15 Sep Rabi Al Awwal
The Birth of the Prophet ﷺ
Rabiʽ al-Awwal is the third month in the Islamic Calendar. The name Rabī‘ al-awwal means “the first [month] or beginning of spring”, referring to its position in the pre-Islamic Arabian calendar.
In this month of Rabi Al Awwal our Beloved messenger ﷺ was born. A mercy to humanity that carried with him the message from the Almighty to creation.
“And We have sent you (O Muhammad SAW) not but as a mercy for the Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists)” (Quran 21:107)
Allah (swt) sent him to us as an example. He went through trial and tribulation, and the hardships and upheaval of this worldly life. He navigated the trials of this life in the most beautiful of ways, and he bore hardship and pain so that we could have this gift of Islam.
This month is also when he ﷺ arrived in the blessed city of Madinah and also the month He passed away.
His love for his Ummah
The Prophet loved and cared for his ummah so much that he saved his ultimate supplication for us on the Day of Judgment.
“Allah has given one du’a to every single prophet and every single messenger, that He has guaranteed that He will respond to. And every single prophet has used up this du’a for himself in this world, except for me. I have saved it and I have not used it and I will not use it in this life. I have kept it for my Ummah and I will use it for them on the Day of Judgement. And my du’a will be, O Allah, forgive my entire Ummah.” (Sahih Muslim)
How much do we know about the Prophet, his life, his character, his teachings? How can we seek to embody him in our lives?
Study the Seerah
The Prophet ﷺ was a walking Quran. He delivered humanity from ignorance and superstitions and spread the light of true knowledge all over the world.
The study of the life and times of the Prophet ﷺ, is the study of somebody we need to follow.
The more we learn about the Prophet ﷺ the more your life will be ingrained, the more you learn about his life and apply it to yours, the easier it will be to overcome difficulties and hardships.
“Indeed, in the Messenger of Allah you have an excellent example for whoever has hope in Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah often.” (Quran 33:21)
Studying him will lead to loving him. Our love for the Prophet ﷺ will result in following him, which in turn will grant us the pleasure of God. This will then allow us to enter God’s Paradise.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi has an extensive YouTube series on the life of the Prophet ﷺ .
“Tell them, [O Moḥammad], “If you love God, then follow me, [thereafter] God will love you and forgive you.” (Quran: 3:31)
Study what he ﷺ taught
Our Prophet ﷺ was sent with the greatest and final gift from the Creator to the creation: the Qur’an. Thus, one sign of love of the Messenger ﷺ is reciting, studying, understanding, implementing, and teaching what he conveyed.
Send Salutations upon him
Send blessings on the Prophet ﷺ . There are many hadith that show us the blessings and benefits of this:
Whoever sends blessings upon me, Allah will send blessings upon him tenfold.” (Muslim)
“Allah has angels who go around on earth, conveying to me the salaam of my ummah.” (Nasa’i)
Fast the Sunnah days
Fast Mondays and Thursdays.
The Messenger of Allah was asked about fasting on Mondays. He said: “On that day I was born, and on it the Revelation came to me.” (Muslim)
Give in Charity
The best of human beings Muhammad (Pbuh) was exemplary in his charitable giving. We see this from this powerful hadith about the Prophet’s manners and actions in Ramadan.
"Allah's Messenger (Pbuh) used to be more generous than the fast wind"......
Rabi al Awwal is the perfect time to start learning more about the Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ life and strive to follow his example.