The Moment When Prophet Salla Allahu A’laihi Wa Sallam Opened His Eyes
The month of Rabi’ul awwal is the month in which the most important, noble and influential personality was born. That personality is none other than Prophet Mohammad Alaihi Salam who was born in this month. There is disagreement among the historians about the exact dates of his birth though some authentic and reliable sources say it is 9th and others say it is 12th but there is an agreement that it was month of Rabi’al Awwal. As the time passed people start to celebrate this day. This day is celebrated in a carnival manner, large street processions are held and homes or mosques are decorated. Charity and food is distributed, and stories about the life of Muhammad are narrated with recitation of poetry by children. This day was not celebrated like this as I remember when we were kids. Only Seerat conferences were held on this occasion particularly in schools in which students used to compete in Tilawat, Naats, Speeches and quiz. This day went under some processes and slowly evolved in to the full month celebrations in which special gatherings and marches are arranged as mentioned above. Common people particularly shopkeepers arrange refreshments for the attendees like juice, lemon water, and even fruits at some places. May be we will witness a more developed and advanced form of these celebrations in coming years.
Now coming towards the point for which I’m writing this short article.
Qur’an says about Yahya Alaihi Salam:
“So peace on Him the Day He was born, the Day that He dies, and the Day that He will be raised up to life (again)!” (Maryam: 15).
Similarly Qur’an quotes Esa Alaihi Salam:
“So peace is on me the Day I was born, the Day that I die, and the Day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”!(Maryam: 33).
These two verses show the significance of the birthdays and the death days of the prophets (alaihim us salam).
We can draw a simple conclusion from these verses that the most blessed day is the day on which prophet Mohammad Alaihi Salam was born and the moment is the most blessed moment at which prophet Alaihi Salam opened his eyes. Let’s assume that this day was 12th of Rai’ul Awwal 26th April 570 A.D Monday place Mecca (from Wikipedia). Now there is no other 12th Rabi’ul Awwal which can be compared with the actual date of birth of our beloved Prophet Alaihi Salam. No other moment can be as blessed as was the moment when prophet was actually born.
Some people quote these two verses in support of their celebrations which means that we should also celebrate the birthdays of other prophets in same manner in which we celebrate the birthday of our beloved prophet Alaihi Salam and we should also celebrate the death days of prophets because these verses say their death days are also blessed .
Other Verses which are often quoted are:
O mankind! There hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts, – and for those who believe, a guidance and a mercy.
Say: “In the bounty of Allah. And In His Mercy, – In that let them rejoice”: that is better than the (wealth) they hoard. (Yunus: 57-58)
From this verse we can conclude so many bounties that Allah has given to Mu’mineen. The most important blessings are Islam, Prophet Mohammad Alaihi Salam, and Qur’an (most common meaning of this verse) and so on. Now the word which is most important in this verse is “rejoice” which is misquoted by the people to suit their interests. This doesn’t mean that we should be happy on that particular day when a blessing or bounty of Allah came to us. It means we should be continuously in state of happiness after receiving it. Yearly happiness, monthly happiness is not appreciable. Another thing is what is the act of happiness? Have we ever pondered which acts makes Prophet Alaihi Salam happy because real happiness is that by which a person also feels happy for whom we show happiness. Verily Prophet Alaihi Salam was concerned about his ummah. He will be happy when his ummah will be happy on the Day of Judgment. And how can we achieve this. As Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet ﷺ said, “All of my Ummah will enter Paradise except those that refuse.” Those who were with him (the Sahabah) said, “And who will refuse?” He ﷺ said, “Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, and whoever disobeys me will have refused.” (Bukhari).
There is a beautiful hadith in Bukhari. Narrated by Abdullaah ibn Hishaam said: “We were with the Prophet ﷺ (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and he was holding the hand of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab. ‘Umar said to him: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you are dearer to me than everything except my own self.’ The Prophet ﷺ said: ‘No (that is not right), by the One in Whose hand is my soul, until I am dearer to you than your own self.’ ‘Umar said to him, ‘Now, by Allah, you are dearer to me than my own self.’ The Prophet ﷺ said: ‘Now (you are right), O ‘Umar.’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, no. 6632)
This Hadith shows love of the sahabas towards prophet. Just moments before Umar Radiallahu Anhu had Prophet dearer to him than everything except his own self and just moments after he had Prophet dearer even than himself. Did he did something extra to show that extra love for prophet no he just kept his heart at that frequency where Prophet Alaihi salam was most beloved person to him in this world even than himself.
A Hadith which is often quoted in this regard:
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked why do you fast on Mondays. He said I fast Mondays because I was born on that day.
No orders were given to fast on this day and not even we see any companion who has fasted on his birthday or on prophet’s Alaihi Salam birthday. On contrary we see an order in case of A’ashura.
Ibn Abbas reports Mohammed Alaihi Salam went to Medina and found the Jews fasting on the tenth of Muharram. Mohammed Alaihi Salam inquired of them, “What is the significance of this day on which you fast?” They replied, “This is a good day, the day on which God rescued the children of Israel from their enemy. So, Moses fasted this day.” Mohammed Alaihi Salam said, “We have more claim over Moses than you.” Mohammed Alaihi Salam then fasted on that day and ordered Muslims too. (Bukhari)
There are other arguments which people give in the support of the celebration of the birthday of our beloved prophet Alaihi Salam but the fact remains “did the prophet Alaihi Salam ordered this or did companions (May Allah be pleased with them) celebrate it???????”
I have not written this article to debate with those brothers who celebrate the birthday of Prophet Alaihi Salam but I have just written some lines which need to be pondered upon. I know there are people who will come up with counter arguments against the above points and these debates will not end because everyone will try to prove his point. I have written this article only to see where we actually stand.