December 1, 2017

Id’-il Maolud: Teachings of a great man

burning of Qur'an in Sweden



Indeed, Allah confers  blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels (ask Him to do so). O you who have believed, ask (Allah to confer) blessing upon him and ask (Allah to grant him) peace. (Q33:56)

The above verse of the Holy Qur’an must have spurred some of the Tabi‘in (the successors of the Companions of the Prophet) over 2000 years ago to hold sessions in which poetry and songs were composed and rendered to honor the dignity and the righteous example of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w). Scholars have told us that the immediate companions of the Prophet (s.a.w) did not necessarily engage in the practice, but this, however, does not mean to say that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w) forbade his any act of ibadaah to commemorate that day. Although this practice has been a bone of contention among Muslim jurists (fuqaha) and Muslim scholars since its inception, but Muslims world over and intellectuals over time have come to accept it as part of the ibadaah and culture of Islam.

For those who celebrate the day, it is another day to step up ibadaah; a memorial day when the life story of the Prophet is revisited and people are enjoined to learn and imbibe the teachings of the Prophet (s.a.w). It is also a moral and social bridge that links many diverse Muslim groups. I think no Muslim should be stopped to attend any spiritual function, where the life story of the Noblest Prophet in creation is being discussed, where a life changing morals, values and ideas could be learned.

For us in this part of the world, the government dedicated today, Friday for the celebration. It is good to spend some time whether in the company of others or in jamat to reflect on the episodes and events of his unique life, the values of the great Prophet; his life from prophet hood to the beginning of revelation, the trials and sufferings endured while calling men to Allah, the Hijra, the great and heroic battles against paganism, the creation of the Islamic State, the farewell pilgrimage, and finally, the moment when revelation to earth came to its conclusion as well as his demise.

Every man who lives in accordance to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) finds internal and external peace. He can easily establish harmony with his immediate environment (with his family, relatives, neighbours and friends) and those outside his community. The teachings encourage smooth interpersonal relationships between and among nations. They assure mankind of universal brotherhood, equality, justice, dignity and honour, guidance and salvation. They are very practical, so full of common sense and so full of truth. They apply to every situation, every age, and every man of all walks of life. They revolve around the Islamic way of life which transcends and penetrates far beyond all barriers of race and status of wealth, prestige or classes of people.

No other great man and prophet had come up with such teachings so full of moral guidance that awakens the mind and shakes the heart of every rational being on earth. It was Allah’s miracle that the Prophet (s.a.w) who was never taught but grew in the dark age and rose to teach the whole of humanity.

This historical fact shows a clear sign for those who deny Muhammad (s.a.w) as Allah’s universal Messenger to all nations. Allah the Almighty blessed him with wisdom to propagate the Truth. In his teachings, he enjoins every man to speak the truth and refrain from falsehood. He says: truth leads to piety which paves the way to Paradise; while falsehood leads one to vices and evils land one in hell.” The Prophet’s teachings are indeed so full of truth. They guide mankind to the right path in this world and In the hereafter. Every essence of his teachings serves as guidance to Truth. His teachings constitute the most comprehensive, practical, sensible and truthful guidance to all peoples in all walks of life and in all conditions of human endeavour. In spite of all these and the tremendous success he recorded in delivering the message, he showed his humility and modesty when speaking about himself, by saying, “Do not exaggerate in your praise towards me. I am only God’s messenger and servant.

The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said: “O ALLAH, grant me life as a poor man, cause me to die as a poor man and resurrect me in the company of the poor.” His wife asked him why he said that, and he replied: “Because (the poor) will enter Paradise (before) the rich. Do not turn away a poor man even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you ALLAH will bring you near HIM on the Day of Resurrection.” -Al-Tirmidhi, The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said: “The best of you are those who are slow to anger and swift to cool down…Beware of anger, for it is a live coal on the heart of the descendants of Adam.” – Al-Tirmidhi One of the major doubts against Islam revolves on the personality of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and his great mission to mankind.

But interestingly, those who bring forward such arguments failed to provide substantial evidence or sensible explanation to buttress their points. All they will tell you is that Muslims are terrorists; if you kill you go to heaven and other baseless arguments – which Muhammad taught them to kill to go to heaven. Islam has never told any Muslim to embark on a killing spree for admittance into paradise; neither did the prophet taught any act of violence or intolerance. It is nothing but sheer ignorance especially from those who claim to have read.

But, Al-hamdullilah, they cannot distort the Qur’an, they cannot change the enduring legacies of Prophet Muhammad; they will forever be obsessed in the act of decimating the religion but without success until they meet with Allah.