Eid Milad un Nabi

Eid Milad un Nabi
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Almost Hazrat Muhammad (SAW), Rahmat ul Alameen, Mercy for the entire mankind, spanning across space and time, and for who the universe has been created, was born on the 12th of Rabi al Awwal. This august day is special for Muslims across the world and is celebrated with great devotion and piety. Mawluds and special prayer ceremonies mark this day of rahma. Kashmir is no exception to this general trend. Here, people devote themselves through piety and devotional prayers for the entire twelve days of Rabi al Awwal. All this is well and fine. But, the 12th of Rabi al Awwal, must also be the day when we Muslims take recourse to deep introspection and review. We must , on this special and august day ask ourselves the primary and fundamental question: do we and do our lives correspond to the teachings and practices of our great and holy Prophet, Nabi Hazrat Muhammad(SAW)? Our great Prophet(SAW), even before the Revelation of our Holy Book, the Quran, was known as Ameen. That is, the trustworthy, to whose judgment , various tribes of the Hejaz, would defer to. The Holy Prophet (SAW), through word, deed , action and everything else, personified perfection. He (SAW), through and by virtue of struggles , sacrifice, the force of his divine personality, brought about a revolution not only in the Hejaz but throughout the world. The power and potency of the Prophet’s(SAW) message resonates across the length and breadth of the Muslim world , with the followers of Islam holding the great Prophet( SAW) as their ultimate ideal. But, unfortunately, we do not entirely follow the moral , ethical and practical import of our beloved Prophet(SAW). Devotion and love for Hazrat Muhammad(SAW) is fine and even great but it(devotion) should be inscribed in our quotidian lives. This means, among other things, that our muamilat( dealings) must be defined by the highest principles that our Holy Prophet(SAW) has laid out clearly and eloquently. But, alas, what we see , in reality, is that while we are and continue to be devoted to our Holy Prophet(SAW), our practical lives do not entirely correspond to these. Our great Prophet(SAW) is rahma for the entire mankind. We must follow his(SAW) teachings , in letter and spirit. Our lives, both spiritual and material will then stand enriched comprehensively and in every sense. On this 12th Rabi al Awwal, let us then introspect, review and make ourselves worthy of our beloved Prophet’s(SAW) principles and values.