12th of Rabiul awal brings with it great blessings and joy for the Muslims. It is the day when Allah Almighty sent His Most Beloved and the Most Praised Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to this world to guide the humanity towards ultimate Truth and path of light.
The Nur which shined in the home of Hazrat Bib Amna (R.A), soon spread to the whole world. Even after more than 1400 years have passed, this Nur is still shining with full brightness and is source of Hadayat for the Seekers and Believers.
The Believers celebrate this day as ‘Eid e Milad nu Nabi’. This day is rightly called a Eid because it’s the 3rd and biggest of all other Eids. It was through Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that we came to know about Allah Almighty and got Holy book ‘Quran Sharif’. On this day we remind ourselves of the unaccountable blessings, kindness and Love which the Muslim Ummah got from Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and thank Allah Almighty for making us Ummati of His Great Prophet (peace be upon him)
There is neither any mind which can truly realize the status of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) nor any words which can describe his greatness. Only, Allah Almighty knows because He is the One who Created His Most Beloved Muhammad (peace be upon him) and awarded him ‘Maqam e Mahmood’.
1400 years ago, our forefathers were living in darkness. They had completely forgotten about teachings of Allah Almighty and were worshipping idols. They had become inhuman to such an extent that they used to bury their daughters alive. Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) reminded them about Allah Almighty, taught them Holy Quran and guided them through his Sunnah. The dark ages was transformed into one of the most enlightened age and brought forward great personalities like Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddique(R.A), Hazrat Farooq e Azam (R.A), Hazrat Usman Ghani (R.A) and Hazrat Ali ul Murtaza, Sher e Khuda (R.A). The very people became Champions of Human Rights and gave the example of equality and justice which the world has never seen before. Women got their rights in property and got right of witness. Jannah was put under the feet of mothers and promised to those who would take proper care of their daughters. Even minorities got their due rights.
The Nur of Muhammad (peace be upon him) will remain shining forever even when the sun would stop shining. Allah Almighty has made him source of help and happiness for all the humanity, from the ‘Beginning’ till after the ‘End’. The Mercy of Allah Almighty and kindness of His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has no boundaries, for sure.
On the eve of Eid e Milad un Nabi believers offer special prayers. Mosques are illuminated and sweets are distributed. Special Mahafil e Naat Khawani are arranged at various places across Pakistan and Fasting is observed by many on the day of 12th Rabiul Awal.
People in Pakistan rightly observe Jashn e Eid e Milad un Nabi (peace be upon him) for Pakistan came into existence through special prayers of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). Our motherland enjoys special place in his heart. He is always there to help and pray whenever there is need. That’s why I have never seen or read that any Sufi or Spiritual Saint had talked against creation of Pakistan. How could anyone dare to talk against a country which was born due to the prayers of Allah’s Most Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him).
But with great love comes great expectations. We, his Ummaties, his spiritual sons, have more responsibility to follow his teachings and commands while celebrating his arrival. We should be following his teachings like not blocking the passages and not using public resources. I believe, no Believer would ever wish to do something forbidden by him.
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Rabi al-Awwal is the third month of Islamic Lunar Calendar and comes after Safar al-Muzaffar. Azadari (mourning) remains continue till the 8th of this month. The month of Rabi al-Awwal (the First Spring Season) of Islamic Lunar Calendar is well known in the entire Muslim world as Shahr al-Mawhid (the Month of Birth) of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The precise date of his birth is disputed among the historians, but Ayatullah Ruhullah Musawi al-Khomeini (ra), the founder of the Islamic revolution had declared the week between 9th and 17th Rabi al-Awwal as "Usboo al-Wahda" 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. Ayatullah Ruhullah Musawi al-Khomeini (ra)
Rabi al-Awwal is an exceptional month in the Islamic Calendar and it held great significance in the life of beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). As we all know Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was born in this month. He began his journey of Hijrah during this month and built the first Mosque of Islam, Masjid Quba in this month. The first Jummah was established in this month.
Hence Rabi al-Awwal is the month of birth celebration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The birth of the best of Allah's (SWT) creation and the last to be sent with the divine message for the guidance of humanity on a whole is, without doubt, a day to take as one of thanks and reverence to Allah (SWT). Unlike the ways followers of other faiths commemorate the births of their guiding prophet, Muslim celebration of Eid-E-Milad un Nabi is one in which we gather to discuss the bounty and favour which Allah (SWT) has blessed us with by guiding us to the path of Islam and the teachings of the final Messenger of Allah (pbuh). We indulge in Fikr (thought) and Dhikr (remembrance) and what it means to be a follower of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Eid-E-Milad un Nabi is celebrated by Muslims with great devotion and reverence throughout the world. But often it has been seen that devotees do not reflect on the message of the person whom they so venerate. It just becomes a tradition rather than occasion for deep reflection. Muslims also refer to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as Mohsin-e-Insaniat i.e. the benefactor of humanity but hardly care to know in what respect he became benefactor? So, we can call him a liberator of humanity only if we follow his teachings in our personal lives.
Balaghal-ula bi-kamaali-hi (He attained exaltation by his perfection)
Kashafad-duja bi-jamaali-hi (He dispelled darkness by his beauty)
Hasunat jamee'u khisaali-hi (Beauteous are all his qualities)
Sallu alai-hi wa aalihi (Benediction be on him and on his family)