This is Imam
Ibn Taymiyya's opinion about Mawlid from: "the Collected Fatwas," ("Majma'
Fatawi Ibn Taymiyya,") Vol. 23, p. 163: "fa-t'adheem al-Mawlid wat-tikhaadhuhu
mawsiman qad yaf'alahu ba'ad an-naasi wa yakunu lahu feehi ajra `adheem
lihusni qasdihi t'adheemihi li-Rasulillahi, salla-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam",
"To celebrate and to honor the birth of the Prophet (s) and to take it
as an honored season, as some of the people are doing, is good and in it
there is a great reward, because of their good intentions in honoring the
stated: : "Laylat al-'Israa' wal-Mi'raj is Greater than Laylat al-Qadr"
Imam Ibn Taymiyya said that Laylat al-'Israa' wal-Mi'raj was better than
Laylat al-Qadr. He is quoted by Ibn Qayyim in the latter's book, "al-Badaa'i,"
Vol. 3, page 162:
"wa suila shaikh
ul-Islam `an Laylat ul-Qadri wa Laylat ul-'Israai' ayyuhuma afdal? Fa-ajaaba
bi-anna Laylat ul-'Israai' afdal fee haqq in-Nabee" , " Ibn Taymiyya was
asked, `Which is better, Laylat al-Qadr or Laylat al-'Israa'?' and he answered,
`With respect to the Prophet (s), Laylat al-'Israa' is better than Laylat
of Laylat al-Mawlid:
Now we ask:
If Ibn Taymiyya accepted that Laylat al-'Israa' may be considered better
than Laylat ul-Qadr, why not consider that Laylat al-Mawlid is better than
Laylat al-'Israa', since the Night of the Prophet's (s) Birth is the night
in which was born the one who went to `Isra' and Mi'raaj? Therefore we
say, as Ibn Marzuq, the reknowned student of Imam Nawawi said: "Laylat
al-Mawlid is better than Laylat al-Qadr."
Opinion on Recitation of the Prophet's (s) Birthday:
Qayyim al Jawziyyah, the best and most reknowned student of Shaikh ul-Islam
Ibn Taymiyya, writes, on page 498 of "Madarij as-Salikin," "Listening to
a good voice celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (s) or celebrating
any of the holy days in our history gives peace to the heart, and gives
the listener light from the Prophet (s) to his heart, and he will drink
more from the Muhammadan spring (`ayn al-Muhammadiyya)."
Praises the Night of Mawlid:
One of the
most reknowned scholars is Ibn Kathir. Ibn Kathir was a Muhaddith from
the followers of Shaikh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyya, rahmatullah `alayh. Ibn
Kathir, in the last days of his life wrote a book entitled "Mawlid Rasul
Allah (s)" which was spread far and wide. That book mentioned the permissibility
and recommendability of celebrating the Mawlid. p. 19: "The Night of the
Prophet's (s) birth is a magnificent, noble, blessed and holy night, a
night of bliss for the believers, pure, radiant with lights and of immeasurable
Mentions The Prophet (s) Accepting Poetry in His Honor:
In the time
of the Prophet (s), it is well-known that poets came to him with all kinds
of works praising him, writing about his campaigns and battles and about
the Sahaba. This is proved by the numerous poems quoted in the Siras of
Ibn Hisham, al-Waqidi, and others. The Prophet (s) was happy with good
poetry. It is reported in Bukhari's "al-Adab al-Mufrad" that he said: "There
is wisdom in poetry."
says in his "Mawlid," page 30:
(s) uncle al-'Abbas (r) composed poetry praising the birth of the Prophet
(s), in which are found the following lines: Ibn Kathir mentions the fact
that according to the Sahaba, the Prophet (s) praised his own name and
recited poetry about himself in the middle of the battle of Hunayn in order
to encourage the companions and frighten the enemies. That day he said
(s): "Ana an-Nabee, laa kadhib Ana ibn `abd al-Muttalib" meaning: "I am
the Prophet! This is no lie. I am the son of `Abd al-Muttalib!"