Syatta Sonatan Dharma Islam and the Holy Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi

Islam is the religion of man and its message is universal and eternal. It is an all-embracing system and complete code of life that does not leave out any field of human existence to be ruled roughshod by satanic forces. The meaning of Islam is perfect peace, tranquility and sole submission to almighty Allah.

‘Syatta Sonatan Dharma’ Islam has been preaching from the 1st man Hazrat Adam (Alaihe-Salam) who was nominated as the preacher for his children. “Every child is born with a disposition towards the natural religion (Islam-submission to the divine will). It is the parents who make him a Jew, a Christian or a Magian”. About one lakh twenty-four thousands or two lakh prophets preached Islam. To every people (nation) Allah sent those messengers and prophets. But their teachings were limited to a particular nation and to some particular region or locality. All these prophets were in a way national prophets and their mission was limited. But the ultimate grand aim was the uplift and unification of the entire human race. Humanity had not remained forever, divided into small groups and clans. So the days of national prophets were over. The era of the world prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) had dawned and humanity was honoured by getting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to lead it to the highest pinnacles of glory and excellence to the zenith of material advancement, moral development, social uplift and spiritual bliss. It has been completed, bloomed and flourished at the time of the greatest and last prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said ‘I have been sent to the world to uplift the human character’. He dedicated his life for the peace and salvation of the mankind. If we, the mankind follows his valuable advices to materialize in our every work of life, the world itself will turn into heaven. George Bernard Shaw said that a man like him is a sore need for the present world of agitation for restoring peace and removing all conflicts. But there are so many who think that prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is a man like them. This is quite absurd. From the holy hadith “But for thee, the dearest, I would not have created the skies (Universe)” it is understood that nothing is created if he is not created i.e. the whole universe is created for the cause of him. There is another hadith from Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which is inserted in “The Bishaw Nabi” by Golam Mostafa “I am not like anybody of you. I spend my time with my Lord (Allah) who feeds me by his own hand”. Hazrat Sheikh Sadi (radi Allah u anhu) said “Muhammad (peace be upon him) is a mystery of Allah. Nobody knows his exact position. In Shariat he is a Man. Khoda knows his exact position really what he is. He is beyond our expression”. In this connection I must remember our national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam who has given exact and precise expression on our dear prophet (peace be upon him). In my opinion such beautiful expression by poet Nazrul regarding Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is rare to be found.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) came to this world as the mercy of the universe in the year 570 after Christ. The day when Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) came to this world, the angels of the Almighty Allah came to this world to make rejoices of his august arrival. The day (12th Rabiul Awal) has been observed by the Muslims with great admiration and solemnity. But it is a matter of great regret that followers of Islam are now divided in their opinions to observe the day whether Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi or Seratun-Nabi. I have to say that when Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is observed Seratun-Nabi i.e. life and career of Nabiji is automatically discussed and observed. There should not be any altercation in this regard. For the followers of Islam there is no Eid-day than Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is more glorious and splendid and the celebration of the day of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi should surpass in importance, liveliness, and splendour the two official Islamic holidays of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. The Shafi scholar Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani states  that: As for what is performed on the day of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, one should limit oneself to what expresses thanks to God, such as recitation of Holy Qur’an, serving food, alms-giving, and recitation of praise [poems] about the Prophet–may God bless him and grant him peace–and asceticism which motivate people to perform good deeds and act in view of the next world” Because in the night of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi our beloved prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Habib of the Almighty Allah came to this world.

At present we Musalmans are almost clung to lifeless ‘Muslim Achar Darma’ which yields no fruitful gain. On the other hand, it is creating misunderstanding among the followers of Islam. As a result the Musalmans are quarreling with one another for trifling points of religion giving up the greater religious interest. This day (Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi), we should take an oath to materialize the real and inner significance of his sayings to achieve the object of the creator. It means making peace between one another. We should engage ourselves in service aimed at the welfare of human beings irrespective of caste and creed. In this context the saying of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) may be mentioned here. “Shall I not inform you of better act than fasting, alms and prayers? Making peace between one another: enmity and malice tear up heavenly rewards by the roots.”