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Rabiul-Awwal Marks the Birth of the Final Messenger Muhammad (S)

Rabiul-Awwal Marks the Birth of the Final Messenger Muhammad (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam)

"Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect." (TM Qur'an 33:56)

O Allah, send prayers upon Muhammad and the followers of Muhammad, just as You sent prayers upon Ibrahim and upon the followers of Ibrahim. Verily, You are full of praise and majesty. O Allah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad, just as You sent blessings upon Ibrahim and upon the family of Ibrahim. Verily, You are full of praise and majesty.’

Rabiul-Awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar, marks the birth of the best of creation, the most beloved to Allah SWT, the holy Prophet Muhammad (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam). According to most biographers the Prophet Muhammad (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was born on 12th Rabiul Awwal in the year of the elephant. The commonly accepted date according to the AC Calendar is  20th April 571 AD, however recent research claims that the more exact date is MONDAY the 05th of MAY 0570 AD.

This was the most significant and the most remarkable event in human history.

The second momentous event that occurred in this month was the passing away of the Prophet (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam). If his birth was the arrival of spring then his demise for his companions and for the world at large was a winter of extreme sorrow and bereavement. It did not mark by any means the end of Islam; the garden of Islam was yet to flourish. A closing verse of divine revelation refers to Islam not as ending, but rather reaching perfection and completion: 

"This day I have perfected your religion for you and completed My favour upon you…" Holy Qur'an: Surah Maidah Ayat 3.

Worship in this month

There is no specific worship for this month unlike some of the other months.

Different countries across the world celebrate it in different ways. Some have gatherings and lectures about the Prophet Muhammad (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam), others recite poetry about the Prophet Muhammad (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam). However, many scholars have given the advice that whatever we or others do, we should respect one another's beliefs.

What is really important with regard to the Holy Prophet (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam) is: 

  1. To follow his teachings,
  2. To make his pious Sirah available to every Muslim,
  3. To preserve it in the hearts of the Muslims from the very childhood
  4. To educate the family members to run their lives according to it and to hold it as the most glorious example of the human conduct the universe has ever witnessed.

All this with utmost love and reverence, not manifested by some formal activities only, but also through actual behavior of following the Sunnah.

This requires constant and consistent efforts and a meaningful program of education and training.

Sending Salutations (Durud upon the Prophet (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam)

We are not only restricted to sending Durud upon the Holy Prophet (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam) when his name is mentioned, but it is emphasised that we voluntarily send Durud as it increases a persons love for the Messenger of Allah.  As the Hadith contains, 

"A person is not a (complete) believer until he loves me more than his parents, his children and all people".

It is related by Hazrat Abu Darda (RA) that the Holy Prophet (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said that, “Whoever sends Durood upon me in the morning and in the evening ten times each, on the day of judgement my intercession will surely reach him". 

"Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect." (TM Qur'an 33:56)

O Allah, send prayers upon Muhammad and upon the wives and descendants of Muhammad, just as You sent prayers upon the family of Ibrahim, and send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the wives and descendants of Muhammad, just as You sent blessings upon the family of Ibrahim. Verily, You are full of praise and majesty.’

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