What a great light that immerses the world when hearts are overwhelmed in faith and faithfulness! When darkness disappears away and vanishes from people’s souls once they repent to Allah, follow His commands and teachings, and respond to the call that leads them to the straightforward path!
In Rabi’ Al Awwal Allah blessed humankind by sending His Prophet, Peace be upon him. In the month of Rabi’ Al Awwal, a month in the Islamic calendar, the ceremony of the Prophet’s birthday and Hijrah (migration).
The birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is a heavenly occasion that overshadows lives and enters the souls.
The Life of Prophet Muhammad
Muhammad was born in Mecca (in Saudi Arabia). His father died before he was born and he was raised first by his grandfather and then his uncle. He associated with a poor but honorable family of the Quraysh tribe. His family was dynamic in Meccan politics and trade.
Numerous of the tribes living in the Arabian Peninsula at the time were nomadic, trading goods as they crisscrossed the desert. Most tribes were polytheistic, celebrating their own set of gods. The town of Mecca was a significant trading and religious center, home to many temples and worship sites where the devoted prayed to the idols of these gods. The most famous site was the Kaaba (meaning cube in Arabic). Abraham (Ibrahim to Muslims) and his son Ismail built it. Regularly the people of Mecca turned to polytheism and idolatry. Of all the gods worshipped, it is believed that Allah was considered the greatest and the only one.
What may we learn from the fragrant biography of the Prophet?
From this point, we remember the fragrant biography of the Prophet which may be a story of guidance and struggle. It’s been a figure to be followed and evidence for shouldering the responsibility and bearing the results. His (Salla Allahu Alaihi WA Sallam) life may be a methodology of guidance from which only the foolhardy would deviate. It’s reasonable proof that Islam is a mission of sincerity, straightforwardness, and veracity. Of which the person is formed aware after having been lost within the midst of aimlessness. The Islamic mission directs the person towards his natural character where he feels complete equilibrium between his impulses, mentality, passions, and yearnings of the heart, inclinations, wants, and desires.
It’s adequate for any mission to try to so. Yet, Islam does more. It never tears apart a person’s being’s natural disposition nor does it put extra weight on one aspect at the expense of another. Also more, Islam is keen to maintain dignity, honor, and whatever results in attaining true human character. Islam prepares its followers to shape history positively and self-assurance. It makes them understand their actual position and status within the universe. It causes them to relate to Allah, the Almighty, to people and to the complete world on a basis of values and principles that give for his or her happiness during this worldly life also because of the Hereafter.
A true celebration of the birthday of the Prophet (Peace be Upon him)
It is a gross misunderstanding to limit following the Prophet (PBUH) to some acts of devotion and certain moral aspects while following the instance of others in other parts of life. It’s a manifestation of a lack of gratitude for the Prophet’s mission. Therefore the history of his (PBUH) life to believe some rulings and reject others. There’s no detachment between the Prophet’s mission and therefore the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) himself who settled all affairs of this life as they ought to be and he has even set a useful example for every Qur’anic verse.
Therefore, truth celebration of the birthday of the Prophet (PBUH) means we should always follow the very same path upon which he (PBUH) trod calling people to believe Allah. He (PBUH) dedicated all his life to save lots of humanity in its entirety.
Muslim countries celebrate the Mawlid Nabawi
Every country has moments, moments of joy and happiness, moments of peace, and calmness. Even in countries like Palestine, the beautiful spirit of its people fights back the pain and creates unforgettable memories. As a Muslim country, it is a special religious day and a chance for Muslims to express gratefulness for following Islam, and they celebrate it in simple different ways.
Despite COVID 19, you could see the manifestations of celebrations everywhere. Sweets were prepared, people wearing traditional clothes and playing with tambourines. And special decorations that turned markets and squares into charming paintings.