Gambia: Call On Islam

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Muadh said to the messenger of Allah (P.U.B.H) Oh Messenger of Allah! Tell me of a good deed that will make me enter paradise and will spare me from the fire, He said: "You have of a good thing, but it is easy to whom Allah has made it easy. Worship Allah and do not associate anything with him, perform hajj..; (Narrated by: Al-tirmidhiy and Ibn Majah).

For the sake of entering paradise and salvation from the fire, Allah revealed books and sent messengers. Allah said : ... "And verily, we have sent among every nation a messenger (proclaiming worship Allah (alone) and avoid (or keep away from) false deities..." (Al-Quran 16:36). That will never be achieved except through worship; the worship of Allah according to His commands and by refraining from anything that He prohibits.

If you ask about worship it is everything that Allah loves and its content will be overt or convert deeds. Bear in mind that no one will succeed in worship except for the one Allah has made guidance easy, but as for whom guidance has not been made easy for, it will not be easy. Allah is the best helper. Hence our prophet (P.B.U.H) used to recite this dua: "... And guide and make guidance easy for me...."Narrated by Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhiy.

He who has been blessed in worship and is steadfast in it should rejoice at the glad tidings of entering paradise and salvation from fire and he who has not been blessed should ask Allah to extend His mercy to him otherwise he will be humiliated.

The blessed birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad

The dawn of Monday 20th August 570 AD (12th Rabi'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 (SAW) 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 (SAW) the whole house became illuminated and she could see 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 one God, Almighty Allah.

Celebrating the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) 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. In other words the prophet (SAW) celebrated his birth by offering thanks giving prayers to Almighty Allah in the form of fasting. The blessed birth of our prophet (SAW) is mercy for the universe. Almighty Allay says, "in the bounty of God and in His mercy, let them rejoice on it. It is better than their wealth." (Qur'an: 10:58)

Muslims have always offered special prayers to Almighty Allah for blessing them with the auspicious occasion of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). These special prayers have taken different forms including:

• Offering non-obligatory prayers

• Fasting

• Recounting the stories from the life of the prophet (SAW)

• Distributing charity to the poor

• Offering salutations to the Holy Prophet (SAW)

These and many other ways of celebrating the birth day (milaad/maulood) of the prophet (SAW) have been practiced by Muslims throughout the ages. According to the Salil Bukhari when Suwaiba from the bondage of his slavery. Abu Lahab died as a non-Muslim (Kafir). The holy Qur'an condemns his behavior towards prophet Muhammad (SAW) after the declaration of prophethood. But, for rejoicing Muhammad's (SAW) 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 (SAW) by reciting the holy Qur'an, by remembering the sayings and deeds of the holy prophet (SAW) by feeling genuinely happy and joyful except a reward from Almighty Allah in the hereafter?

The blessed name of the Holy Prophet (SAW)

On the seventh day after the birth of his grandson, Abdul Muttalib slaughtered an animal and invited his relatives to dinner (Aqiqah). The guests asked Abdul Muttalib 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 honoured. The word 'Muhammad' has been translated by the Arabic linguists as the one who possess all good qualities and who is praised constantly.

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