Shahadat Day – Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
Designation: Last Prophet of Allah
Father: Abdullah Ibn Abdul Muttalib
Mother: Amina Bint-e-Wahab
Born: 17th Rabi ‘Al Awwal (570 AD)
Died: 28th Safar 11 AH (632 AD)
Lived: 63 Years
Buried: Medina Al-Munawwarah
He did not speak or advocate the cause of some particular race or ethnic group, but stood up for all humanity irrespective of race, colour, class, language or geographical barriers. The Message he preached was universal, transgressing all obstacles whether artificial or otherwise.
What was that unique Message and who was the Messenger?
Is it capable of solving the modern world’s myriad problem?
Will it cater to the complicated aspects, characteristics and needs of human-beings, especially those of contemporary man?
Does it provide political or social answers?
Can it stimulate the intellect for scientific and technical discoveries?
And how about moral and spiritual aspects?
Did the Messenger set any worthy example by practicing what he preached, or was he just one of those fanciful visionaries?
The answer to all the above questions and even many more is, yes, it does. If the principles of this immortal message are sincerely observed, and if we are ready to tread the footsteps of that fantastic man, not only does it guarantee us a harmonious co-existence on this earth but also a blissful life in the hereafter.
The moment modern man is ready to cast aside his blinkered lenses of prejudice and vain pride, he will understand that the eternal truth called ‘ISLAM’ and the final Prophet named MUHAMMAD (swws) were not something special or essential to the Arabia of 14 centuries ago, but are capable of remarkably solving the complex issues of our era, the Space Age.
From all of Allah’s messengers, one stands out as being ‘alive’ even after his ‘death.’ Out of the 124,000 prophets and messengers sent for humanity, there is one who is remembered over 20 times per day by his followers – Muhammad al-Mustafa (peace be upon him and his family). Perhaps this is what Allah meant and promised when He proclaimed in Suratul Inshirah (94:4) that, “And did We not exalt your name?”
As we mark the death anniversary of the last and undoubtedly greatest of Allah’s Messengers, we close with one tradition which marks his way of life. Truly, if the Muslims were to practice just this one saying, how much of an impact would it have on their lives and those around them.
In the book Kashf al-Riba of Shaheed al-Thani it has been narrated from Husain ibn Zayd who said: “I said to Ja’far ibn Muhammad (AS): ‘May I be your ransom! Did the Noble Prophet have a sense of humour?’ He said: ‘Allah described him as having sublime morals, and Allah sent the prophets and they had seriousness about themselves.
He sent Muhammad with kindness and mercy, and out of his mercy was humour and jesting with the people so that they may not feel that he is so great that they do not look at him (or approach him).’”
Then he said: “Abi Muhammad narrated to me from his father (Imam) Ali (Zainul Abideen) from his father (Imam) al-Husain from his father Imam Ali (AS) who said: “When the Noble Prophet saw any of his companions sad, he would cheer him up with humour and he would say: ‘Allah dislikes the one who frowns at his brothers.’”
The Prophet left this world on 28th Safar 11 AH (632 AD).
On this tragic and sad occasion we extend our Heartfelt Condolences to all the lovers of Holy Ahlul Bayt(A.S.) and to our present
Imam Al-Mahdi a.s. (May Allah Hasten His Appearance).
Source: ICA – Project Enlightenment