Did Sayyida Asiya and Sayyida Maryam (Allah bless them and give them peace) Witness the Birth of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)?

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


As a lover of the Mawlid Barzanji, it speaks about Sayyida Asiya and Sayyida Maryam being present at the birth of our Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Is that confirmed in hadith?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate. May Allah alleviate our difficulties and guide us to what pleases Him. Amin.

There is no authentic evidence to prove that Sayyida Asiya and Sayyida Maryam (may Allah bless them both and give them peace) were present at the birth of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). While it is rationally possible, no authentic reports establish its factual occurrence, and Allah knows best.

The Mawlid of Imam Sayyid Ja‘far Ibn Hasan Al-Barzanji is a poem expressing love for and describing the biography of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). As a poem and an expression of love, the poem is recited and cherished throughout the traditional Muslim world and inspires many hearts to increase their love for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Poems are not subject to the same degree of critical rigor as hadith and other religious texts, as long as they are not believed to be facts or attributions to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Accordingly, it is not unusual to find Mawlid or Sira literature mentioning unestablished events for various reasons, such as inspiration or additional information not found elsewhere. If the poems don’t contradict established rational or textual evidence, they are generally acceptable as expressions of love, and Allah knows best.


I pray this is of benefit and that Allah guides us all.

[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar Shaykh Taha Karaan.

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and has completed his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.