Love for Rasool Allah – The Right Perspective
Muslims all over the
world dearly love the Prophet Muhammad (saw).He is highly respected amongst the
Muslims as well as non-muslims. Love for Rasool Allah is a sign of true faith as
mentioned in the Hadith:
Narated By Abu Huraira : Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hands my life
is, none of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father and his
Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hands my life is, none of you will
have faith till he loves me more than his father and his children.”
Muhammad (pbuh) said:
“Love Allah because he nourishes and sustains
you. Love me because Allah loves me” (Tirmidhi)
in the Quran:
Say: ‘If you do love Allah follow me, Allah will
love you and forgive your sins for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.
Allah says in the Quran:
If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your
wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you
fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than
Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and Fighting in His Cause; then wait
until Allah brings about His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the
rebellious folk.” [Quran 9:24]
But is this love only
limited to decorating mosques with green flags and lights,having Milads,
reciting Durood on 12th Rabiul Awal and saying poems in honor of
Rasool Allah? Is this all there is to complete one’s faith? One day in the whole
year, to proclaim your love for the Rasool?
Narrated By Abu Huraira : Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent (as an
Apostle) in the best of all the generations of Adam’s offspring since their
Narated By Zahdam bin Mudrab : I heard Imran bin Husain saying, “The Prophet
said, ‘The best people are those living in my generation, then those coming
after them, and then those coming after (the second generation).” Imran said “I
do not know whether the Prophet mentioned two or three generations after your
[Bukhari 48: 819]
Since the Sahaba of
Rasool Allah were the best generation and the best Muslims of all times, we need
to analyze how did they display their love for Rasool Allah. Did they ever
celebrate the birth day of Rasool Allah, hold Milads and decorate the mosque,
loudly recite the durood and poems in praise of the Nabi? How did they prove
their love for Rasool Allah and complete their faith? In the following section
we will be analyzing the best generation and their love for Rasool Allah.
of Birth of Prophet Muhammad (saw)
Most historians are
silent about the exact date of birth of the Prophet, where as those who do
mention it, there are many contradictions and disagreements amongst them.
Haykal in the biography of Muhammad (saw) writes :
“Historians have disagreed about the year of Muhammad’s birth. Most of them hold
that it took place in “the Year of the Elephant,” i.e. 570 C.E. Ibn ‘Abbas
claims that Muhammad was born on “the Day of the Elephant.” Others claim that he
was born fifteen years earlier. Still others claim that he was born a few days,
months, or years, after “the Year of the Elephant.” Some even assert that
Muhammad was born thirty years and others seventy years later than “the Year of
Historians have also differed concerning the month of Muhammad’s birth although
the majority of them agree that it was Rabi` al Awwal, the third month of the
lunar year. It has also been claimed that he was born in Muharram, in Safar, in
Rajab, or in Ramadan.
Furthermore, historians have differed as to the day of the month on which
Muhammad was born. Some claim that the birth took place on the third, of Rabi`
al Awwal; others, on the ninth; and others on the tenth. The majority, however,
agree that Muhammad was born on the twelfth of Rabi` al Awwal, the claim of ibn
Ishaq and other biographers.”
The presence of such
disagreements on the exact day of his birth, proves that birthdays were not
important to the Arabs.
Arabs were very well
known for their great memorization skills. They used know the lineage of their
families and other Arabs by heart; they used to know hundreds of verses of
poetry by heart, a great feat of memorization.
b. Sharid reported his father as saying: One day when I rode behind Allah’s
Messenger (may peace be upon him), he said (to me): Do you remember any Poetry
of Umayya b. Abu Salt. I said: Yes. He said: Then go on. I recited a couplet,
and he said: Go on. Then I again recited a couplet and he said: Go on. I recited
one hundred couplets (of his poetry). [Muslim 28:5602]
If the birthday of
Rasool Allah was such an important celebration, surely they would have
remembered it and noted it down. Further more, there is also no proof from
history that Prophet Muhammad mentioned his exact date of birth nor encouraged
his followers to hold milads or recite durood loudly on this day.
Neither is it
recorded from any Sahaba that they celebrated his date of birth. However, he
used to fast on Mondays, irrespective of the month and according to his Hadith
he was born on a Monday and the deeds are also presented to Allah on Monday. He
took up this day, not as a celebration but as a day of Worship.
Allah’s Fast on Mondays
The only authentic
narration regarding the birth day of the Prophet (saw) has been narrated in
Muslim, concerning the fasting on Mondays.
Qatada Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (saw)
was asked about fasting on Monday, whereupon he said: It is (the day) when I was
born and revelation was sent down to me.
[Maliks Muwatta 6:2606]
point to be noted here is that Rasool Allah did not say 12th Rabiul
Awal, but rather mentioned Monday. Another Hadith mentions that all Mondays are
special, irrespective of the month, as doors of Jannah are opened on Mondays and
Messenger of Allah said,
doors of the Garden are opened on Monday and Thursday. Every Muslim slave who
does not associate anything with Allah is forgiven except for the man who has
enmity between him and his brother. It is said, ‘Leave these two until they have
made reconciliation. Leave these two until they have made reconciliation.‘
[Maliks Muwatta 47: 017]
of this reason, Rasool Allah used to fast on Mondays and
Narrated By One of the wives of the Prophet: Hunaydah ibn Khalid narrated from
his wife on the authority of one of the wives of the Prophet (pbuh) who said:
The Apostle of Allah (pbuh) used to fast the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah,
Ashura’ and three days of every month, that is, the first Monday (of the month)
Hurayrah says: “Rasool Allah said: ‘Deeds are presented (before Allah ) on
Mondays and Thursdays. I desire that my deeds be presented whilst I am
fasts on Mondays
sahaba (ra) dearly loved him; however they did not celebrate the birthday of
their Rasool by anything other than following his Sunnah by fasting on Mondays.
Narated By Usamah ibn Zayd :
The client of Usamah ibn Zayd said that he went along with Usamah to Wadi al-Qura
in pursuit of his camels.
He would fast on Monday and Thursday.
His client said to him: Why do you fast on Monday and Thursday, while you are
an old man?
He said: The Prophet of Allah (pbuh) used to fast on Monday and Thursday.
When he was asked about it, he said: The works of the servants (of Allah) are
presented (to Allah) on Monday and Thursday.[Abu
Next: How the Sahaba displayed their Love
for Rasool Allah.