Prophet Muhammad as explained by God was “Mercy for all mankind.” The prophet’s birth and death anniversaries reminds Muslims of the Life and Character that they are instructed to follow and emulate.
The occasion celebrated as Milad-un-Nabi inspires Muslims to pause, take stock of their own lives and reflect upon the standards the Holy Prophet had established by way of example. The occasion also serves as a reminder that whatever trials and tribulations one faces, the prophet of god faced even greater and yet he never allowed anger and hatred to determine his actions. Rather he insisted “love for humanity what you love for yourself.’
Milad un Nabi also known as Youmanabi and is celebrated by Muslims as Eid-e-Milad throughout the world. On this day Muslims will re-tell stories to their families of the holy prophet and send their blessings, prayers and recitation of The Holy Quran in his praise. Lectures are given in Mosques and feast and charity is given to the poor and needy. However, this holiday is not celebrated with style because it’s the death anniversary of the prophet also.
Prophet Muhammad was born on the 12th day of Rabi-ul- Awwal [the third month of the Muslim Calendar] which was Monday 20th April, 570 AD in Mecca, Arabia.
-His mother name was Amina. She was the daughter of Wahb Ibn Abdu Manaf of the Zahrah family
-His father Abdullah was the son of Abdul Mutallib.
-Prophet Muhammad father died before his birth.
-Prophet Muhammad’s mother died when he was six years old.
The orphan was put under the charge of his Grandfather Abdul Mutalib who died two years later. After the death of his Grandfather, his uncle Abu Talib raised him.
-Prophet Muhammad genealogy has been traced to the noble house of Ishmael; the son of Prophet Abraham in about the fortieth descends.
-When he was 25yrs old he went to Syria and was offered Khadija hand in marriage. She was famous for her virtues and wealth among the Arabs. Khadija was a widow, 15 yrs his senior. They had one daughter Fatima.
- Prophet Muhammad did not get any formal education. At age 40 his first revelation came down to him on Monday 21st of Ramadan, at night [August 10th, 610 AC]. His revelations were through dreams by angel Jibrael. He had a vision in which he was commanded to preach. Thereafter, throughout his life he had revelations, many of which were collected and recorded in the Holy Quran.
-His fundamental teachings were: there is one god; people must in all things submit to him in this world and have been amply punished for rejecting God’s prophet and there is a heaven and hell waiting for the present generation. The world will come to an end with great judgment. As religious duties he included frequent prayers, giving charity and forbade usury.
-Two months after performing Hajj [pilgrimage] prophet Muhammad fell ill though he continued to lead the congregation prayers.
-On the evening of the 12 Rabi-ul- Awwal [June 8th, 632 AD] prophet Muhammad passed away at the age of 63. He was buried the next morning at the precise spot he died.
-The prophet daughter Fatima died 6mths after his death.
The Birth and Death Anniversary of our Holy Prophet Muhammad is an invaluable lesson for Muslims young and old to partake in. It’s a celebration of joy and mercy that recounts the compassion of the great Prophet.