RABI UL AWWAL

In an era when mankind was steeped in a web of ignorance unparalleled in human history; When the most inhumane acts had become the norm of the day; When daughters were buried alive and widowed mothers made the property of their sons; Then Allah Ta'aalaa favored mankind by sending upon them the greatest benefactor to humanity;

The choicest and most honored slave of Allah;
The Master of both Humankind and Jinnaat;
The greatest personality to ever grace the surface of the earth;
The beloved of Allah, Sayyiduna Muhammad
sallallaahu alayhi wasallam.
He said: Ibraheem alayhis salaam was the `Khaleel' (friend) of Allah;
Moosaa
alayhis salaam was the `Kaleem' (one who was spoken to) of Allah;
Adam
alayhis salaam was the `Safee' (chosen) of Allah.

Now listen: `I am the Habeeb (beloved) of Allah which I say without pride.
I will be the first to intercede and my intercession will be accepted on the Day of Qiyaamah. I say this without pride. I will raise the flag of Allah's praise on the Day of Qiyaamah. I say this without pride.
I will be the first to knock on the door of Jannah. It will be opened for me and I will enter therein accompanied by the poor ones of my Ummah. I say this without pride.
I will be the most honored of all Allah's creation on the Day of Qiyaamah which I say without pride.' (Tirmizi)

 THE BIRTH OF RASOOLULLAH (Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam)

The birth of our beloved master occurred in this month and was miraculous indeed. During the delivery of Rasoolullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam a resplendent light appeared which brightened the East and West and what was between them. An earthquake shook the palace of the Zoroastrian emperor of Persia, bringing down structures and decorations. The religious fire which burned continuously for thousands of years in the temple of Persia was suddenly extinguished. The world was on the threshold of an unprecedented revolution which would first transform the Arabs from being the most downtrodden nation to becoming stars of guidance.

 HIS BEAUTIFUL APPEARANCE

Hazrat Aa'isha radhiyallaahu anha aptly summarized his resplendent beauty in the following words (referring to the incident mentioned in the Qur'aan concerning Yousuf alayhis salaam, when the women cut their hands instead of the fruit upon beholding the beauty of Yousuf alayhis salaam,: "If the friends of Zuleikha had seen the blessed face of Rasoolullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam, they would have cut their hearts open instead of their hands..." How heart rending the words of Hassaan bin Thaabit are in describing Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wasallam:
'More beautiful than you has my eyes never observed.
More handsome than you no mother has ever conceived.
You have been created free of all blemishes, created as though you have been created as you intended'.

The final word on this matter is concisely put forward by Allamah Qurtubi rahmatullahi alayhi who writes that the complete beauty of Rasoolullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam was not manifested unto mankind, because they do not possess the capability to bear this.

EXCELLENCE OF DUROOD

Ibne Mas'ood radhiyallaahu anhu has narrated that Rasoolullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said: Verily the most close person to me on the day of Qiyaamah is one who sent the most Durood upon me. (Tirmidhi)

Like this a multitude of narrations exist expounding the virtues of this great act. When his favors are so many upon us then how great an injustice it will be should we fail to excessively send Durood upon him. Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wasallam in fact said: The one who fails to send Durood upon me when I am mentioned in his presence is a miserly person indeed. (Mishkaat)

 LOVE FOR RASOOLULLAH (sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam)

Rasoolullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam's favors upon his Ummat are countless and unlimited, so much so that even if we spend our whole lives in thanking Rasoolullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam we will not be able to fulfill even one right as is its due. Every Ummat accepts and acknowledges this. Our Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said: You do not have (complete) Eimaan until I am not more beloved to you than your father, children and the rest of mankind. (Mishkaat).

The proof of our love for Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wasallam will lie in the extent to which we emulate every aspect of his life. He is the agency between us and Allah. We can never gain the nearness of Allah until we don't commit ourselves to the complete obedience of every teaching of Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wasallam.

 EMULATE HIS OBJECTIVES

A measure of our love for him can be gained directly from him. Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said: He who revives my Sunnah (makes effort to bring my Sunnah alive in mankind) certainly loves me and he who loves me will be with me in Jannah. (Targheeb) The extent to which we strive for bringing his Deen alive serves as a gradient of our love for him. One always works for the establishment and protection of what one loves.

The whole life of Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wasallam was directed towards the establishment of Deen and the saving of mankind from Hellfire. Towards this cause he underwent untold suffering and pain. What greater emulation can there be besides devoting our lives towards the fulfillment of the mission of our Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wasallam

Hasan Basri rahmatullahi alayhi narrates that Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said: He who enjoins good and forbids evil is the vicegerent of Allah and his Rasool sallallaahu alayhi wasallam and the Qur'aan (Tambeeh ul Gaafileen). What greater accolade can we aspire for than the vicegerency of Allah and his Rasool sallallaahu alayhi wasallam? Surely those are the chosen ones.

Let us all jointly work for the greatest goal possible - the Mission of our Beloved Nabi (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam.