بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ لِلَّهِ، نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ، مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللهُ فَلَا مُضِلَّ لَهُ، وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ، أَمَّا بَعْدُ
Loving the Prophet Muhammedﷺ is part of our Iman (faith), without which our faith is not perfect. Prophet (ﷺ) had himself declared:
لاَ يُؤْمِنُ أَحَدُكُمْ حَتَّى أَكُونَ أَحَبَّ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ وَالِدِهِ وَوَلَدِهِ وَالنَّاسِ أَجْمَعِينَ
(صحیح بخاری :کتاب الایمان بَابٌ: حُبُّ الرَّسُولِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مِنَ الإِيمَانِ)
“None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his parents, his children and the whole of mankind.”
(Sahih Al-Bokhari, Book of Faith, Chapter: Love of the Prophet ﷺis from Iman)
No one, who believes in the Prophet’s message, can be devoid of his love. In this case, there is no room for any kind of disagreement and nor anyone disagrees. Yes, there is disagreement as to what is the style and standard of love for the Prophetﷺ. Today, a large majority of the ummah, disregarding the commands and decrees of the Prophetﷺ, regard their praise in the form of the polytheistic Naats singing with musical as his love. The ummah considers chanting the slogan of Ya Rasulallah, the Messenger of Allah) as an act of love.
They declare that it is the demand of the love of the Prophetﷺ to believe him to be present everywhere and observing all the time, the sovereign over everything, the one who reaches out through unseen help and having the power of controlling affairs the universe! And the celebration of the Prophet’s birthday in the name of “Eid Milad-un-Nabi” as the love of the Prophetﷺ. These people, convincing others that this day is a “big day”, narrate fabricated traditions and self-concocted stories in connection with the birth of the Prophetﷺ to be sawab (religious reward). On this day people assemble in specially erected tents for special speeches and sermons, processions are taken out and decorative lightings are arranged, sweets are distributed. Others also encourage to do it; all in the love of the Prophetﷺ. Irony is that they consider those not celebrating this day to be devoid of love for the Prophetﷺ even when they are explained that this way of loving the Prophetﷺ is neither mentioned in Quran nor any authentic hadith. If something is not found in the true religion, it has no value. Such things are not found in the teachings from Allah Ta’ala and His Messengerﷺ. On the contrary the Prophetﷺ had forbidden inventing new things in the religion:
مَنْ اَحْدَثَ فِیْ اَمْرِنَا ھٰذَا مَا لَیْسَ مِنْہُ فَھُوَ رَدٌّ
(بخاری، کتاب الصلح، بَابُ إِذَا اصْطَلَحُوا عَلَى صُلْحِ جَوْرٍ فَالصُّلْحُ مَرْدُودٌ )
“Whoever invents anything in this religion, which is not found in it, will be rejected”
مَنْ عَمِلَ عَمَلاً لَّیْسَ عَلَیْہِ اَمْرُنَا فَھُوَ رَ دًّ
(صحیح بخاری : کتاب البیوع ، بَابُ النَّجْشِ، وَمَنْ قَالَ: «لاَ يَجُوزُ ذَلِكَ البَيْعُ)
” Whosoever does something which is not according to our religion will be rejected”
Despite these arguments, those who do not believe in this day are humiliated and fatwas (religious verdicts) are issued against them for blasphemy and even for denying the Prophet hood. In this situation, it is necessary to clarify the correct stance of the Prophetﷺ with reference to the Qur’an and hadith so that the true standard of love of the Prophetﷺ is adopted and the wrong conduct is corrected.
It must be understood wholeheartedly that loving the Prophetﷺ means obeying him, that is, he who paints his life in the color of the Sunnah is the one who truly loves the Prophetﷺ. Claiming love of the Prophetﷺ while deviating from his sunnah are totally false. Also keep in mind that sunnah is the adopting any method which was adopted by the Prophetﷺ and it is also sunnah not to do anything that the Prophetﷺ, could have done but he did not do.
Going beyond the Sunnah of the Prophetﷺ in a good deed is also a form of deviating from the Sunnah. The action of the one who transgresses the Sunnah shows that he thinks that the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ is flawed and needs to be improved! The following incident is very instructive for those who do so.
۔ ۔ ۔ ۔ ۔ ۔۔ أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ أَنَسَ بْنَ مَالِكٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ يَقُولُ جَاءَ ثَلَاثَةُ ۔ ۔ ۔ ۔۔ ۔ ۔ وَقَالَ آخَرُ أَنَا أَصُومُ الدَّهْرَ وَلَا أُفْطِرُ وَقَالَ آخَرُ أَنَا أَعْتَزِلُ النِّسَاءَ فَلَا أَتَزَوَّجُ أَبَدًا فَجَاءَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِلَيْهِمْ فَقَالَ أَنْتُمْ الَّذِينَ قُلْتُمْ كَذَا وَكَذَا أَمَا وَاللَّهِ إِنِّي لَأَخْشَاكُمْ لِلَّهِ وَأَتْقَاكُمْ لَهُ لَكِنِّي أَصُومُ وَأُفْطِرُ وَأُصَلِّي وَأَرْقُدُ وَأَتَزَوَّجُ النِّسَاءَ ٭فَمَنْ رَغِبَ عَنْ سُنَّتِي فَلَيْسَ مِنِّي
( البخاري: كِتَابُ النِّكَاحِ (بَابُ التَّرْغِيبِ فِي النِّكَاحِ)
Anas (رضی اللہ عنہ) narrated that a group of three men came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet ﷺ asking how the Prophet ﷺ worshipped (Allah), and when they were informed about that, they considered their worship insufficient and said, “Where are we from the Prophet ﷺas his past and future sins have been forgiven.” Then one of them said, “I will offer the prayer throughout the night forever.” The other said, “I will fast throughout the year and will not break my fast.” The third said, “I will keep away from the women and will not marry forever.” Allah’s Messenger ﷺ came to them and said, “Are you the same people who said so-and-so? By Allah, I am more submissive to Allah and more afraid of Him than you; yet I fast and break my fast, I do sleep and I also marry women. So, he who does not follow my tradition in religion, is not from me (not one of my followers).
Always praying whole of night or always fasting is apparently not a bad thing, but since this is not the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ and therefore declared to be the transgression of the Sunnah. The Prophet ﷺ said that he is not from me (not one of my followers). Thus, Allah’s Messenger ﷺ expressed his disgust with those who do so.
The purpose of this preamble is that following of the Sunnah of the Prophet is the real love for him. Now it remains to be seen whether the way in which love for the Prophet is expressed today and then insisted upon, is there any proof in the Sunnah or not? We have the last book of Allah in safe form and in the form of the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet. If one studies both of them, one will not find a single verse of Quran or a single sahih (authentic) hadeeth which can be used as a proof for celebrating the customary Eid Milad-un-Nabi. How can it be found, because if there is any such evidence in the Quran and Sunnah, then the first of all Companions would have celebrated this “Eid” because they loved the Prophet much much more than today’s so-called aashiq-e-rasool (lovers of the Prophet). They celebrated only two eids as long as they lived. In such a situation, what is the religious status of eid-like celebrations, rallies, decoration of the streets and buildings with colourful lighting, making artificial decorative arches, circumambulating the Kaaba and the Prophet’s Tomb by making models of cardboard and distributing sweets in connection with the birth of the Prophet? And to what degree can all these be called “love of the Prophet” and what is actually not the Sunnah of the Prophet becomes the standard of love of the Prophet? All this is negation of the Sunnah which is not desirable in any case and in any condition. Religion is the name of the Quran and Sunnah. Going beyond the limits of religion is waywardness and misguidance. To understand this, one does not need a high standard of intellect, nor does one need to know any special science of religious knowledge and awareness. Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ﷺ replied to a man who asked him about destiny:
“I exhort you to fear Allah and to follow His command and to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ. Leave what the bidati (innovators) have said. He uttered these words while the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ had been enforced. And these people had no right to invent these (new) things. So, it is obligatory to follow the Sunnah so that you will avoid going astray… You take the same path for yourself that the companions of the Prophet ﷺ took. They were men of great virtue and far-sightedness, and they forbade what heﷺ forbade, because they understood religion better than we do. If this is the way of guidance for those who have come up with innovations today, then it means that they are far ahead of the Companions in matters of religion…”.
(Sunan Abi Dawood, Book of Sunnah, Chapter: Holding fast to Sunnah, Graded Sahih Maqtu’)
Just see how severely Umar the Second ﷺ has admonished those who adopt innovations in the religion leaving the blessed path of the Prophet ﷺ and his Companions. Quran also condemns it severely:
وَمَن يُشَاقِقِ ٱلرَّسُولَ مِنۢ بَعۡدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُ ٱلۡهُدَىٰ وَيَتَّبِعۡ غَيۡرَ سَبِيلِ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ نُوَلِّهِۦ مَا تَوَلَّىٰ وَنُصۡلِهِۦ جَهَنَّمَۖ وَسَآءَتۡ مَصِيرًا
And whoever opposes the Messenger after guidance has become clear to him and follows other than the way of the believers – We will give him what he has taken and drive him into Hell, and evil it is as a destination.
Abovementioned verses have made it clear that the fate of those opposing the teachings of the Prophet ﷺ and abandoning the path of the true believers (the companions of the Prophet) is hell. The prevalent society is witnessing rampant disbelief (kufr) and atheism as well as the innovations and useless practices have become the norm of the society. The religion in its purest and the real form is restricted to the Quran and hadith. Practically the innovated religion is practiced everywhere. Day by day new innovations are being adopted. The relatively new Eid Milad-un-Nabi is one of those fabricated innovations. The implementation of such an innovation in the religion has been perpetrated by the so-called ulema because they are the main beneficiary from this celebration. They are experts in art of making the religion a business and using intellectual verbosity and rhetoric to their advantage. That is why, every now and then, they keep on concocting new justifications to legalize these innovations. Likewise, they have invented strange logic and arguments to prove the validity of the relatively newly invented Eid Milad-un-Nabi. In the following lines, these arguments have been analyzed in the light of the Quran and hadith.
They present Ayat 57 of Surah Younus in their support; the Ayat says:
يٰٓاَيُّھَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاۗءَتْكُمْ مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّنْ رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاۗءٌ لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُوْرِ ڏ وَهُدًى وَّرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ
O mankind! There has come to you an advice (the Quran) from your Lord and a healing for that (disease) in your breasts, a guidance and a mercy for the believers.
After quoting this ayat, they say that the order is given here to celebrate the revelation of the Quran and which itself along with it being the cure, guidance and blessing, all are tied with the birth of the Prophet ﷺ and his arrival. And they assert that the Prophet ﷺ himself is much higher in being rahmat (mercy) and blessing than the Quran. Therefore, no matter how great the celebrations for the appearance of the blessed person of the Prophet ﷺ are, these are still considered less.
It is the same for all their innovations that whichever ayat they quote as the proof, actually, do not talk about it at all. The above mentioned ayat from Surah Younus relates to being happy for the descent of Allah’s blessing so from where the reason for celebrating the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ has been extracted!
The simple question is that did the Prophet ﷺ, on whom this ayat was revealed, understand from this said ayat that Eid Milad should be celebrated? Did the Companions ﷺ understand from this said ayat that Eid Milad should be celebrated? Or did the followers of the Companions or even their followers take this ayat as the justification for celebrating for Eid Milad? The answer is obviously ‘no’. So, the ayat in which the prophet ﷺ did not see the reason for Eid Milad, the companions did not see nor did their followers and their followers saw any justification, then how come today, after nearly thousand years, its justification has been discovered? Then there is no doubt that every believer must be happy over revelation of Quran because it is indeed the trusted means of guidance and rahmat (mercy). And obviously the Companions were happier than us as they benefitted wholesomely from the Quran, but they did not express their joy by lighting or rallying, instead they expressed it by following every word of it. Not like today, happiness is expressed by decorating the streets, lighting houses and other buildings while remaining far away from the guidance and instructions given in the Quran. Those who do not make such celebrations as in vogue today, they are accused of having no love for the Prophet ﷺ.
Moreover, those who are celebrating the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ bring another argument in their favour by quoting this ayat:
وَأَمَّا بِنِعۡمَةِ رَبِّكَ فَحَدِّثۡ
And proclaim the bounties of your Lord.
They take the argument further saying that the Prophet ﷺ is the greatest bounty so as ordered in this ayat, we should ‘talk’ about this blessing that is the Prophet ﷺ and celebrate this day. Indeed, the Prophet ﷺ is a great favour from Allah but where does the proof of celebrations is mentioned or ordered. If a blessing is to be celebrated this way, then there must be uncountable eids based on ‘uncountable’ blessings and bounties as mentioned in this ayat:
۔ ۔ ۔ وَإِن تَعُدُّواْ نِعۡمَتَ ٱللَّهِ لَا تُحۡصُوهَآۗ ۔ ۔ ۔
And if you should count the bounties of Allah, you could not enumerate them.
Indeed, there are uncountable blessings of Allah Ta’ala, so for how many blessings eids can be celebrated? If it is said such and such blessing will be celebrated as eid and such and such will not be celebrated what will be the proof for making a choice. After all, the Companions رضی اللہ عنہم اجمعین knew well that the Prophet ﷺ is a great favour from Allah, then what is the reason that they did not celebrate any Eid Milad-un-Nabi? Because they knew well that there is no provision for hero worship in Islam that is why, the Prophet ﷺ never celebrated his birthday nor did his companions. Whereas the Christians started the custom of celebrating birthday of their prophet Isa علیہ السلام calling it a ‘big day’. Historically Hindus celebrate birthdays called ‘janam bhumi’ and especially the birthday of their god Krishna is celebrated as ‘janam ashtami’. Remember Allah’s Messenger ﷺ hadith when he said,
مَنْ تَشَبَّهَ بِقَوْمٍ فَهُوَ مِنْهُمْ
( سنن ابی داؤد : کتاب اللباس )
“He who copies any people is one of them.”
Hence it is mandatory to remain away from all the innovations and fabrications in the religion.
They also argue from the conduct of Abu Lahab, the enemy of Allah, for the justification of celebrating Eid on this day. Bokhari brings a hadith in the Book of Marriage that after Abu Lahab’s death, some of his family members saw him in a bad condition and asked him about it. Abu Lahab said, “I did not find any relief after my death except that I was given a little water, because I had freed Sobia.” It is said that when Abu Lahab was informed of the birth of the Prophet ﷺ by his slave-girl Sobia, he set her free. So, when the disbeliever Abu Lahab can benefit from celebrating the birth of the Prophet, why shouldn’t we be benefitted? It is a pity that these people did not find any evidence to celebrate Eid Milad-unnabi either from the Prophet ﷺ or the Companions, but from Abu Lahab, the enemy of Allah, who has been mentioned in the Quran as follows:
تَبَّتْ يَدَآ اَبِيْ لَهَبٍ وَّتَبَّ
( سورہ لہب :1)
May the hands of Abu Lahab be ruined, and ruined is he.
Although he was happy at the birth of the Prophet ﷺ as a relative and freed his slave-girl Sobia. He had no idea that this son of his deceased brother would grow up to be a prophet and deny his gods, otherwise he would have taken a different approach instead of celebrating his nephew’s birth. How can it be argued from Abu Lahab’s actions because he was not a Muslim but an enemy of the Prophet and the worst infidel against whom the Quranic surah was revealed!
The Prophet ﷺ and his Companions رضی اللہ عنہم اجمعین never celebrated any day in terms of anyone’s birth. So why is the practice of Abu Lahab being adopted instead of the Sunnah of the Prophet and the Companions? How ironic that Abu Lahab’s model is being preferred over the uswatun hasana (beautiful standard) of the Prophet ﷺ and his Companions! As for seeing him in a dream after his death, this is neither a verse of the Quran nor a hadith of the Prophet ﷺ, it is just a dream which has no confirmation from the language of Prophethood or the Companions. Since when do dreams have become an argument in religion? Indeed, the dreams of the prophets are true, but in general, the dreams of non-prophets are mostly strange events generated by the dreamer’s mind. And this particular dream is extremely strange in which the connection of the world of Barzakh is described with this world and the dying person is describing the condition of the world of Barzakh. By the criteria of Quran and Hadith, these and other such dreams are completely invalid. Allah Ta’ala has placed a barrier between this world and the other world till the Day of Resurrection. The martyrs of Uhud, who had earned the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala, could not convey their message to the people of the world despite their strong desire, as stated in the hadith. However, Allah Ta’ala revealed this verse of Surah Al-Imran and informed the people of the world about their condition.
وَلَا تَحۡسَبَنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ قُتِلُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ أَمۡوَٰتَۢاۚ بَلۡ أَحۡيَآءٌ عِندَ رَبِّهِمۡ يُرۡزَقُونَ
[آل عمران: 169]
And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provisions.
At another place, Allah Ta’ala expresses the desire of the martyr in these words:
قِيلَ ٱدۡخُلِ ٱلۡجَنَّةَۖ قَالَ يَٰلَيۡتَ قَوۡمِي يَعۡلَمُونَ O بِمَا غَفَرَ لِي رَبِّي وَجَعَلَنِي مِنَ ٱلۡمُكۡرَمِينَ
It was said, “Enter Paradise.” He said, “I wish my people could know, of how my Lord has forgiven me and placed me among the honored ones.”
The martyrs who gave their lives in the way of Allah could not inform anyone in this world about their condition and they kept on wishing for it while Abu Lahab, the enemy of Allah, used to tell people about his condition in a dream. What a strange and awkward thing! Now whoever wishes to accept the Quran and Hadith that it is impossible thing to happen but whoever wishes to believe in the dreams, he has the choice.
Let us see another argument in favor of this innovation by those who celebrate Milad that when the Prophet ﷺ was asked about fasting on Monday, he said, ‘On that day Allah (started) revelations to me and on that day I was born (Sahih Muslim – Book of Fasting). The hadith only mentions fasting on that day. No other special deed has been proven. But they say that when the Prophet ﷺ celebrated his birthday, why should we not celebrate it? Whereas he had simply mentioned the day of his birth without any mention of celebrations. Also, there is not even a small hint in this hadith of the innovations and superstitions that have been spread today. Allah’s Prophet ﷺ used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays and that these days deeds are presented before Allah, and I like that when my deeds are presented before Allah I am fasting (Jamie Tirmidhi – Chapter about Fasting).
If those, who celebrate Milad really love the Prophet ﷺ, then they should follow the Sunnah of fasting every Monday and Thursday. What is this way of loving the Prophet ﷺ that they have adopted that instead of following the sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ they follow non-Muslims by celebrating one day in a year, like Hindu’s janam ashtami and Christian’s Christmas, in the form of rallies and making loud noises day and night on big loudspeakers!
Allah’s Messenger ﷺ expressed his gratitude by fasting and these so-called lovers of the Messenger, do quite the opposite by hosting free dine-in meals en-mass. Whatever is done today to celebrate the birth of the Prophet ﷺ is not Islam and is neither ordered by the Prophet ﷺ nor the Companions ﷺ did this despite having tremendous love for the Prophet ﷺ. For the believers, the conduct of the Companions is a model, and their faith is a standard. It is enough for us that they did not do all this on this very day. Ignoring this fact as obvious as daylight, the perpetrators of Milad declare their every deed to be proven authentic. Even hoisting a flag on a self-made occasion of Milad celebration is claimed to be a proven fact. And among the flag bearers, they also mention the name of Jibrail and instead of proving from the Quran and Hadith, they quote from the books of people like themselves, or books in which only fabricated and weak traditions are found while no sahih hadith can be found even by searching their quotations.
First of all, it must be proven whether the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal is the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ or not. It does not appear in any of the saheeh ahadith; Some traditions mention 8th, 9th or 14th Rabi al-Awwal but not 12th.
Moreover, the Prophet ﷺ had mentioned only two eids, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (Abu Dawood / Nisa’i). This third eid (by the name of Eid Milad-un-Nabi) has been invented by considering the eids mentioned by Allah’s Prophet ﷺ as insufficient. And then by declaring it the Eid of Eids, such as this poem:
؎ نثار تیری چہل پہل پر ہزار عیدیں اے ربیع الاول
جہاں میں ابلیس کے سوا سبھی تو خوشیاں منا رہے ہیں
Be thousand eids sacrificed on your hustle bustle, O Rabi-ul-Awal,
Where everyone in the world is rejoicing except Iblis (the devil).
That is, the Prophet ﷺ and his Companions used to celebrate only two eids throughout their lives, then how such-like thousand eids are sacrificed on the new innovation! It is worth considering how those, claimant of devout love for the Prophet ﷺ, are making fun of his order! When they are told that there are only two eids in Islam, they resort to tricks and excuses instead of reforming themselves. They also claim that there are many eids not just two, based on the saying of Abdullah ibn Abbas رضی اللہ عنہما on the occasion of the revelation of the following ayat that it was revealed on the day of ‘two eids’ that is the Friday and the Day of Arafat (Mishkat – Chapter of Friday).
۔ ۔ ٱلۡيَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِينَكُمۡ وَأَتۡمَمۡتُ عَلَيۡكُمۡ نِعۡمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلۡإِسۡلَٰمَ دِينٗاۚ ۔ ۔
This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.
Therefore, it is said that an eid is not only Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-ul-Adha, but for Muslims, eid is celebrated every week. Friday is called eid in some ahadith (details of which are following) but is the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ also called eid in any hadith? If not, and certainly not, calling Friday an eid will justify calling the day of birth as eid? Claims and their proofs must be consistent. Secondly, if Friday has been declared as eid, then it has been commanded to perform bath, miswak (tooth-stick), apply perfume and perform the Friday prayers on that day, but not to hold rallies, decorate buildings and streets and hosting “Langar Sharif” (the blessed free-meals en-mass).
Moreover, people do their business on Fridays. Unlike eid, it is neither a public holiday nor it is celebrated as a festival. As it clearly means that Friday is mentioned as eid as a simile in the hadiths, otherwise Friday is not really an eid like Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. For example, the one who drowns, or dies of plague, etc are mentioned in hadith as shuhuda (martyrs), ie Allah, by His grace and bounty, will reward them with status like martyrdom, but whoever is killed while fighting in the way of Allah, his place will surely be great. Likewise, Friday has been called an eid, a day of special worship for Muslims but not celebrations of eid. Similarly, the day of ‘Arafat’ that is the day of gathering in Arafat for Hajj, is also a simile due to the special worship in big gathering on that day.
It should also be noted that if Friday was a real eid, then it is absolutely not permissible to fast on that day. Because fasting on the day of eid is clearly forbidden in the ahadith. However, if a Muslim observes some fasts every month, such as the days of beedh (fasting on 13th,14th, and 15th of every Islamic month which are nights of full moon hence called beed, from abyad meaning white) etc., and includes Friday, then he can also fast on Friday.
If the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ was the same as the day of eid, then it would not be permissible to fast on that day. Whereas the Prophet ﷺ himself used to fast on Mondays, the day of his birth. The Companions رضی اللہ عنہم اجمعین themselves never celebrated the birth of the Prophet ﷺ. Neither they took out rallies on this day, nor did men and women hold Milad and Naat ceremonies on this day in any year. They expressed their love for the Prophet ﷺ in complete obedience to him, and this is the real love for him.
The Companions did not even value its importance so much as to start the Islamic calendar from that day! On the contrary, they started the Islamic calendar from the day they were forced to leave their homes for Islam and migrated to Madinah. That is why the year of the Muslims is called the year of Hijri.
These presentations are not intended to offend anyone, but only to make it clear that we should examine the prevalent ways of expressing love for the Prophet ﷺ on the criteria of the Quran and hadith. And try to rectify the situation thoroughly after examining the prevalent state of affairs. It should be borne in mind that the welfare and success in this world and the hereafter do not depend on verbal claims and observance of Hindu and Christian rites, but complete obedience to Allah and His Messenger ﷺ.