Monday 4th of June 2001, the 12th of Rabi-Al-Awwal, Muslims
all over the world will celebrate the birthday of Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him). The love and devotion towards
the holy Prophet have been the distinct character of Muslims
throughout the centuries. However, while the spirit and essence
of this love has not changed, its nature has.
taken different forms from what we find in early generations.
Now the celebrations are prone to more wordly and exhibitory
than reflection of the true covenant with Allah. Let us look
at the changes that took place in Sahaba (The Companions of
Prophet) who took the holy Prophet as their role model truly
and in all earnestness.
them was Mus'ab bin Umayr (RA). As a young pagan in Makkah
he was the best dressed man, always clad in expensive clothes
and smelling of perfume, who would leave a trail of fragrance
wherever he passed by. Then something happened and he met
the holy Prophet and his message of simplicity and commonhood
penetrated the depth of his heart. His life changed completely.
then noticed in him the transformation from riches to rags.
He gave up all his comforts of life for the love of Allah
and the holy Prophet, and people saw him in a garment patched
together from hide and showing all the signs of a rough existence.
He was the standard-bearer in the Battle of Badr. When he
was martyred in the Battle of Uhud, there was not enough cloth
to cover his body completely, grass was put to supplement
his small burial cloth.
to some reports, the holy Prophet stood by his dead body and
recited the verse (Al-Ahzab 33:23) meaning: "Among the believers
are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah."
the Sahaba was Sa'ad bin Mu'az (RA), a leader of Ansar who
not only stood by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) but
also readied all other fellow Ansars to fight against the
better equipped and much larger Makkan army in the Battle
of Badr. He showed his allegiance to the holy Prophet by making
a powerful speech which captured the spirit of commitment
of all Ansars. He said "O, Prophet, we have believed in you,
affirmed your Prophethood and pledged obedience, if you were
to command us to jump into the ocean, we will.
us will remain behind and you will find steadfast in the battle".
This spirit is needed to be revived and inculcated among us
even today rather than feasting and merry making on the occasion
of birthday of the holy Prophet.
companion, Jareer bin Abdullah (RA), who is another trendsetter
for us even today. Once he sent his servant to buy a horse.
made a deal for 300 dirhams and brought the seller with him
for collecting the price. Jareer bin Abdullah (RA) looked
at the horse and realised that the seller had "undervalued"
it. He started renegotiating with him and asked him if he
would agree for 400 dirhams. He agreed. Then he enquired how
about five hundred, to which the seller happily nodded his
head. He continued bargaining till he enhanced the price and
finally bought the horse for 800 dirhams.
who were witnessing the unusual bargain later asked him the
reason for pushing up the price from 300 to 800 dirhams. Sahabi
Jareer (RA) explained: "I have given him (seller) a fair price
because I had promised to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him) always to be sincere, honest and well wisher for every
fellow being". Since the seller was not aware of the true
price of the horse, so being a Muslim it was his duty to pay
him the right price. This
is a eye opener for all of us in the modern era of exploitation.
was one, who was not identified by name who was wearing a
gold ring. The holy Prophet took his ring and threw it on
the ground, saying it was like wearing burning charcoal from
Hell (Muslim men are prohibited from wearing gold). Later
on people suggested to him to pick up since it can be used
for other legitimate purpose. But he refused and took the
plea: "I will never take it when it has been thrown away by
the messenger of Allah".
are just some random glimpses into the lives and minds of
the great Sahaba. Their accounts of lives are full of such
his Prophethood from the bottom of their hearts, knowing fully
what it meant, their lives revolved entirely around the teachings
of the holy Prophet. They remembered him all the time. They
obeyed each and every of his commands.
and true method of celebrating the birth of the holy Prophet
is by intensely concentrating on his action and trying to
benefit as much as possible from his words. We should also
try to emulate and imitate the Sahaba - the model disciples
and followers, in our homes and outside, in businesses and
private and social gatherings.
celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
with the same glow and serene devotion of the Companions of
the holy Prophet and the early Muslims. We profess love for
the holy Prophet and express it by making an occasion of his
our lives and outlook should bear remembrance in the true
sense of the word. Now that we have the tremendous advantage
of acquiring and spreading knowledge, there is no excuse on
our part for not following the life and teachings of the holy
Prophet to reinforce and fasten our covenant with Allah.
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