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In tribute to the Beloved March 10, 2009

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Maulood in Cairo, Egypt 

Every year, we make mental, mobile, Google and diary notes to mark the birthdays of people close to us; our spouses, children, parents and best friends… we try to make their day special for them in any way, be it with gifts, cooking their favorite meals, or treating them with an outing. We thank Allah for the day which brought them into the world and into our lives.

Let us in the same way, honor the birthday (or birth month, as the exact date of birth is unknown) of the most beloved man to any Muslim. The month in which he, (saw) was born, changed the course of human history forevermore. Let us not trivialize it.

There is much controversy in the Muslim world, about whether or not the Mercy to Mankind’s’ birthday should be celebrated, and if so, how, and if not, why.
Yes, some people tend to go to extremes, and introduce innovations into the celebration, but before we wag a judgmental finger at anyone, try to understand their love for a man who lived 1400 years ago and try to understand their yearning to express that love.

The occasion of the Maulood is a perfect time to educate ourselves and those around us about Muhammad (saw) and his teachings; to be grateful for him and to appreciate all he has done for us. Indeed, the Maulood is a time for celebrating the life, not just the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (saw).

Let us, in this month, commemorate the magnitude of his achievements, revere the depths of his sorrows and solemnize the value of his sacrifices.

Let us revive his high esteem and respect for women, his kindness to children, his generosity to the poor, his tolerance of his enemies, his rapport with believers of other faiths, his gentleness with his wives, his endurance during trying times, his trust in friends, his astuteness in politics, his bravery in war, his ultimate submission to Allah.

Let us rejoice, during this time, to be of his followers. Let us dare to be his lovers, in a time when his message is so persecuted. Let us reminisce his blessed days.

During this month, get involved in your community, attend the programs held in honor of the Maulood, increase your remembrance of Allah and salutations upon the Chosen one. Read to yourself and your loved ones about the Seerah. Speak out against the abuse of women and children, political oppression, crime and pollution.

Sing and praise the man who loves you, even now from his resting place, Oh believers and weep in humility for the man who shed copious tears for you, Oh faithful…Is this not the best way of celebrating the Prophet’s (saw) life, by emulating him, and treasuring him? 

Whilst we are celebrating the beauty of this one life, let us not neglect or overlook the injustice, oppression and tyranny experienced by millions around the world, regardless of colour, creed or other man-made constructs.



5 Responses to “In tribute to the Beloved”

  1. Aasia Says:

    I love this post. In the Malay community we have moulood, ladies during the day and men in the evening.It will be hosted this Saturday in Bosmont( Bosmont Mosque)From 10am till 5pm for womenafter maghrib for men. Tyd vir Rampies sny!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Assalaamu alaikum.Interesting blog, Saffiyah. Very moving as well…many interests and concerns. Similar to many of us. You mention that you are a writer. Do you write more than this blog? If so, you may want to consider joining an international organization of professionals concerned with producing and distributing high quality Islamic material for the world to take benefit. Islamic Writers Alliance. Do check out the website. It may be the right home for you. http://www.islamicwritersalliance.netbalqees mohammed (IWA Secretary)

  3. very heart warming Saffiya!

  4. A MUST READ book on the subject of Moulood/Meelad/Mawlid i.e. Celebrating the Birth of Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam is “YES, MEELAD CELEBRATION IS COMMENDABLE! A POINT-BY-POINT REPLY TO MAJLISUL ULAMA” by Mufti Abdun Nabi Hamidi who was the Imam of the Sultan Bahu Masjid at the time of writing the book but is now the principle of the Jamiatul Madinah Darul Uloom in the Free State which can be read at:http://www.raza.org.za/publications_yes_meelad_celebrations_is_commendable.html Lectures by world renowned Arab scholars (that are descendants of Nabi Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) on the permissibility of Celebrating the Birthday of Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam such as Shaykh Sayed Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni an-Ninowy (Syria), Shaykh Sayed Muhammad al-Yacoubi (Syria), Shaykh Sayed Habib Umar Bin Hafidh (Yemen, Arabic lecture) and Shaykh Sayed Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki (Saudi Arabia, Arabic lecture) can be watched at: http://www.youtube.com/user/AbdulMustafa786#g/p For the latter two lectures click on Favorites.Other books on Meelad/Moulood/Mawlid here: http://www.nooremadinah.net/EnglishBooks/EnglishBooks.asp

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