When the Noble Messenger (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) returned from the expedition of Tabuk in Madinah, his uncle Sayyiduna Abbas (Radi Allahu Anhu) sought permission to recite some lines of poetry in his praise. He replied saying: “Recite, may your mouth remain fresh”.
Thereafter Sayyiduna Abbas began to recite his poetry, inside the Masjid, before the Beloved Messenger (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) and the gathering of approximate 30,000 companions (Radi Allahu Anhum Ajma'een) in which he mentioned the transition of our Prophet Muhammad (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) in the loins of the previous Prophets and how he blessed them all, thereafter he said:
“...The day you were born the sun rose over the earth and the horizon was illumined with your noor;
So we – in that radiance and that light and paths of guidance – can pierce through.”
SubhanAllah! this historically confirms:
1. Mawlid upon the tongue of the blessed Sahaba (Alayhim ar-Ridwan).
2. Permitted by the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) without any reproach.
3. Takes place in the presence of the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam).
4. Poetry (Na'at) in the Masjid.
5. At Masjid al-Nabawi.
6. Witnessed by others.
7. Birth of the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) honoured explicitly.
8. Massively recorded and transmitted by elite Sahaba and Ulama of this Ummah.
P.S.: This has been stated in distinguished works of great hadith masters such as Imam al-Haakim, Imam al-Tabarani, Mulla Ali Qari, Imam Jalal al-Din as-Suyuti, Allamah Ibn Hajr, Allamah Halabi, Allamah Dahlaan Makki, Allamah Nabhani, Allamah Ibn Abdul Birr, and Allamah Sharistaani. Also, Ibn Jawzi, Ibn Kathir and Ibn al-Qayyim have recorded it in their works.