Is it wrong to hang lights, wave flags and hold parades for Mawlid (the birthday of the Prophet)?

The Details of the Question

In a video of Sheikh Asrar Rashid I watched, he states that celebrating the Prophet’s (pbuh) Mawlid (birthday) is praiseworthy, but practices such as decorating the surroundings, hanging lights, waving flags, and walking in the streets with flags by waving are wrong and bid’ah. What is the truth about it? Is it wrong to wave flags, hold parades, and decorate for Mawlid?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

All of them are demonstrations of joy provided that they are not accepted as a religious rule and a sunnah; thus, the aforementioned deeds and actions are not objectionable.

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