Mehfil and Naat

Mehfil & Naat

One of the ways in which we make praises to the holy Prophet (s.a.w) is indeed by reciting poems (qaseedahs). Qaseedahs which talk about the holy Prophet (s.a.w) , of his qualities and the history of his life.


Above all, let us remind the characteristics of the book of Allah, the holy Koran. Whilst being in the content, the book of law of Allah ta’ala, the constitution of Islam, but in its form, we notice that it is a text of poetry. Let’s see with the root, the origin of reciting qaseedahs in the form of praises to the holy Prophet (s.a.w) . At the time of the holy Messenger , among the non believers (kaafirs), there were historians who used to write blasphemy poems unto the holy Prophet (s.a.w) , these non believers used to disparage his for example, by saying that he was mad or possessed by a djinn, compared to the verses of the koran that were revealed to him.

To face this litterary attacks, a sahaba named Hassaan bin Thaabit (r.a) who was good at poems, took the initiative to write poems of praises to the holy Prophet (s.a.w) in order to refute the blasphemy poems of the kaafirs. When Hazrat Hassaan bin Thaabit (r.a) introduced these poems to the holy Prophet (s.a.w) , the latter was delighted and encourage the initiative of Hazrat Hassaan bin Thaabit (r.a) even by making him step on the mimbarr (chair) to recite them loudly, in front of everybody.

The holy Prophet even prayed (made du’as) for his naatkhaan (poem reciter) Hazrat Hassaan bin Thaabit (r.a) in these terms : « O Allah, reinforce Hassaan with the spirit of holiness as long as he will defend or will make praises to the messenger of Allah » . [Ref. Bukhaari, Mishkaat, kitaabul aadaab, chapters on poetry].

At the end of a Mehfil (ceremony) of Mawlood and before terminate, we stand up to make Swalaat-o-Salaam (salutation formulae) unto the beloved Prophet . The fact that we stand up is a sign of respect toward one’s superior.

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (r.a) reported that the holy Prophet (s.a.w) used to sit down and talk to his companions in the mosque and when he gets up to go away, his sahabas stood up by respect and stayed upright till they saw the holy Prophet (s.a.w) entering the house of his wife. [Ref. Mishkaat, kitaabul aadaab, chapter 4].

Another hadith reported by Hazrat Abu Sa’eed (r.a) who told that one day, the holy Prophet (s.a.w) called Hazrat Sa’ad (r.a) who was on the top of his donkey coming to meet the holy Prophet (s.a.w) . Then, the latter told to the sahabas « stand up to welcome your chief Sa’ad (r.a) ». [Ref. Summary of Bukhaari, volume 2, n° 289].

By the above mentioned hadiths, we notice the fact that to stand up to greet one’s superior (leader) is totally islamic even even recommanded by the the holy Prophet (s.a.w) himself. Moreover, the posture of qiyaam is added to the mark of paying respect during the Swalaat-o-salaam, since we mean here to greet the Chief of all the chiefs, le Chief of the universe and of all creatures, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa{saw} .

We are thus pointing out here the few conditions recommended for the good behaviour during a Mehfil-e-Mawlood with respect.

First of all, if it is done somewhere else than a masjid (mosque), for example in a house or elsewhere, the place must be clean and pure. Parfumed with gulaab or agarbatthi (incense) or also loban. If possible, decoreted or illuminated or even ornated with flowers (rose was among the favourite flowers of the holy Prophet (s.a.w) . People who attend the ceremony must be clean (ghusal and wuzu) normally to conduct themselves respectfully and spiritually, as a sign of respect towards the holy Prophet .