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The Birth of the Prophet Mohammad: Glad Tidings for a New Beginning

Author : An Article by His Grace Shiekh Abdulkareem Al-Khasawneh

Date Added : 18-10-2021


The Birth of the Prophet Mohammad: Glad Tidings for a New Beginning

 

By Grand Mufti,

 Sheikh Abdulkarim Al-Khasawneh

 

The birth of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) wasn`t a mere casual passing event in history. Rather, it was a great occasion that led to the rise of the best nation produced for mankind promoting righteousness, establishing the foundations of what is true, enjoining good and forbidding evil. When he was born, the whole earth was illuminated with the light of Prophecy after it was dominated by the darkness of ignorance and polluted with sins. Allah the Almighty sent down the Quran to remove doubt and polytheism and save people from the darkness of disbelief to the light of belief paving the way for a new ray of hope for every misguided or bewildered individual. His mother saw light coming out of her while delivering him. Whoever followed his guidance and Sunnah is guided to the straight path. Allah says {what means}: "O people of the Book! There hath come to you our Messenger, revealing to you much that ye used to hide in the Book, and passing over much (that is now unnecessary). There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous Book,- Wherewith Allah guideth all who seek His good pleasure to ways of peace and safety, and leadeth them out of darkness, by His will, unto the light,- guideth them to a path that is straight." {Al-Mai`dah, 15-16}. Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) said: "I`m the seal of the Prophets, the call of Ibrahim, the glad tidings given by Isa (Jesus), and upon delivering me, my mother saw light coming out of her illuminating the palaces of Sham (Syria)." {Musnad Ahmad}.

Judge Eyaad said in his book {Ash-Shifaa`}: "Among the wonders related to his birth is that he was born with his head held high and his eyesight fixed towards heaven."

The glad tidings of his birth are a sign for change on universal level as  the born isn`t like anyone else; he is the best of creation. He is the one who will be capable of changing historical events and steering the wheel of humanity. His destiny was in tune with the greatness of the responsibility placed on his shoulders. His birth has a announced the start of a new chapter in human history. According to religious tradition, on the night of the Prophet Mohammad`s birth, the Taq Kasra shook and its walls cracked, the fire that the Persians worshipped and kept burning continuously for a thousand years went out, and Lake Saawah dried up.

It is Allah`s wisdom that he sent Mohammad (Peace be upon him) to guide the people to the straight path. "Say: "I am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me, that your God is one God: whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner." {Al-Kahf, 110}. He (Peace be upon him) was known as Al-Sadiq (the Truthful) and Al-Amin (the Faithful). Allah described him as," Now hath come unto you an Apostle from amongst yourselves: it grieves him that ye should perish: ardently anxious is he over you: to the Believers is he most kind and merciful." {At-Tawbah, 128}. Allah also praised creating him where He said: "And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character." {Al-Qalam, 4}. He is the best of creation, the seal of Prophets and Messengers, the Chief of the children of Adam till the Day of Judgment, and the leader of those whose faces are bright and limbs are white because of Wudu`. As reflected in religious tradition, he was a man tantamount to a nation.

His birth anniversary is a beacon of hope enabling every Muslim to come closer to Allah. A window for a brighter and more promising future. Just as the Muslim nation was able to advance by virtue of his birth, it is able today to relieve itself from the burdens of ignorance and fanaticism. This is particularly since his teachings are carved in the hearts of Muslims and the Glorious Quran guides to all that is good.

This anniversary reminds us of our duty to make him known to others, defend him, show his morals and noble attributes, and follow his Sunnah. This will enable the Muslim nation to assume its leading role amongst the nations; just as Allah wanted. He the Almighty says {What means}: "Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in God. " {Al-Emran, 110}. Celebrating his birth anniversary is an integral part of faith and acquainting others with his morals and attributes, and this is part of enjoining good and forbidding evil. This anniversary should motivate every Muslim to make change for the better, abandon sins, and draw closer to Allah with acts of obedience following the example of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him); the best human being and leader. Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: "Verily Allah granted eminence to Kinana from amongst the descendants of Isma'il, and he granted eminence to the Quraish amongst Kinana, and he granted eminence to Banu Hashim amonsgst the Quraish, and he granted me eminence from the tribe of Banu Hashim." {Related by Muslim}.  And all praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds.

 

 

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