The Friday Message - Issue No: 427 - What's the True purpose of celebrating Meeladun Nabi?

The Friday Message - Issue No: 427 - What's the True purpose of celebrating Meeladun Nabi?

Salamun alaykum,

Heartiest Felicitations Meeladun Nabi Mubarak

Meeladun Nabi: A great Divine favour

In the Ayyaamil Jaahiliyyah- period of ignorance- where women were considered as chattels; where usury, alcohol, gambling, adultery, female infanticide, and constant wars was prevalent in the society of pagan Arabs, the status of humanity had fallen so low to the brink of hell. Amidst that dark chapter of humanity Allah SWT grants a boon to mankind. This is the birth of mukhtar -his chosen one- the Prophet Muhammad SAWW who leads mankind out of darkness /ignorance into light/enlightenment.

The birth of our Noble Prophet Muhammad Mustafa SAWW occurred on the 17th Rabi’ ul Awwal in Aamul Feel, the Year of the Elephant, corresponding to 570 C.E. Some historians also 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, considering this historical difference in dates, the Muslim ummah has been observing the period from 12th to 17th Rabi’ ul Awwal as Usbu’ ul wahdah; the Unity week.

Meeladun Nabi- Expressing Deep gratitude:

“..and as for your Lord’s blessing, proclaim it!” Ad-Dhuha 93:11

The birth of Noble Prophet is indeed a great Divine blessing bestowed upon mankind and all believers. We are obliged to declare this Divine gift, express our deep gratitude and appreciation in all forms for that great boon. A form of expressing gratitude to Allah SWT for this great endowment is through Meeladun Nabi. The recitation of Quran, dhikr of Allah and salawat poems attract Divine blessings in these assemblies. In addition, lessons/ moral from teaching and lifestyle of the Prophet is gained from discourses delivered. Thus, attendees derive thawab; Divine reward.

Not all celebrate Meeladun Nabi:

However, some segments of the Muslim community do not favour the celebrations of Meeladun Nabi. They consider it to be bid’a–an innovation, which was not practiced by the Noble Prophet. This group is very vocal in condemning people who arrange or participate in Meeladun Nabi to an extent of considering them to be misguided, disbelievers and destined for hell.

Is it not ironic that a section of the community opposing Meeladun Nabi celebrations causes disunity in the Muslim ummah whereas the birth of this elevated personality is a blessing and mercy to all mankind and the universe as proclaimed in Sura al Anbiya?
“We did not send you but as a mercy to all the nations.” Sura Al Anbiya 21:107

Unpacking the true meaning of celebrations:

One can’t fail to notice that widely the true meaning of Christmas has been totally eclipsed by the commercialization of celebrating this event. For some people the celebration of Christmas is related only to the festivities for the 25th December and the exchange of gifts for this occasion. This is despite Church leaders being vocal that the essential message of Christmas-the birth of Jesus- needs to be unpacked.
Could that be the case for Meeladun Nabi?
Whilst the Meeladun Nabi celebrations need to continue with greater vigour, it is essential that the essence, true meaning and purpose of commemorations of these celebrations does not become obscure.


The occasion of Meeladun Nabi and likewise the other wiladat celebrations or shahadat commemorations is an excellent opportunity for renewal of allegiance to the Noble Prophet and Ahlul Bayt a.s. . Additionally, these events provide an occasion for Muslims to undertake reflection.

Reflect on the following questions:

  • What more needs to be done to realise the true purpose for celebrating Meeladun Nabi, and other wiladat /shahadat commemorations so as to increase gaining the Divine Pleasure and attaining closeness to Ahlul Bayt?
  • How devotedly does one take the Noble Prophet as their Uswatun Hasana; the Divinely declared best role model?
  • What more one needs to do towards enhancing adherence to the Thaqalayn.
  • How active am I in unpacking the message of Rasulallah and Ahlul Bayt a.s. for emulation so that the state of Muslim ummah moves to being different than we find it today?

Let us open our hearts to receive the Divine gift of Rasulallah, attain pleasure of Rasulallah and draw closeness to Allah SWT.

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah.

With salaams and duas,

Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo
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