By Ishola Balogun

Bismillahi-Rahamani-Raheem. May the peace and blessings of Allah continue to abide with the noblest of Prophet in creation, (Muhammad ibn Abdullah) till eternity. Amin.

The Quran says: “O Prophet! Truly We have sent thee as a Witness, a Bearer of Glad Tidings, and Warner, and as one who invites to Allah’s (grace) by His leave, and as a lamp spreading light (Siraajan-Muniraa).” Suratul-Ahzab 33:45-46.

Muslims all over the world, with the exception of a few sects, will on Monday which is the 12th Rabiul-Awwal mark birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w). The Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was born on Monday morning in the city of Makkah in 570 AD in the year of the Elephants.

Historically, the date is also significant as it also recorded the triumphant entry of Prophet Muhammad and his exiled followers into Makkah which ultimately led to the establishment of the Islamic state (known as Dar al-Hijra and Khilafah after the death of the Prophet).

Not only that, the Prophet also died on Monday of the month and the selection of the first Khalifah Abu Bakr Siddiq (r.a) So, by the hijrah calculation, this year’s 12th of Rabiul Awwal incidentally falls on Monday. He used to fast every Monday (and other days) of the month primarily as an act of worship on a day that he was born. What else do we need to do if we really want to show our love for the Prophet because if you really love him, you have to obey him?

Because of space and time, we all know that there is no evidence for the celebration of the birth of the Prophet (s.a.w) but many inferred that because of the love for the Prophet, they tend to give credence to this bid’ah. A scholar of Islam like Al-Azhari said: “A servant’s love for Allah and His Messenger means obeying them and following their command.” Al-Baydaawi said: “Love is the will to obey.” Az-Zajjaaj said: “Man’s love for Allah and His Messenger is to obey them and to accept what Allah (SWT) has commanded and the Messenger of Allah (saw) has brought.

Unfortunately, what is common today is the endless celebration of the day. Don’t be surprised if you receive invitations for eid-l-Maolud even in Shaaban.

If not for the honour Allah bestowed on Ramadan, it would have been an all-round-year celebration. Besides, instead of using the day to step up their ibaadah as the Prophet did, it is usually an occasion to award titles, raise funds and socialise. Clearly the Prophet didn’t do that.

He said “Whoever has performed a deed which is not in the religion from its inception is rejected, that is, not accepted to Allah (the Glorified and the Exalted), (Bukhari & Muslim).

Eighty-two days to the end of his life, the Prophet was on Mount Arafat where Allah (SWT) revealed to him: “This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favour for you and chosen for you Islam as a religion”. (Q5:3) The perfection of the Islam meant that every act of worship has been prescribed, perfected and there will be no new thing added unto it or that there will no need for any new concept to it.

So, why are we doing what was not prescribed. The best we can do as followers of the Prophet is to step up our ibaadah that day by fasting and doing some other acts of worship. Let us rather reflect and restrain ourselves with fasting and supplication as expressions of gratitude to the almighty Allah (SWT) because he was the means through which we received guidance and for being alive to witness another Rabiul-Awwal.

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