Milad Un-Nabi – Birthday of the Prophet (pbuh)

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 February 26, 2010, and 17th Rabi al-Awwal (March 3rd this year) according to Shia scholars.

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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4 Responses to Milad Un-Nabi – Birthday of the Prophet (pbuh)

  1. Salaams br. Irving

    Several years ago I created a fiqh based comic strip that was published in several places online and in a print magazine. One of the comic strips is about celebrating birthdays.

    Please visit http://www.widad-lld.com/comics_bday.html and I hope you enjoy this comic strip. :)

    Salaams,
    widad

  2. Bengt Erik Stendlert says:

    Thank you for sharing the different views and opinions concerning the celebration of the birthday of our beloved Nabi Nuhammed (saws). As he himself pointed out – our great love for him should never go beyond a balanced and middle path, or divert us from the focussing of our love on the Creator – Allah. These two directions of our love are the perfect complements into imbibing the Prophet into our lives as the Perfect Role Model.

  3. Nasir says:

    That was striking a balance between schools of thought brother Irving – a neutral stand, being politically correct!

    Only Allah can praise the best. So when Allah and His angels praise and send salutations to the Messenger of Allah Sallal laahu Alaihi Wassalaam, what “overpraise” can come from a human being! Allah calls him (s) Raufur Rahim by giving His own attributes to him in this instances. There are many other words of praises and epithets given by Allah.

    The only caution to be taken is Muhammad (s) is not God or Creator, but the best of Creation (Khayrul Bashar). That is the line of distinction!

    Thank you.

  4. Rizal Affif says:

    A thoughtful contemplation on the birthday of The Prophet. Yes, The Truth falls away when one idolize something beyond God himself–including when one idolize His Messenger that way. Christians made mistake by overpraising Jesus, the way conventional Buddhists overpraising Buddha… Moslems should not make the same mistake again.

    Nice posting, thanks for sharing your contemplation :)

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