Mawlid al-Nabi: A Day to Express Joy and Gratitude

On the twelfth day of Rabi’ al-Awwal, Muslims around the world commemorate the birth of our blessed Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims recognize this day as a communal expression of joy and gratitude reflecting on Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) message and using it as an opportunity to teach our communities about his distinguished characteristics and way of life which we all strive to emulate every day.

“Indeed, Allah and his angels send blessings upon the Prophet. O you who believe! Send blessings on him and greet him [with] peace.”  (al-Ahzab, 33:56)

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the best example for us on all subjects. He was a wholehearted family man, loving husband, attentive father, and a wise grandfather. He was also a courageous and inspiring – leading his closest companions and followers through adversity toward progress as a community and spiritual leader. The message of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was well-rounded – encouraging those around him to embrace the qualities of love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, justice and dignity. He instilled brotherhood and sisterhood into his community, leaving a mark so exceptional that it has shaped human history. May we all use today to reflect on the life of our blessed Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and how Allah sent him to humankind as a blessing and mercy to the world.
This year, we hope you will join us in observing this beautiful occasion by learning more about the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). We have put aside two Sundays to gain a better understanding of his message, character and legacy. Last week, Hassan Zeenni started the conversation with a presentation titled, “Birth of a Prophet, Birth of a Movement,” and this Sunday, Dr. Saleh Kholaki will continue the discussion with a special session reflecting on Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) ability to help build a society of peace and progress. 

“And [thus, O Prophet,] We have sent you as [an evidence of Our] grace towards all the worlds.” (al-Anbiya, 21:107)