13th Rabi ul Awwal 1439 A.H. / 3rd December 2017 - Topic: Meeladun Nabi

Majlis Summary

At the sighting of the crescent of Rabi ul Awwal, Muslims all over the world celebrate with intense felicitations the date of the birth of the Noble Prophet which took place on 17th Rabi ul Awwal in the year of the Elephant (Aamul Feel) 570 C.E. Such great is the excitement and happiness of this occasion that the whole month is dedicated towards this lofty personality. Some historians record the birthdate to be 12th Rabi' ul Awwal. The variation in dates should not be a cause for differences. For more than three decades, taking into account this historical difference in dates, the Muslim Ummah has been observing the period from 12th to 17th Rabi' ul Awwal as the Unity week.

On 17th Rabi ul Awwal, in addition to the birth of this great noble personality, the Prophet, who was awarded the title As Sadiq (the truthful) by the pagan Quraysh, we also observe the birth of his 5th great grandson who is the 6th in the line of the rightful Imams. He too, as addressed by the Prophet, is known as As Sadiq. The 6th Imam Jafar As Sadiq was born on 17th Rabi ul Awwal 83 A.H.

The Noble Prophet : A great bounty:

"Certainly Allah conferred a great favour upon the believers when He sent among them a messenger from among themselves...." Sura Ale Imran 3:164

On receiving a gift:

It is human nature that one becomes delighted. The reactions range from facial expression, change of temperament, verbal response, physical gesture and other outcomes. Further reactions would be the recipient will note the presenter of the gift,holds it dear, looks after it, appreciates it, announces it, appreciates the giver, draws closer to the giver...
Likewise we are to deal similarly with this Divine gift in the personality of the Messenger and draw closer to Allah SWT; the giver of this gift.

Describing this Divine gift:

Our vocabulary to describe the personality of the Noble Prophet is restricted to our human experience and temporal language. How can human who is not flawless be able to justify describing the Prophet who is flawless?
For the Noble Prophet is one who is from the purified (Verse of Tathir 33:33).
So we resort to Allah SWT, Rabbul 'aalamin (Lord of the Universe) who in Sura Al Anbiya (21:107) introduces the Prophet as Rahmatu lill 'aalamin; Mercy for the Universe; "And We did not send you, but as a mercy to all the universe."

How is the Prophet a rahma /mercy?

The rahm-womb- of a mother protects, sustains, nourishes and develops the unborn fetus till the completion of the period when the fully developed foetus is born as a baby. Likewise the Prophet as a metaphor of the womb protects, sustains, nourishes and develops the human till the completion of the period when the human is elevated to the ideal human drawing close to the Divine pleasure.


If the Noble Prophet is a mercy then how are his followers expected to be? Can they be cause of harm, injustice,violence,distress,insecurity, conflict,terror ...?
All these evil acts signify absence of rahma-mercy- implying the definite absence of the Noble Prophet who is Rahmatul lilalamin.

The Prophet describes the ummah:

Once the Prophet said, "How eager I am to meet my brothers."
So the companions said, "Are we not your brothers? We have believed in you and migrated with you."
The Prophet replied, "No doubt you have believed and migrated yet I am eager to meet my brothers." The he repeated the statement," How eager I am to meet my brothers." He continued to say, "You are my companions. But my brothers are those who will come after you have gone. They will believe in me, love me, help me and confirm me without ever having seen me. How I wish to meet my brothers?"

Note the four qualities expected from one in the ummah today. What level has been attained in each of these four qualities to be worthy of being considered as the brother of the prophet?
What binds the relation of brothers? It is the bond of mercy and love for each other.

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah

Fazle Abbas Datoo
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