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.
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.