebrating Eid Milad.
Islamic month Rabi ul Awal is of special significance and importance for the entire Muslim world as our beloved Prophet PBUH was born in this month. Milad Un Nabi can be celebrated throughout the year, there is no specification of month and date for celebrating it, but in the month of Rabi ul Awal celebrations of Milad are deemed one of the annual congregation for Muslims. Importance of celebrating Milad un Nabi is evident from Quranic verses and references from Ahadith.
The Beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam celebrated his own Milad by having fast. When the Beloved Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam was asked about the fast of Monday. He said: "I took birth and the Quran was revealed upon me in this day." (Mishkat Sharif, Page 179)
Holy Quran also establishes the fact as Allah Ta'ala says in the Holy Qur'an:
"In the bounty of Allah, and his mercy;- There in let them rejoice." That is better then what they Amass. (Yunus, 58)
In this verse, Allah Almighty tells us that we should be happy when we receive blessings and mercy from Him. Without doubt, the Prophet [PBUH) is the greatest mercy and blessing of Allah Almighty .As Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an: "And we sent not to you but a mercy for all the worlds" (Al'Anbiyaa', 107) Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique says about spending money on the day of Milad un Nabi that: "Whosoever spends one dirham on the birthday (Moulood) of the Prophet (PBUH), he will be with me in Jannat." (An Ne'matul Kubra)
An important evidence of Milad un Nabi is the reported narration in which Hazrat Abbass saw Abu Lahb in a dream after his death, and asked him what happened in the grave. Abu Lahb answered that "I am being punished severely, but on Mondays, I get water from my finger with which I freed Thuwayba. (Bukhari, "Kitaab-un-Nikaah")
Hafidhh Ibn Kathir writes that Abu Lahab freed Thuwayba on the day that the Prophet [PBUH) was born. This proves that a kaafir, Abu Lahab, was happy on the day of the birth of the Prophet and was rewarded by having his punishment reduced. If this is true, then indeed Allah will bless a Muslim who rejoices the birth of the Prophet [PBUH].
Eid Milad un Nabi is referred to by the famous eighth-century historian Ibn Battuta in his Rihla in the following lines: On every Jum'mah after the Salah and also on the birthday of the Beloved Prophet Alaihis Salat wa as-Salam, the door of the Holy Ka'abah is opened by the head of the Banu Shayba ,the doorkeepers of the Holy Ka'abah, while on the Mawlid Shareef, the Shafi'i head judge of Makkah al-Mukarrama, Najm al-Din Muhammad Ibn al-Imam Muhyi al-Din al-Tabari, distributed food to the descendants of the Beloved Prophet Alaihis Salat wa as-Salam and to the people of Makkah al-Mukarrama.
All these references indicate the importance of Eid Milad un Nabi for Muslims. Need of the time for all of us is to not indulge ourselves in ambiguities and clashes about settled and proven things rather to act upon teachings of our beloved Prophet PBUH.