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Prophet Mohammad`s Birth Anniversary: "A Light that Shone in the Hearts of the Believers"
Author : His Grace Shiekh Abdulkareem Al-Khasawneh
Date Added : 26-09-2023

 

Prophet Mohammad`s Birth Anniversary:

"A Light that Shone in the Hearts of the Believers"

 

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. Blessings and peace be upon the master of the first and the last, the one sent as a mercy to all the worlds, and the leader of the honored prophets, our master Mohammad, and upon his family, companions, followers, and all those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgment:

 

In the blessed atmosphere enveloping the Prophet's noble birth, believers experience moments of deep faith, surrounded by the fragrance of the Beloved, the Chosen one, peace be upon him. In these moments, a spark of the pure prophethood shines upon them, and the radiance spreads from the east to the west of the earth. Allah, the Most High, says, "O Prophet! Truly We have sent thee as a Witness, a Bearer of Glad Tidings, and Warner,- And as one who invites to God’s (grace) by His leave, and as a lamp spreading light." {Al-Ahzab, 45-46}.

 

The birth of the Prophet, peace be upon him, was indeed an extraordinary event and a momentous occasion. Humanity had awaited it after a long period of darkness, marked by ignorance and blind misguidance. The advent of the Prophet, the Guide and Bringer of Good News, came to restore balance to humanity and faith to their hearts, dispelling the pitch-black night. Hope for relief often arises after the intensification of hardships.

 

As the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "I am the seal of the prophets, and it is through me that the line of prophets began. Let me tell you about the beginning of this: it was the supplication of my father, Ibrahim, the glad tidings of Isa, and the dream of my mother when she gave birth to me. She saw a light emitting from her that illuminated the palaces of Greater Syria."

 

Indeed, commemorating this blessed occasion signifies the connection of believers with their Prophet, peace be upon him. The light that shone on the day of his birth continues to illuminate hearts with the light of monotheism, love for Allah, love for His Prophet, peace be upon him, and enlightens minds with the guidance, wisdom, and insight. Our mosques come alive with the remembrance of this love, and the practical manifestations of this love are evident in the actions that kindle the flames of hope for the Muslim Ummah. It reminds us that we have a beloved and noble Prophet among us, whose memory never fades, whose light never dims, whose message remains steadfast, and whose call endures unwaveringly.

 

The commemoration of the Noble Prophet's birth is a remembrance of the essence of true Islam. It is a call to honor humanity and spread mercy among people. The Prophet, peace be upon him, came to rectify misconceptions, establish justice among people, and clarify that every human being is dignified, and their sanctity cannot be violated, nor can their honor be diminished, regardless of their religion, color, or ethnicity. This is what Allah, the Most High, emphasized in His saying: "We have honoured the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favours, above a great part of our creation." {Al-Isra, 70}. In fact, it was one of the last instructions given by the Prophet, peace be upon him, in his Farewell Sermon during the Hajj season. He said: "No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; no white person has any superiority over a black person, nor does a black person have any superiority over a white person; none have superiority over another except by piety." People are all descended from Adam, and Adam was created from dust."

Commemorating this occasion is an opportunity to revive the meanings of mercy in our hearts. It is the very purpose for which the Prophet, peace be upon him, was sent – to be a mercy from Allah, the Almighty, to all of creation. This mercy encompasses the upbringing, purification, education, and guidance of humanity towards the straight path. Allah, the Most High, says, "And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds." {Al-Anbiya, 107}. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "I have only been sent as a gift of mercy."

 

Nowadays, there is a great need to reflect upon these profound meanings of the birth of the Guiding Prophet. He called us to goodness in this world and the Hereafter and advised us to show compassion towards one another. Let us remain a community where brotherhood and love prevail. May his birth anniversary, peace be upon him, be an occasion for us to renew these noble values and to be reminded of the qualities of prophethood. Thus, we may remain as Allah, the Most High, described us: "You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah." {Al-Imran, 110}.

 

And all perfect praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds.

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Summarized Fatawaa

Is it permissible for a person who has to make up for missed fasts to fast six days of Shawal(the month directly after Ramdhaan) before making up for the missed fasts ?

Yes, it is permissible for him/her to do so, but it is better that they make up for missed fasts first.

Should one fulfill his vow of donating an animal to the poor and needy with one sheep although he had repeated the vow several times?

Each vow has to be fulfilled, and repeating the words of the same vow for confirmation renders its fulfillment obligatory as one vow. As for multiple vows, they have to be fulfilled as well.

What should a woman, who has given several births during different months of Ramadhaan, and didn`t make up for them in addition to forgetting the exact number of the days and years in which she had missed fasting, do ?

She should make up the days of Ramadhaan that she missed after estimating their number, and paying the ransom(in food) due on each day that she had delayed. She should also repay the ransom according to the number of years if she was able to fast before that time, but didn`t.

 Reciting the Prophetic narration is permissible as many scholars used to, since in principle, the rulings of recitation have to be observed while speaking Arabic language.