“Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet.
O ye who believe! Send ye blessings on him and salute him with all respect.”
Quran: Surah Al Ahzab.
The Tradition of
celebrating Mawlid an Nabi (s) dates back to the time of the blessed companions of Prophet Mohammad SalAllahu Alaihi Wasalam
known as Sahabas. When the Prophet (Allah’s blessings upon him and
his blessed family) immigrated to Medinah Sharif he was welcomed with songs in praise of him out of love by the young girls
“The full moon rose over us from the mountains of al-Wada‘!
We must give thanks as long as there remains
one who calls unto Allah!” - - Courtesy http://www.mawlid.net
The noble birthday
of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings upon him and his blessed family) was celebrated in simplicity and love
on the 12th Raby al Awwal. MWC members dedicate this whole month with poems and
ode's to our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It was suggested that we send darud
and salawat/praise and blessings upon Prophet Mohammad (s) every night. Everyone
was encouraged to light their homes with festive lights for the entire month and buy new clothes for their children for the
12th. Sadaqa/acts of charity are a dominant part of the celebration of
this month. MWC introduced a new book called “Mohammad (s) The Messenger
of Islam. His Life and Prophecy” It is told by Hajjah Amina Adel. Some excerpts were read to motivate the members.
MWC started a new
series in the month of Raby’a al Awwal with a quote of Rasul Allah (Peace and blessings upon him and his family) each
day. This helped inspire the Muslims to lead their lives according to the teachings
of their beloved Prophet SalAllahu Alaihi Wasalam. Friends of MWC sent their
stories of how this month is celebrated in their homes around the world. Magda
sent us a detail account of Mawlud an Nabi (s) from Egypt. Sister Amira related
the stories from Bosnian perspective. We learnt that in Bosnia preparations for
Mawlud are done with great respect. Each night from the 1st of Raby al Awwal
to the 12th, different prominent families reserve the celebrations in their homes and send out invitations a full year in
advance! Tasneem Anjum reminisced about Mawlud in Pakistan and told us how it
was celebrated in her childhood. It was also noted that Pakistan and other Muslim
countries offered a public holiday on 12th of Raby’ al Awwal the birthday of Prophet Mohammad SalAllahu Alaihi Wasalam. Charaghan or special festive lights adorn all official buildings in major Muslim cities
around the world that night.
By the grace of
Allah swt the first gathering was held at Uzma’s house on May 13th 2003. Everyone
came with a lot of dedication and love to hear stories on the life of Prophet Mohammad SalAllahu Alaihi Wasalam. Tasneem sang salawat in Punjabi language. Yasmeen (Tasneem’s
daughter) read an interesting hadith. Rachida Roberts brought her Moroccon flavor
and said dua I Tunjena. The children sang naats and stood in respect when darud
and salams were offered. Farah, Sadia, Yasmeen Burns, Nadia, sister Asma, Riffat
and their daughters listened with aqeedat/respect. Sweets were passed around
after offerings of blessings and peace/salam upon Mohammad SalAllahu Alaihi Wasalam.
The following week Tasneem took the lead and invited all her friends and relatives for Mawlud. It was noted that this year the celebrations of Mawlud an Nabi (s) had taken precedence in many Muslim
households. Alhumdulillah for this great bounty!!!! May the love of our eternal Prophet (s) live and grow in our hearts ameen sum ameen!