Rabi-ul-Awwal

It’s the month of my beloved Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم birth. Usually, we have celebrations throughout the month and I attended one just this morning at my mother in law’s house. We recited/sang his life story in prose form (the extremely condensed version) in Arabic, in what is called a mawlid. There are hundreds of mawlids that have been written, in a certain village in Yemen there are almost as many mawlids as there are people! People compose them out of their great love for their Prophet صلى الله عليه  وسلم, and in honouring and praising him, and in gratitude to Allah for sending him to guide us.

I really don’t think there has ever been a man as loved as Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم. He is the role model for 1.5 billion people on this planet, so roughly 1 in 5 people choose to emulate him in many different ways.

Muslims are blessed in that we have certain knowledge of both the birthplace and resting place of our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. We also have intimate knowledge of everything about him, from the way he sat, ate, dressed, down to the number of gray hairs in his blessed head.

This is the man that was sent only as a mercy to mankind and as an example for humanity in how to conduct themselves in the best manner. As he himself stated, “Indeed I have been sent only to perfect good character.” His Creator testifies to the greatness of his character in the Glorious Qur’an in the verse, “And indeed, you are upon a noble conduct, an exemplary manner.” (Surah Al-Qalam, Verse 4).

In every dealing he ever had with another human, or even animals and inanimate objects, he displayed the most noble qualities. A couple of small examples come to mind, one is when he lived in Mecca and had recently began to call its inhabitants away from idol worship and back to the worship of the one true God. A neighbour of his was particularly vehement in her dislike of his preachings, and would get up early in the morning to spread thorns in his path so that as he began to walk out of his house, his feet would bleed. One morning, the Prophet of Allah left his house and found that his path was clear, there were no thorns in his way. He immediately became concerned for the well-being of his neighbour, and went to her house to enquire about her health. It turned out that she was sick, and that was the reason there had been no obstacles in his path that day. His neighbour was so touched by his concern for someone he rightfully could have despised that she immediately declared that this man was none other than a Messenger sent by God, for who else could show such concern for one’s enemy.

Another is when a Bedouin began to urinate inside the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم mosque in Medina, the city to which he migrated from Mecca. The companions were not impressed, to say the least. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم asked them to let him finish, then he approached the man and kindly explained to him that the mosque was a place of worship, and there were other places designed for relieving oneself. Then he asked the companions to clean the area with water. Not only did he protect the man from physical harm (not just from the Companions, but from the act of stopping mid-wee!), but he did not even rebuke him for what most would perceive as a reprehensible action.

Such was his incredible mercy, truly an example for all of us in our day to day lives.

Ya rabbana salli wa sallim da’iman, ‘ala habibika man ilayka da’ana!

Our Lord, send Your Mercy and Peace perpetually, upon Your beloved, the one who invited us to You.

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