Remembering the finest of all prophets

ALL praises and thanks belong solely to Allah, the Creator of all that exists in the universe. In all that we have been blessed with by Allah (SWT), nothing compares to His gift of sending prophets to guide the mankind. The learned unanimously agree that the greatest favour God has conferred upon humanity is providing them messengers chosen from among the best of their kind.

By Abid Ishaq

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Published: Fri 30 Apr 2004, 11:15 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:08 AM

For this very reason, the twelfth Rabi-ul-Awwal signals a blessed day for all. Every human being from all walks of life can relate and identify with the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on this blessed day. It was the twelfth Rabi-ul-Awwal that Allah (SWT) conferred His greatest gift on mankind; the birth of our beloved prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him). Through sorrow and joy, success and failure, ups and downs, we have witnessed this great prophet's enduring relationship with his Creator. Those who have studied him have been led to his dealings with his fellowmen and his private and personal life. As a husband, father, brother, friend, neighbour and leader, he was a perfect and ideal human being. Regardless of which aspect of his life we ponder upon, he always stands out as a role model to be appreciated and followed by the mankind.

Dear readers, let us take a few minutes to ponder over the significance of this twelfth of Rabi-ul-Awwal and enjoy a better understanding of how to spend this blessed day. The exemplary life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) serves as an example for both his followers and those from other faiths.

It is narrated that the blessed prophet said, "Allah created mankind and chose me the best there of. He chose the tribes and selected me from the best there of. And he chose families and selected me from the best thereof. I am the very best person and family". [Tirmidhi]

Doubtless, we look to the Imam of all, as the best of examples (Uswatun Hasanah). He is the one we turn to for guidance when we have personal problems, difficulties with our friends and family or dilemmas in society. It is mentioned in the Holy Quran with crystal clarity, 'Whatever the Messenger (Muhammad - peace be upon him) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain from it.' (Quran, Hashr: 57)

When a Muslim reads this verse, his heart opens to the Words of Allah (SWT). He realises that all his wants and desires should be according to the revelations from Allah (SWT) and studying Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) life is incumbent in order for him to whole-heartedly indulge in the halah (permissible) and shield himself from the haram (forbidden). Therefore on this twelfth of Rabi-ul-Awwal, we must view the whole of our Prophet's life and equip ourselves by following his teachings in our own lives and then spreading this authentic knowledge through whatever abilities Allah (SWT) has blessed us with. We will without doubt find the role of father, husband and leader in the political affairs of the Muslims, all embedded in the Seerah (life) of Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Dear readers, the twelfth of Rabi-ul-Awwal is a day of introspection and improvement. It is a day for us to discover and talk about those proactive changes that we need to bring in our lives and renew our faith in following his teachings and emulating his life. It has unfortunately become a day to simply talk and sing the Prophet's praises. Observing twelfth Rabi-ul-Awwal should no longer remain a ritual. It is a day of action. Indeed Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the best of God's all creations. Today, his teachings are being distorted through attacks on the message and life of the noble prophet. On this day, Muslims should come together and learn about the seerah (life) of the noble prophet.

The Ummah's aim this twelfth of Rabi-ul-Awwal should not merely be to celebrate the Prophet's birth, but rather to increase the awareness of the Prophet's mission and to defend his noble life through educating itself.

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