Can We Celebrate Eid Milad Un Nabi Essay

Eid Milad-Un-Nabi 2017: The Importance And Significance Of Eid-E-Milad

The Prophet's life and sayings, as reflective in the Hadith, continue to influence the lives of believers in more ways than can be counted.

All India | Written by Amrita Ray | Updated: December 02, 2017 20:10 IST

Eid Milad-Un-Nabi is the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad and is being celebrated today. (PTI)

New Delhi:  People across the country today celebrated Eid Milad-Un-Nabi - the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad - the founder of Islam, also believed to be a messenger of God by Muslims. His birthday falls on 12th Rabi' ul-awwal, the third month of the Muslim lunar calendar, corresponding with December 2 this year.


Several places across the country were well-lit, including streets, mosques, shrines and residential areas, with colorful lights.

The Prophet's life and sayings, as reflective in the Hadith, continue to influence the lives of believers in more ways than can be counted. His birth date also known as Mawlid, however, has been a matter of contention. The legality of Mawlid has been the subject of intense debate and has been described as "one of the most polemical discussions in Islamic law by Muslim scholars".


While 12th Rabi' al-awwal is the accepted date among most of the Sunni scholars, Shi'a scholars regard 17th Rabi' al-awwal as the accepted date.


Mawlid is recognized as a national holiday in most of the Muslim-majority countries of the world except Saudi Arabia and Qatar which are officially Wahhabi/Salafi.

It is also one of the favourite days for poets around the world, especially Sufi poets, who write about their love for the Prophet. They pour out their love for the icon in beautiful verses in their native languages, adding even more colour to their love for the Prophet.


 

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Rabi al-Awwal is the third month of Islamic Lunar Calendar and comes after Safar al-Muzaffar. Azadari (mourning) remains continue till the 8th of this month. The month of Rabi al-Awwal (the First Spring Season) of Islamic Lunar Calendar is well known in the entire Muslim world as Shahr al-Mawhid (the Month of Birth) of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The precise date of his birth is disputed among the historians, but Ayatullah Ruhullah Musawi al-Khomeini (ra), the founder of the Islamic revolution had declared the week between 9th and 17th Rabi al-Awwal as "Usboo al-Wahda" meaning "the week of unity amongst Muslims." Muslims all over the world are urged to get together and celebrate (Eid-E-Milad un Nabi) the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) for the whole week. Sunnis and Shias are two arms (Bazoo) of the Islam. Ayatullah Ruhullah Musawi al-Khomeini (ra)

Rabi al-Awwal is an exceptional month in the Islamic Calendar and it held great significance in the life of beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). As we all know Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was born in this month. He began his journey of Hijrah during this month and built the first Mosque of Islam, Masjid Quba in this month. The first Jummah was established in this month.

Hence Rabi al-Awwal is the month of birth celebration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The birth of the best of Allah's (SWT) creation and the last to be sent with the divine message for the guidance of humanity on a whole is, without doubt, a day to take as one of thanks and reverence to Allah (SWT). Unlike the ways followers of other faiths commemorate the births of their guiding prophet, Muslim celebration of Eid-E-Milad un Nabi is one in which we gather to discuss the bounty and favour which Allah (SWT) has blessed us with by guiding us to the path of Islam and the teachings of the final Messenger of Allah (pbuh). We indulge in Fikr (thought) and Dhikr (remembrance) and what it means to be a follower of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Eid-E-Milad un Nabi is celebrated by Muslims with great devotion and reverence throughout the world. But often it has been seen that devotees do not reflect on the message of the person whom they so venerate. It just becomes a tradition rather than occasion for deep reflection. Muslims also refer to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as Mohsin-e-Insaniat i.e. the benefactor of humanity but hardly care to know in what respect he became benefactor? So, we can call him a liberator of humanity only if we follow his teachings in our personal lives.

Balaghal-ula bi-kamaali-hi (He attained exaltation by his perfection)
Kashafad-duja bi-jamaali-hi (He dispelled darkness by his beauty)
Hasunat jamee'u khisaali-hi (Beauteous are all his qualities)
Sallu alai-hi wa aalihi (Benediction be on him and on his family)

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