12TH RABI UL AWAL

The Islamic calendar, like the lunar calendar, is based on a 12-month cycle. The Islamic calendar contains several months that are very significant to Muslims. One of them is the month of Rabi Ul Awal. Rabi Ul Awal is 3rd month of the Islamic calendar. Several events took place this month:
  •       Migration of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) from Makkah to Madina
  •       Marriage of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) with Hazrat Khadija (RA)
  •       The establishment of the first Islamic Mosque – Masjid e Quba
  This month holds a particular place in every Muslim’s heart due to several reasons but the most important event which took place in this month was the birth of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Rabi Ul Awal is the holy month when Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was born, bestowing upon the earth a bounty that extended to all living things as well as humans. Allah (SWT) sent him as “Rehmat Ul Alimeen”. The Holy Quran says: “And we sent you not but as a mercy for all the worlds” [Sura al-Anbiya’, verse107] The Holy Prophet (PBUH) was born on the 12th of RABI UL AWAL 570 CE in Makkah. He was the sole child of Amina Bint Wahb and Abdullah bin Al-Muttalib ALLAH (SWT) sent Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) as the last prophet of Allah and it is mentioned in Holy Quran and Hadiths of the Prophet (PBUH) that there will be no Prophet after him. Almighty Allah says: Muhammad (PBUH) is not the father of [any] one of your men, but [he is] the Messenger of Allah and last of the prophets. (33:40) The Holy Prophet (PBUH) was sent to the world at a time when the world was subject to tyranny, battles and wars would break out over tiny issues. The last Prophet of ALLAH was sent to this world to teach people about love, peace, equality, justice, and brotherhood. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) preached Islam to the world through his words and deeds. That is why, Muslims around the world cherish the day of his birth. Muslims all around the globe celebrate this day just like they celebrate the day of Eid. Everybody marks this day in their own special way. The Muslims cherish this day with so much love and so much passion.  

CELEBRATION OF EID MILAD UN NABI:

The day of 12 Rabi Ul Awal is declared a public holiday in Pakistan. All offices, working places, and educational institutions remain off on this day and many rallies and processions take place in different parts of the country. This day is celebrated not only in Pakistan but the Muslims who reside outside Pakistan also celebrate this day with enthusiasm and with so much devotion. The main objective of celebrating this day is to tell the world about the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and how he spread the message of Allah to human beings. Many Programs are arranged in masjids where Muslims gather and do recitation of Durood Shareef and they also get to learn about the teachings of our beloved Holy Prophet (PBUH). The Holy Quran also states: Say, (O Muhammad), ‘If you should love Allah, then follow me, (so) Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.’ [Ali Imran 3:31] After performing Fatiha and presenting it to the Holy Prophet to get its reward, sweets are given to the needy, the impoverished, and other Muslims. This act is also an act of following Sunnah because the Holy Prophet (PBUH) taught us to be polite with each other, to care for each other, and to help other brothers who are in need. Other than that, Muslim men, women, and kids wear new clothes this day. They decorate their houses, streets, and workplaces with beautiful lights and flags as an act of celebration. The women of houses cook delicious meals, especially sweet dishes, and distribute them to their relatives, neighbors, friends, and needy people of the society. The Holy Quran and naats are recited in Masjids and also at home to show our love towards the Holy Prophet (PBUH). People spend their whole night of 12 Rabi Ul Awal in prayers. As the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was born at the time of Fajar so a lot of prayers and Duroods are recited at that time of the day. Some people also fast on the day of Eid e Milad Un Nabi. All these acts are done to show our love respect and attachment to the most pious personality -the last prophet of ALLAH. This year Eid E Milad Un Nabi will be celebrated on 9 October in Pakistan and on 8th October in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. Muslims belonging to different places of the world celebrate this day in their way. The day of Eid Milad un-Nabi is celebrated every year with the same dedication and adherence and Insha Allah it will be celebrated till the last day of this world as the only intention of celebrating this day is to show our love and affection towards the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and to tell the world about the teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Author : Ayesha Tahir

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