Ibn Katheer – Mawlid – al-Bidayah wa an-Nihaayah

Sunni Islam [whether the claimants be Sufi or Wahhabi] both agree that al-Hafiz Ibn Katheer is a renewer of Islam [Ar. Mujaddid], one who has been sent by Allah to confirm the truth and enjoin the Sunnah, and refute the innovations that have appeared amongst the Muslims.

In the work al-Bidayah wa an-Nihiyah, also known more commonly as Tareekh Ibn Katheer [i.e. History of Islam compiled by Ibn Kathir], not only has he wrote a whole chapter dedicated to the Mawlid [translated into English by Bilal Patel under the title Mawlid, The Blessed Birth, TURATH PUBLISHING], but he has made explicit statements that can only be taken and understood to be in favour of the Mawlid.

The first quote is from the above mentioned book taken from the collection al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah:

“The Night of the Prophet’s birth is a magnificent, noble, blessed and holy night, a night of bliss for the believers, pure, radiant with lights, and of immeasurable price.” [Ibn Kathir, Mawlid Rasul Allah]

In another part, he points out is that the only person found to be complaining about the Mawlid of the Messenger of Allah was the Shaytaan:

أن إبليس رن أربع رنات حين لعن وحين أهبط وحين ولد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وحين أنزلت الفاتحة

Translation: Iblis cried loudly four times, first when Allah declared him as cursed, second when he was thrown out, Third When Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wasallam) was born and fourth when Surah al-Fatiha was revealed [Ibn Kathir in Al Bidayah wan-Nihayah, Volume No. 2, Page No. 166] [scan needed]

Ibn Kathir also mentions that when  the Prophet sal Allahu alaihi wasallam was born, Abu Lahab showed a great expression of joy and freed a slave by waving his finger

“When Abu Lahab died, someone from his household saw him in a dream, they asked him what happened in the grave he said ‘I am being punished severely, but on Mondays, I get water from my finger with which I freed Thuwayba” [Sahih Bukhari, Ibn Kathir Sirat al-Nabi svol 1, pg. 124 & Mawlid un-Nabi sallAllahu alaihi wasallam pg. 21 & Arabic al-Bidaya pg. 272-272] [scan needed]

In another instance, he writes not only the words of praise for a practitioner of the Mawlid, but yet even shows his respect when writing about the Mawlid as to be  al-Mawlid ash-Shareef. Something that is impossible of the statements of the objectors. The following can only demonstrate that Ibn Kathir was indeed of  al-Mawlid ash-Shareef. 


He says regarding Shah Malik al-Muzzafar (Rahimahullah) the brother in law of Salah-ud-din Ayyubi (Rahimahullah) the great warrior of Islam respected by all. Regarding this great personality the Salafis spread deception by forging words of Ibn Kathir (Rahimahullah) i.e. he was actually a Fasiq, cruel and Bidati ruler (Naudhobillah) but in reality Imam Ibn Kathir (Rahimahullah) said this:

أحد الاجواد والسادات الكبراء والملوك الامجاد له آثار حسنة وقد عمر الجامع المظفري بسفح قاسيون وكان قدهم بسياقه الماء إليه من ماء بذيرة فمنعه المعظم من ذلك واعتل بأنه قد يمر على مقابر المسلمين بالسفوح وكان يعمل المولد الشريف في ربيع الاول ويحتفل به احتفالا هائلا وكان مع ذلك شهما شجاعا فاتكا بطلا عاقلا عالما عادلا رحمه الله وأكرم مثواه وقد صنف الشيخ أبو الخطاب ابن دحية له مجلدا في المولد النبوي سماه التنوير في مولد البشير النذير فأجازه على ذلك بألف دينار وقد طالت مدته في الملك في زمان الدولة الصلاحية وقد كان محاصر عكا وإلى هذه السنة محمودالسيرة والسريرة قال السبط حكى بعض من حضر سماط المظفر في بعض الموالد كان يمد في ذلك السماط خمسة آلاف راس مشوى وعشرة آلاف دجاجة ومائة ألف زبدية وثلاثين ألف صحن حلوى

Translation: 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 (يعمل المولد الشريف في ربيع الاول) with great celebration, Moreover, he was benevolent, brave, wise, a scholar, and just person – Rahimuhullah wa Ikraam – Sheikh Abul Khattab (Rahimahullah) wrote a book on Mawlid an Nabwi for him and named it At-Tanwir fi Mawlid al Bashir al Nazeer, for which he gave him 1000 dinars. His rule stayed till the Rule of Salahiya and he captured Aka and he remained a man worthy of respect.

Al-Sabt mentions that a person attending the gathering of Mawlid held by Muzzafar said: He used to fill the table with 5000 well cooked goats, 10,000 chickens, 100-thousand bowls (of milk) and 30,000 trays of sweets.

[Tarikh Ibn Kathir, Al Bidayah Wan Nihaya Volume 13, Page No. 174]

7 thoughts on “Ibn Katheer – Mawlid – al-Bidayah wa an-Nihaayah

  1. Mate, do you seriously think anyone would think the day the prophet sws was born was not a blessed day? It seems that you might be mistaking this with the celebration of his suspected birthday. Two completely different things.

  2. Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh
    Please find attached a file exposing the fatwa of the ‘very learned’ Deobandi leader trying to mislead Muslims which has been responded to by Shaikh Gibril Haddad.
    Please forward to all your relations and acquaintances. Jazakallah.
    Malique Haji

    Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2014 06:04:36 +0000
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    • Salamun ‘alaykum

      Taqi ud-Deen Ibn Taymiyyah was a Shaykh ul-Islam of great learning who appeared in the 7th century AH. However, he had a mental illness that affected his understanding of the knowledge he had traditionally learned. An estimated seven percent of his works were tainted with blasphemous statements that vied against the Ahl us-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah, which led him to be imprisoned on a number of occasions. In the most severe court trial – in which the punishment if found guilty would be execution-, before 40 other ranking Qadi’s and numerous Ulemaa, Ibn Taymiyyah has been said to have repented. Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaani documents this repentance in on of his books. It was even said that he embraced the Ash’ari creed before his death. Allah knows best to the truth of this, however, during his duration of his prison sentence meted to him by the judges – he died. They, the qadis and the judges, and numerous other ulemaa that refuted his statements prayed his janazah and buried him as a believer in the Sufi graveyard in Damascus, where his grave is still protected by the Sunni majority. Despite his mistakes, many Ahl us-Sunnah Shaykhs, even those who refuted him, attached the title “Shaykh ul-Islam” to his name as Ibn Taymiyyah’s contributions to the sciences of Islam were greatly significant. You will find Imaam as-Suyuti, rahimahullah, referring to Ibn Taymiyyah in his al-I’tiqaad fee Ulum al-Qur’an. Likewise you will find even though Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaani refutes Ibn Taymiyyah through and throughout, he still holds a high level of admiration for the Shaykh. Ibn Taymiyyah was also a Sufi of the Qadri Tareeqah, a follower of Shaykh ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilaani, and in fiqh he was a follower of the forth great Imaam, Ahmad b.Hanbal rahimahullah.

      As for Imaam Ahmad b. Hanbal, rahimahullah, he needs no introduction. He is a high ranking scholar from the first three generations and famously known as the codifier of the Hanbali madh-hab. He is one of the four Sunni Imaams that are universally accepted by the Ahl us-sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.

      As for Abul A’la Maududi, he is a despicable character, he is from the Khawaarij group better known as the Qutbiyyah. They hold the same beliefs as Wahhabis but are more politically inclined.

      I hope this helps, I apologize that you have waited so long

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