The birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), born in the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal in 570 AD, is being celebrated. Many Muslims are celebrating the occasion through rallies and processions. The buildings are decorated with green lights and flags. Sweets will also be distributed.
Today this day has taken the form of a celebration in which the birth of the person who delivered the last message of God to his worst enemies by treating them with kindness and compassion is celebrated.
The Prophet (PBUH) is a source of faith for Muslims because he brought them the last message of Allah written in the Qur’an. Where necessary, they explained the meaning of God’s message and provided religious guidance. God’s message revolves around worship and living this life through justice, peace, and good words and good deeds.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) Was The Embodiment Of Love
Holy Prophet (PBUH) acted on all these things. He was the embodiment of love, especially to those who harmed him. They embraced diversity and respected the opinions of others. He spoke in a gentle tone and managed to convert people to Islam only through his behavior. As the Qur’an says: “Repel evil with good, then whoever has enmity between you and you will be like a sincere friend” (Surah 41, verse 34).
The Prophet (PBUH) believed in resolving all disputes through negotiation and compromise, whether individual or collective. His method was to listen to all the people concerned and then make a decision using justice and equality. Most of the battles they fought were started by their enemies because under God’s command they were not allowed to fight until others came and fought them. He called for the protection of children, the elderly, women, non-combatants and natural resources in every war.
The Prophet’s kindness and fair treatment of prisoners of war are exemplary, as his opponents acknowledge. Prisoners who were rich were released with a certain amount of money. While those who were poor were told that if they taught Muslim children to read and write, they would be released. Such was the treatment of those who worshiped idols and those who fought the Messenger of Allah on the battlefield. They were fed fresh dates and bread while the Muslim soldiers ate stale food.
Compassionate and Kindness
In the early days of Prophethood, some idolaters had converted to Islam but were not sincere. But the Prophet (PBUH) would still listen to them and treat them with love and compassion. The Qur’an testifies to their compassion: “If you had a bad tongue and a hard heart, all this would have gone away from you, so forgive them and ask forgiveness for them and advise them what to do.” ۔ (Surah 3, verse 159)
Many years later, when he entered Makkah as a conqueror, conquering his land without shedding a drop of blood, he announced an apology to all who had tortured him. Starved, killed his companions and forced them to emigrate to a world of extreme poverty.
Holy Prophet (PBUH) Instructed
Holy Prophet (PBUH) instructed his followers not to taunt, abuse, or curse anyone. Prophet (PBUH) never treated others harshly, not even when animal droppings were thrown at him during prayers when garbage was thrown in front of his house every day and attempts were made to kill him.
The Prophet (PBUH) had forgiven every action taken against himself and his property. He was kind to those who were harassing him.
Therefore, it is time to consider the sincerity of the love we show to the Prophet (PBUH) through rituals and customs, because there are still many people who do the exact opposite of the Prophet’s message of universal compassion.