12 raBiul aWaL?


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
children.”

[Bukhari:2:13]

 


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.”

[Bukhari:2:13]

Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh) said:
“Love Allah because he nourishes and sustains
you. Love me because Allah loves me”
(Tirmidhi)

Allah says
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.

Quran 3:31


Allah says in the Quran:

“Say:
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
Creation.”

[Bukhari 56:757]

 



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
present generation…”

[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.

 


 Date
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.

 

Muhammad Husain
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
the Elephant.”


 



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.

‘Amr
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.

 

 Rasool
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.

 


Abu
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]


 
The
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
Thursdays.

 The
Messenger of Allah said,


“The
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]

 Because
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)
and Thursday.

[Abu Dawood

7:2431]

 Abu
Hurayrah says: “Rasool Allah said: ‘Deeds are presented (before Allah ) on
Mondays and Thursdays. I desire that my deeds be presented whilst I am
fasting'”.
[Tirmidhi
42:008]

 Sahaba’s
fasts on Mondays

 His
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
Dawood 7:2430]

Next: How the Sahaba displayed their Love
for Rasool Allah.


 

 

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6 thoughts on “12 raBiul aWaL?

  1. What I don’t understand is that why do we have to drag ourselves time and again into topics that are highly controversial and cause of divisions in ummah.

    If one celebrates a day in a certain way or shows his love in a certain way, isn’t that just his business ? Why do I have to go shout at his face that he is wrong ? Why do I have to insist that I am absolutely right and he is absolutely wrong ??

    There are ulema who have spent decades of their lives studying Islam who have failed to agree on this subject during the last few centuries.. Both can quote quran and hadith, and events from lives of sahaba to support their views..

    Shouldn’t I first listen to and research myself both viewpoints before I come to a conclusion ? Or is it enough for me to have heard one side of the story and since it seemed logical and appealed to me,,just decide that folks with contrasting views have got to be wrong ?

    Are the ulema who do celebrate eid-milad-un-nabi stupid ?? Have they not read Quran and haidth ? Have they not read the hadith quoted by those opposing this celebration ? How on earth do they come to the conclusion that they come to ? Have I really studied their reasoning ? Is it really faulty ?

    Even after studying reasoning from both schools of thought,, and coming to a specific conclusion, I think it would be best if we desist from our culture of proclaiming those with viewpoints not matching ours as misguided and wrong and worthy of condemnation..
    Judgment of right and wrong is a job best left for Allah…

    For the life of me I just cant understand this culture of ours in which whenever there is a day or event that is cause of conflict, in ummah , instead of trying to minimize the divisions in ummah we use that day to inflame feelings and shout out why the other party is soo totally wrong and we soooo totally right…. And often in the quest to prove ourselves right we unconsciously overlook that the person we are talking about intact is the most beloved of Allah… In our petty little arguments we risk angering Allah by talking about His most beloved in ways that He may not like…

    May Allah guide us all…

  2. @ acuriouswindow –

    1 – isn’t that just his business?
    A – Nope. Certainly not. We must consider all muslims our brothers in Islam. Hence, we must guide them if we think we are right, and not leave them astray.

    2 – Why do I have to go shout at his face that he is wrong?
    A – No, you don’t have to. Rather consider a polite way.

    3 – Why do I have to insist that I am absolutely right and he is absolutely wrong ?
    A – Again, no. Just discuss, make a result oriented debate, a healthy debate. Don’t tell him, ask him as he knows better then you then move slowly in the light of facts, Quranic verses, Ahadiths, and other authentic stuff.

    4 – There are ulema who have spent decades of their lives studying Islam who have failed to agree on this subject during the last few centuries.. Both can quote quran and hadith, and events from lives of sahaba to support their views..
    A – If anyone can proof anything in the light of Quran and Hadiths, then the conflicts must be removed. Like as a Hanafi, I don’t have any conflicts with Shafais, Maalikis, and Hambalis. All have their practices proved.

    5 – Shouldn’t I first listen to and research myself both viewpoints before I come to a conclusion ?
    A – Indeed.

    6 – Are the ulema who do celebrate eid-milad-un-nabi stupid ?
    A – I would say, yes. Did I say YES? Or I would rather not consider them Ulama.

    7 – Have they not read Quran and haidth ?
    A – They might have, but not practicing Quran and Hadiths.

    8 – Have they not read the hadith quoted by those opposing this celebration ?
    A – Are you really sure jews and christians never read Quran? Abu Jehl knew that Quran is the book of Allah and Muhammad is His last prophet, but didn’t confess it out loud.

    9 – How on earth do they come to the conclusion that they come to ?
    A – We come to the conclusion in the light of Quran and Ahadiths.

    10 – Have I really studied their reasoning ? Is it really faulty ?
    A – Not sure about you. But I did.

    11 – Judgment of right and wrong is a job best left for Allah…
    A – Then why we have crime laws in Shariah? Its the Shariah based on which we decide what is right and what is wrong. Allah bestowed this shariah upon us to decide the right and wrong.

    12 – For the life of me I just cant understand this culture of ours in which whenever there is a day or event that is cause of conflict, in ummah , instead of trying to minimize the divisions in ummah we use that day to inflame feelings and shout out why the other party is soo totally wrong and we soooo totally right.
    A – According to a hadith there will be 72+1 divisions in the ummah. And only one would be right. The one that will follow Quran and Hadiths/Sunnah. Hence, you can’t help it. What you can do is pray to Allah to include you in the right one and seek the right path.

    13 – And often in the quest to prove ourselves right we unconsciously overlook that the person we are talking about intact is the most beloved of Allah… In our petty little arguments we risk angering Allah by talking about His most beloved in ways that He may not like…
    A – Cent percent agreement. We should never lose our consciousness. Thats the reason I mentioned the word ‘healthy’ in preceding lines. The debate must be healthy.

    P.S. We really need studying, I believe. And all we need is Allah’s favour.
    Thanks.

  3. Mr. Adeel Ansaari, seeing the answer of question 4, you said that you are Hanafi.

    If your Akeedah is strong and it is what Quran tells us than why would you declare your self as a Hanafi or any other sect. Why not just Muslim.

    That is what Dr. Zaakir Naik said. If you declare that Allah is the one and Only God and Muhammad(PBUH) is His prophet, than your identity is that you are a Muslim. You should call yourself a Muslim. Just a Muslim.

    If someone else is practicing a different thing which is completely different as mentioned in Quran or Hadith than you should tell him that.

    Its Fard on every Muslim who knows Islam, to spread the word. Thats for the first Comment by the guy. It is our responsibility to tell the illeterate people the truth.

  4. Imran A. Hashmi, please don’t mess if don’t know. Or otherwise use the tone which reflect that you are asking and seeking info not just arguing for the sake of argument.

    Please answer.

    1- Why Imam Bukhari was Sha’afi?
    2- Why Ibn Taymiyya was Hanabali?
    3- Why Tahawi was Hanafi?
    4- Why Al-Qurtubi was Maliki?
    5- Were all these not Muslims?

    For your information. None of these was sects in Islam. These are the school of thoughts. And for more information blog comments are inappropriate. Be a just seeker and seek the knowledge if you have the thirst for it.

  5. dr Zakir is doing a great job please tell on peace tv as well that Eiod milad un Nabi SAW is a bidah so that the unaware common muslims may know the right concepts

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