March 20th, Birthday of the Prophet (pbuh), New Year, Spring

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“You have indeed in the Messenger of God a beautiful pattern of conduct for anyone whose hope is God and the Final Day.” (Al-Ahzab 33:21).

Alhamdulillah! The moon is full, a reminder that this is Rabi a-Awwal, by the Lunar calendar the month of the blessed birthday (Milad Un-Nabi) of the Prophet Muhammad (the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him and his family).

According to Sunni scholars, the Prophet’s birthday is observed on 12th Rabi al-Awwal, which falls on March 20, 2008, and 17th Rabi al-Awwal (march 25th this year) according to Shia scholars.

March 20th is also the first day of Spring, and celebrated as Nawrooz, the New Year in Iran and other countries. What a blessing that the birth of the Prophet (pbuh) should fall on the first day of Spring and the New Year, surely a sign of rebirth and love as we contemplate his noble attributes and teachings.

There is a difference of opinion about whether the Milad Un-Nabi should be a time of celebration. There is evidence that the Prophet (pbuh), his Companions, and the early followers after them did not celebrate or otherwise observe his birthday. On the contrary, he was careful to warn his people not to imitate other faiths, whose followers elevated their prophets and added to the religion what was not in the original teachings.

Those who disagree see it as a time to read the Qur’an, fast, pray, and remember the life, teachings, and example of the Prophet (pbuh).

When praising the Prophet (pbuh), we are also warned not to exaggerate in his praise. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Do not overpraise me as Christians overpraised Jesus, son of Mary. Say [when referring to me], ‘Servant of Allah and His messenger.'”

Servant of Allah and His messenger!

Surely that is a title that needs no embellishment. And so, what will you do to celebrate the Prophet’s (pbuh) birthday? Will you be fasting and praying? Having a celebration and giving gifts to family and friends? Giving to charity, visiting the sick, going to the mosque, helping a neighbor?

“Remember Me and I will remember you!” (Qur’an, 2:152)

May Allah bless you all, gentle readers, and guide you on the straight path of love, compassion, mercy, generosity and kindness.

Ameen.

Ya Haqq!

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16 Responses to March 20th, Birthday of the Prophet (pbuh), New Year, Spring

  1. haamidah says:

    Salaam brother Irving,

    Thank you for this important reminder. It’s certainly hard on the heart to turn a blind eye to his (saw) birth and death. We say as Allah says of his prophets:

    ” So peace be on him on the day he was born, on the day he will die and the day he will be raised alive”

    No Muslim should “overpraise” the prophet (saw) to such an extent that he speaks untrue praise or associates partners with Allah as the Christians have done with prophet Isa (saw) . Apart from this, our praise for the prophet (saw) cannot suffice since Allah himself has praised him in ways we cannot surpass.

    May our love and appreciation grow for him and may we have his company in the next world.

    Indeed all praise is to Allah.

    Amiin! to your dua

  2. Waseem says:

    Salaam,

    Beautifully written. I also enjoy this poem by Shaykh Hamza about Rasulullah SAWS, that’s in the same vein:

    http://www.zaytuna.org/articleDetails.asp?articleID=75

  3. asqfish says:

    When Prophet Muhammad was asked when was he born and what did he do on his birthday he said” I was born on a Monday and I fast on my birthday”
    Jazaaik Allah hu Khairan for reminding us of all three special days coming together.

  4. Achelois says:

    Thank you for this post!

    The first thing my daughter did this morning was to yell “Happy Birthday dear Prophet!” :)

  5. Krishna.n.c says:

    Beloved and Respected Brother Irving,
    On asking me what will i do today to celebrate The Prophet’s Birthday i would say that i will bow my head to Him humbly with tears in my eyes for blessing me with His Guidance, His Light, His Mercy and Love in the form of a father figure called Brother Irving :) i couldnt have been more blessed.
    And every single word is nothing but the truth coming out of a heart which has been overwhelmed by your Love and Compassion…To me you are His Angel :)
    I bow my head to you brother for showing me His Light and reminding me that even the sword of pain belongs to His scabbard :)
    My humblest Salaam to you my Beloved…
    May Allah bless you- the most beautiful Rose of His Garden with His boundless Love and may you eternally bask in His Glory..
    Hugs and prayers for you :)

  6. Shahrzad says:

    The week between Rabi Al Awwal 12th to 17th is called the week of Wahdah(unity). Nowruz is blessed with his birthday. May Gd brings everything Khayr for you bro Irving. Happy new year to you and yours. :)

  7. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Irving bhai

    Sensible advice for a topic that often divides the Muslim community.

    Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa alihi…

    Abdur Rahman

  8. Leila says:

    Salaam, brother Irving
    It is indeed a very important day for all Muslims. Celebration or not, we can not but to be thankful to Allah Almighty for the most beautiful gift of all, our Resulillah :) Peace and blessings on him….
    I totally forgot that it is a first day of spring today, until my daughter came from school, saying: “Momy, its Prophet’s saws birthday and first day of spring!!Isn’t that so great?!” :) So we gonna make some nice cake, called halwa, as this is custom here in Bosnia :)
    Best wishes for u brother and all the best! :)

  9. sami says:

    what is bidaa

  10. Motamid says:

    As salam ‘aleykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

    SubhanALLAH! If you are planning on attending any mawlids, please remember me in your duahs.

  11. very balanced post, jazakAllah bhai. God bless.

  12. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you all for kind comments :) Sami, a bidaah is an innovation or addition:

    Allah says: “This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [5:4]

    This verse embodies a clear statement that the religion has been completed and so has no need of addition and deletion, and our noble Messenger said, “There is nothing that Allah ordered you with except that I have ordered you with it, and there is nothing that Allah forbade you from except that I have forbidden you from it” (al-Bayhaqee and others).

    Dearest Sister Krishna: Your beautiful words overwhelm the heart of this unworthy darvish. Allah alone is worthy of all praise. Alhamdulillah!

    Ya Haqq!

  13. Maithri says:

    Dear Brother,

    Sending you my warmest wishes to you and your family at this most sacred time… You are a true angel of Allah. A human being who walks the way of Love with steadfast faith and unflinching courage.

    I kneel at your feet dear brother and bless the Lord of Love for bringing you into our world to bless us all…

    Sending you deep peace and the blessings of love, Maithri

  14. ned says:

    Brother Irving, I’ve been very busy but have been meaning to write. Belated Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi Mubarak! I celebrated Eid with the Sufis at the Jerrahi Order. When do you and I get to meet up? ;-)

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