AsSalaam O Alaikum (Peace be always with you. AMEEN.)
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Eid Milaad-un-Nabi (Mawlid)
By Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre
Since Allah has sent Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) as mercy (Ref. Al_Quraan_021:107), it is our duty to send blessing (Darood) on Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) and we should do that in the BEST WAY in which perhaps we may get 10 times more reward or even much more, Allah knows the best.
The Best of Darood is Darood-e-Ibrahim approved by Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), what each of us silently recites in every Salaat while sitting (not standing). We individually should also silently recite Darood-e-Ibrahim before making any Duaa.
Some of the things we might think that it is much better and is from the Quraan, but in reality it might be taking us away from the Quraan, e.g. in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, I have personally seen people reciting selected surahs every day for couple of hours for years and years throughout their whole life and without understanding and that is deviating us from the whole Quraan. In Quraan not a single verse is in excess (unnecessary) nor less, instead each and every single verse is exactly equal in the same way that all the prophets are equal and Allah told us not to differentiate among them. Each and every single verse of the Quraan is like prayer beads and linked to each other perfectly and exactly equally starting from the first verse of first chapter Surah Al-Fatiha to the last verse of last chapter Surah Al-Nas.
Milaad (or Dawah through Quraan and Authentic Hadeeth), was started in the past by scholars for the good cause, but now it might had included many shirk and biddat, which needs to be corrected and it must be restricted to Quraan and Authentic Hadeeth only. E.g. believing on that Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), coming to their Milaad, is crystal clear shirk. Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) during his whole life were present at one place at one time only, then how come after he (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) left this Dunia his soul coming to every Milaad celebration all around the world at one time. It is only Allah who is present every where and all the time.
Qawalee (old time Islaamic Nasheed), was started to have a break through in Hindu Bhajan and initially successfully succeeded in their mission by acquiring same equipment and same pattern but later on deviated from original message of the Quraan and included shirk type of songs, e.g. BHAR DO JHOLI MERI YA-MUHAMMAD (fill my bag O, Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) with blessings) is crystal clear shirk. Originally they might have started keeping in mind that you must have to do Dawah in Chinese or Russian for those whose language is Chinese or Russian, similarly you must have to do Dawah in music for those whose language is music. BUT by deviating from the Quraan, they started including songs which are crystal clear shirk.
In reality, Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), never celebrated birthdays of his own, or any of his kids or his wives. Not a single sahabas celebrated any birthday of anybody including birthday of Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him). They never had time to even think of having these, and extremely busy in establishing Deen around the globe and the practical results were the true success of Islaamic States during that time. Presently this Ummah has lots of time on criticizing and doing unnecessary things but NO time for understand the Quraan and working to establishing Deen, instead barking on those who are sincerely devoting there time for establishing Deen. Allah may question them on the Day of Judgment, so they must be very careful on their negative act.
Let us see the AUTHENTICITY of exact date of birth of Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) keeping in mind to be with the truth and be patient as Allah command us to do so in Surah Al-Asr.
Sunni consider (not confirmed) that the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was on 12 Rabi al-Awwal BUT Shia consider (not confirmed) that the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was on 17 Rabi al-Awwal.
Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was born and lived in Mecca for first 52 years of his life (570–622). Islamic Month started from the time of Migration to Madina, when Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was around 52 years old. Also at that time no one was recording the birthday of any person including Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him). Personally in the beginning of 21st century, I don’t know the exact birthday of my parents who born somewhere around 1920.
The Best Way of the Quraan Recitation in Groups is what Allah had already said, that one person should read it and rest must listen to it with full attention. If in one gathering you have recited and listened first part, then in the next gathering you should recite second part and in next gathering third part and so on. This way in few years you should be able to recite the whole Quraan. Who knows, Allah may reward thousand times or much more for this and Allah knows the best.
And when the Quran is recited, then listen to it and remain silent, that mercy may be shown to you. And remember your Lord within yourself humbly and fearing and in a voice not loud in the morning and the evening and be not of the heedless ones. (Al_Quraan_007:204-205)
The Best Way to Get Allah’s Mercy:
You can get Allah’s Mercy on practically following the commandments of Allah.
Recitation of the Quraan Means Reading it With Full Understanding. If one does not know Arabic Language, he/she must get help from translation till he/she learns Arabic Language. In those schools where they have alternate arrangements for additional languages like French or Urdu, etc. you must request the principal/organizers to start Arabic Language for you kids and make Duaa as well, that May Allah help our kids to Learn Arabic Language to understand the Quraan in a better way. AMEEN.
Do you exhort the people to be righteous, while forgetting yourselves, though you read the scripture? Do you not understand? (Al_Quraan_002:044)
May Allah Help us to Read the Quraan with Understanding and Practice it. AMEEN.
We made the Quran easy to learn. Do any of you wish to learn? (Al_Quraan_054:017, 022, 032, 040)