My 3rd entry on Prophet Muhammad SAW in conjunction to Maulidur Rasul 2014 is the question pertaining the celebration itself. It was really non-issue before this but lately it has raise some enlightenment of thoughts : Maulidur Rasul Celebration – Is it a Bida’ah Hasanah (good Bida’ah) or Bida’ah Dalalah (bad Bida’ah)? To peruse the matter, of course one has to fathom the root meaning of Bida’ah itself, isn’t it?
What is Bida’ah? Bida’ah are acts or practices that are never stipulated in the religion itself but are conjured and improvised by the people. Now, Bida’ah is segregated into two types (from my limited knowledge from my schooling years and USM years taking Islamic Studies as my minor apart from my majoring in Microbiology), which are :-
- Bida’ah Hasanah (The Good Bida’ah);
- Bida’ah Dalalah (The Bad Bida’ah).
Moslems are prohibited to make any exaggeration or conjuring any improvisation in essential religious aspects such as prayers, performing fast/Sawm, giving alms, etc. Apart from that, antiquated practices such as “Shower In The Month of Safar” or “flower shower” to expel bad luck; summoning shaman for rain, etc are also regarded as Bida’ah Dalalah (The Bad Bida’ah).
Now the question is that the celebration to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW invites various opinions among Moslems, even among the scholars themselves. Some dub it as Bida’ah Hasanah – where a special day is allocated to remember Prophet Muhammad SAW and the act of praises and reverence to him are being emphasized; where Moslems usually chant “Selawat” (prayer for Rasulullah SAW) out of respect and remembrance towards him in big entourages walking around neighbourhoods or places, summoning people to chant as well; nonetheless some dub it as Bida’ah Dalalah because the celebrations are usually conducted in lavish manner – to the extend of “wasting the money whereas can be used for other charitable deeds”! It is also said to be costly (wasting money) and some go to the extend of that it resembles the act of Christmas which is celebrated due to the birth of Jesus and since Islam prohibits any mimicry to other religions, Maulidur Rasul is labelled as Bida’ah Dalalah to them!
This has become such a hot soup because the celebration wasn’t an agenda back in the days of Prophet Muhammad SAW. There are also no Ijma’ (truce/consensus amongst the scholars) pertaining this matter on whether this celebration is permissible or should it be considered as “haram”. To converge the scope in Malaysia, Kelantan which is known as The Verandah of Makkah is reported to will never celebrate Maulidur Rasul as according to the respected ex-Menteri Besar of Kelantan, the month of Rabiul Awal does not have any “fadhilat” as per the month of Ramadhan which is more revered and contains a lot more of sacred ambiance in comparison to Rabiul Awal; – whereas for the other states in Malaysia, Maulidur Rasul are still being celebrated in grandeur scale nationally.
I am not into political scene. But I think that Nik Aziz, the respected and well known ex-Menteri Besar of Kelantan has a calm and sweet face, isn’t it? Oh well. It’s just personal opinion.
In a nutshell, consensus is yet to be certified by the National Fatwa Council. Still, I don’t think the issue is really a serious matter in Malaysia as overall, including Kelantan, we all do make effort to remember and to commemorate the birth of Rasulullah SAW in comparison to other parts of Islamic world such as Saudi Arabia where the cost issue pertaining Maulidur Rasul could be hazardous.
Whatever it is, I bear witness that Prophet Muhammad SAW is the Messenger of ALLAH SWT.