The significance of 3rd Month of the Islamic calendar is due to being Shahr al-Mawhid which means the month of birth. The man born was the reply to the supplication of Hazrat Ibrahim. He was the glad tidings given by Hazrat Eissa to his people. The birth of who was mentioned in preceding divine books. Allah ﷻ blessed the humanity with the birth of His best creation, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ on 12th of Rabi ul Awal. Holy Prophet ﷺ led the mankind from darkness towards light, and is known as “Mercy to all the worlds.”
The significance of the day is just because of the birth of beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Muslims all over the world celebrate 12th Rabi ul Awal with great reverence and devotion. This is done as a reminder of Prophet’s Seerah and Sunnah. Allah ﷻ ordered us to follow the footsteps of His Beloved apostle in following words.
لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا
There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.
(Al Ahzab 33:21)
Many significant events took place in the month of Rabi ul Awal in the history of Islam. The illustrious Hijrah calendar of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ took place during this month. The first mosque, Masjid-e-Quba was built by Muhammad ﷺ in the month of Rabi ul Awal. Even the first Jummah in the history was established in this month.
Purpose of Celebration
The main idea behind all the celebrations on this day is for instilling the ethics, values and moral codes accomplished by Holy Prophet ﷺ. This serves a purpose for bringing people closer to the Prophet’s way of life and the teachings of Islam. It is a reminder for the Ummah that He ﷺ is the blessing for the whole universe. His lessons of behaving well with others and forbearance is a big motivation of forgiving even the hostile enemies.
For past few years, the celebration of this month has raised on another level in which some of the biddah has been induced. This practice is not a good idea to celebrate the birth of Allah’s Apostle ﷺ as it not only harms the basic teachings of Islam but also mislead the Muslim youth towards wrong directions.
Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ –a Lifestyle for the next generation
All Muslim parents should articulate the stories of Prophet Muhammad ﷺto their kids. The stories which shed light on the various aspects of Prophet’s life like childhood, youth, and his adult life. This will ignite the flame of love in children’s heart. Let His PBUH stories of life be a beacon of light for the upcoming generations so that they learn lessons and stay united, peaceful and in a fraternity.
This is the time of reflecting upon for all the Muslim Ummah. We need to ponder on how we are following the teachings and ways of our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ individually and on the level of society. How much love and respect do we practically have for the man whose last words were ‘Ummati.’
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