People from all over the world observe multiple days which mark significant events in history. The events which they are proud of are especially celebrated with exceptional fervor. Apart from the religious festivals, Muslims celebrate the day of the arrival of their last Prophet (P.B.U.H) in this world. It is observed on the 12th of the third month of the lunar calendar.
Muslims celebrate 12th of Rabi ul awwal to mark the birth of the Prophet of Allah, Muhammad (P.B.U.H). With him came the Holy Qur’an, the true word of Allah, which is to be followed till eternity. Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) practiced the teachings of Holy Qur’an and taught the people how to live in this temporary world. He preached the true meanings of humanity, peace, justice, and equity. He was an epitome of mercy and kindness. All in all, he was a ray of light in the era of gloom which spread and illuminated the entire world. Therefore, he is called “Rehmatul lil ‘aalameen,” which means “Mercy unto the worlds.”
It has been 1400 years since he left this world on the same date six decades later but his teachings are still remembered and followed, and his followers are increasing every day.
To commemorate the birth of this noble man who was a gift of Allah to mankind, Muslims observe 12th of Rabi ul awwal each year. In different parts of the world, there are special meetings held in which poems praising the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H), called Na’at, are recited. Other congregations are organized to recall and discuss the life and personality of Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) and emphasize the importance of Sunnah. Also, gatherings where scholars preach the true values and the doctrine of Islam are arranged. In some parts of the world, people also decorate their homes as an expression of their love for the Prophet (P.B.U.H).
Whichever the way it is memorialized, it helps remind us of the Prophet of Allah (P.B.U.H) and his teachings. We should commemorate the day with respect and increase our efforts every year to follow in his footsteps because that is how true love and respect are demonstrated. As Allah says in Qur’an:
“Verily, in the Messenger of Allah, you have a good example for him who looks to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.” [Qur’an, 33: 21]
These celebrations and reminders are especially beneficial for youth to understand the morals as taught by Prophet of Allah (P.B.U.H) and let go of the common misconceptions.
We should express our love and reverence for Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) on this day and on every day of our lives by trying to follow his Sunnah.