The Holy Quran says: "And teach them
to remember the days of Allah." (Surah 14: Verse 5)
It is evident from this Quranic verse that the Days of
Allah like Ashurah, Lailatul Baraat, and Lailatul Qadr are more important
and better than other days. To talk about these days, to remember them
and to remind others about them in accordance with the message of Allah
is the important duty of the missionaries of Islam and scholars of Islam.
In accordance with these instructions I, too, wish to draw your attention
to such a day which, in every respect is more important and better than
every other day. This day is the starting point for the guidance, salvation
and success for all humanity.
Almighty Allah says: "Verily, came towards you a light."
Besides this verse, there are many verses in the Holy Quran which announce
the physical arrival of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
One such verse reads: "I have sent you as a mercy unto the worlds."
Another verse explains, "Verily, came towards you a bright and apparent
proof." Yet another verse says, "Verily, a Prophet is sent to you
from among you."
Almighty Allah also states in the Glorious Quran that
He has done a great favour to the believers by sending to them a Prophet
from among them. There are various other Ayahs of this type and there is
a also a Hadith in which is mentioned the blessed birth and arrival of
the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
When explaining the coming of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) it was always mentioned in words such as these,
"O Beloved! I have sent you," "The Prophet arrived," and "He
was presented." If one carefully examines these phrases, one will realise
that only that person arrives or is sent who has already been present and
in existence before his arrival. Thus, it has to be accepted that our beloved
Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the soul of the universe,
the hope of the distressed, the Messiah towards the people, the mercy unto
the worlds, Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was in existence
before his physical birth!
Before the dawn of this day, the Palaces began to tremble.
The idols fell headlong. Angels, began to salute the status of mankind.
This historical day, the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal, is the birthday of the
Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), who has lit the light of
Islam till the Day of Judgement. This honourable day is called EID MEELAD-UN-NABI
which, without doubt, is the greatest day of the year. For those who really
love the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), EID MEELAD-UN-NABI,
is a more joyous day than Eid-Fitr or Eid-ul-Adha. Allah says: "In the
Bounty of Allah, And in His Mercy - in that let them rejoice that is better
than the (wealth they hoard)". (Surah 10, Verse 58) Therefore, it is
Allah's Will, that mankind must show appreciation for His bounties. Undoubtedly,
showing appreciation is a form of thanksgiving, which is a form of worship.
No doubt, the greatest Bounty of Allah to mankind is the birth of the Prophet
Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who was not only sent as
a Bounty but also as a Mercy to Mankind. Certainly it is the blessing of
Allah that we are in the Ummah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam). His Ummah is superior to all other Ummahs,
and is called KHAIRUL UMAM (Best of Nations). We are the torch-bearers
of the Holy Quran. Our Deen, Islam, is a complete and total way of life
chosen by Allah Himself. We have unlimited Bounties. But remember, all
these are through the Wasila of His beloved personality.
And on the Day of Judgement, it will be through his KAUSAR
that we will quench our thirst; and through his intercession we will gain
salvation. Imam Malik (radi Allahu anhu) has stated that the Birthday
of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is superior
to Lailatul Qadr, because on the night of Qadr the Holy Quran was revealed
and during this night, the personality who introduced the Quran was born.
Therefore, those who are the lovers of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) and those who are hopeful for the intercession of the Holy
Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) must rejoice fully on the
birth of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), so that not
only our fellow Muslims, but also the non-Muslims must witness that Muslims
are not ungrateful to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam), but Muslims do have overwhelming contact, love and respect
Accordingly, prepare for Eid Meelad-Un-Nabi. On the eve
of the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal, take a bath, if possible wear new or clean
clothes, and use perfume. After Esha Salaah perform Khatam-ul-Quran, listen
to Zikr-e-Rasool, give hearing to the Ulema who will talk on the Prophet
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). For the rest of the night read Durood
as much as possible. Also read Nafil Salaah. Make Du'a for yourself,for
us and everybody all through the Wasila of the Prophet Muhammad (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam). Pray to the fullest. Certainly Allah will accept
our prayers. Beg of Him and ask Him for forgiveness. The Prophet (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam) was born before Fajr Salaah. The Durood and
Du'a of this auspicious time is certainly accepted by Allah. Therefore,
Durood and Salaam should be offered at this auspicious time in your home
and in the Musjid. After Fajr Salaah, during the whole day, where ever
we meet our Muslim brothers, greet them and bless them. Promote love and
goodwill by embracing each other. On this day, giving charity on behalf
of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and to invite each
other and to accept invitation of each other are all acts of virtue. Believe
that you will be rewarded by Allah and hope for the Mercy of Allah. If
possible, fast on this day as this is the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam). Hazrat Abu Qatadah (radi Allahu anhu) said
that the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to fast on
every Monday. When he asked the purpose for fasting, then the Prophet
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) replied that, he was born on this day
and the Holy Quran was revealed to him on the same day.
Before the arrival of Nabi Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam), the condition of the world was very delicate. Everything
was in turmoil. Infidelity and polytheism was spreading from all directions.
Alcoholism, gambling, the taking of interest and bribery was common. The
streets were full of major corruptions such as adultery, homosexuality,
jealousy, back-biting, enmity and hatred. Vulgarism, theft and murder was
a part of daily life. There was not even the scent of love, respect and
reverence among people. There was never any protection for the lives and
property of individuals. Communities became so corrupt that fathers buried
their children alive. In a time of such corruption and deterioration, hope
for the helpless, a mercy from Allah, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam) was born, on the morning of the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal,
the third month of the Islamic year.
On the birth of Nabi Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam), the entire universe became enlightened, the pillars of infidelity
began to crumble, the flame of Persia was extinguished, the Arcade of Choroes
began to tremble and fourteen of it's blocks fell over, sweet winds of
faith began to blow, the faith of humanity began to glitter, the flag of
Tauheed was hoisted, the rays of Noor from the light of guidance began
to spread and many who had once worshipped 360 idols now turned to the
worship of One Allah.
It is evident from "Hadith-e-Qudsi" that Almighty Allah
states: "If Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and his Ummah were
not created, then I would never have created the Heaven, Hell, the moon,
the sun, the skies and earth, day and night, humans and Jinns, and Prophets
and Angels." If the Prophet was not created, then nothing in the universe
would have come into existence. Not only this, but it is the word of Allah
that, "O beloved! If I had not created you, I would never have disclosed
The Noor of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
was created before everything. The Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
has stated, "The first creation of Allah was my Noor." His Noor
was created when there was nothing. This Noor of Rasoolullah (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam) was 4 000 years in a high pedestal close to
His Creator. When the Almighty Allah intended to create, then He separated
this light into four portions. With the first, He created the "Qalam" or
Divine Pen, with the second, He created "Lawhe Mahfooz" or The Protected
Tablet, with the third portion He created the "Arsh" or Throne and with
the fourth portion He created the rest of creation.
When Allah desired to send His Viceroy to earth, He created
the mould of Adam (alaihis salaam) and placed on his forehead and
back (spine) the Noor of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
The Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) himself said: "I was
a Nabi when Nabi Adam (alaihis salaam) was between water and clay." Travelling
from forehead to forehead, this Noor was embedded on the forehead of Hazrat
Abdullah (radi Allahu anhu), the father of Rasoolullah (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam). This Noor then travelled into the womb of Sayyadah
Bibi Aamina (radi Allahu anha).
She states that in the nine months of pregnancy, she felt
neither any burden nor did she feel symptoms that are felt by any other
pregnant women. She also states that during every month, she received glad
tidings from various Prophets of Allah. Sayyadah Aamina (radi Allahu
anha) states that as time for the birth of Muhammad (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) arrived, the night passed and the day arrived. It
was the during the early hours of a bright Monday morning that she saw
a group of people descend from the skies. They had with them three white
flags. They placed one flag in the courtyard of her home, one on the roof
of the Holy Kaaba, and one on Masjidul Aqsa. She states that a few women
then came to her. She questioned them about their identity. Then, one from
among them answered that she was Maryam, the mother of Hazrat 'Isa (alaihis
salaam). The second said that she was Aasiya, the wife of Firaun and
the third said that she was Hajrah, the wife of Hazrat Ebrahim (alaihis
salaam). All the rest of the women were maidens (Hoors) of Jannah.
They said that they had come to serve her.
After these events, the light of the worlds, Muhammad
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was born. The Quran announced:
"Verily came towards you from Allah a Light and a Bright Book." The
distinguished Ulema have stated that the Shabbe Wilaadat is greater than
Shabbe Qadr and that Rabi-ul-Awwal is more exalted that Ramadaan. The reason
for this is that on Shabbe Qadr the Holy Quran was revealed and on Shabbe
Wilaadat, the one on whom the Quran was revealed, was born. Shabbe Qadr
is a means of blessings for the Ummah, whereas Shabbe Wilaadat is a means
of blessings for humanity.
The entire creation rejoiced on the birth of the Prophet
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and, Alhamdulillah, even to this day,
the true lovers rejoice on this most joyous ocassion. However, there are
those enemies of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who
say that to make Niaz, etc is wasteful and lavish.
To host the Meelad-un Nabi is a sign of love and respect
for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). It
is, without doubt, the love for Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
who is the basis of Imaan. If a person claims to love the Prophet (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam), then in no way will he reject the Meelad. It
must also be remembered that a person who loves to make the Meelad will
also not turn away from the laws and obligations of the Shari'ah, such
as Namaaz, Roza, Hajj and Zakaat.
We should not only respect the Prophet (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) by word of mouth, but we should also obey his commands
and teachings by firstly performing our Salaah, which is the command of
the Holy Quran and the Ahadith. It is through this that we will gain salvation
in the Aakirah. Aameen.
Regarding Eid-e-Meelad-un-Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) Allama Muh'iyyudeen Ibn Arabi (radi Allahu anhu) said
that the good deeds which are done on this day of Meelad-un-Nabi (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam) such as Sadaqah, charity, good feelings, is
an expression of love for the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
With these good deeds the request of the needy are fulfilled. Remember
that the most important thing in the life of a Muslim is the love of the
Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Therefore, we pray that
Allah grant us and all Muslims true love for the Prophet (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) and guide us to follow in his footsteps. Aameen.