Updated 30 January 2013
The Holy Prophet (SAWW) was born on 17th Rabiul Awwal 570 C.E. There were many prophecies about his birth and the profound change this would bring to history of mankind. He is, therefore, truly a mercy for mankind (rehmat-ul-lil-a’alameen).
Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) began his life in modest circumstances as an orphan brought up by loving guardians, whose innate moral noble traits endeared him to almost all who crossed his path. He was renowned to all as trustworthy and honest, even to those who refused to acknowledge goodness.
On the occasion of Milad un Nabi, we take this opportunity, alongside all of the Muslim community, to celebrate the life of the Holy Prophet (SAWW).
In accordance to Allah’s divine plan, he was given the honour and challenge of inspiring and leading his own people, and then all of humanity. His main task was to remind ‘the ones who would listen’ how best to traverse the worldly and spiritual planes of existence with ease, grace, courage and humility.
He was sent to his own people, the Arabs, a nation who were leading their lives according to how it had served the previous generations.
The Prophet was a mirror who showed them how their divine nature was hidden by the old ways of behaving and he slowly catalysed them into embodying the highest of traits.
Perhaps we are meant to seek further expansion of our consciousness, in accordance with how the Holy Prophet (SAWW) sought for each and every one of us. Mindfulness is the key.
Why do we believe the things we believe in? Is it out of love for Allah, or out of fear of punishment (from parents, society, culture, our own egoic fears?) Do we truly desire to become the highest version of ourselves, or do we continue to live our lives just under courage, which allows for some growth but not that which would inspire us into greatness?
May we take this opportunity to ask quality questions about ourselves and our lives so as to realign with the Prophetic message.
Milad un Nabi Mubarak to all on this blessed occassion!
Br. Kassam Jaffer
In light of Milad un Nabi this week, we encourage our members to get involved with the 7 day challenge to embody the teachings of the Holy Prophet (SAWW) .
Here are the 7 days of celebration that inshallah we can all engage in together:
Day 1 (Thursday): smile as much as possible, spreading joy and cheer. The Prophet says that smiling is a form of charity.
Day 2 (Friday): Be thankful for everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. The sign of a believer is that they show gratitude in all circumstances.
Day 3 (Saturday): Be calm, don't lose your temper. The Prophet was known to be always calm and not get angry.
Day 4 (Sunday): Be kind and loving towards children. The Prophet was always very gentle to children, especially orphans, and spoke to them as equals. In particular he said to give them as many hugs and kisses as possible.
Day 5 (Monday): Be honest. The Prophet was given the title of Saadiq, the truthful.
Day 6 (Tuesday): Be compassionate and forgiving. Someone's wronged you? Get over it fast, the Prophet was always compassionate.
Day 7 (Wednesday): Be generous. Someone express they like something of yours? Give it away! The Prophet was always generous to those around him.
And feel free to share your actions with us.
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