Filed under: Education, From the Desk of El Sheikh Sultan Muhyuddin Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, Magazine/ Culture, March Volume 2009, Religion | Tags: Maulid, Milad
FROM THE DESK OF THE SULTAN:
Excerpts from discourses given by His Eminence, El Sheikh Muhyuddin Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani
The Holy Last Messenger, Peace be upon him, had the mildest of temperaments of all, he was the bravest of all, most just of all and most pious of all. His blessed hand never touched a woman not lawful to him. His generosity was incomparable, to such an extent that at the end of the day not a single dinar was left with him. If by chance any remained, he would not return till the late hours of the night, waiting for someone to take it away. Whatever assets the Almighty had given him he would use them only for his immediate needs, like food, the remaining would be distributed. His food, too, was very simple, mostly dates and barley. If anybody demanded anything of the Holy Last Messenger, Peace be upon him, he would oblige him. In addition, he would spend from his own budget in the way of Allah. He would sew his own shoes and clothes. He would also do the housework. Hence, he would cut meat with his blessed wives. The Holy Last Messenger, Peace be upon him, was more modest than anybody. His looks would never be fixed on anybody’s face. He would accept invitation of both freedmen and others. If a gift were sent (hadiya) he would except it even though it may be a drop of milk or the leg of a hare. He would always return the favor of hadiya by giving gifts. He would consume the hadiya but he would not consume goods sent as Sadaqah and Khairat. He would become angry with people for the sake of Allah but never for his personal sake. He would propagate truth even though it would apparently be detrimental to himself and his Holy Companions.
Some non-Muslims approached and requested his permission to assist him in eliminating his enemies. He replied that he would not take the help of non-Muslims even though at the time he was short of manpower. The Holy Last Messenger, Peace be upon him, in his entire life, has never eaten once for three days running chapati (of wheat) to his stomach’s full. These hardships he would undertake not because of poverty but as precautionary measures to keep his Nafs subdued. He would accept a Walimah invitation. He would visit the sick and accompany a Janaza. He would, without fear, walk alone amongst his enemy without any bodyguard. He possessed incomparable humility and was the most honorable. His talk would never be lengthy and boastful. He had a smiling countenance. He would wear whatever was available. At times, a small blanket and at times an expensive Yemeni chaddar. He would wear a woolen Jubba (gown) made from the wool of Halal animals.
He would wear a ring on the small finger, either on the left or right hand. When riding an animal, he would always ask either his attendant or someone else to mount the animal behind him. Whatever animal was available he would ride it, be it a horse, camel, mule, or donkey. At times he would walk on foot. At times, without the chaddar and cap, he would go to the other end of Madinah to inquire about the welfare of someone. He liked perfumes, but disliked stench, smell, and pungent powder. He would sit with the poor and the needy and would feed the poor. He would respect those exhibiting good conduct. By dealing kindly with notables he would win their hearts. He would extensively meet the members of his family, but never allowed their interference whilst bestowing position. He would gradually try to develop relationship with all. He would not burden anybody. He would accept the apology or explanation of the defaulter. He would never lie, even for the sake of humor. He would witness a Halal game and would not forbid others from witnessing it. In light heartedness, he would even run a race with his blessed wife, Hazrat Sayyidah Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her). If there were noise and tension around he would adopt patience. He had a camel and goat whose milk he and his household used to drink. He had both male attendants and maid servants, who would live in the same conditions as his own household.
(IP)– On Eid Milad, Holy Islamville in SC was decorated with beautiful banners from the beginning of the main road all the way to the Holy Khanqah. For three days, there were activities scheduled. The first night was a commemoration for Hazrat Mian Mir (Allah’s mercy be upon him). The next day there were competitions and children’s activities. On the evening of the third day, a candle-lit vigil took place in honor of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him). Following the march, the senior ladies entered the Holy Khanqah followed by the younger ladies. The men were in the courtyard and had to make a large circle on the grounds so that everyone could join together, holding hands, to send love and salaams to Our Beloved Nabi (peace be upon him). Darood Taj was also recited. A break was taken until the time of the special pre-dawn prayer, tahajjud. The middle of the night, when all was quiet and peaceful, found lovers reciting Holy Qur’an and Dalailul Khairat, after which was a halqa took place and naats were sung.
Filed under: Education, Magazine/ Culture, March Volume 2009, Religion | Tags: Maulid, Milad
The Milad Shareef is an occasion of happiness on which people assemble and recite the Holy Qur’an to the extent that is easy; they relate the prophecies concerning the appearance of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) which have been transmitted in ahadith (authenticated traditions), and also the miraculous events and signs that took place on his birth. Special gratitude to Allah, the Most High, should be expressed in this month and as much worship of the Most High and charity should be done as is possible, since He has bestowed on us this very great favor (that is, He caused the birth therein) of His Beloved (Peace be upon him )
This festival of celebrating the birthday of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), is a bid’ah hasanah (good innovation), and those arranging it will get blessings, since in such a celebration is found the expression of joy and happiness at the greatness and eminence of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) and his birth.
Imam al-Nawawi (Allah’s mercy be upon him) says in Tahdhib al-Asma wal Lugat: “Bid’ah in the shari’ah (Islamic law) is the invention of that which was not there in the period of the Messenger of Allah, and it is divided into two categories: hasanah (good) and qabihah (evil).” Hazrat Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said about standing in prayer in the month of Ramadhan, “What a good bid’ah this is!” meaning that this is a new thing which was not there before but, however, does not contradict anything that went before.
Imam Muslim writes that the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) was asked about the fast on Mondays which he used to keep. The Holy Last Messsenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him) replied, “This is the day of my birth.” This proves that the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) kept fast on Mondays to show gratitude for his birth. Imam Bukhari writes that “when Abu Lahab died, someone from his household saw him in a dream, they asked him what happened in the grave. He said, ‘I am being punished severely, but on Mondays, I get water from my finger with which I freed Thuwayba.’ ”
Hafiz Ibn Kathir writes that Abu Lahab freed his slave, Thuwayba, on the day that the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) was born. This proves that a kaafir (nonbeliever), Abu Lahab, was happy on the day of the birth of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) and was rewarded by having his punishment reduced. Then, indeed, Allah will bless a Muslim who rejoices the birth of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him).
Hafiz Shams al-Din Ibn Nasir al-Din al-Dimashqi in his book, Mawrid al-Sadi fi Mawlid al-Hadi, wrote the following lines of poetry:
“When this is a Kafir and his censure has come (in the Qur’an):
Perish his hands in the fire of Hell forever,
It has been narrated that always on a Monday
(His punishment) is lessened because of his happiness at (the birth of) Ahmad.
What is the view then about the servant (of Allah) who spent his whole life
Being happy at (the birth of) Ahmad and died an upholder of the Unity of Allah?”
Hafiz Ibn Kathir also writes: “On the day of the birth of Holy Last Messenger (Peace be upon him), Shaytaan (Satan) cried a lot.” From Ibn Kathir’s narration we can see that to feel unhappy on the birthday of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) is the way of Shaytaan not the way of a Muslim!
-Excerpted from An Introduction to the History of the Milad Shareef (the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad, may the peace of Allah be upon him and his family), by Imam Jalaluddin al-Suyuti (1445-1505 CE). IQOU-MOA.ORG