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Thursday, March 29, 2018

" Mawlid is Communal Obligation ( Fard Kifayah)" - Shaykh Rehmatullah Kairanwi -Founder Sawlatiyyah School, Makkah,Hijaz,KSA

Shaykh Rehmatullah Kairanwi, the famous Indian scholar who migrated to the Hijaz and set up the Sawlatiyyah school held that Mawlid gatherings - when free of any unlawful elements - were a communal obligation (Fard Kifayah). This was in his time when he felt that there was significant islamophobia in India and that the Mawlid was an effective means to counteract this.
He said:
This is the belief of My noble teachers and myself regarding the Mawlid Sharif from the past, and is currently so…
The belief is that the gathering of Milad be organised with the condition that it be free of unlawful acts such as singing, musical instruments and excessive lights. Rather- based on the authentic narrations- mention is made of the miracles and birth of Hazrat (Allah bless him and give him peace). After this if good food and shirini is distributed, there is no problem in this.
Rather in this age when from every direction there is the commotion of priests, and in market places the religion of Hazrat (Allah bless him and give peace) is criticized, and from the other direction the Arya people (God guide them) like the priests are causing a greater commotion than them.
These gatherings with those conditions which I have mentioned above are at this time a communal obligation (fard kifayah). I say to Muslim brothers by way of sincere advice to not stop from holding such gatherings, and most certainly to not pay attention to those critics who hold unwarranted views due to their fanaticism.
If in the specifying of the day there is not the belief that no other day other than this is permissible, then there is no problem with this, and its permissibility is established very well (ba khubi).
Since 600 years the standing (qiyam) at the time of the mention of the birth has been declared permissible by the majority of the righteous scholars, scholars of kalam, Sufi’s, scholars and hadith specialists. The author of the treatise has made these matters apparent very well. I am amazed at these critics who blindly follow/make taqlid of Fakihani Maghribi and group together the majority of the righteous predecessors, scholars of kalam, hadith specialists and Sufi’s, and label them as misguiding and misguided and do not fear God that included in this are these people’s teacher and spiritual guide such as Hazrat Shah Abd al-Rahim Dehlawi and his son Shah Waliullah Dehlawi, and his son Shah Rafi al-Din Dehlawi and his brother Shah Abd al-Aziz Dehlawi, his grandson Mawlana Muhammad Ishaq Dehlawi (Allah sanctify their secrets) all of them are included in being misguided and misguiding…"