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The Birth of Prophet Muhammad

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Undoubtedly, there is no day as beautiful as the day of the birth anniversary of the impeccable and ideal personality in the whole Universe. The day which illuminated the whole World.  The day which annihilated the foundations of ignorance. The day humanity regained its humanism. The day oppressed and persecuted found their saviour. The day female folk who were being buried alive found hope of survival. The day unjust and tyrant rulers were challenged. The day impoverished and poverty-stricken individuals got rid of slavery. The day life got its meaning. The day all the creatures of the universe were rejoicing and merry-making.  The day Allah Almighty gifted His best creation to humanity.

Yes, undoubtedly, it’s the day whole humanity should remember and celebrate. Allah Almighty says in chpater 10, Verse No. 58:

“In the grace of Allah and His mercy, in that they should rejoice; it is better than (the wealth) that they gather”

In this verse, Allah Almighty says that we should be happy when we receive blessings and mercy from Him.  Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) is celebrated to express our happiness and blessedness on the day of arrival of Prophet Mohammad (SAW) on this earth.

Allah Almighty says in Holy Quran:

“And remind them of the days of the Allah.” (chapter 14, Verse No. 05) .

“And remember when your lord proclaimed, if you will be grateful then I shall give you more and if you are thankless then my treatment is severe.” (chapter 14 and Verse 07).

“Then remember the bounties of Allah and wander not in the earth spreading mischief.” (chapter 07, Verse 74).

It is quite evident from the above verses of Quran that we should remember and express our gratitude for the bounties which Allah Almighty has bestowed upon us. The greatest of all blessings for whole humankind is the arrival of Rahmatal-lil’Aalameen (SAW) on this earth as revealed in following Quranic verses.

“O Mohammad, We have not sent you but as a blessing for all the worlds.” (chapter 21, Verse No. 107).

Certainly did Allah confer [great] favour upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error.  (chapter 03, Verse No. 164)

“Truly you are of a magnificent character” (chapter 68, Verse No. 04)

Indubitably, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the greatest mercy and blessing of Allah Almighty and Allah says in Quran:  “And publicize well the favour of your lord”  (chapter 93,  Verse No. 11).

Eid Milad-un-Nabi (pbuh) is a way to aware the world about the greatest personality of all times and also sends out the message that Islam is the religion of peace and amity.  Moreover, salutations are sent to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as is commanded in Holy Quran.

“Indeed Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. O believers, call for Allah’s blessings on him and salute him with all respect.”   (chapter 33, Verse No. 56)

Some people argue that the way Eid Milad-un-Nabi (pbuh) is celebrated, it goes against the tenets of Islam. Yes, we agree if any act which is being performed during the celebration of birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) goes against the teachings of Holy Prophet and Quran then same should be strictly avoided like improper mixing of opposite genders, improper Hijab (veil), indiscipline, hindrance in traffic flow, unnecessary use of PA System (Public Address System), abominable activities and so on.

Allah asks the Prophet, Peace be upon him, to remind his nation that it is essential for those who claim to love Allah, to love His Prophet: “Say to them: If you love Allah, follow (and love and honour) me, and Allah will love you” (chapter 03, Verse No. 31).

The above verse quite emphatically says that if we claim to love Allah then we should love Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and follow him by letter and spirit. We cannot get away from our religious and moral obligations by merely celebrating the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It should make us more pious and religious. It should make us morally perfect and it should revive our ethics and religious ethos.

Holy Quran stresses on the importance of unity and peaceful co-existence. “And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not divided” (chapter 03, Verse No. 103).

Religious gatherings like Hajj pilgrimage, Arba’een (the fortieth day of martyrdom of Karbala martyrs) and Milad procession serve as an important platform to forge unity among the Muslim Ummah. People from different places and sects get together and it greatly helps to sort out mutual issues and confront the common enemies of Islam and humanity.

Imam Khomeini (R.A) had declared the week between 9th and 17th Rabi al-Awwal as “Haft-i-Wahdat” meaning “the week of unity amongst Muslims.” Muslims all over the world are urged to get together and celebrate (Eid-E-Milad un Nabi) the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) for the whole week. Sunnis and Shias are two arms (Bazoo) of the Islam, Imam Khomeini (R.A.) has said.

Celebrating the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is one of the ways to express our love and gratitude to our beloved Prophet (pbuh) so as to attain perfection in our faith but its not enough until and unless we follow and obey Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in every sphere of our life in its true spirit . If we claim that we love Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) more than our life, we should always make sure that we never indulge in any act which should be the cause of disappointment to Allah Almighty and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) then only these religious gatherings, congregations and parades will serve their purpose.

May we live and die as the true followers of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Ameen.

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  1. our prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) was the biggest blessing sent down to this world and we should always remember him and praise him (with durood) however celebrating the birth of the prophet (peace be upon him) is not part of Islam and is not worship because it is bidah (forbidden innovation). It is not part of the sunnah of the Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, or of the Caliphs who succeeded him. Since this is the case, then it is a forbidden innovation, because the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “I urge you to follow my sunnah and the way of the rightly-guided Caliphs after me; adhere to it and cling to it firmly. Beware of newly-invented things, for every newly-invented thing is an innovation (bid’ah) and every innovation is a going-astray.”[Narrated by Ahmad, 4/126; at-Tirmidhi no. 2676]. Celebrating the mawlid is an innovation introduced after the three best centuries in order to corrupt the religion of the Muslims. If a person does anything in order to draw closer to Allah which was not done by the Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, or enjoined by him, and was not done by the Caliphs who succeeded him, this action implies that he is accusing the Messenger of not explaining the religion to the people, and that he disbelieves in the words of Allah (interpretation of the meaning), “This day, I have perfected your religion for you.” [Al-Qur’an 5:3] Because he is adding something extra and claiming that it is a part of the religion, but the Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, did not bring this.

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