Some Hadith on Bidah (or Innovation):
He who innovates things in our affairs for which there is no valid (reason) (commits sin) and these are to be rejected-Sahih Muslim
If somebody innovates something which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that thing is rejected.”- Sahih Bukhari
Every innovation is a misguidance and every misguidance goes to Hell fire.- Sahih Muslim
Rabi-ul-Awal is the 1st month of Spring, the word “rabi” itself means spring in Arabic. The Prophet(S) was born in this month. There is some debate among scholars on the exact date i.e b/w 9, 12 or 21st of RabiulAwal. This is because the Arabs did not attach much importance to dates of birth or of deaths. The only reason the month was remembered is because of the Arab practice of naming years after any important event occurring in that particular year. In this case it was the attack on Ka`abah by Abraha. The date of death of the dear Prophet(S) is known for sure (relatively) i.e 12th of Rabi-ul-Awal. Interestingly enough, nobody knows for sure the d.o.b of ANY of the prophets (if you said Christmas, then you`ve yet to meet an Orthodox Christian;p google it!) which goes to show the level of importance Allah(S.W.T) attaches with the subject. Also, none of the Khulfa-e-Rashideen celebrated any such event. Furthermore no Hadith or Verse can be found which supports the celebration of the day. Allah (S.W.T) in all His wisdom created 2 Eids for us, who are we to change that. Hence anything which cannot be supported from the Prophet(S) `s life is an invention and hence Bidah in religion.
How it started:
It all started SIX HUNDRED years AFTER the Prophet(S) left this world by two men (I`ve forgotten the names, somebody please enlighten) in Iraq as a “Majlis-e-Malood” to do Zikr. Their intention may have been good but it started a chain of events where all year round Muslims forget the Prophet(S) and his teachings and his Sunnah and in this month lavish parties and events are thrown where Naats are recited and then on the 13th everyone is back to the usual state of affairs till next year. What is more alarming is that some of the Naats that are read that confuse the status of the Prophet(S) with that of Allah (S.W.T)!! Imagine! The Prophet (S) who taught us the Kalima and the very concept of Tauheed, and we make the VERY SAME man Allah`s partner in our over-zealous devotion with Naats such as:
bhar de jholi meri ya Muhammad
Unfortunately our people in their simplicity and lack of knowledge confuse such matters, and in their emotions start name-calling (such as Gustakh-e-Rasool(S)) on those who beg to differ. When REAL devotion requires that we follow the Prophet(S)`s teachings the way he taught us, do we not believe him to be the best of men and an example for all mankind? Then what gives us the authority to ASSUME on his behalf?
لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ
Verily you have in the Prophet of Allah an excellent model
May Allah guide us and grant us the wisdom to follow the Sunnah of the greatest man EVER to walk the face of the Earth, Ameen.