Celebrating the Mawlid

Q 2: I understand what confirms the impermissibility of celebrating the Mawlid (the birthday of the Prophet, peace be upon him); however, I was astonished when I read a book entitled 'Al-Islam Wa Al-Sha`a'r Al-Dyniyyah' (Islam and Religious Celebrations) by Muhammad Mukhtar Tiyam, specifically Ch. 4, p. 44. It states that Imam Al-Shafi`y used to celebrate the Mawlid of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

A: As you know, may Allah bless you, celebrating the so-called Mawlid is a forbidden Bid`ah (innovation in religion), that was not practiced by Salaf (righteous predecessors) nor the Four Imams (Abu Hanifah, Malik, Al-Shafi`y, and Ahmad). Attributing such a claim to Al-Shafi`y is a lie, for this Bid`ah was innovated in the year four hundred after the Hijrah (Prophet's migration to Al-Madinah) in the age of the Fatimid State, and Imam Al-Shafi`y (may Allah be merciful to him) died 204 A.H.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.