Shaykh al-Albaanee Debates a Supporter of Celebrating the Mawlid –
This is an audio translation of a discussion that took place when a follower of Muhammad al-‘Alawee came to debate the Muhaddith of our time about the permissibility of celebrating the Prophet’s (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) Birthday. As was the norm during the life of Shaykh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (d.1420H), people from various sects and group would often come to debate him and leave defeated, or convinced of the correctness of his ‘aqeedah and manhaj. So SunnahPublishing.net presents this Arabic-to-English audio recording in hopes of convincing those who have doubts about the unlawfulness and innovation of celebrating the Mawlid that this is an unlawful and innovated celebration – having no connection to the Religion of Islam whatsoever.
NOTE: At [37:26] Shaykh al-Albaanee quotes the famous hadeeth: From ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood (radiyallaahu ‘anhu), from the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) who said, “The best of people are my generation, then those who follow them, then those who follow them.” Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 2652) and Muslim (no. 2533). However, the Shaykh quotes it with the wording, “khayrul-quroon” (the best of generations), instead of, “khayrun-naas” (the best of people). Shaykh al-Albaanee himself has mentioned in his notes upon at-Tankeel (2/223), “This is the wording that has become famous upon the tongues…”
Then he goes onto to clarify that though this wording has been mentioned repeatedly in the books of Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H), such as his book al-Furqaan (p. 100), and by his student Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d.751H) and other Scholars, it is not confirmed by the books of Sunnah. Rather, it is only a narration of the meaning.