The Veneration and Celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
April 15, 2014
The message of Islam has spread across many lands with differing cultures and varying interpretations of the divine word of Allah. The entity that unites all the variances of the religion is the Prophet Muhammad. Unlike the rest of the topics that surround the religion, his importance as the pioneer of Islam is unique and unquestioned. It can reassuringly be claimed that the unique position of the Prophet is monumental for all Muslims since he marked the emergence of Islam through his persistence, and thus, the love and affection of the Muslim masses for the Prophet is bountiful. The display of affection however takes many forms, which then creates dispute among the believers of the acceptable and unacceptable veneration of the Prophet. According to Malaki scholars, the unacceptable forms of venerations can be equated to idolatry, polytheism, or the Arabic term, shirk. These forms of unacceptable venerations are highly severe, but majority of the controversy lies with innovation of the religion, or the Arabic term bidah. The celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, also known as the Maulid, is a largely debated issue as it is seen as a pagan-like ritual to Malaki scholars (Samuli, 325). The incremental transition of the normative Muslims’ practices of Islam diverting from the fundamentals of acknowledging the oneness of Allah fears many scholars. Schimmel concisely alludes to a similar gradual shift of Muslim norms regarding the Prophet Muhammad. Her statement is applicable to Muslims as a whole when she says, “ ‘He is verily of noble nature’ (Sura 68:4). In several places one finds the Divine command ‘Obey God and obey His messenger’ or similar formulations. Such Koranic sentences formed the bases of veneration of Muhammad that soon far surpassed the respect normally accorded to a prophet, and even now the pious Muslim will never mention anything belonging to or relating to the Prophet without adding the attribute sharif, ‘noble’.” (p.25) This is indeed an innocent gesture and nothing of the like of transgressing. The early Muslim community respected Prophet Muhammad by giving him honour by attributing him as noble. Nothing immoral or wrong can be concluded from simply referring to the Prophet as noble, but the dilemma arose over time when Muslim men and women began to convert their harmless respect into new rituals and traditions that were interpreted as incoherent with Islam. The widely debated celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is among the controversial traditions in Islamic culture. On the twelfth of Rabi' al-Awwal, the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is celebrated around the world, but the grandest rituals take place in visiting the Prophet’s grave in Medina and performing a ceremony with a colourful and luminous procession encompassing the area of his grave. On this day, the Quran is recited, the stories of the Prophet are shared, and charity is given out to the poor. Festive foods are also made, and singing and dancing has also taken place. All of this is done to create an environment of joy in remembrance of the beloved Prophet Muhammad, but what escapes the mind of many Muslims is that their actions closely depict those of the pagans. The origination of the celebration of the Maulid had actually emerged not in the Prophet’s time, but later from festivities in the 11th century of Egypt and 12th century Syria (Schussman, 216). From the Prophet’s time up until the 8th century, no public events took place regarding this matter, but during the later part of the 8th century, the desire to visit his tomb on his birthday or to celebrate his life had slowly began to fill the hearts of Muslim believers. The most fitting reason why Muslim men and women want to ritualize, or give importance to this day is to fill in his absence. It is most certainly a desire for the believers who...
...to him, and had chosen him to spread the true faith.
For three years, Muhammad preached only to close friends and associates. Then, about 613, he began preaching in public. As he slowly gained converts, the Makkahn authorities came to consider him a dangerous nuisance. In 622, fearing for his safety, Muhammad fled to Madinah (a city some 200 miles north of Makkah), where he had been offered a position of considerable political power. This flight, called the Higra, was the turning point of the Prophet's life. In Makkah, he had had few followers. In Madinah, he had many more, and he soon acquired an influence that made him a virtual dictator. During the next few years, while Muhammad's following grew rapidly, a series of battles were fought between Madinah and Makkah. This war ended in 630 with Muhammad's triumphant return to Makkah as conqueror. The remaining two and one half years of his life witnessed the rapid conversion of the Arab tribes to the new religion. When Muhammad died, in 632, he was the effective ruler of all of southern Arabia.
The Bedouin tribesmen of Arabia had a reputation as fierce warriors. But their number was small; and plagued by disunity and internecine warfare, they had been no match for the larger armies of the kingdoms in the settled agricultural areas to the north. However, unified by Muhammad for the first time in history, and inspired by their fervent belief in the one true God, these small Arab armies now...
...Our topic of discussion is “BIRTHDAYCELEBRATION,”We have two opinion polls,
(A)Some of us think that there is no harm in celebration
(B)While others think we shouldn’t celebrate&I belongs to the this category.
& as I never celebrate birthday so I will talk about the disadvantages of Birthdaycelebration, because I am against of birthdaycelebration..
First of all we should know the routes of the custom which we are celebrating,in other words, what arguments do I have to celebrate it or not?
So here are my points..
(1)As we are Alhumdolilah Muslims,so first of all I will talk about Islamic point of view.
According to Islamic teachings,there are no any evidences to celebrate it that’swhy I will say it is “Unislamic”.The question arises how????
And answere is very simple,these birthdaycelebrations involve imitation of the Jews and Christians in their birthdaycelebrations. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), warn us against following their ways and traditions: “You would follow the ways of those who came before you step by step, to such an extent that if they were to enter a lizard’s hole, you would enter it too.” They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians?” He said, “Who else?” (Reported by al-Bukhaari and Muslim). The...
9th Sept 2013
Not the Ordinary BirthdayCelebration
It was the morning of February 20th, 2007, my great grandmother’s birthday! The agenda for the day was to first finish packing up the house because move in day for our new home was just hours away. Once that was all done and the truck was locked and loaded us as a family would head to TGI Fridays to celebrate my great grandmother’s birthday as we did every year since her passing. TGI Fridays was where we had her last birthday dinner before she passed; so it was very significant to us, it had become our family’s tradition.
It was pretty chaotic in the house that morning, the only ones there to pack were my 3brothers, my little sister and I. My dad worked from sun up until sun down every day except for Sundays; lucky for us today was a Tuesday. My mom was 9 months pregnant which came as a surprise to my siblings and I because we had only found out 2 months ago, but that’s a different story; my mom was to do no lifting so everything was left to us. Mom sat on this little green lawn chair in the corner of the living from dictating everyone’s every move. All I kept thinking to myself was “man I would rather be in school.’’
I’m the second oldest and the first girl out of the bunch, so almost all of the heavy items came flying my way, and if anything got messed up it was my...
...THE PROPHETMUHAMMAD'S LAST SERMON
(This Sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul Hijjah 10 A.H in the Uranah Valley of mount Arafat ) Note: Found on the Net, but without source or copyright information. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have information
"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don't know whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you carefully and TAKE THIS WORDS TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE PRESENT HERE TODAY.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds. ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (Interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived...
Beware of Satan, for your safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and comitted helpers. And it is your right that...
In general society, people are extremely shallow and are attracted to others physically instead of emotionally. The outward appearance of someone has more meaning to the human eye than one’s inner beauty, unfortunately. Khalil Gibran’s “On Beauty” chapter in his novel, The Prophet, discusses many of his idealistic views on beauty. Written in 1923, The Prophet has many aspects that still apply today, but also some that do not. Idealistically, people should search for inner beauty when seeking a significant other rather than outer beauty; but realistically people do not. Gibran speaks mostly of how beauty is humbleness and kindness: he does not speak of outer appeal. He uses a lot of imagery, metaphors, and similes to visually show the readers how beautiful and important he thinks the soul is. Khalil Gibran seems to have idealistic views on the ideas of what beauty is, not realistic views compared to today’s time and even his own time.
In Gibran’s time, all the women were beginning to rebel. They all began to wear shorter skirts, tight corsets, and pants; they also cut their hair into a ‘bob,’ the blunt, chin-length hair. The girls also began to wear cosmetics to attract older boys. They became sex symbols to men and icons to women; that is when it started becoming truly insignificant whether one had a good personality or not. Gibran did not interpret the 1920s views the same way others did; he repeatedly used imagery to convey...
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...Prophet Muhammad was a religious, political, and military leader from Mecca who unified Arabia into a single religious polity under Islam. He is believed by Muslims and Baha'is to be a messenger and prophet of God. Muhammad is almost universally considered by Muslims as the last prophet sent by God for mankind.[n 1] Non-Muslims regard Muhammad as the founder of Islam. Muslims consider him to be the restorer of an unaltered original monotheistic faith of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets.
Born in about 570 CE in the Arabian city of Mecca, he was orphaned at an early age and brought up under the care of his uncle Abu Talib. He later worked mostly as a merchant, as well as a shepherd, and was first married by age 25. Being in the habit of periodically retreating to a cave in the surrounding mountains for several nights of seclusion and prayer, he later reported that it was there, at age 40, that he received his first revelation from God. Three years after this event Muhammad started preaching these revelations publicly, proclaiming that "God is One", that complete "surrender" to Him is the only way acceptable to God, and that he himself was a prophet and messenger of God, in the same vein as other Islamic prophets.
Muhammad gained few followers early on, and was met with hostility from some Meccan tribes; he and his followers were treated harshly. To escape...
...al-Muttalib was the founder of the religion Islam. Muslims believe that he is the messenger of Islam and that he is the last prophet of God, Allah. Prophet Muhammad is to be the last of many prophets before him, according to the Quran, the holy book of Islam. Prophet Muhammad guided people in every aspect of their lives. The Hadiths, Sunnahs, and political leadership that Prophet Muhammad had, make him the most influential person in human history.
A hadith means an action or saying Prophet Muhammad has been referenced in doing or saying in his lifetime. Hadiths are interpreted differently by each school. Muslims have been divided into two different subcultures, Sunnis and Shias, over who should be the political/spiritual leader of the Muslims. Though there is an indecisive choice of leader, both parties still believe and follow the hadiths of the prophet, to their own interpretations.
Sunnah is defined as the practices of Prophet Muhammad that he taught and instituted into Islam. The Quran doesn’t tell Muslims how to be a Muslim, nor does the Quran have legislation. Because of that, Prophet Muhammad had to become a political leader as well. The prophet didn’t become a legislator, but he did believe and tacitly approve the actions, practices, beliefs, and laws of Islam. His Sunnahs, till this day, have not changed.