columnBy Muhammed Lamin Ceesay
The first house of worship on earth is the holy Ka'ba in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It was built by prophet Ibraham and his son prophet Ismaeel, Prophet Ibrahem settled down in Makkah of the many tribes which deseended from prophet Ismaeel, Abdullah belonged to the Buraish tribe.
This privileged young man was chosen by Almighty Allah to be the father of our beloved prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) and a humble young man. He married Amina, sometime after the marriage, Abdoullah went on a trading journey to Syria. Returning from this trip, he fell ill and passed away in a place for humbled miles from Makkah called Yathrib.
All direct ancestors of prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) including his father Abdullah and mother Amina followed the religion of prophet Ibraham, be lived in and worshipped only one good, Almighty Allah.
Abdullah died before Muhammad (S.A.W) was born and so he set foot on earth as an orphan. Almighty Allah said to the angels that he was the protector, the helper and the nourisher of his messenger and they should send sacutations upon him and seek blessings by his name.
THE BLESSED BIRTH OF THE HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD
The dawn of Monday 20th August, 570 AD (12th Babi'ul Awwal) will always be remembered by the muslims with joy, happiness and with the hearts content on that blessed day our Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was born in Makkah and Amina became blessed with a beautiful and unique baby boy.
The blessed Amina said that at the time of the birth of Muhammad (S.A.W) the whole house become illuminated and she could see as far as the ??? of Syria. Abdul Muttailb said that on the night his grandson was born, the idols in the Ka'ba fell on their faces and he heard a voice saying, the one who is born today will rid the Ka'ba of idols and will establish worship of only on God, Almighty Allah.
CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF THE HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD
Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) used to fast on Mondays. When asked the reason for this, the holy messenger of Almighty Allah replied that he was born on that day and he received the first divine revelation on that day. In other words the prophet (S.A.W) celebrated his birth by offering thanks giving prayers to Almighty Allah in the form of fasting. The blessed birth of our holy prophet (S.A.W) is mercy for the universe.Almighty Allah says "In the bounty of God and in his mercy, let them rejoice on it. It is better than their wealth.
Muslims have always offered special prayers to Almighty Allah for blessing them with the auspicious occasion of the birth of the holy prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) these special prayers have taken different from including;
•Offering non-obligatory prayers,
•Recounting the stores from the life of the prophet
•Distributing charity to the poor,
•Offering substations to the holy prophet (S.A.W)
These and many other ways of celebrating the birth day (Milaad/Maulood) of the prophet (S.A.W) have been practiced by Muslims throughout the ages.
According to the Sahih Bakhari when Suwaiba told Abu Lahab the new of the birth of his Nephew that he celebrated it by feeing Sawaiba from the bondage of his Slavery. Abu Lahab died as a non-Muslim (Kafir) the holy Quran condemns his behaviour towards prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) after the declaration of prophetood. But, for rejoicing Muhammad's (S.A.W) birth by freeing Suwaiba, Abu Lahab's punishment in the grave is reduced every Monday.
Should not, therefore, a Muslim who celebrates birth of the holy prophet (S.A.W)by reciting the holy Quran, by remembering the sayings and deeds of the holy prophet (S.A.W) and by feeding genuinely happy and joyful expect a reward from Almighty Allah in the hereafter?
THE BLESSED NAME OF THE HOLY PROPHET
On the seventh day after the birth of his grandson, Abdul Mutttailb Slaugh trench an animal and invited his relatives to dinner (Aqiqah).
The guests asked Abdul Muttailb if he had a name in mind for his grandson. Abdul Muttalib replied that he would be called Muhammad, the one who would be respected and honored. The word Muhammad has been translated by the Arabic linguists as the one who possesses all good qualities and who is praised constantly.
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