Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Facts Regarding the Birth of the Prophet Muḥammad (ṣalallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam)

By Sheikh Aḥmad b. ‘Abdil ‘Azīz Al-Ḥamdān [1]
Translation and Footnotes by Ejaz Taj
The specifics regarding the birth of the final Messenger (ṣalallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) sent to mankind have been the subject of debate between the scholars of history and Sīrah [2] for centuries. This brief treatise will aim to present in a concise manner the various opinions regarding the year, month, day and time of his birth as well as the statements of scholars aimed at those who take the Prophet's day of birth as a day of celebration. It is brief and does not go into extensive detail in order to allow the reader to grasp the vast range of opinions held by various scholars on this issue. This in turn should allow the reader to ponder over the validity/invalidity of taking it as a day of celebration, bearing in mind how unspecified the matter at hand is.
I have also included a small amount of biographical information for a number of the scholars mentioned. Read more.

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