Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Celebrating Maulud A Necessity?

There is a current debate on whether we, Muslims should celebrate Maulud next week or not. The debate was due to the alleged cancellation of Maulud processions by the Penang State Government. Thus, the Penang State Government indicates clearly that the Maulud processions will continue as usual. Then, the Kelantan Menteri Besar Dato' Nik Abdul Aziz indicates that the State of Kelantan will not celebrate Maulud. The main reason is that there is no fadhilat in celebrating Maulud compared to the fadhilat in upholding Ramadhan.

I'm not going to touch on politics but more on self-awareness. It is positive that Malaysia makes it a public holiday for Maulud. At least Muslims in Malaysia know when is the birth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. The problem is when the celebration of Maulud is done in a lavish manner using a lot of money especially Maulud processions. Thus, it is better for the money to be used in helping the poors among Muslims. Rather than spending lavishly in celebrating Maulud, why not we fill the day with religious ceramah or programs which will benefit Muslims in the long run.

As such, Muslims especially political individuals should not be so emotional regarding this issue. The most important thing is to practice the Sunnah. Thus, actions speak louder than words.

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