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Embracing Diversity in Observing Milad-un-Nabi: A Profound Reflection

How Differently Can We Observe Milad-un-Nabi (ﷺ)

 

Syed Shah Haseen Ahmed

In a time when humanity cried out in despair across the vast expanse of Arab lands, when it found itself languishing in the depths of suffering and being cast aside by others, it was the boundless mercy of Allah that led to the sending of His beloved Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa ﷺ, into this world.

His divine mission is to rescue humanity from the depths of its trials and tribulations and to illuminate the intricate path leading to salvation. The profound purpose behind the arrival of the Prophet ﷺ was to serve as a bridge connecting Allah’s humble servants to their Creator, nurturing a profound sense of love and unity among all of mankind. It is of paramount importance to underscore that Allah chose to dispatch the Prophet ﷺ not solely as a source of mercy for the Muslim Ummah but as a radiant beacon of compassion intended for the entirety of humanity.

The teachings of the Prophet ﷺ resonated with timeless wisdom: “Be servants of Allah, brethren.” O dedicated servants of Allah! Embrace each other as brethren. The Prophet ﷺ did not allow enmity to fester based on the superficiality of lineage; instead, he abhorred malevolence in all its forms. An enduring story unfolds where an elderly woman would routinely cast her disparagement upon the Prophet ﷺ as he passed by, yet his response was a dignified silence. When this act ceased one day, he probed the situation and discovered that the elderly woman was unwell. Responding with unmatched compassion, he made a gracious visit to her in her time of dire need.

On this sacred day, let us solemnly pledge to follow each and every Sunnah (tradition) of the Prophet ﷺ and to steadfastly refrain from causing harm to anyone through our words or deeds.

On this blessed occasion of the Prophet’s birthday, let us endeavor to be the living embodiments of these noble qualities. It is essential to remember that this day is not solely an opportunity to offer blessings and peace to the Prophet ﷺ; it is also a moment for us to disseminate his teachings far and wide, especially among our non-Muslim brethren. This auspicious moment serves as a powerful channel for conveying the profound message that the Prophet ﷺ bestowed upon us – a message that stands as a veritable lifeline for all of humanity. Let us be fervent in sharing this message with others, and, most significantly, let us breathe life into it through our actions.

On this day, let our compassion know no bounds as we visit hospitals, extending our hands in genuine empathy to patients, transcending the boundaries of faith or nationality. By distributing not just fruit and medicines but also a sense of solace to the afflicted, we ensure that the needs of the less fortunate are met with unwavering commitment. Let us clothe and comfort orphans and those in need, for it is on this very occasion that we must recall how the Prophet ﷺ tirelessly cared for the sick and reached out to the needy. This profound message should not be confined to a single day; it ought to seamlessly integrate into the fabric of our daily lives.

On this sacred day, let us solemnly pledge to follow each and every Sunnah (tradition) of the Prophet ﷺ and to steadfastly refrain from causing harm to anyone through our words or deeds.

[The writer is former Head of Department, Urdu and Persian, Veer Kunwar Singh University (VKSU), Arah, Bihar]

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