This book by renowned scholar and recognised authority on Islam, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, is a discourse on the legal position of celebrating the Mawlid al-Nabi (birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)) within Islam. Most notably, the author has comprehensively compiled evidences from the authentic source texts and classical authorities to prove not only the permissibility of celebrating the Mawlid al-Nabi within the bounds of the Shari'a (Islamic Law) but also that it is divinely ordained and was a Sunna (practice) of the Prophet himself. The author presents unique and compelling arguments showing why celebrating Mawlid al-Nabi is not only an act of righteousness, but a need of our time. Tackling the various criticisms of this act head on, he specifically addresses the issue of why the first generation of Muslims did not celebrate the Mawlid, and clarifies that labelling the Mawlid as an bid'ah (innovation) betrays a fundamental and serious flaw in the understand of the Islamic concept of bid'ah.
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is a former professor of Law and Head of Department of Islamic Jurisprudence and Legislation at the University of the Punjab. As a leading politician in Pakistan he has started a peaceful anti-corruption and pro-democracy reformist struggle in December 2012. He is also the founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, which has branches and centres in more than 90 countries. He studied classical Islamic sciences under eminent scholars around the world, including Mecca, Medina, Syria, Baghdad, Lebanon, Morocco, India and Pakistan, and has received around 500 authorities and chains of transmission in the various branches of Islamic knowledge. He has authored around 1000 books (over 400 of which are published) and delivered over 6000 lectures around the world. Qadri has been conferred the highest Islamic academic title of 'Shaykh-ul-Islam' which means an Authority on Islam.
Chapters: 1. Introduction 2. Mawlid al-Nabi and the Signs of Islam: A Historical Perspective 3. On Remembering Events of Joy and Remorse 4. Remembering the Mawlid of Prophets: A Qur'anic Analysis 5. Evidences from the Qur'an on Mawlid al-Nabi 6. Evidences from the Hadith on Mawlid al-Nabi 7. The Position of the Hadith Scholars and Imams On Celebrating Mawlid al-Nabi 8. Why Did the First Generation of Muslims Not Celebrate the Mawlid? 9. The Formative Constituents of Mawlid al-Nabi 10. Various Aspects of Mawlid al-Nabi: A Brief Overview 11. Is Celebrating Mawlid al-Nabi a Bid'a? 12. Doctrinal Issues Related to Mawlid al-Nabi