The Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said:
“The sun has never been held back for a human being from setting except for Yoosha‘ (Joshua) on the day he was marching to Jerusalem (Bayt ul-Maqdis).”
We have not come across any basis for the story about the sun being held back from rising until Bilaal ibn Rabah (رضي الله عنه) gave the adhaan, in any saheeh or da‘eef report, or even in any fabricated (mawdoo‘) hadeeth that is known.
I have not come across any basis supporting the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the Qur’an or the Sunnah. Its celebration was not reported from any Muslim scholars who are the good example to be followed in religious matters and who abided by the practices of their pious predecessors. Rather, it is a Bid`ah introduced by the falsifiers and a desire raised by the gluttonous (i.e. a desire through which greedy people became rich).
al-Bukhaari narrated from Burayd ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Abi Burdah from his grandfather from Abu Moosa (رضي الله عنه) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to him: O Abu Moosa, you have been given one of the mizmaar of the family of Dawood.
al-Hafidh ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (رحمه الله تعالى) said:
“What is meant by mizmaar is a beautiful voice. The original meaning is a musical instrument and the word is applied to the voice because it resembles it.”
Celebrating Mawlid is a Bid’ah introduced by those who came after the best centuries in virtue and righteousness. It is said that the first to introduce this Bid’ah were the rulers of Egypt from al-‘Ubaydiyyun, who were Shiites, as reported by a group of historians.
‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (رضي الله عنه) used to say: “Jareer is the Yoosuf (Joseph) of this Ummah (Muslim nation).”
He bravely came forward when the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) had just said in a sermon: “One to whom good fortune and prosperity belongs will boldly come forward from the road between the two mountains. On his face is the mark of a King.”